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May Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up


As much as I don’t want to admit it, today is my birthday! On May 19, 1985, I came into this world as a chubby 8lb 14oz kid. Twenty-eight years later, I look back on my life and realize that I’ve already achieved a lot. Of course, it hasn’t gone exactly as planned, but I’ve been learning from my mistakes and happy with my successes. There aren’t too many 28 year olds out there that have already had three promotions in their career at a very successful company, not to mention ownership of my own internet company, a seat on the Executive Board of a local non-profit, and on a path to receive my MBA by April, 2014. I’m thankful for all my blessings thus far, but hope to have many more worthwhile experiences in the future.

Ok Ok, that’s enough about me. I’m just trying to make myself feel a little better about my aging, and apparently I thought you should come along for the ride. Let’s talk about this website and the progress I’m making this month!

May Goals

Once again, this week has been busy. I’m doing my best just to keep up with my article writing, which typically captures an hour or two of my evenings every day. I think I’m going to have to up my price from $10 to $15 or $20 to slow things down a little. Either that, or I might take on some staff writing jobs that pay a little more and are consistent. Either way, things have been a little hectic so I’m not expecting to knock these goals out of the park, but let’s check the progress none-the-less.

1) Bring My Alexa Rank Down to 85,000 – Well I’m not quite sure how I did it, but my Alexa Rank is currently at 84,966! I did it! Now the trick will be to keep it there and decrease it even further next month. Stay tuned for that saga.

** 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 – Time keeps on tickin’, tickin’ tickin’….into the future….. If you don’t know that song, I’m sorry. If you do….still sorry 😉 . But seriously, the time just keeps slipping away on this one. I have made absolutely no progress on this over the past week. This upcoming week will be different though, I can feel it. Be ready to read an amazing report next week.

3) Continue to Write Every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – Had a close call on this one last week actually, but I still got that Sunday post up. Today has been a little better, and Monday, Wednesday, Friday are typically a piece of cake. As I’ve said before, I love writing for all you readers. 🙂


Weekly Round-Up

Once again, here are some of the best financial articles from last week! Enjoy!

The Truly Best Jobs in the World @ Financial Samurai

Why I Shut Down My Profitable Online Business @ DebtRoundup

Signs You Are Carrying Too Much Debt @ Beating Broke

Teaching Kids About Money @ See Debt Run

How to be Clever With Credit Cards @ Finance Inspired

Why Budgeting Will Change Your Life @ Wise Dollar

How to Create an Asymmetric Investment @ One Smart Dollar

My Weekend With Warren Buffett Part 2 @ 1500 Days to Freedom

You’re Credit Cards are Paid Off, Now How Do You Stay Out of Debt @ Eyes on the Dollar

How to Become a Minimum Wage Millionaire @ Krant Cents

A Momentary Lapse in Discipline Almost Ruined My Dream @ Luke_1428

Having a High Income Doesn’t Make You Rich @ Johnny Moneyseed

What You Might Want to Know as You Improve Your Credit Score @ Modest Money

Are You Curious About Money or Just a Money Voyeur @ American Debt Project

How Investors Lose Out to Emotion @ All Things Finance

Credit Score Statistics @ Money Counselor



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. Congrats on the Alexa ranking and Happy Birthday! Thanks for the links, I am in good company.

    • Thanks krantcents!

  2. 85k, wow! Keep it going! And thanks for mentioning my Credit Score Statistics article.

    • Hoping to get down to 70k. 🙂 We’ll see if I make it!

  3. Happy Birthday! Good job on the Alexa.

    • Thanks Michelle. I’ve worked pretty hard on the Alexa. Hopefully it continues to go down!

  4. Happy Birthday Derek. Nice work on getting the Alexa down and hopefully you can keep it down. I appreciate the mention and I hope you are having a good weekend.

    • Thanks Grayson. I had a great weekend! Awesome weather and plenty of exercise. 🙂

  5. Happy Birthday! I think you have accomplished so much! Congrats!!!

    • Sometimes it feels like I haven’t accomplished all that much, but when I look back, yeah, quite a lot of progress I guess! Thanks!

  6. Congrats on the ranking, and on keeping up with the writing.

    28 years old … wow, seems like half my life so far that I was there. Wait a minute, I was. Hahahaha
    Happy b-day Derek!

    • Ha, thanks for the birthday wishes Chris!

  7. Thanks so much for the reshare! And good luck as you continue to hack down that Alexa ranking!!

    • No problem JW. And thanks for the well-wishes on the Alexa rank!

  8. Happy Birthday Derek. Looks like the goals are slowly coming along. And thanks for the mention of my post. Appreciate it!

    • Yep. I’m not necessarily breaking any speed records to get these goals accomplished, but they are slowly happening! 🙂

  9. Happy Birthday!

    I’ve heard lots of good things from other freelancers about raising your rates. I’m sure there must be some downsides, but generally if you’ve been providing quality service, it seems that customers accept reasonable price increases. So I say go for it! You might find you still have too much work, but if you’re earning more that’s not a bad problem to have!

    • Good point Alex. Thanks for the added confidence to raise my rates.

    • You’re welcome Kim!

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