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Goals update and Weekly Round-Up

As most of you know, I am making an aggressive effort to improve this website and increase readership by the end of February, 2011. Here are the goals I set for myself.

Goals for the end of February, 2011

Alexa Rank: Under 200,000
Subscribers: 50
Twitter Followers: 200

Current Numbers

Current Alexa Rank: 456,319
Subscribers: 15
Twitter Followers: 91

I am somewhat satisfied with my progress so far. In one week, I have improved my Alexa ranking by about 150,000 positions. I have gained 1 subscriber. And, I have gained 16 Twitter followers.

I think I am on track for the Alexa Rank and Twitter followers, but I am really going to have to work to increase my subscriber numbers. Most likely, I will have some new promotions (ie. gift card or other incentive) to advertise my site and gain readers.

Weekly Round-Up

Even with the holiday weekend, there have been some great posts from other websites that I like to follow. If you would like to take on some extra reading, here are some excellent posts that I very much enjoyed.

How to Profit in Gold – by Invest It Wisely – the price of gold is difficult to predict, but it’s often a great alternative to the conventional investments such as mutual funds, bonds, and high-yield savings.

Eat Drink Choose– by Aloysa’s Kitchen Sink – food can be so bad for us, and if we want to enjoy our investments in the future, perhaps we should choose our foods carefully today.

Luxuries Are Not Necessities! – by Budgeting In The Fun Stuff – those that have a large income often confuse “luxuries” with “necessities”. This was a great read to keep me on track.

How to Start a Coin Collection For You And Your Kids – by Consumerism Commentary – I never got into coin collecting myself, but I think it’s a great investment alternative and can be fun!

Buy Stocks Like Warren Buffett – by Buy Life Buffett – I have always been fascinated by Warren Buffett and his uncanny ability to profit in the stock market! This is a great video of his simple techniques for his success with a recent investment.

Give The Gift of Stock – by Free From Broke – I would personally love to get a gift of stock investments (hint hint for anyone who hasn’t given me a Christmas present yet! 🙂 ). This article explains the different options one might have.

2011 Financial Goals – by Kay Lynn – I personally love the transparency with these goals for 2011. Every goal I see challenges me to get better and do more! I love it!

A Christmas Haggling Story – by Retire by 40 – I love creative solutions, and this is a perfect example!



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. Thanks so much for including me!

    • No problem. You have some great articles! How can I NOT include you?

  2. The promotions definitely help with increasing subscriber numbers, at least if you are giving away something that is fairly popular. Thanks for the mention, and happy holidays!

    • I agree. We’ll test it out and see how it works! And, no problem for the mention, you have a great site!

  3. Keep it up and you’ll see the alexa ranking drop steadily. If you haven’t already been guest posting on other sites, I’d recommend it. It’s helped me drop quite a bit since october and build my subscriber list to 50 already.

    • Thanks Tim! Yeah, I’ve been guest posting for a few sites already, but I really should do it more.

  4. Not all food is bad. Choose wisely, right? 🙂 Thank you for including me. Your goals ar great. You achievements are even better!

    • Ha, most of the food that I love is terrible! My dad was once lectured by a doctor about what food is good for you and what is not, “If it tastes good, spit it out…” Haha, of course he was joking, but it’s true for me! All the foods I love shouldn’t even be in my house. But, I will have to do a better job of choosing somewhat tasty food that is good for me.

      Thanks for the compliments about my site. I really love writing about finances and plan to do it for a long time. 🙂

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