It’s been a fantastic 2006 at Get Rich Slowly. In April of this year, I started the site hoping that I could help a few hundred people on their path to financial success. Get Rich Slowly now has an audience of a few thousand. At the end of the year, it seems fitting to look back on the most popular posts as determined by you, the readers.

For each month I’ve listed the posts with the most comments (indicating the total number of comments in parentheses). I’ve also listed the most read entries, including the number of requests for that month according to Dreamhost’s stats logs. (I believe a “request” in this case means either a pageview or an RSS hit.)

April

The official launch date for Get Rich Slowly was April 15th. For the first two weeks, I toyed with the layout and searched for content. I relied heavily on CNN and Yahoo! news articles (and continued to do so for the first few months — ah, life was easier then). I didn’t “go public” with the site until the beginning of May, however.

Most Visited Posts

  1. Two Approaches to Debt Elimination (86)
  2. Making Early Retirement Happen (59)
  3. GasBuddy (56)
  4. Leave Your ATM Card at Home (55)
  5. Frugality in Practice: Back Porch Furniture (52)

May

With the kinks removed and a list of topics to cover, I began to publicize Get Rich Slowly in a limited sort of way. I added it to my .sig in various forums I frequent. I announced at my personal site. I posted the site to Metafilter Projects on May 3rd. Somewhere along the way, Lifehacker picked up a couple of entries, which spread word of the site to a wider audience.

Most Visited Posts

  1. Learning to Eat More Meals at Home (13475)
  2. Handy Personal Finance Spreadsheets (9830)
  3. My eBay Method: 13 Steps to More Profitable Auctions (7067)
  4. Housing: Rent vs. Buy Calculator (5829)
  5. The Stuff We Do and Don’t Buy for Ourselves (1919)

Most Discussed Posts

  1. Learning to Eat More Meals at Home (27)
  2. My eBay Method: 13 Steps to More Profitable Auctions (17)
  3. Handy Personal Finance Spreadsheets (13)
  4. How Many Credit Cards Should You Carry? (10)
  5. How Compound Returns Favor the Young (9)

June

In June I discovered the power of Digg. On the morning of Saturday the 3rd, I went out to mow the lawn. When I came inside a couple hours later, Get Rich Slowly had received tens of thousands of hits. Someone had submitted my flip claw machine post, which had made it to the front page before being buried because it wasn’t original material. But even as that was buried, my capsule summary of how to eat healthy for cheap made it to the front page! Lesson: you don’t need a big post or a huge list to make the front page of Digg; you just need something interesting. And luck. Get Rich Slowly was also featured in a Wall Street Journal article this month (which provided no perceptible increase in traffic).

Most Visited Posts

  1. Healthy Food on an Unhealthy Budget (44042)
  2. How to Win Something From a Claw Machine (7386)
  3. 10 Things Your Supermarket Won’t Tell You (6413)
  4. Handy Personal Finance Spreadsheets (6056)
  5. Learning to Eat More Meals at Home (4217)

Most Discussed Posts

  1. Ask the Readers: How Much Do You Spend on Food? (57)
  2. Healthy Food on an Unhealthy Budget (54)
  3. Is the 3,000-Mile Oil Change a Scam? (15)
  4. How to Opt-Out of Credit Card Offers FOREVER (15)
  5. Ask the Readers: Cheap World Travel? (15)

July

July was a quiet month at Get Rich Slowly. Traffic was low, and would have been lower still if I hadn’t participated in Blogathon at the end of the month. Two of my entries were posted to the front page of Digg that Saturday, bringing a flood of visitors.

Most Visited Posts

  1. Man 1, Bank 0 (10430)
  2. A List of Excellent Personal Development Sites (8354)
  3. The Credit Card Prank: Crazy Signatures (8000)
  4. Healthy Food on an Unhealthy Budget (2802)
  5. How I Finally Defeated Dandruff (2070)

Most Discussed Posts

  1. How I Finally Defeated Dandruff (31)
  2. A List of Excellent Personal Development Sites (30)
  3. Ten Financial Urban Myths (28)
  4. Editorial: In Defense of Warren Buffet (19)
  5. A Cheaper Cup of Coffee (19)

August

Traffic settled further in August. I took a two-week vacation, during which several readers supplied guest posts. The site also hosted the Carnival of Personal Finance.

