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Six Months In – A Camp FIRE Finance Review
Well my first behind the scenes post was relatively well received so I’m back. This time I’ll give you a quick’ish update on how things have been going over at Camp FIRE Finance during our first six months.
Here are some of the positive things than have happened during our first six months.
- Feb. 10, 2018 was our first day live and we got a whopping 23 page views … 5 of which look to be from me.
- Yesterday we had 394 page views. That’s quite a nice jump from day one.
- Overall our traffic is growing steadily which is great for the stated mission of Camp FIRE which is to (1) Improve lives by improving finances and (2) Connect PF bloggers with new readers. Obviously, we need traffic to accomplish both of these goals and the traffic is growing, so that’s good!
- One of my goals that I shared in my first behind the scenes posts was to hit 10,000 page views in a single month within the first six months. Twice.
- Nailed it! June had 10,074 page views and July ended with 11,243. Honestly I thought this goal was a pipe dream, but it happened for a number of reasons that I might touch on in a future behind the scenes post.
- Our growth is happening slowly and organically. The site had one day of spiked traffic from a Sunday Best feature from Physician on FIRE. He linked to this Contributor article written by Mrs. Smelling Freedom and that sent about 400 readers my way. But other than that one feature, no other anomalies have happened. Just slow and steady growth.
Personal Finance Community Support
- The personal finance community has been extremely supportive! Thank you for all of the positive feedback and constructive criticism you’ve sent my way over the past six months. It motivates me to keep on truckin’ and helps me to improve the site as well.
- Special shout-out to Fritz Gilbert for his feedback on Kindling. Fritz suggested that I add the name of the blog/author next to the title of the posts I’m featuring. Great idea! I added the name of the author next to their post title and my email engagement dropped significantly. Who would have guessed?! After about two weeks of delivering my email like this, I reverted back to the ‘no name’ look at the clicks came back. Odd. But I love to test and learn on my site, and it meant a lot that Fritz would take a few minutes to offer up this suggestion to me.
- Another shout-out to Erik from The Mastermind Within for his help on getting my FIRE feed to look and work better. On his own Erik noticed that the look of my feed didn’t match the look of my site. That’s not a very good or consistent user experience, so he sent me over the CSS code I needed to fix the feed. How freaking awesome is that!
As Seen And Heard On
- During the first six months of Camp FIRE’s existence I’ve managed to do a few interviews and podcasts. These types of things make me very nervous, so I almost always politely decline to do them. I’m not sure why I agreed to do these, but I think they turned out well.
Sponsorships and Partnerships
- Camp FIRE Finance was the exclusive site sponsor of Women Who Money and Women’s Money Talk for the month of April. I’ve been a big fan of Amy and Vicki (the brains behind these sites) for a couple of years, so when the opportunity to sponsor their site came up, I was all over it.
- A couple of things happened because of this paid sponsorship. First, I committed to tracking how many of our featured posts came from women vs. men.
OK, here’s a question. Women are say ~50% of the population. What percentage of features from @CampFireFinance will be by women?
— Ms ZiYou (@ms_ziyou) May 1, 2018
Well the results are in an in May it was a near even split.
- A couple of things about this … I found myself naturally gravitating to posts by men. Not sure why. Maybe that’s because men seem to engage more with me on Twitter and on the site, so I find myself reading more of their blogs? Or maybe it’s because on Camp FIRE men are submitting posts to be featured 8:1 vs women (8 to 1!!). The reason doesn’t matter. What does matter is that I’d like Camp FIRE Finance to be a well-balanced site where you can find a great mix of posts by men and women that represent all walks of life.
- SO I’ve taken a couple of steps to help make sure I do just that.
- I’ve enlisted the help of my wife! Mandy reads as many of your blogs as I do and she’s graciously agreed to send me links to some of her favorites.
- I’ve also officially partnered Women who Money and they have a hand in curating what you see on Camp FIRE. The posts they’ve curated have their own category, making it easy for readers to follow just those posts if that’s what they want.
- Tracking this information for a month caused me to see a few of my own tendencies and just being aware of these things will help be to become a better curator, and that will make Camp FIRE a much better site.
- You all don’t comment on my posts at Camp FIRE. When I used to post stuff on Get Rich Quick’ish I could count on 10-50 comments, but now I’m lucky to get one comment on our Contributor articles. I’m not sure why? Any ideas?
- Other than that, there hasn’t been anything bad during the past six months!
- You gotta be kidding! Nothing even remotely close to ugly going on.
All in all it was a successful six months. I’ve managed to migrate about 60 posts to Camp FIRE that were originally published here on Get Rich Quick’ish. This has given me a chance to do some minor editing and updating, remove dead links and add in new links as appropriate.
Having this huge influx on content has no doubt helped me to drive traffic.
I’ve still got a few more posts to migrate over and hope to have that all done within the next couple of months. At that point all that will be left of Get Rich Quick’ish are the memories <insert tear emoji>.
This was supposed to be a quick’ish post and it’s already way longer than I’d wanted. So I’ll wrap this up.
- The first six months were great
- My expectations were exceeded
- I’ve got high hopes for the next six months
- I’ve got BIG plans for the future of Camp FIRE Finance
- The FIRE community is freaking awesome!
- I’ve got nothing else to say, but if you’ve got questions let me know in the comments section and I’ll do my best to provide you with an answer.
Have you checked out Camp FIRE Finance? What do you think? If you’ve got a killer FIRe-related post that you’d like featured on the site, let me know!
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