The 30 Fastest Growing Personal Finance Blogs Of 2018 – According To Data

This list is from 2018 – check out the 2019 version of the fastest growing personal finance blogs here.

Last year, I did two studies on the relative popularity of personal finance blogs. One study on the best personal finance blogs and another on the fastest growing personal finance blogs. Both were based on data scraped from different sources and the dataset covered more than 1,000 personal finance blogs.

It turned out to be some of my most read posts so far.

This year, I have decided to make an updated 2018 version of both lists.

Why have two lists? One covers all the big, established blogs. Another one covers all the rising starts in the personal finance blogosphere.

It’s the latter one you’re reading here: the 30 rising stars that are the fastest growing personal finance blogs of 2018.

Methodology to determine the fastest growing personal finance blogs

The methodology is very similar to the one I used to make the 2017 lists.

I have used the Rockstar Finance directory as a starting point, which gave me an initial list of 1,564 personal finance blogs to include in the study for 2018.

After getting the initial list, I used a mix of old, new and custom-built tools to scrape data for all of the different personal finance blogs.

The variables I used in the study were:

  • Alexa Rank
  • Root domains linking to blog
  • Backlinks to blog
  • .Edu/.Gov links to blog
  • Citation Flow
  • Trust Flow

For each blog, I found the difference between the 2017 data and the 2018 data.

I calculated the relative and absolute change from 2017 to 2018 for each blog and compared it to the growth of the other blogs. The blogs with a relative or absolute change in the 80th percentile got one point, and an additional point if the relative or absolute change was in the 90th percentile too.

The maximum amount of points a blog could get was 24. In the case of a tie, the blog with the highest combination of Alex Rank, Citation Flow and Trust Flow would be ranked highest.

There’s of course many ways you can question or improve the methodology, and I would love to include more variables in the future. However, I have relatively easy access to this data across all of the blogs, and even though you can always make the model better, I believe these metrics give a fair picture of the popularity and growth of the blogs.

For me, the most important objective with this list is not to have the best methodology ever invented, but rather that you find a new blog or two that you didn’t know existed. I know that I found a few new blogs to follow 🙂

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the fastest growing personal finance blogs of 2018!

The 30 fastest growing personal finance blogs of 2018

Out of the 1,564 blogs included in the study, the 30 fastest growing personal finance blogs received between 11-17 points out of the maximum 24 points. Only one blog got 17 points and therefore we have a clear winner this year!

Ladies and gentlemen, the fastest growing personal finance blogs of 2018 are…

  1. The Luxe Strategist (17 points)
    1. “Personal finance for people who like nice things. Based in New York City. I save 50% of my income and buy $400 shoes.”
  2. Guy on FIRE (15 points)
    1. “Guy on FIRE, is an average 20-something guy living in Washington, D.C. His friends call him Drew. Drew went from being in debt to building a net worth over $500,000 in four years. He is obsessed with the app Personal Capital, real estate, and the outdoors.”
  3. Dads Dollars Debts (15 points)
    1. “Figuring out personal finance to focus on the family.”
  4. Tiny Ambitions (15 points)
    1. “Minimalism, simple living, tiny houses.”
  5. 99to1percent (14 points)
    1. “Progress, Prosperity, and Financial Independence.”
  6. The Give and Get (14 points)
    1. “A personal finance, financial independence blog where a single DC attorney who pays off $118k in debt, saves enough to be financially independent and considers what’s next.”
  7. Chronicles of a Father with Cents (14 points)
    1. “Simple Life. Personal Finance. Family”
  8. The Money Habit (13 points)
    1. “Written by someone who retired at 28, The Money Habit covers money strategies that work even with life’s messiness. Retire early even with bumps along the way.”
  9. Minafi (13 points)
    1. “Exploring the intersection of minimalism, mindfulness and financial independence. Learn how to invest in your yourself – in more than just the finances.”
  10. Abandoned Cubicle (13 points)
    1. “Abandoned Cubicle is a blog about early retirement, personal finance, and living a purpose-driven life. My goal is to leave the rat-race behind in July of 2019, escaping the dreaded cubicle for good!”
  11. Corporate Monkey, CPA (13 points)
    1. “A Beacon of Financial Freedom for Freedom Lovers!”
  12. Military Dollar (13 points)
    1. “This blog is where military members can learn all about military pay and benefits, general personal finance, and how to simplify their finances.”
  13. I Dream of FIRE (13 points)
    1. “In pursuit of financial independence and personal fulfillment.”
  14. From Pennies to Plenty (13 points)
    1. “Growing Your Wealth & Happiness for a Plentiful Life”
  15. The Financial Journeyman (13 points)
    1. “Deciding to be free: My Journey toward financial independence”
  16. Atypical Finance (13 points)
    1. “A personal finance blog that encourages you to BE DIFFERENT with your money. Everyone is unique. Your finances should be that way too.”
  17. Frugal Asian Finance (12 points)
    1. “Your Personal Finance Space – Doing Frugal Finances the Asian Way.”
  18. Fiery Millennials (12 points)
    1. “Financial Independence from a millennial’s point of view.”
  19. A Gai Shan Life (12 points)
    1. “Fun Fact: “Gai Shan” is a Chinese phrase that means “to improve”; the Japanese equivalent “kaizen” is a philosophy of consistently improving one’s surroundings. It’s an appropriate motto & name for this blog which is about making a better life, one step at a time.”
  20. The Dumpster Dog Blog (12 points)
    1. “Learn about saving, credit, and investing without being bored to tears. Hilarious, smart financial advice and education for young women.”
  21. Reaching for FI (12 points)
    1. “A DC twenty-something’s adventures in pursuit of financial independence.”
  22. Married and Harried (12 points)
    1. “We’re Mike and Emily, high school sweet hearts that have been married for over 11 years with four rambunctious children under ten years old. Therefore, our three bedroom house in the suburbs is in a perpetual state of clutter and disarray. We certainly don’t have all the answers, but are hoping to learn a great deal more …”
  23. A Journey to FI (12 points)
    1. “My quest for achieving financial independence.”
  24. A Dime at a Time (12 points)
    1. “I’m Lucy and this blog is all about my journey of digging out of debt in my 50s. My husband and I have done stupid with zeros for far too long and finally said we have had enough. Time to get serious, pay off our debt and build wealth for our future.”
  25. Chris Reining (11 points)
    1. “Featured in The New York Times, TODAY show, and more, has taught thousands how to manage their money and career to become financially free.”
  26. Passive Income M.D. (11 points)
    1. “Financial Freedom Through Passive Income – Ideas, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Real Estate, Side Hustles, Family, and Medicine.”
  27. Married with Money (11 points)
    1. “The best place to talk about marriage, money, and how to manage finances as a childfree couple. Take control of your money. Live your best life, together.”
  28. Caroline Vencil (11 points)
    1. “Hey there! I’m Caroline; a penny pinching, cheapskate frugalista, hippie, mom to my three beautiful sons, and the wife to an amazing husband. We’re a normal family; we laugh, we love, and we drive each other crazy.”
  29. Mr. Free At 33 (11 points)
    1. “Your Financial Independence Coach”
  30. Waffles on Wednesday (11 points)
    1. “The Story of Two People and Their Path to Financial Independence”

