Top 30 Personal Finance blogs by FeedBurner

If you have been reading my blog for long enough you probably noticed that I like love metrics of different kind. I run a monthly roundup on Bargain Hunting and Price Comparison websites. Collecting all One Deal a Day sites was also fun. You can find more lists like that if you click on the Resources menu at the top.

I have been somewhat into reading Personal Finance blogs lately and I was surprised to find that people who write these blogs have a very active community. They even had the very first PF blogger meet up recently some place around DC area.

Regular readers don’t usually leave a lot of blog comments and my blog is a good example. OK, the Judysbook story did touch the nerve but that was it. It is usually quiet here. Quite to the contrary Personal Finance blogs are filled with readers discussing financial problems. The thing is most of them are other PF bloggers who are used to writing.

Anyway, my point is, I tried to organize a few blogs I read regularly and decided to go a little further. I used this little trick to build a list of top 30 personal finance blogs sorted by number of readers as reported by FeedBurner. Only those blogs are listed that enable FeedCount Chicklets in their Feedburner Publicize channel (it turned out most blogs I read have it).

It should be noted that the counters in the image are dynamic and even though I initially sorted the list in descending order the numbers will change over time and the entries will misalign (they might already be out of order as you are looking at them). The number in parenthesis is what the counter value was at the time of compiling this list.

Have I missed your favorite blog? Add it in your comments. By the way, the idea was inspired by Will Chen from WiseBred who sorted blogs by the number of votes on

1 Get Rich Slowly (6643)
2 My Money Blog (3900)
3 Blueprint for Financial Prosperity (2466)
4 Dumb Little Man (2401)
5 Five Cent Nickel (1946)
6 The Simple Dollar (1701)
7 All Financial Matters (1619)
8 Consumerism Commentary (1464)
9 My Personal Finance Journey (1344)
10 Zillow Blog (1202)
11 Personal Finance Advice (967)
12 Mighty Bargain Hunter (548)
13 Stop Buying Crap (531)
14 Money Musings (359)
15 My 1st Million At 33 (332)
16 Boston Gal’s Open Wallet (289)
17 Punny Money (250)
18 Everybody Loves Your Money (234)
19 Wise Bread (226)
20 My Open Wallet (214)
21 Money, Matter, and More Musings (190)
22 We are in Debt (176)
23 Generation X Finance (163)
24 Binary Dollar (151)
25 The Sun’s Financial Diary (146)
26 Queer Cents (129)
27 Blogging Away Debt (104)
28 Lazy Man and Money (97)
29 Single Ma’s Fabulous Financials (79)
30 Not Made of Money (76)

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44 Responses to “Top 30 Personal Finance blogs by FeedBurner”

  1. 1 jim Jan 31st, 2007 at 10:04 am

    Hey Yan, thanks for including me and writing about the forums!

    Also, It’s Get Rich Slowly, not Reach. Cheers.

  2. 2 frank Jan 31st, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    Wohooo, number 29/30. Go me!
    Thanks for the mention :)

  3. 3 Dana Jan 31st, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    Hey you missed us! We have 76 VIPs (very important readers) according to Feedburner.

  4. 4 Flexo Jan 31st, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    Interesting list! Thanks! Another view of the “long tail.”

  5. 5 Yan Jan 31st, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    First 15 blogs have a total of 28405 readers, the second 15 blogs attract only 2300 more. There are probably 200-300 more PF blogs left out there with an average of 5-10 readers which would make the long tail of 3000 readers at most. Doesn’t quite work the same why as with keywords and search engine traffic.

    Subscribing to RSS is very different compared to search results. People subscribe to read. I would say the popular blogs command most of the market since readers have limited time at their hand and thus tend to be VERY picky choosing blogs with regularly updated quality content.

  6. 6 Nick Jan 31st, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    Cough cough. Please throw me up there. Thanks!

  7. 7 Yan Jan 31st, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    Your wish is granted, Nick.

    Sorry, ex-number 30, Financial Baby Steps, it is a tough world out there. :-(

  8. 8 Lazy Man and Money Jan 31st, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    I don’t mean to bump anyone off, but…

    I don’t really know if Violent Acres counts as a personal finance blog.

  9. 9 Yan Jan 31st, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    Frank, my apologies…

  10. 10 Yan Jan 31st, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    From the second thought you are right about Violent Acres. While it is certainly “personal”, the “finance” part is somewhat missing.

    Looking at the last 10 posts (9,000 words) “money” is 1 count and “finance” is two counts. ;-)

    Frank, welcome back!

