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The Journey:

This website began for three reasons: 1) It was a way for me to release my financial thoughts (I enjoy talking about money, my wife does not), 2) I always wanted to help others with their finances, and what better way than to spread the word than via the World Wide Web!, and 3) I thought it would be a fun way for me to generate some extra revenue.

The tipping point happened when I was reading about making money online. According to the particular site I was viewing, creating a website/blog was one of the best ways to create some extra cashflow. After reading the article, I had a basic understanding of the whole operation: write about something that others will read, create a traffic flow, put some ads on the page, and presto, there’s an income!

It sounded fabulous, so I teamed up with iPage as my webhost and was born. I followed the directions of the “Make Money Online” website, but I hardly attracted 10 visitors a day. Since September, I have been writing about 4-5 articles a week, and the traffic has definitely improved, but it’s time to take this website to the next level.

Hopefully you have enjoyed so far, because there’s plenty more to come. I just signed myself up for the Yakezie challenge. This means that I have agreed to write 2-4 posts every week for the next 6 months. After 6 months of this, the idea is to have an Alexa Rank of less than 200,000 (meaning that I’ll have a website that is one of the top 200,000 in the world!).

Since I’ll be writing so many posts, perhaps you should let me know what you’re interested in reading about! Leave a comment on this post to let me know your thoughts.



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.

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