Those were the 30 fastest growing personal finance blogs of 2018. I hope you found a few new, interesting blogs! 🙂

A few closing remarks

In the 2018 version, there’s surprisingly few reoccurring blogs from 2017. In fact, it is only “The Money Habit” that is featured in both years. I guess this is because most of those blogs can’t grow as much in relative terms when they have already become relatively large and established.

In case you wondered, MoneyMow ended up as #169 on the list, which makes it one of the top 11% fastest growing personal finance blogs.

If you are interested in knowing what position your blog (or someone else’s) ended up on, I’ll be happy to share it with you.

I hope that you found this list interesting. If you did, consider sharing it with someone else. If you didn’t, I’ll be happy to get your input on how I can improve the list for 2019.

Your turn: Did I miss any rising personal finance stars on this list?

39 comments

39 comments

Jasper Levi Stojanovski February 20, 2019 - 12:32

Hi Carl,

First of all, thanks for the list!

My name is Jasper and I run a personal finance blog out of Victoria, Australia. I’ve gone from 1k monthly viewers in November of 2018, to over 5k monthly unique viewers—just 3.5 months after purchasing my first domain!

If you included me in the next list, it would make my year!

Thanks again!

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Carl Jensen February 21, 2019 - 20:56

Congrats on great numbers for the period! 🙂

I’m not sure it is enough to make the list, but you’ll be part of the data.

Keep up the good work!

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Millionaire Mob January 24, 2019 - 03:20

Carl – are you doing this for 2019? I’m off to a strong start… 🙂

Hope all is well. Love this writeup!

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Carl Jensen January 24, 2019 - 10:38

Yes, I’m definitely going to do it! It often takes a full day to get all the data and do the analysis, so I just have to find the time in the coming weeks 🙂 Hope your 2019 will be great!

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Graham November 23, 2018 - 23:36

Wow that’s some list Carl thanks for compiling this!

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Shane Long October 1, 2018 - 19:47

This article is really helpful for me. Good suggestions. Gonna read them all.
Thank you so much!

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Funding Easily September 13, 2018 - 11:09

Very nice this blog!! I really helpful because i read this page and get more info. related to personal finance.

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Carl September 19, 2018 - 11:23

Thanks!

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[email protected] September 13, 2018 - 09:10

Impressive list and ranking you got here! Why I am not surprised ‘The Luxe Strategist’ and ‘Married with Money’ made it to this list. Been reading these blogs for a while now. I am looking forward for the 2019 fast growing personal finance list!

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Carl September 19, 2018 - 11:24

I also love those two 🙂 2019 will be coming for sure!

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Amit Goyal September 11, 2018 - 14:09

very nice finance data and it will be very helpful for those who are looking for personal finance. Thanks for sharing this collection on a single platform. I’m always focused on the latest finance blogs like an eagle eye, thanks for this amazing contribution.

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Carl September 19, 2018 - 11:24

Thanks

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Lucy August 27, 2018 - 15:16

Oh my goodness! I had no idea I made your list. Thank you! I am truly humbled!

