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 fami