Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2010 (for Personal Finance)

While reading through my good friend Tim’s Every Peso Count blog, I came across the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2010 Writing Project.  It’s a very interesting project which aims to discover and promote the emerging blogs for the year, and get a chance to be involved in a worthwhile writing project.

I thought it would be a good idea to come up with my own list as well.  Here’s Rich Money Habits’ Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2010 (at least for personal finance category) in no particular order!

Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2010

#1 – Rich Money Habits by

Of course, Rich Money Habits by is in my list. 🙂 I believe in my heart that this blog is emerging as one of the most influential personal finance blogs in 2010.  My hope is that this blog has been a positive influence in helping a lot of people build better money habits.  As evidenced by the steady growth of its readers from practically zero before its (re)launching last September 2009 to the 254 subscribers as of this writing, the mission of this blog to elevate the money habits of Filipinos is slowly becoming a reality.

#2 – Financial Samurai

Sam’s Financial Samurai is one of my favorite financial blogs mainly for its straight from the gut approach to personal finance.  Money mysteries are revealed through the very interesting, and sometimes unconventional articles from this blog.

#3 – Man Vs Debt

Adam Baker’s Man Vs Debt blog’s growth has been simply phenomenal! I’ve been following his blog for quite some time now and has witnessed how the blog evolved from dealing with debt to making an online income in a very short time.  With support from A-list bloggers in the personal finance blogosphere like J.D. Roth of Get Rich Slowly or even Leo BaBauta of Zen Habits.  ManVsDebt is an A-list blog in the making!

#4 – Every Peso Counts

Tim’s Every Peso Counts blog is a refreshing view on personal finance.  I really like the positive energy of Tim and his hope of a bright future for the Philippines.  His very interesting articles on money and personal finance is a great read and continues to inspire a lot of people to become better financially.

#5 – Investing Pinoy

I just recently came across Bryan Uy’s Investing Pinoy blog.  His blog talks about stock trading and investing in the Philippines.  The tips from this blog has been another great resource for beginning investors just like me.

#6 – Ridiculously Extraordinary

While Ridiculously Extraordinary speaks about lifestyle design (a term popularized by Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Work Week book),  the site also offers a lot of very interesting ideas on how you can make money AND living an extraordinary life at the same time.

#7 – Personal Finance By The Book

I came across Joe Plemon’s Personal Finance By The Book blog earlier this year when one of his articles was featured as Top 5 Pick in the Summer Edition of Rich Money Habits Blog Carnival.  Joe continues to bring out practical advice about money which are especially useful in building a better money mindset.

#8 – Jonhapiness

While Jonha’s blog is an interesting mix of topics such as money tips, warnings on scams, and blogging, she is slowly bringing a lot of positive influence to more and more people.  I won’t be surprised if she ends up one of the most influential bloggers in the Philippines soon.

Update as of August 26, 2010: Top #9, #10 & #11 emerging influential blogs in 2010

#9 – KennyV’s Investments

Kenny V’s investments blog proves that it’s never too early to begin learning to invest your own money.  At a young age of 21 years old, Kenny shares his investment ideas ranging from tips on opening credit card or bank accounts, insurance and his favorite company stocks.

#10 – Fat Girl No More

While Ria’s blog Fat Girl No More is not exactly a personal finance blog, she tackles one of the most important aspect of wealth – your health.  Fat Girl No More is one girl’s refreshing view of appreciating your own curves at the same time aiming to be better physically and emotionally so you can perform to the best of your abilities.

#11 – Honorable Nominations

The response of our readers and their nominations for the last 2 slots were simply amazing.  I would have loved to put all the nominated blogs in the top 10 list but I could only take 2 and was quite honestly severely restricted by my own criteria of considering only personal finance (related) blogs.  Nevertheless, when I checked out the following nominated blogs, I was stunned on how good and influential they are.  As my way of saying THANK YOU for your nomination, I am listing your blogs as #11 – Honorable Nominations.

There you have it folks! I never thought coming up with a top 10 list could be this hard.  It took me hours to scan through my favorite blogs and I could only come up with 8.  I need your help to fill up the 2 remaining slots.

While I read a lot of blogs, I had a difficult time finding a personal finance blog that was launched only last year.  Most of the blogs I read have been around for quite some time. Maybe, I’ll do another Top 10 post for those blogs in the future.  Watch out for that!

Dear readers, nominations for the 2 remaining slots in my Top 10 list is now open. If you have a (favorite) blog related to money or investing that was launched only last year, feel free to nominate it through the comment section below. Please include a brief description on why you think your (favorite) blog deserves to be in the top 10 list.

