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Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up #3

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: 262,560 (was 358,140 last week)
  • Subscribers: 29 (was 20 last week)
  • Twitter Followers: 113 (was 100 last week)

I think that I’m still making some definite progress toward my February goals. My Alexa Rank dropped another 96,000 points over the course of last week (which is amazing!). If the trend continues, I could be very close to a 200,000 ranking by next week!

My subscribers have increased (largely due to my $25 Amazon Gift Card giveaway), but I think I will have to work at promoting my site a little more to keep these numbers growing.

My Twitter followers have grown consistently since I started the site, so I expect that those numbers will continue to rise by about 10 followers a week, which would get me to my goal by the end of February.

All in all, I’m feeling pretty good about all of the numbers. It looks like I’m a shoe-in for the Alexa rank, and the other numbers will take some work, but they’re looking pretty good as well!

Weekly Round-Up

Extra Income Results – December (2010) – by Passive Family Income. I actually promoted this yesterday, but in the event that you brushed it off, here’s your second chance to take a look at it. The transparency on earnings is amazing.

Want to Grow Rich? Learn the Game of Monopoly – An article that I wrote as a staff writer and am still pumped about! 🙂

Save Money on Gas – 11 Tips – I wrote this article as a staff writer as well, but I came up with some great tips to save money on that gas bill! I think it’s definitely worth the read. Sometimes I still re-read it for the stuff I’ve forgotten! 🙂

Reader Story: How Our Simple, No-Category, Mostly-Cash Budget Accidentally Paid Off the Car – Yes, it’s a mouthful, but it really is a great article for an alternative to traditional budgeting (by Get Rich Slowly)

Man Tries to Rob Restaurant With an i-Phone – by KNS Financial – this story is actually kind of sad. I’m pretty sure you could think of an alternative to robbing a restaurant when you’re done reading this story.

Confessions of a Bad Tipper– by Aloysa’s Kitchen Sink – I struggle with tipping too, especially when the service is lousy. What’s your take?

Eating Out on a Budget – by Budgeting in the Fun Stuff – here you’ll find some great tips on keeping your expenses low when you’re eating out.

Biggest Resume Mistakes Jobhunters make – They Don’t Know What a Resume is for – by Realized Returns – I have searched for jobs in the past and I can honestly say that I’ve never thought of the resume this way before!

Question: Giving to Charity? – by Twenty Something Money – this is a popular question when dealing with finances and digging out of debt. What is your opinion?

Holiday Hangover – 23 Things to Do Instead of Spending Money – by Frugal Confessions – Since my wife and I have decided to really skimp on our budget this year, I consider this list to be pure gold! I’m going to try many of these things and keep my money in my pocket. 🙂

Vacations on a Budget – by Frugal Zeitgeist – some great tips on how to save money and still have a little fun!

Making Passive Income with and i-Phone Repair Business – by The Extra Money Blog – I personally love this article! I’m actually still considering the business!

Plight of Regret– by From Shopping to Saving – I love this short excerpt! She realizes that she made a mistake and makes it right again!

Entrepreneurship: Don’t Trade a Boss for Something Worse – by Financial Samurai – This is a great read for anyone that’s starting a business. I really need to re-read it myself!

Dividend Yield – Royal Bank of Canada – by The Passive Income Earner – This is some tremendous detail and analysis of RBC.

Is Your Stuff Holding You Back? – by Early Retirement Extreme – Do you love stuff? Maybe it’s getting in the way of what you truly want! Make sure you give this article a read.

10 Free Ways to Improve Your Mood– by Bucksome Boomer – this post will teach you to improve your mood without putting a dent in your bank account! 🙂



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. Thank you for including my article! Good luck with all of your goals–looks like you are well on your way:).

    • No problem! I really loved the article! I am still feeling strongly about my goals and progress toward them. I can’t wait to reach them!

  2. Great roundup Derek and awesome stats! Keep up the good work!

  3. Thanks for the link love! I love how you share your blogging goals, it really helps me (a new blogger) with ideas on how to grow my own.

    • No problem! Once I hit 200,000, I’m really going to push to monetize my blog as well. I’ll share all of that as well.

  4. Thanks for the mention! You had a great drop in your Alexa rank. I have been dropping but more at the speed of a turtle than a rabbit.

    • No problem! You may wish your Alexa was dropping faster, but I wish I had your number of subscribers! 🙂

  5. Thanks for mentioning my post. Great job on the Alexa drop, that is really nice to see those numbers drop so fast.

    • Thanks John! My goal was to get it down below 200,000 before the end of February, but I think I will hit that goal before the end of this month! 🙂

  6. I bet you’ll reach your goals. And nice roundup, I’ve got more reading to do now 🙂

    • Thanks Jackie. I can’t for next week! I’m going to be so close to 200,000! And yep, lots of reading for you to do! 🙂

  7. You should get that Alexa goal no problem. Thanks very much for the link too :).

    • Yeah, the Alexa Rank is coming down in a hurry. I’ll probably hit that goal before January 31. I’ll just have to set another one! 🙂

  8. Sorry for the late response, but thanks so much for including my article in your roundup! Also, I think it’s great to see that your goal was to cross 200k in Alexa by the end of February (only 12 days ago), and now you are at 100k!

    • Pretty crazy huh? I never knew that they Alexa Rank could drop so fast!!

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