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Best Tips to Create an Engaging Financial Website

Best Tips to Create an Engaging Financial Website

Creating a great website is a challenge in itself, but when you add to it a topic that can tend to be quite dry and boring to the average reader, it makes it that much more challenging. If you are creating a financial website, you need to find ways to make it interesting so you can attract traffic. Here are some tips that will help.

1. Create a Forum Section

When your site is interactive, readers will tend to stick around. A forum section is a great way to keep people interested because they can talk to one another and get answers from experts, other forum members, etc. They get to interact, and get information on their financial issues, and learn how to create their own financial strategy.

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2. Offer Budgeting Software

Many people have financial issues because they don’t follow a set budget. You can help them by offering budgeting software for them to use. It can be downloaded, and they can use it to create or redesign their own budgets that will help them stay on track financially, and keep people coming to your website.

3. Offer Interactive Videos

It is a fact that videos attract visitors to websites, and the right video can definitely have the right effect on your visitors. Make sure your content has videos that offer details of the website services, how customers can benefit by signing up, etc. This is going to make your site more interesting, and people will come back to see new videos when you post them (keep posting videos regularly).

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4. Provide Debt Calculators

It is not uncommon to play with numbers when you are in debt, and a debt calculator can really help with this. So, make sure that you offer debt calculators for those who use your website. They can use your site to learn how to use debt calculators, and it will also make your site more transparent and trustworthy, which is going to help you to attract even more traffic.

5. Find the Right Angle

When it comes to the development of a financial website, you need to think about how you are going to attract traffic. You need to come up with an angle, and then build the site around that angle. Make sure that you find a niche to work with, and make all information on your website relevant to that niche, as well as informative.

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6. Use the Right Tools

In order to create the best website, you need to use the best tools, including tools that will help with analysis and marketing. Some of our top picks include:

7. Avoid Complicated Stuff

The average person just isn’t going to understand complicated statistics, pie charts, graphs, etc. So, leave them off your website. They are unnecessary, and they are just going to distract readers from what they are there to see. That is going to lead them to turn to your competition, which is the last thing you want.

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8. Don’t Use Jargon

Something else that annoys the average reader is jargon. Only people within the finance industry are going to understand it, so don’t use it if you are marketing to the average person. Talk to them on their level, and you will quickly become known as a source that can be trusted.

9. Get Readers Involved

You need to have a good line of communication between yourself and your readers. A good blogger knows that the readers make or break the blog. Encourage your readers to have interaction with you. Allow them to ask questions, suggest topics for posts, and give feedback on what you are doing. This will show that you care about what they want.

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Last Updated on April 3, 2019

How to Nix Your Credit Card Debt in Less Than 3 Years

How to Nix Your Credit Card Debt in Less Than 3 Years

Debt is never a fun thing to be in. But, there are many actions that you can take that will help you rid yourself of the burden of debt once and for all.

By coming up with a set plan, eliminating your debt can feel much easier than constantly thinking about it.

This post will provide some tips on how you can do this to help you nix your credit card debt in less than 3 years.

Hint: there are ways that are easier than you think.

1. Consider Consolidating Multiple Credit Cards If Possible

This may not be applicable to you, but if you have multiple cards – it is something to consider. Keeping up with multiple bills is time consuming.

It will depend on the balance you have on each. Consolidate ones you can but do not do it to the point that you get too close to the maximum limit. Also, it is ideal to pick the card with the lower interest rate.

Consider if there are any fees or alternatively, rewards, with transferring a balance to another card. Watch out for fees. Note that some cards offer rewards for transferring a balance to them. This is extra cash that can help go towards paying off your debt.

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Having one or two cards can make nixing your debt much simpler than keeping up with the balance of a bunch of cards. Keeping track of paying the minimum towards a bunch of cards is time consuming. Spend the time to consolidate instead to make the overall process simpler going forward.

