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March Goals Are Happening!!…(and the Weekly Round-up)


Many of you know that when we entered 2013, I not-so-silently recommitted myself to the prosperous future of this website! I absolutely love getting emails from my readers that say I turned their financial life around, so why not beef up my site so I can help thousands, no…tens of thousands, no…make that hundreds of thousands of people?!! This is why my goals reports are back, and I’m happy to report that things are starting to turn around! It’s been a very exciting week, so let’s go through the actions I took as well as the results that are happening!

Goals for March

1) Bring My Alexa Rank Below 100,000 – Last week, my Alexa Rank was at 110,855 and it was slowly starting to turn around. Well, I got some difinitive proof that the turn-around was real this week. My new Alexa Rank is 104,133 (and my 1-month rank is down to 95k!)!! I haven’t reached my goal of 100,o00 yet, but I’m well on my way. I just need to keep writing my kick-butt articles and this number should continue to slide down below that magic 100k mark. 😉

** I really would like to get my Alexa Rank below 100k! If you’d like to help me achieve this, please download the Alexa Toolbar! Not only will your visits then count toward my rank, you’ll also be able to see the rank of every site you visit! **

2) Grow my Subscriber Numbers to 1,200 – This is one heck of a crazy goal, and I really have to kick something in gear to make this happen, but I am still encouraged by my progress. I have created a new subscriber section on the top right of my page, and I’ve also added a subscriber sign-up form at the end of each article. Just yesterday, I had 5 new subscribers! I know it doesn’t sound like much, but my average subscriber increase prior to this was about 2 per month! I’ve already more than doubled that in 1 day! I need to add a few more subscriber options on my page and I’ll be having a promotion soon to prompt others to subscribe. My goal is still 1,200 and I’m going to have to get incredibly creative to hit this.

3) Increase my Facebook Friends to 400 – To be honest, I haven’t tackled this one yet. Mostly, I’m depending on my kick-butt articles to help me out here, as well as my upcoming promotion.

4) Increase My Twitter Followers to 1,500 – Last week my Twitter numbers were at 1,137. After taking action on this for a few days, I have upped my followers to 1,247. I think 1,500 might actually be doable!

So hitting my subscriber numbers is going to be incredibly difficult, but the rest of these goals are absolutely possible based on where my current numbers are. I’m going to keep my head down on these goals and stay focused – hopefully I can report great things by the end of the month! 🙂


Weekly Round-Up

Take a look at these great articles related to personal finance!

5 Reasons Why People Go Into Debt at Brick By Brick Investing

Are You A $30K Millionaire at Stocks and Cents

Why You Don’t Feel Wealthy With Stocks at Record Highs at Financial Samurai

Why Young Adults Need to Use Credit Cards at 20s Finances

Why You Shouldn’t Pay Off Your Mortgage at Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Balancing Your Work With Your Life at My Personal Finance Journey

How To Get Out of A Rut at Breath of Optimism

Buying The Right Insurance for Your Family at Well Kept Wallet

Why We Pursued Rental Income at Young Adult Money

Frugality, Patience and The Digital Age at Modest Money

Sequestration: Has The Government Cried Wolf Too Many Times at Eyes on the Dollar

Web Based Passive Income vs. Web Based Revenue Stream at Money Infant

Are We Doing Personal Finance Wrong at Beating Broke

How Much is Your Honesty Worth at Penny Thots

Five Tips to Follow for Student Loans at One Smart Dollar

A Guide to Avoiding Long Term Debt Problems at Finance Inspired

Roadmap to Success at KrantCents

Why Do Sales Make Us Irrational Shoppers at Debt Roundup



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. Great job so far this month on your goals. Where did your subscriber numbers go from the sidebar? Has that gone private now? I love reading all your “kick butt” articles, I wish everyone I’ve told about your site would visit, subscribe, and get some great advice in the process. But alas, not everyone wants to learn how to be smart with their money. Some people just accept living paycheck to paycheck as a way of life. Too bad, their loss.
    Keep up the good work!

    • I’m also wondering is the Alexa toolbar beneficial when using my smartphone?

      • To be honest, I actually never looked into that. I’m pretty sure Alexa is only affective from your computer though.

    • Thanks Tim! The subscriber numbers have moved, but are still visable. The display is orange and near the top of the right sidebar. Thanks again for promoting so well for my site. Pretty soon I’ll have another giveaway – maybe that will catch the attention of more of your friends!

    • Thanks Marvin! I can’t wait till I cross that 100k mark. 🙂 The ultimate yearly goal is to go under 70k. It’s going to be tough, but will my momentum going in the right direction, it’s entirely possible!

  2. Do you think the goals would go any better if you picked and focused on one each month? Maybe you could gain more traction that way?

    • Ha, that is a good point. Perhaps I’m losing track of my goals as a whole since I have too many. We’ll see how this month goes, but I will definitely take that into consideration!

  3. Good job on your goals. I am approaching differently by just committing to my writing. Tanks for the links, I am in good company.

    • Thanks krantcents! Yes, writing quality articles is very important. That is one of the top ways that I’m improving my numbers as well, among other things of course. 😉 Thanks for reading!

  4. Thanks for including me. I was sick this week and could have cared less about any goal other than getting through the day. Hopefully, I’ll be more on it next week.

    • That sounds terrible! Hopefully you’re feeling better this week!

  5. I like seeing you get closer to your goals. You were actually one of the inspirations to re-install the Alexa toolbar after I got a new laptop.


  6. those seem like great goals. There is nothing wrong with striving high. I like aiming high and seeing if I can achieve it. Good luck and thank you for mentioning my article. I really appreciate it.

    • Good to hear from you Grayson. Thanks for the compliments on the goals!

  7. Thanks for the highlight here! I haven’t too much of your site but so far, I love it! Good luck on the goals and you just got yourself a new subscriber!

    • Good to hear that I got a new subscriber! Thanks for reading Brian, and best of luck with your site as well!

  8. Good luck with your goals. After reading a few of your articles lately I have no doubt that you can do it, you write great stuff!

    • Thanks Nick! I appreciate the compliments!

  9. Congratulations of achieving those benchmarks in social networking! Great links, as well. Thanks for this post.

    • No problem Tony. I’m making some changes to the page and I’m writing with more purpose this month. I can definitely see it in my site metrics. 🙂

    • No problem Don! Keep writing that great stuff!

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