Most Visited Posts

  1. Which Financial Records to Keep and How Long to Keep Them (7127)
  2. Healthy Food on an Unhealthy Budget (3450)
  3. Carnival of Personal Finance #60 (2667)
  4. Handy Personal Finance Spreadsheets (1659)
  5. Frugal Recipes: The Best Salsa Ever (1492)

Most Discussed Posts

  1. 27 Money Tips for College Students (42)
  2. Ask the Readers: What Does Money Mean to You? (38)
  3. Beggars on the Streets of San Francisco (32)
  4. Ask the Readers: The Best Personal Finance Books? (28)
  5. Which Financial Records to Keep and How Long to Keep Them (22)

September

After a couple months of declining numbers, September saw a small jump. I began to concentrate on writing longer, original content. My interview with the Money Blogger Podcast was posted mid-month.

Most Visited Posts

  1. 27 Money Tips for College Students (13416)
  2. An Introduction to Homesteading (7070)
  3. Healthy Food on an Unhealthy Budget (5256)
  4. Control Impulse Spending with the 30-Day Rule (3153)
  5. My eBay Method: 13 Steps to More Profitable Auctions (2637)

Most Discussed Posts

  1. An Introduction to Homesteading (39)
  2. The Worst Job I Ever Had (30)
  3. Flipping Cars for Fun and Profit (29)
  4. Control Impulse Spending with the 30-Day Rule (25)
  5. How and Why to Start an Emergency Fund (24)

October

Get Rich Slowly really hit a groove during October. I was in the zone. Ideas burst from my head all the time, and I seemed to discover the magic touch to crafting an article. I would come up with an idea, spend four or five hours turning it into a post, and then know that it would be useful to people. Unsurprisingly, readership increased.

Most Visited Posts

  1. Is Eating Out Cheaper Than Eating In? (24501)
  2. Basic Tips on Tipping: How Much and to Whom (18490)
  3. Healthy Food on an Unhealthy Budget (4899)
  4. An Expanded List of Personal Development Sites (4043)
  5. A List of Excellent Personal Development Sites (4007)

Most Discussed Posts

  1. Basic Tips on Tipping: How Much and to Whom (131)
  2. Is Eating Out Cheaper Than Eating In? (61)
  3. The High Cost of Being Fat (46)
  4. Money and Values: When Frugality Goes Too Far (41)
  5. Reader Story: Broken Window, Stolen Goods (39)

November

The creative juices continued to flow this, but I also began to feel overwhelmed for the first time — readers were submitting a huge number of story ideas and questions. This is great — I love all the contributions — but it’s no longer possible to publish them all. Traffic held steady.

Most Visited Posts

  1. How Do You Teach Kids the Value of Money? (12092)
  2. You, Inc.: How to Be the CFO of Your Own Life (11129)
  3. Getting Things Done: How to Take Control of Life (9130)
  4. Basic Tips on Tipping: How Much and to Whom (3833)
  5. Healthy Food on an Unhealthy Budget (3609)

Most Discussed Posts

  1. What Are Your Experiences With Internet Banking? (58)
  2. What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? (38)
  3. Getting Things Done: How to Take Control of Life (32)
  4. My Fight Against Inappropriate Ads (30)
  5. How Do You Teach Kids the Value of Money? (28)

December

December started strong. Get Rich Slowly averaged nearly 4,000 visitors and more than 7,000 pageviews per day. As expected, though, traffic declined during the holidays. I devoted the last part of the month to guest entries from regular readers. I had hoped this would give me time to work on some behind-the-scenes stuff, but editing and posting took more time than I had planned. (The guest entries did give me time to relax, however.)

Most Visited Posts

  1. Cheap Ways to Stay Warm This Winter (5905)
  2. Basic Tips on Tipping: How Much and to Whom (5740)
  3. My eBay Method: 13 Steps to More Profitable Auctions (3479)
  4. The Amazing Frugal Christmas Savings Spectacular (3451)
  5. Five Gifts That Will Make Your Kids Rich (3346)

Most Discussed Posts

  1. Ask the Readers: What if You Have No Credit History? (58)
  2. The Amazing Frugal Christmas Savings Spectacular (47)
  3. The Light at the End of the Tunnel (35)
  4. Review: Kill-a-Watt Electricity Usage Monitor (32)
  5. Cheap Ways to Stay Warm This Winter (32)

I look forward to a fantastic 2007. I will continue to provide useful personal finance information, and to offer place for like-minded people to share advice and ask questions. Maintaining sound personal finance is a journey. It’s not something that happens once — it’s something that must be maintained through time.

You can help. Your contributions make this site great. If you have an idea for an article, send it in. If you’d like to submit a guest entry, let me know. When your friends complain about money, tell them about this site. If I post something especially good, submit it to Digg or to Reddit. Link to your favorite posts from your blog. Most of all, continue the discussion. We’re all in this together.

GRS is committed to helping our readers save and achieve their financial goals. Savings interest rates may be low, but that is all the more reason to shop for the best rate. Find the highest savings interest rates and CD rates from Synchrony Bank, Ally Bank, GE Capital Bank, and more.