As many of you know, I am making an aggressive effort to improve this website and increase readership by the end of January, 2011 (Used to be February, but I reached some goals faster than I imagined!). Here are the goals I set for myself.
Goals for the end of February January, 2011
- Alexa Rank: Under 200,000
- Subscribers: 50
- Twitter Followers: 200
- Current Alexa Rank: 155,441 (was 176,630 last week)
- Subscribers: 42 (was 38 last week)
- Twitter Followers: 158 (was 144 last week)
Well, you can tell that I reached my Alexa Rank goal without a problem. I will continue to network and grow in that category. I know that it will continue to go down below 100,000, so I fell like I don’t have to worry about it anymore.
I mentioned that I was really going to make a push to improve my subscriber and Twitter numbers last week. Well, life happened, and I didn’t start making an effort on this until about Thursday. Since I started so late, I am still pleased with the numbers.
My subscriber numbers went from 38 to 42. Still an improvement, so I’m still happy! My Twitter followers increased by 14 and I expect those to climb past the 200 mark in no-time!
Goals for February 28, 2011
My site income really struggled in December, and I think it is do to my poor SEO (Search Engine Optimization) set-up. My site is clean for optimal XML coding, but my keywords and titles have really been sub-par. Out of all my visitors, the ones that found my site by way of a search engine was less than 1%!! And most of that 1% was probably me trying to see if I could get my site to show up when I searched a particular phrase in Google!
In February, I have a few things that I would like to work on. One of them is to improve my SEO so that 4% of my audience comes to my site by way of search engines. With increased traffic, I should be able to improve my Google Adsense income. Since I made like, $0.95 in December, I don’t want to put a mammoth number here, but I think I should make at least $20 in February. I still think subscribers and Twitter followers are important as well, so I’ll set a goal number for these: 250 Twitter followers, and 60 subscribers.
Goals to hit by the end of February, 2011
- 4% find my site by search engines
- 250 Twitter followers
- 60 subscribers
- Make $20 via Adsense
Since this week was so crazy, I did not get a chance to read many post from other sites, but here are a few of my favorites!
Get Out of Debt Fast – How to Speed Up the Process – by Passive Family Income (just so you know, I wrote this one, and I think it’s one of my best!)
Our Stock Portfolio – by Budgeting in the Fun Stuff – a transparent glimpse into a real-life portfolio, which is always fun!
5 Companies That Are Increasing Their Dividends– by Buy Like Buffett
Investment Fundamental #10 – Start Early – by Retire By 40
Are Emergency Savings Necessary? – by Invest It Wisely
Ecological Capitalism and Consumer Capitalism – by Early Retirement Extreme
5 Eco-Friendly Products For the Smart Saver– by MoneyCone
Saving Money By Eating Only the Food Already in the House for a Month: “Can We Last a Month” – by Broke Professionals
My List of Stupid Money Spent: 2010 – by Frugal Confessions
My First Time – by Minting Nickels – a story about how daunting eBay can be at times.
Victory! January – The month I conquered my money – by Nickel by Nickel – a great success story over money!
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.