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Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up #5


As many of you know, I am making an aggressive effort to improve this website and increase readership by the end of January, 2011 (Used to be February, but I reached some goals faster than I imagined!). Here are the goals I set for myself.

Goals for the end of February January, 2011

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

Current Numbers

  • Current Alexa Rank: 176,630 (was 206,339 last week)
  • Subscribers: 38 (was 34 last week)
  • Twitter Followers: 144 (was 134 last week)

Well, as you can see, I hit one of my goals this past week! My Alexa Rank is has surpassed the 200,000 mark and is now 176,630! The only problem is, I have not set another goal yet. I think I’m going to focus on subscribers and twitter followers until the end of the month.

Subscribers are still creeping along – I’m currently at 38, but would like to be at 50 by the end of this month. That means 12 more subscribers in the next 8 days! It’s not out of the realm of possibility, but I’ll really have to work at this one.

My Twitter followers have increased by 10 in the past week, which is actually kind of slow. I have been so focused on the content of my site, as well as the Alexa Rank, that I have ignored this important stat. I will make an effort to attract more Twitter followers by next week. You should see a drastically higher number by my next goals post.

Weekly Round-Up

Small Debts Grow Large With Compound Interest – this is a Staff Post that I wrote for Passive Family Income. It’s definitely a warning against debt and the sting it may bring!

This Company’s Shares Could Double Over The Next Few Years – the company is Ford, and I think Mark is right! Ford is still a solid company, and the show a lot of potential for growth in the future. A great read!

Saving Strategies for Non-Savers – by Budgeting in the Fun Stuff (guest post by Little House in the Valley) – a great read for those that are not natural savers.

Cheap Entertainment – 10 Ideas to Rock the Frugal Fun – by Debt Kid – I love this post! It gives some great ideas to have fun, but to also keep your money.

Our First Home Together – by Invest It Wisely – this is a great read for someone that’s looking to buy a home.

Book Review: Your Money or Your Life – by Retire by 40 – a great book review. Sometimes we need to check ourselves to make sure we’re keeping our lives in balance.

Payroll Tax Holiday: Why Most People Will Get a Raise in 2011 – by KNS Financial – I like the sound of this! A raise is always a good thing!

You don’t want to look at this (unless you live and work in Europe) – by Realized Returns – Wow! I had no idea how great the Europeans have it over there! That’s some crazy vacation time!

9 Products and Activities Popularized by the Great Depression – by Frugal Confessions – a very interesting read, and I don’t even like history that much!

What to Bring to an Interview – by Frugal Zeitgeist – some great tips if you’re looking for that new job!

MBTI and societal behavioral patterns – by Early Retirement Extreme – an incredibly interesting read about homes and materialism.

December 2010 Wrap-up– by Bucksome Boomer – a great wrap-up of 2010 for this blog.

The Beardstown Ladies– by MoneyCone – I loved the story of these ladies beating the market! It’s fund to learn about groups like this.

Many Companies Make Their Money In Unexpected Ways: Be On The Lookout For “Transformer Companies”– by Broke Professionals – a good read about how companies make their money; it may not be the way you might think.

First Time Home Buyer – Saving For a Down Payment – by Wealth Informatics – I personally love information on buying a new house, and this is some good info.



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. Thank you for including my article–I am glad you enjoyed it. Also, congratulations on surpassing your 200,000 goal!

    • No problem, and thank you for the congrats! I was really excited when I surpassed the 200,000 mark. Time to make new goals! 🙂

  2. Great job on the goals so far; you’ll hit the other two in no time. Thanks for the inclusion! 🙂

    • Thanks! I really need to make a push this week in order to hit the Twitter and Subscriber goals, but it should be close!

  3. Thanks for the link and awesome work om the goals.

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