My tip: Have one main credit card. Have a second one that you use for necessities – such as groceries or gas – that offers rewards for those purchases (a lot of cards do) and set the second one on auto-pay. You should be able to pay off a smaller amount on auto-pay if it is a necessity. If you think you cannot, then you may need to cut down a lot on expenses.

Why do I suggest doing this? Having one thing set to auto-pay is one less thing to think about. One less thing to waste time on. Same idea with consolidating to one main card. Tracking down too many is a hassle.

2. Try to Pay the Full Balance You Spent Each Month at the Very Least

You need to pay off the amount you are spending each month when that bill comes in. This is the amount you spent THAT month.

Do not let the debt keep accruing while you work on paying any unpaid debt that has accrued. It will become a never-ending battle. Try as best as you can to be current on paying for each month’s expenses when that month’s bill comes out.

If this is a strain, consider why. You may need to cut expenses. Or you may need to consider other cards. Or look at where this money is going.

3. Pay Extra When You Can – Every Small Amount Counts

This cannot be emphasized enough. If you are looking at a lot of credit card debt, it can look daunting, but each extra amount that you can put towards the debt will really add up – no matter how small it is.

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It does not just reduce the principal amount that you have left to pay off, but it reduces the amount that is collecting interest. You will always save money with that reduced interest.

4. Create a Plan on How to Pay Extra

Back to the main point, having this plan is giving you one less thing to think about.

This plan should be a plan that works for you. If it does not work for you, your spending habits, and your views on debt, then it will not be an effective plan.

For instance, if a set plan of an extra $50 (or another amount that you know you can afford) works for you, then do that. Set that aside every month and pay that extra amount. Treat it like a bill. Choose an amount that works for you and pay it like clockwork as though it was a bill you had to pay each month.

Little amounts will not nix it entirely, but they will help tackle it and having a set plan can make it less of a chore. Creating a new plan of how much to put towards it each month is an unnecessary added stress.

5. Cut out Costs for Services You Do Not Use

If you are signed up for subscriptions that you do not use because of some free trial or for some other reason, cut it out. Your overall financial position will look better.

In turn, that will make cutting your credit card debt easier. Look at your statements to find these expenses. If you do not use them, you may forget you are paying some unnecessary amount each month. Cutting it out can really add up in savings that you can put towards other needed expenses.

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6. Get Aggressive About It

Consider these points:

Depending on the interest and the level of debt, you may need to give up a few indulgences. For example, instead of ordering delivery or going out to eat, cook at home. Everything adds up.

Other things may be more of a sacrifice. It may be a trip you wanted to go on, or a daily latte habit you’ve picked up. In these instances, consider how important it is to you and if it’s worth the sacrifice. And if it is a costly expense, think whether you can wait to indulge.

Cutting an extravagant expense can really help make a dent in your overall debt. Try not to add to debt when you are trying to pay it off. It will be a never-ending battle. Make it less of a battle with these tips and it will feel easier.

Bottom line: Do what you can to make this process easier for you. Implement steps that do this. It takes time now, but will help overall. Also, keep track of your spending and paying down of your debts. Which is the next point.

7. Reevaluate Your Progress at Set Intervals

Doing a regular check-in can help you see your efforts pay off or maybe indicate that you need to give this a bit more effort. If you check every 3-6 months, it will not feel so much like a chore or feel so daunting.

By doing this, you will be able to better understand your progress and perhaps readjust your plan. Bonus: if you see it pay off, it will feel great to do this check-in. You will get there.

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Finally (and most importantly)…

8. Keep Trying

Do not get discouraged. Pushing it off will make it worse. Just keep trying.

Once your debt becomes lower, each monthly payment will reduce the balance more. Why? You are paying less towards interest. It will be a snowball effect eventually and it will become much easier to manage. Just get to that point. And know once you do, it will feel easier and motivating.

Start Knocking out Your Debt Today

The best way to eliminate debt is to get started right away. Begin by implementing the above steps and watch your debt just melt away. Try out some of the above strategies and see what works best for you. Soon you’ll be on your way to a debt free life.

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