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Update on May Goals and Weekly Round-Up


Hi friends! This week has been amazing once again, not because of the progress of this site, but because of the weather! It’s amazing what a little sunshine can do to brighten your day, and this past week has been non-stop golden rays. Loved it. With this sun I was able to get outside and be active again, and I liked it so much, I decided to sign up for a sprint triathlon in August! So, I’ve been riding my bike a little more, going on a few jogs here and there, and I’ve recently started doing laps in the pool again. I suppose I’ll have to set some goals for training as well huh? Stay tuned for that in June and July.

May Goals

In the meantime, I need to do my best to keep my focus on this month’s goals. I’m aiming to bring my Alexa rank down, create a members only portion of my site, and stay consistent with my posting schedule. So, let’s dig in and find out how I’m doing!

1) Bring My Alexa Rank Down to 85,000 – Last week I felt like I was at a stand-still at about 89,000, and this past week was actually worse. My 7-day Alexa Rank is over 100,000. Not good. In order to turn this around, I’m going to have to focus on a few things: commenting on other sites, writing high-quality content that creates a buzz, and continuing to help others in the personal finance forums. It definitely eats up some time, but I need to focus on these areas again if I want to continue to bring down the rank. Hopefully I’ll be able to report an improvement next week.

** 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 dug into this a little bit yesterday and it’s entirely possible. At this point I would have to manually put in all of the info for those that would want to join, but after that initial step we could all enjoy a private place to discuss financial questions and concerns, or just anything else that we’d like to talk about! I’m pretty excited about this actually. It has been fun getting to know a handful of you. This will allow me to reach out on a more personal level with the rest of you.

3) Continue to Write Every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – I’m still holding strong on this one. I actually put up an extra post yesterday regarding my online income. It used to be a bit hit back in the day and I’d like to revive it in order to help those that are trying to get their own sites started.


Weekly Round-Up

As usual, there were some great personal finance posts out there this past week. Here’s a few that might peak your interest! 🙂

Need Extra Cash? Be Your Own Boss at Modest Money

Why Financial Literacy is Important at Get Rich Young

Confessions From a Stock Broker at Frugal Rules

8 Painless Money Savers for Families at Savvy Scot

The Pros and Cons of Living in a Smaller Home at Retire by 40

Investing is War at Brick by Brick Investing

Advice From a Tycoon at Make Money Make Cents

Voting With Your Wallet at Thirty Six Months

How to Haggle Even if You Hate Haggling at Financial Ramblings

Taking Risks Like a Champ at Stocks and Cents

Take Time to Think Differently at Financial Samurai



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. Sunshine is a good thing. It sucks that it’s in the 40’s though in NYC. Plus we have soccer today. You are a beast with your goals. I love it.

    • 40 degrees is NOT warm enough! Hope it warms up for you soon. Thanks for the kudos on my goals.

  2. Nice goals Derek. I think you can bring down Alexa. There are days that I really hate that service. Good luck with it and the training.

    • I sure hope I can keep bringing down the Alexa rank, but it’s definitely getting tougher and tougher. I’ll keep you posted on the training as well. It’s about time for me to hit the pool actually! 🙂

  3. Thanks so much for the mention Derek, I really appreciate it! Glad you had some nice weather this week -ours was just a bit nutty…86 on Monday and snow on Wednesday night. Have a great rest of the weekend!

    • No problem John! Do you happen to live in Colorado? My friend lives near Denver and her weather was about the same. Crazy stuff!

  4. All the best for your goals Derek.. specially pinning hopes on bringing down the Alexa bit..

    • Thanks Tom! That Alexa Rank is a tough bear to wrestle sometimes….

  5. Well done. My Alexa went back up again but only after I stopped doing large link ups each week. Now I just keep it to around 10 a week of the best. It’s less work for me but my fans really do like the blogs I share and read them. Keep up the good work mate! I’ll check out the lounge. Mr.CBB

    • Thanks! I’ll keep you updated on the members area soon as well.

    • No problem Marvin. Keep on writing! 🙂

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