My Goals WILL Be Accomplished in May

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Hello loyal readers! I am in great spirits today because life is good. 🙂 Spring has finally arrived in West Michigan and my golf clubs finally have some dirt on them. I can’t wait to bask in the sun today as well. In addition to the weather, I have some other good news. Yesterday, I officially wrapped up my second semester of Graduate School! Yes, there are still 4 semesters to go, but this semester was pretty intense and I’m quite glad that it’s behind me!

Ok, on to my May goals. Let’s see how I’m doing on these.

May Goals

I set these goals last week because I intend to improve my site quite largely this month! I’m excited for these changes to happen, and I hope you are too!

1) Bring My Alexa Rank Down to 85,000 – I have made tremendous progress on my Alexa rank over the past few months, taking it from 110k down to 89k, but it seems I’m at a stand-still again…

In order to take my Alexa below 85,000, I need to write some more kick-butt articles and attract some serious visitor numbers soon. I’m already working on a Monday article that will do just that. Hopefully next week you’ll see this Alexa rank below 85k!

** I really would like to get my Alexa Rank below 70k (ultimately)! 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) Create a Member’s Only Portion of my Site – I have nearly 1,000 subscribers to this site and I have no structured forum for us to talk or discuss our finances with each other! I think this site could really benefit from a private member’s area. We could chat, have a virtual coffee, and make sure that we’re all on the right track! Do you like this idea? I plan to get started on this project in the next few days, so stay tuned for some great things!

3) Continue to Write Every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – As usual, I’m still doing a great job keeping a consistent schedule for my posts. I trust that all you readers appreciate this and I plan to keep it going for a very long time. 🙂

 

Weekly Round-Up

Yes, I have some great stuff on my site, but there are some amazing articles being written every day on other sites all over the world. Here’s a small taste of that.

Good Advice on How to Better Manage Your Own Money – by Financial Samurai – We all might think we’re doing a good job with our finances, but in reality we could all be doing much better.

Stop Wasting Time at Stocks and Cents – Time is money, and no one should be wasting money.

The Joneses Are Broke at My Personal Financial Journey – I couldn’t agree more with this statement. The Joneses are financing everything today and I don’t envy them at all!

Your Entire Financial Life in One Deceptively Simple Chart at My Money Blog – Finances don’t have to be difficult. Check out this post and find out how simple they can be!

Hey Parents, It’s OK to Create Cheap Memories at Luke_1428 – My parents never had much money when I was growing up, so our vacation consisted of going to a local hotel for the weekend. I loved it and will never forget all the good times we had!

3 Common Mistakes Parents Make Teaching Children About Money at My Family Finances – Parents are doing a terrible job teaching their kids about money these days. I bet I could think of 10 mistakes. Not just 3.

How Much Do Americans Really Pay in Taxes at Money Infant – I feel like I’m one of the suckers that pays too much in taxes, especially since I just sent in a check for $6,400….

5 Things Mutual Fund Companies Don’t Want You to Know at Modest Money – Mutual Funds can really be a rip-off if you’re not careful. Do your homework before blindly choosing them for your 401(k)!

Surround Yourself with the Right People at Plunged in Debt – They say that you earn the average of your 5 closest friends. Choose wisely!

Save Money With a Refillable K-Cup for Your Keurig at Well Kept Wallet – You can refill those K-cups? Really?

Paying Off Your Mortgage Early is Silly at Johnny Appleseed – I understand this concept, but there is just so much more cash flow once it’s paid off. My finances are going to take off like a rocket after I’m done!

How to Manage Your Budget Better at Stumble Forward – Do any of us really stick to our budget? I even have a hard time doing it. Any advice on how to improve in this category is welcomed.

10 Tips for Condo Buyers at Student Debt Survivor – There is more to buying a condo than buying a house. Make sure you don’t miss anything during your purchase.

The Unemployment Diet at Five Cent Nickel – Unemployment can be difficult for sure. Must read.

Can I Still Get a Credit Card with a Bad Credit History at Finance Inspired – It’s actually not as easy as you might think. I’ve witnessed the struggle.

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AUTHOR Derek

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.

24 Comments

    • Thanks for the input Jai. I really have no idea how that will work yet, but I’m sure I can make it happen. Sometime this week I hope!

  1. I’d love to have a virtual coffee with you, over some financial chit chat!

    • Ditto! Do you like sugar in your virtual coffee? 😉

  2. Wow Derek, you are really making some progress with your Alexa ranking. Congrats! Also, thanks for the mention. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

    • Thanks Deacon! I have to watch it actually. Seems like my Alexa rank is starting to creep up again. Can’t let it slip after all the work I’ve done. Time to write that kick-butt article tonight! 😉

  3. Thanks for the mention Derek! And congrats on finishing the semester of school. I remember my grad school days and how tough they were to manage. Sounds like you are doing well.

    • Thanks Brian! Only 4 semesters to go! I’m feeling pretty good about it. Feels like I’ll be done in no-time! 🙂

  4. Good luck hitting those goals! I like the member’s only area idea – ain’t nothing more valuable than loyal users.
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    • Thanks for the input! Makes me more excited about creating it! 🙂

    • Thanks Mike! I’m having fun with the progress that’s for sure! 🙂

    • Well hey, you’ve got to start somewhere! I started at 4.7million. I bet you can get it down in a hurry. Just keep commenting on sites like mine and you’ll get plenty of visitors. Best of luck to you Jenny, and thanks for being a reader!

  5. I need to set some May goals myself. I love how confident you are in reaching your goals! It is really inspiring.
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    • That’s what the goals are there for! For me to hit them! 🙂 Best of luck to you and your goals.

    • You’re welcome Jacob. I love posts about the Joneses! 🙂

    • Good to know. I really hope to get this completed this week, but I already feel like I’m not getting as much done as I wanted to…. I’m sure you know how that goes.

    • I don’t think I’m going to charge a fee to be a member, but just give a little extra incentive to be a subscriber. I’m even thinking about writing some additional posts in this area, or maybe holding “member only” giveaways.


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