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- WHAT TO DO WITH GET RICH QUICK’ISH
WHAT TO DO WITH GET RICH QUICK’ISH
I’m struggling with how to move forward with Get Rich Quick’ish. These days my time and efforts are focused on my latest project, Camp FIRE Finance.
I don’t want to shut Get Rich Quick’ish down altogether, but in the short term I’m not going to have a lot to time to work on it. One idea I’ve toyed with is turning GRQ into a meta-blog; a blog about a blog.
My fellow personal finance bloggers seem to love these types of posts. We all want website traffic, Pinterest strategies, affiliate marketing tips or to learn how to grow our Facebook following. So whenever someone gives us an “income report” or a behind the scenes peek, we bloggers are like a moth to the flame.
But there’s a BIG problem with these types of posts: casual readers don’t give a crap about your blog traffic or any of the other behind the scenes stuff. Casual readers want to read your personal finance articles, not about your latest PF blogger meet-up.
BUT, it’s the behind the scenes blogging posts that drive the most traffic for many personal finance bloggers. And traffic is what keeps you going.
This is the conundrum. What’s a blogger to do?
Heck if I know, but I’m going to try doing the blog about a blog thing on Get Rich Quick’ish. If it works, I’ll keep posting this info. If not, I’ll keep looking for how to best utilize this site.
- Casual readers of Get Rich Quick’ish, you’ll want to skip this post and head on over to Camp FIRE Finance where you’ll find more personal finance content that you know what to do with. In fact, Get Rich Quick’ish is about to become a blog about a blog, so there’s no need for you to ever visit this site again.
- Fellow bloggers, keep on reading! This post is for you. If you like it, keep coming back for updates on what’s working and not working for me as I build and grow my sites.
Camp FIRE Finance
Today I’m giving you a summary of my first three months at Camp FIRE. If this post gets any traction then I’ll know there is an interest and I’ll continue to provide updates. If not, then I’ll continue to look for new ways to run GRQ moving forward.
So here’s a peek behind the curtains of Camp FIRE Finance. Let me know via the comments section or email if you’ve got any questions that I don’t address here.
Why Camp FIRE Finance?
Some of my blogger friends have asked why I’m moving away from Get Rich Quick’ish. Here’s the short answer:
- I dislike writing. That’s kind of an issue if you’re a blogger
- I felt like I’d said everything I wanted to say about personal finance in general, but didn’t want to stop blogging altogether
- Camp FIRE is a compromise that allows me to keep blogging, without writing as much
- I feel like Camp FIRE can be a huge benefit to the blogging community by (someday) being a site that has the potential to drive significant traffic to your sites
What is Camp FIRE Finance?
The long answer to this question is on my About Camp FIRE page. Here’s the short answer: Camp FIRE Finance is made up of three main pieces:
- Daily Featured Posts
- Contributor Articles
- FIRE Feed
Daily Featured Posts
Each day I feature three FIRE-related posts that have been written by other bloggers. The goal is to drive traffic away from Camp FIRE where a reader can learn something that will help improve their finances.
Most of the posts I feature are found through my own reading of blogs, but I also have a submission page where you can send me a link to any FIRE-related post you think is awesome.
I’m also working on a partnership with Women Who Money; they will be helping me curate posts written by the ladies of personal finance. While this is not currently a permanent partnership, I truly hope it becomes beneficial for them so that we can make it permanent. We shall see!
Additionally, my wife reads a lot of your posts and sends me links to articles that she thinks I should feature.
Contributor articles are exclusive to Camp FIRE and have been written by Camp FIRE Contributors. The goal of these articles is to help establish Camp FIRE as an authoritative site on the topic of financial independence and early retirement while giving the Contributors great exposure to potential new readers.
The last piece of the Camp FIRE puzzle is our FIRE feed. On this page we display personal finance blog posts that have been published within the past 48 hours.
The benefit to the reader is easy access to the very latest personal finance content on the internet. Personally I LOVE this page. It makes it so easy for me to find all of the amazing posts that all of you are publishing.
It’s also a very popular page on the site. So as Camp FIRE continues to grow, I hope that the feed will dive traffic and new readers back to your blogs.
If you’re a personal finance blogger, you can add your site to our feed at the bottom of FIRE Feed page.
Camp FIRE Finance Stats
Some high-level stats and info for you. Camp FIRE flickered to life on February 9, 2018. In these past three months we’ve …
- Featured 285 of your blog posts
- Published 20 contributor articles
- Have had 4 guest authors (not including myself):
- Have had a total of 13,475 visits
- The average views per day has consistently increased since our launch
- So have the average views per week and month
- In May Camp FIRE should come in at around 9,000 visitors for the month (an average of ~300 per day).
Camp FIRE Costs
I’ve not taken time to tally up all of my costs, but my guess is that I’ve spent around $500 on Camp FIRE Finance in my first three months. $200 of that came via my Bitcoin giveaway promotion. A hundred bucks came from sponsoring Women Who Money for the month of May. The rest was spent on my domain, hosting, some small Facebook & Twitter promotions, and one kick-ass calculator that was embedded into this post that Chris at Keep Thrifty built for me.
Goals for Camp FIRE
- Year 1 is all about building traffic. None of my long term goals for Camp FIRE are worth mentioning right now if I can’t get traffic, so that’s where I’m focusing my efforts (but I do have a three year plan for the site).
- Short term, my goal is to break the 10,000 visitors per month mark twice within my first six months. This will probably have to happen in June and July … traditionally not strong months in the personal finance blogosphere. This is going to be tough for me to hit.
- I’m also working on ways to drive MORE traffic away from my site to yours. Currently only about 22% of my traffic results in a click back to your blogs. That’s WAY too low but I’ve got some ideas for how to increase that number significantly.
Will You Help Me?
I truly believe that all personal finance bloggers will benefit from a successful Camp FIRE Finance. The goal of the site is to:
- Improve lives by improving finances
- Connect personal finance bloggers to new readers
You can help me in one of five ways:
- Add your feed to the FIRE Feed
- Consider becoming a Contributor by writing for Camp FIRE
- Like us on Twitter, follow us on Facebook or sign up for Kindling, our daily newsletter
- Let me know about amazing posts, videos, podcast and articles that need to be featured
- If you’ve been featured on Camp FIRE, consider displaying our badge. Just copy & paste the HTML wherever you want to display it.
I know I’m obviously biased, but I freaking LOVE our slogan because it so perfectly encapsulates Camp FIRE.
Personal finance for those seeking FIRE, by those seeking FIRE
The site wouldn’t and couldn’t exist without you. I hope it’s successful because that will mean it’s driving traffic to your site. And as a blogger that struggled for a couple of years, I know how much a feature means, and I want to feature as many of your posts as you can!
If there is something about Camp FIRE that doesn’t work for you, that should be added or removed, etc. please let me know. The site will only get better with your feedback. Thanks to all of you that have already given me some great advice.
So that’s my first three months. Compared to my first three months of running Get Rich Quick’ish, Camp FIRE is a raging success. I’m really excited to see how things unfold over the next three months, and throughout all of this year.
Thanks for your support!