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Our Top 5 Most Read Blog Posts of 2017

It seems like it was just yesterday when 2017 was getting started and now we are a few short (and cold) weeks away from 2018. This year was our best blog year by far with 100%+ increases in sessions, users, and page views when comparing the same date ranges (January 1 to November 14) between 2017 and 2016.

Google Analytics Proof:

2017- (1/1 to 11/14)

2016- (1/1 to 11/14)

  • Sessions- Increased by 123%
  • Users- Increased by 144%
  • Page Views- 116%

So, to end the 2017 year, we wanted to share our top 5 blog posts chosen by you, the readers (as of 11/14/17)! As you can see from our list below, it is safe to say our “niche” of young medical professionals is in full force with 4 of our top 5 being posts written for medical professionals.

1. Building a Budget for Medical Residents.

This post was born from a presentation we did on budgeting for medical residents of the Psychiatry program at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. What started off as an outline from our presentation, has now turned in to our top performing post. It was used for a story from the AMA on budgeting as well. There is an excel spreadsheet included in the post which is a prebuilt budget that allows the residents (or anyone!) to build their own budget.

2. Financial Planning for a New Attending Physician.

So, you just became an attending physician, now what? It’s funny how exciting and terrifying this transition can be for young docs. However, jumping from $60k to $200k introduces a whole new ballgame with financial planning. We hit on topics such as student loans, disability insurance, investing, in vitro fertilization (IVF), and some basic asset protection strategies.

3. Financial Planning for a Medical Resident.

Another big transition in the life of a medical professional, while it may not have the big paycheck yet, a lot changes occur from medical school to residency. You now have a steady income, a TON of student debt, and you are an official doctor! The basics are vital at this phase, especially getting a game plan in place for your student loans. If you are going for Public Service Loan Forgiveness, get organized now! We discuss the topics of student loans, budgeting, emergency funds, why buying a home in not ideal (yet), insurance, and investing.

4. Why You Shouldn't Buy an Expensive Car (yet).

Looking back on the year, this may have been the most fun post to write. It was entertaining and this post led to some awesome feedback from clients and friends. One client called us and said, “did you write this about me, and did my wife tell you to write that?” My best friend even called and said, “I love how you write, it feels like I am having a normal conversation with you.” While that was nice of him to say this was our 31st blog post, so I guess he just missed the first 30 (haha). We did an awesome comparison to why expensive cars do not make sense for those in the accumulation phase of life (aka young professionals).

5. A Doctor's Guide to Student Loan Repayment.

It is amazing to me that this post live on March 7, 2016, and it is still one of our top 5 posts for 2017. This goes to show you that medical professionals are overwhelmed with their student loans, and are doing as much research as they can. I often say that student loan planning is more difficult and more detailed than retirement planning. The post provides the 10,000-foot view of what you should be doing to get your loans organized and paid off or forgiven. Even when I wrote this post, I didn’t discuss REPAYE because it was just released a few months earlier. Wow, time goes quick!

Well, I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane. Thank you for reading our blog posts and visiting our site. We look forward to providing you with even more engaging and timely content for 2018! If all goes well, we will be able to say 2018 is our new “best year” benchmark.

Thank you for a great 2017!