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Carl August 27, 2018 - 21:41

Big congratulations then! 🙂 Keep up the good work.

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linda feri July 26, 2018 - 07:17

It is an amazing list. Guy on Fire has been one of my favorite finance blogs and I have been reading it consistently for the past few months. But I will start reading a few more from now on. Thanks for sharing it.

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Carl July 26, 2018 - 08:53

Thanks, Linda. I’m happy you liked it – I definitely also find a few extra bloggers to follow making the list 🙂

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Jane June 27, 2018 - 18:38

Incredible list. Over the last few months I was going through a lot of finance apps on Google Play and apkmonk.com to understand finance. But now I think I should get some real first-hand experience from those who know it and do it. Thanks.

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Carl July 5, 2018 - 17:38

I’m happy you like it, Jane! Many of these blogs offer incredible information. Make sure to check out Rockstar Finance, Mr. Money Mustache and Early Retirement Extreme too if you want an introduction to the concept of personal finance, early retirement and financial independence.

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Max June 12, 2018 - 09:17

Nice that you’re doing good! Btw, what were your considerations to write this blog in English rather than in Danish? Is Fire an up and coming concept in Denmark?

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Carl June 12, 2018 - 21:24

I decided to write in English because it has a much larger audience. FIRE is slowly up and coming in Denmark, but definitely not something everyone knows about. How about in NL? Do you have a blog? 🙂

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Mohammed Mulla May 12, 2018 - 06:53

well done on your #169 spot! That is an incredible achievement.
I would ask you to rank mine our of curiosity, however its been a very short period of time so far. It’s http://www.livedailymo.com. Who knows maybe by next year I can also improve.

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Carl May 12, 2018 - 14:41

Thanks, Mohammed! Somehow your blog was not included in the study. Have you listed it on the Rockstar Directory? 🙂

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Jørgen May 12, 2018 - 00:02

Thanks for putting this inspirational list together, Carl! It takes a lot of work to be represented among them. My blog is still tiny compared to these sites. Well done everyone!

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Carl May 12, 2018 - 14:39

Thanks, Jørgen! Yes, it does indeed take a lot of work and great content, but what I also find is that those blog are amazing at engaging at other sites, which means that they get a large exposure, traffic and links.

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Cubert April 13, 2018 - 13:08

As long as I come in ahead of Gwen I’m happy. She always wins at cribbage, so fair is fair.

Thanks for cooking the numbers to squeeze my little hot air blog in this list, Carl! I’m extremely honored, and hope to keep growing and growing as my cynical, smart-a$$ writing strikes a new legion of chords in the FIRE scape.

Cheers!

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Carl April 13, 2018 - 22:52

Haha, it is very well deserved indeed. Looking forward to continue following your growth and smart-a$$ writing 😉

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Drew April 12, 2018 - 18:35

I hope to be there in 2019! Checking out these blogs to see if their tactics are informative to my mission.

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Carl April 12, 2018 - 19:25

I’ll be happy to get a summary of the tactics – maybe we’ll both be there in 2019 😉

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Dave April 12, 2018 - 17:10

Yes, this is very cool. It made my day to be on this list. Congrats to everyone else who made it. I especially want to congratulate my friend Luxe who was #1.

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Carl April 12, 2018 - 19:24

Very well deserved, Dave. And yes, Luxe is awesome!

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Fritz @ The Retirement Manifesto April 12, 2018 - 17:07

I love this ranking!! I know the thrill of being “On The List” after appearing in the Top 10 in 2017. Happy to see so many of my “friends” making your list. Some great bloggers hitting the scene, and your ranking is a great way to celebrate their success! Congrats to all!!

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Carl April 12, 2018 - 19:22

It is indeed a celebration of some very cool bloggers! The best part about making the list is the very first time I sort the blogs based on their score and find so many amazing blogs I didn’t know existed. As I’ve told you before, you were one of my favorites from the 2017 list – oh, and happy 3-year blogobirthday! 🙂

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Cubert April 13, 2018 - 13:08

Don’t rest on your laurels, you soon to be retired you! 😉

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Dads Dollars Debts April 12, 2018 - 05:35

I am honored to be mentioned here. Whatever stats you are running, keep it up…it’s making my site look great. Seriously though we are in some great company. Thanks again for the motivation.

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Carl April 20, 2018 - 16:59

I’m happy you liked it, DDD! And it is very well deserved – good job 🙂

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Mrs. OOP April 12, 2018 - 04:41

This is a fantastic resource, so thank you! I will definitely be able to pick up some new blogs from this list.

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Carl April 12, 2018 - 09:16

Thanks, Mrs. OOP. Cool that you found a few new blogs on the list 🙂

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The Luxe Strategist April 11, 2018 - 22:56

That’s so cool how you calculate this! I have to say, my strategy was to do so abysmally on 2017 so I could take the 2018 title. I picked up a couple new blogs to check out, too, so thanks for putting this together!

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Carl April 12, 2018 - 09:15

I’m happy you liked it. You are being too modest after such a landslide victory!

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