  11. 11 Jeremy Jan 31st, 2007 at 9:19 pm

    I’m not on the list, therefore I am sad :(

  12. 12 JLP at AllFinancialMatters Jan 31st, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    Could you change my url to



  13. 13 Yan Jan 31st, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    I will add your blog to the list if you leave a comment with the URL by the end of the day today, January 31, 2007.

    A few rules apply:
    1. The blog has to be primarily about Personal Finance.
    2. The FeedCount Chicklet has to be enabled.
    3. Only top 30 get to stay — that was the original idea. ;-)

  14. 14 Henry @ Binary Dollar Jan 31st, 2007 at 10:28 pm


  15. 15 moneysmartlife Feb 1st, 2007 at 10:52 am

    Another I can recommend from personal experience is Money Smart Life :) Looks like it would have made the list if I wasn’t such a slacker.

  16. 16 frank Feb 1st, 2007 at 11:54 am

    First I was gone, now I’m…still gone. Oh man. It’s a harsh world out there.

  17. 17 Golbguru Feb 1st, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    Yan, seems like you might have to update the list forever :) today the feeds are different and the rankings are a bit messed up :)…I just mentioned that because my count went up overnight.

  18. 18 Yan Feb 1st, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    Yeah, look at Money Musings go from 359 to 1096 overnight! This might explain the increase:

    No more updates however. I would hate to do it every day and this is why I added those numbers in parenthesis. ;-)

    It would be interesting though to come back once in a while to check on the current standings.

  19. 19 Sun Feb 1st, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    Interesting list.

    So the counters are dynamic? I have to bookmark this list so I don’t have to login to check my number :D.

  20. 20 My Financial Journey Feb 3rd, 2007 at 9:38 am

    Yeah it might be hard to keep this list up to date due to daily changes…..technically today I would be #29 on your list but tomorrow I might fall back off

  21. 21 mapgirl Feb 5th, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    Ah. Moving my feed to the private domain killed my rank. I coulda been a contenda.

    Thanks for providing the info though. And do me a favor? Split the DC PF Blogger meet link to some of the other posts out there. (And quit making money for Jim and Nickel! Throw the rest of us a bone! *winky*)

  22. 22 Tricia Feb 6th, 2007 at 8:21 am

    Thanks for doing this. It’s pretty interesting to see subscribers in one place.

    Thanks for including me :)

  23. 23 Frugal Feb 6th, 2007 at 10:21 am

    Thanks for the mention.

    Best Regards.

  24. 24 The Digerati Life Feb 6th, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    that’s a good list, hope you can include mine sometime. I have over a 100 subscribers.

  25. 25 The Digerati Life Feb 6th, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    i think there are some big blogs out there not on the list … such as “Frugal For Life” and “Experiments In Finance” who have been around a while. Could be a lot of oldtimers too. oh well, I don’t have a chicklet to show you (I need to put it up) so I’m probably outta luck!

  26. 26 Yan Feb 6th, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    I included every personal finance blog I knew that had the readers counter published at the day I ran the list. I even contacted one of the popular blogs who were on FeedBurner but didn’t publish the counter. The owner chose to opt out.

    This was really an experiment and I don’t plan to support the list (so if you see the a counter drop out that means the blog owner made it private).

    If you like the idea you might want to make it into a full blown blogs directory, I suppose. Just get an approval for hot linking all those images from FeedBurner. ;-)

  27. 27 Single Ma Feb 6th, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    Interesting metric. Thanks for including me!

  28. 28 Kim Feb 7th, 2007 at 6:37 am

    Well, I missed the boat, but I’m too new to be counted anyway. Still…you can try me out at

  29. 29 Kay Feb 8th, 2007 at 11:45 am

    Hmmm. My Feedburner counter says 625 readers. Maybe I’m not correctly categorized …

  30. 30 Tim Feb 12th, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    Nice list, that must have taken a while. It looks good too with the chicklets.

  31. 31 Shadox Mar 3rd, 2007 at 3:55 am

    Very nice idea and execution. You just got yourself a new subscriber. Me. :-)

  32. 32 Devin Willis Nov 7th, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Thanks for this blog. I have asked my friends,family and students to subscribe

    Devin Willis

  33. 33 Jeremy Day Nov 12th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Great post! Its cool to see who really grew and who didn’t. Half the blogs that grew a ton were ones that allowed for multiple authors. Something to think about.


  34. 34 Frugal Living Aug 30th, 2009 at 3:42 pm


    I really like the way you created this list with the subscribers… Made my go check mine! No where close to any of these :).

    I need to pay a little more attention to the numbers and figures o finance rather than just categorizing things “cheap” or “expensive”!


  35. 35 cebu Seo Dec 6th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    wonderful list.. hoping that i will be one of those list someday:) anyway thanks for it:0

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