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Goals Update and Weekly Round-up

As many of you know, I am making an aggressive effort to improve this website and increase readership by the end of February, 2011. Here are the goals I set for myself.

Goals for the end of February, 2011

  • Alexa Rank: Under 200,000
  • Subscribers: 50
  • Twitter Followers: 200

Current Numbers

  • Current Alexa Rank: 358,140
  • Subscribers: 20
  • Twitter Followers: 100

I am getting very excited about my progress toward my February goals. My Alexa rank has dropped another 100,000 (which is great!) since last week, and I have broken into the 3-digits with Twitter followers.

Since my subscriber numbers were down last week, I decided to run a promotion for my readers to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card (this is active through January 31 by the way, so make sure to enter!). With this promotion, I have increased my subsciber numbers from 15 to 20. Not as great as I would have liked, but at least it’s progress!

Weekly Round-Up

This past week, we brought in the New Year, 2011! There is a lot of excitement and high hopes for this year – more opportunities, higher incomes, and an all-around better economy. With these high hopes come some great articles. Take a look for yourself!

Get Out of Debt – Where Should You Start? – by Passive Family Income (this is actually my staff posting, but I’m still excited about it ok? 🙂 )

My $132,683 Comcast Bill – by Get Rich Slowly

How I Feel About Money Today – 01.01.11 – by KNSFinancial

Budgeting in Time to Generate More Savings to Retire Early – by Budgeting in the Fun Stuff (actually a guest post by Sunil from The Extra Money Blog)

2010 in Review – by Aloysa’s Kitchen Sink

Launched RealizedReturns – by Realized Returns of course! Haha – this is a new site that just launched. Looks like it’s going to be a great one!

My 2011 goals – by Twenty Something Money

Top 10 Frugal Confessions Posts of 2010 – by Frugal Confessions

Homes Losing Value Fastest – by Frugal Zeigeist

How Much is the Stuff in Your Purse Worth? – by From Shopping to Saving

The Best of Financial Samurai – by Financial Samurai

December 2010 Net Worth Update – by The Passive Income Earner

Increase You Blog Traffic With a Giveaway – by Mark Riddix

The Minimalist Kitchen – by Early Retirement Extreme

2011 Goals and Plans – by Bucksome Boomer



My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. Thanks very much for including my post :). You are doing great on the Alexa front. Happy 2011

    • Thanks Forest! I really have no idea what to expect for the Alexa Rank, but it looks like maybe I should be shooting for sub 100,000 by the end of February. Now THAT would be sweet! 🙂

    • No problem Jaymus! I really do like your site, and I think that you have some great articles coming our way!

  2. Hello! Happy New Year, and thanks for including my post.

  3. I think you are going to blow by your blog goals if you keep it up! Shoot even higher in 1 month!

    • Thanks for motivation Financial Samurai! So, you’re thinking I can acheive these goals by the end of January? I’ll definitely try. I think I’m on my way! 🙂

  4. I think you are definitely going to blow your Alexa goal out of the water! Your new staff writer position may help you along with the subscribers as well.

    Thanks for including my article!

    • Thanks Khaleef. With the advice of Financial Samurai, it looks like I’m shooting for the end of January. I think I can do it too!

  5. Thanks for the mention and Happy New Year! You are certainly making progress on your Alexa rank; Keep it up!

    • The Alexa Rank is going down much faster than I thought. I don’t mind though! I enjoy your site too. Since my wife and I are getting rid of our debts soon, I’ve been thinking a lot about passive income, so keep those great articles coming!

  6. You are reaching your goals really fast. Remember my words: you will be far ahead of your goals by Feb. Great job!

    Thank you for including my article!

    • Yeah, I’m starting to realize that I’ll hit my Alexa goal early. But I’m still not so sure about the Feedburner and Twitter. We’ll see what I can do to boost those! 🙂

    • Thanks Suba! I am pretty pleased so far, but there’s plenty more to be done! 🙂

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