We’re tweaking the MoneySavingExpert.com editorial code
We've today uploaded a new version of the MoneySavingExpert Editorial Code – the legally binding document that governs how MSE is operated
The top 10 most popular things on MoneySavingExpert in the last three months
Data nerds like me will like this one. As today’s been rather a big announcement day for me and the site (see the Martin Lewis to remain at MSE news), I was mulling over the site’s growth and looking at some stats. Among those I pulled out was what the most read pages have been recently. I thought...
25,000 helped out of debt crisis via one agency alone
MoneySavingExpert.com celebrated its 10th birthday on Friday. We received many kind tributes to the work we’ve done, but I was especially delighted to read this open letter from StepChange (CCCS as it used to be known). Congratulations on MoneySavingExpert.com’s 10th birthday! It’s great to hear that the site, a British institution, has been running for a whole...
MoneySavingExpert.com was born 10 years ago today
It’s our birthday. On 22 February 2003, the switch was turned on for MoneySavingExpert.com and its forum. There were 400 people on my Martin’s Money Tips email list back then, and I was just about to get my big break on ITV’s This Morning. A bit like the Queen, this is our official birthday. But the very...
MSE’s biggest day ever – over 1.5 million visits to the site
It’s January, and as always, that means it’s the peak month for people to sort their finances. Last week, the site smashed through its all-time record. As always, the biggest day was on a Wednesday, the day people receive our weekly email. In fact it’s the third Wednesday in a row we’ve broken the record. Now, I...
What’s happening to my £10m to charity?
Update: 3 November 2016: A new version of this blog is now available here: What happened to the £10m (now £20m) I promised to donate to charity? Last June I pledged, as part of the announcement MSE is joining the MSM group, that charities would receive £10m. The transaction completed at the end of September (it’s like...
Chart porn – My 10 most-read blogs of 2012
It’s time for my annual dose of chart porn – after all, who doesn’t love a good list? So here are my most-read blogs of 2012. Just over a million people read the top one, all the rest received 100,000s of views each. How safe is Santander UK? What I really think Can you buy stamps now,...
Top 10 UK brands: MoneySavingExpert.com overtakes Apple
It seems the site’s ‘brand buzz’ has jumped in the mid-year rankings. In January I wrote that we’d joined the big boys in the Brand Index buzz rankings (see MSE cracks top 10 brands) – quite an achievement for our team of around 40, compared to the 10,000s of the rest. Well a friend’s just emailed me...
It’s time to admit my first BBC appraisal contained the blueprint for MSE
"What does it take to build a website as big as MSE?" It’s a question I’ve been asked a lot recently. So it’s time to reveal that the blueprint was in my very first BBC appraisal. Let me tell you the story… Having left financial PR in the 1990s to take a postgraduate in broadcast journalism at...
When doesn’t £10/month cost you £10/month? When it’s ‘equiv’
When don’t you pay £10/month for £10/month broadband? We’ve introduced a new site convention to try to make things even clearer. I hope it’ll be obvious, even to those who haven’t read this, but I just wanted to note down exactly what the phrase ‘equiv’ means and when we’ll use it. Deals, especially in the broadband and...
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