Lastly, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Janette Toral for organizing such a worthwhile project.  Special thanks also to the following sponsors who made this project possible:

Events and Corporate Video, Budget hotel in Makati, Pinoy Party Food, Copyediting Services, PR Agency Philippines, Budget Travel Philippines, Send Gifts to the Philippines, Black Friday Deals, Roomrent – units for rent, Search Profile Index, and Corporate Events Organizer.


  1. hi! 🙂 If you’re list is not complete yet, I would recommend to check out my blog at JAY-ELX.BLOGSPOT.COM

    Started as a personal in September of 2009, this blog already received more than 25,000 hits according to StatCounter. Gained a Pagerank 3 and an Alexa Rank of 5,982 in PH (936,374 Worldwide) It also always at the upper Top 15 of in it’s category. With 111 blog post, this blog already received 761 blog comments.

    This blog also has premiere night access to Walt Disney Films, Columbia Pictures & Warner Bros movies. Through this blog I was able to attend 3 presscons and premiere nights at Star Cinema & several Viva Film movies. To prove that I don’t made this blog to gain money from it, I only put ads on it this month July 2010, after almost 9 months 🙂 Hope you can consider my blog 😀

  2. Allan, I feel so flattered that you actually get to mention my blog here in your blog. I don’t know what I did but thanks! 🙂

    Anyway, yes… Coming up with a top 10 list was really hard! I’m sorry I didn’t get to list your blog before because I was trying to search for your archive to see when you got started but could not find it.

    I have to agree with you, Jonha’s blog was definitely one of the most influential I’ve seen so far. Her blog was the only blog that literally made me cry! See her post about surviving the recession by quitting your job.

    I didn’t really expect getting a vote back but thanks again! 🙂

  3. @BoardsandMags, sure. I’ll include your blog in our short list for consideration.

    @TVSeriesCraze, noted. I’ll include yours in the shortlist as well. Good luck too!

    @JayL, thanks for nominating! I’ll definitely consider yours (having such amazing stats) and include it in our shortlist.

    @Tim, you’re welcome! Keep up the great work!

  4. Hi Sir Allan,
    I noticed that your list is not yet complete so I’ll take this opportunity to plug my tiny blue blog – . The blog of a teen with strong conviction of his unusual point of view. Though my blog is not about earning money, I hope you’ll still have a look at it.

    I hope you’ll consider it to be on your list. It would be my honor if my blog will be one of your nominees. Thanks and Godspeed!

  5. Appreciate the kind words and support!

    Here’s to everyone keeping up the growth and momentum… the more the merrier in this awesome community we have around here! 🙂

  6. @BoardsandMags, thank you for the nomination. Will include your blog in our short list for consideration.

    @TV SEries Craze, welcome to RMH! We’ll include your blog in our shortlist as well.

    @JayL, amazing traffic results you got there! Thanks for dropping by. We’ll take note of your blog for consideration.

    @Tim, you’re welcome. More power to your blog! Keep up the great work!

    @rabsin, great to have you here @ RMH! We’ll take not of your blog and include it in our short list.

    @Baker, thank you very much for dropping by and the encouragement! I appreciate it. More power to you!

  7. hello! please do consider my diet blog, in your list 🙂 it is my online battle against obesity and i would truly be thrilled with the support! being fat is a challenge, but i have learned that taking this fight online has allowed me to become more motivated to lose weight 🙂

  8. Nakiki-plug lang po….

    Kilala mo ba sila ELY, MARKUS, LEMON, at BUDDY? Nagkaroon ba kayo ng KARAOKE MACHINE at nakakanta gamit ang MINUS ONE o MULTIPLEX CASSETTE TAPES? Nag-alaga ka rin ba ng mga mababangong KISSES at umasang manganganak ang mga ito? Alam mo ba ang universal cheat code na UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B, A, B, A, SELECT, START?

    Balik-balikan ang saya ng DEKADA NOBENTA….Pindot na Dito!!

    Sana ay makabisita ka at ma-check mo kung pasado ba ang blog ko sa criteria mo para sa TOP 10 EMERGING INFLUENTIAL BLOGS FOR 2010!!

    Lahat ng tao ay may jologs side!! Rakenrol \m/

  9. Hi Allan,

    I am getting more and more views because of this post and thought I would express how I grateful I am. Your posts especially about stock market investing have inspired me and I would be eternally indebted to you for that (just don’t take it literally, haha).

    Aww thank you so much for the nomination, it means so much to me to be included in this elite list and the nomination coming from you is just so amazing.

    @Tim: Awww, I really appreciate you for giving me a nomination in your blog too, it means so much to me!

    You guys rock!

  10. Sam at Finanical Samurai is a political hack.

    For honest financial advice, without the attitude or politics, the best I have read are Bargaineering and Get Rich Slowly.

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