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Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up #10


Do you have goals and dreams for your future? Do you have them written down? Every week, I remind myself of my goals for the month to make sure that I’m on track for hitting them. Sometimes I’m way behind the eight ball, and other times I really feel like I have a good handle on them. Either way though, my site improves and my readers have a better experience from the improvements.

Goals For March, 2012

February was an amazing month, but now it’s March and it’s time to re-focus! This site could always use a few more eyeballs every week, and in order to accomplish that, we need to create bigger and better goals! Let’s see what I punished myself with this month. πŸ˜‰

  1. 900 Subscribers – Last month, I missed my goal of 800 subscribers, but I decided to raise the bar anyway! This month, I want to see my subscriber counter reach 900! So far, I’m at 761 subscribers and have quite a ways to go. Any ideas how I can make this leap in the next 20 days?
  2. Earn $1,500 with this site– Compared to last month, March is starting out pretty slow. I still expect this site to earn at least $1,000, but I might need to reach out to those suppliers a bit in order to make $1,500 happen. We’ll keep our eyes on this number in the next couple of weeks.
  3. Finish the SEO Structure of CAPI – I acually restructured my site,, the day after I made this goal! It’s now set up for optimal SEO, and I can’t wait to see what it does to my keyword search results! Consider this one done! πŸ™‚
  4. Make Another $1,200 Payment on the Mortgage – Between my wife and I, we actually get an “extra” paycheck this month (we get paid by-weekly, and every couple of months, one of us gets paid 3 times in the month instead of just 2), so this extra payment really shouldn’t be an issue. Can’t wait to see those mortgage numbers drop again! πŸ™‚

Weekly Round-Up

The Satisfaction of Doing Your Own Home Projects – by Invest It Wisely

The Case Against Passive Income Investing – by My Personal Finance Journey

Own Your Financial Decisions When It Comes to Debt – by Mom’s Plans

3 Employer Benefits You Must Take Advantage Of – by Prairie Eco Thrifter

How We Did On Our Taxes in 2011 – by Couple Money

How to Split the Bill and Avoid Awkwardness – by Free Money Wisdom

How to Be Rich? Stay Healthy – by One Cent At a Time

How Much Will My New House Cost? – by Financial Success For Young Adults

Shifting Financial Priorities Through the Decades – by Bucksome Boomer

Do You Have Perfect Attendance? – by Krantcents

Couples and Money – by World of Finance

A Basic Budget is Not Everything – by Poor to Rich a Day at a Time

Jobs in College – Pizza Delivery – by 20’s Finances

Adventures in Refinancing, Chapter 5 – by My Money Design

Examining the History of Our Mortgage Rates – by Freedom 48

3 Healthy Inexpensive Meals – by Tackling Our Debt



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. Hey I like the mortgage payment being made the most anyway. Congrats in you are on track for that.

    • Paying those extra payments is more fun than I thought it would be! πŸ˜‰ Can’t wait to make the next one!

  2. Thanks for including my article this week! And nice work on your goals. Don’t you love “3 check month”? We’ve got the same thing going on this month as well. Spending it on your mortgage is a great idea. What is CAPI SEO Structure?

    • I do love triple check month! Since my wife and I both get paid bi-weekly, we get 4 triple check months! We’ve decided to use quite a bit of that money for vacations since we already pay an extra $1,200 on the mortgage every month.

      CAPI SEO Structure was my goal to restructure my main pages on my new website, (CAPI). It has been paying off so far. I’ve moved from #154 up to #50 (at one point). I think at this time, I’m ranking at about #60, but hope to move up again soon! πŸ™‚

  3. I always love to achieve my goals. The feeling of accomplishment is pretty heady. Enjoy the accomplishments and work on the others.

    Thanks for the links, I really appreciate it.

    • I love to achieve goals too, but I actually don’t mind if I miss one or two. If I hit them all, then that means they were too easy! πŸ˜‰

  4. Derek, on restructuring your CAPI site for optimal SEO. What were the 1-2 things did to improve from the standard wordpress sructure. Thanks. I think this is an area we can all benefit from your insight.

    • I definitely don’t consider myself an expert, but I’ll be writing a post on this soon. Lately, I’ve been focusing on internal links. Next, I’ll probably have to boost my external linking….

  5. Good luck with your goals! I’m sure you’ll make it to 900!

    • Haha, that’s my most scary goal! I’m going to do my best to hit it, but I’m still a long ways off!

  6. I do set goals for myself. I have the mortgage one written down, but realize I don’t really write a whole lot of other things down. When we got our tax return money back, I found myself writing down what we might do with the money, but otherwise I am naturally a list person and get excited to see things get checked off.

    • Thanks for the comment Kevin! I tend to make quite a few goals for myself, both at work, with my online ventures, and with our personal finances. It’s fun to achieve them, and I always find myself stretching to improve because of them. Good luck to you and your goals!

      P.S. What are you doing with that tax refund? An extra vacation? πŸ™‚

  7. Great goals. What did you end up doing with the SEO restructuring?

    • I was really focused on internal linking to my homepage (with the keyword, “passive income”). The technique is more for niche sites, but I figured that it couldn’t hurt! πŸ™‚

  8. A nice set of goals you have there. They require some stretching, but should all be achievable. Good luck, and here’s hoping there’s plenty of good news to report soon.

    • Thanks Roger! The biggest hurdle is going to be that 900 subscriber number. That means I’ll have to increase my readers by 140 in the next 2 weeks. That’s about 10 a day. Time to make a plan I guess! πŸ™‚

  9. I’m still pretty new to the blogging terminology and don’t really understand SEO yet. Maybe a post idea you could write up is how to “restructure your CAPI site for optimal SEO.” Or simply direct me to some resources you found helpful. I’d like to see how I can optimize my search potential. My hubs Googled my site today and told me it finally came up in the results! Making progress! Also, I like the Pay off the Mortgage bar you added.

    • I’m by no means an SEO expert, but I could definitely whip something up for you on that. Oh, and congrats on getting your site name in the Google search! That’s always exciting!

  10. I like that you keep the goals consistent and achievable. Thanks for the inclusion! πŸ™‚

    • No problem IIW! There’s always at least one post of yours that I’m interested in each week.

  11. I hope you’ll be successful on your goals this month! I’ll be listing mine as well, thanks for the idea. Good luck to your blogging career!

    • Thanks Allen! Good luck to you as well!

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