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Goals Update and Weekly Round-up #7


I tend to preach about making sure your goals are written down, and a lot of people fight me on this. “I have my goals in my head, I don’t need to write them down!” Well, I consider myself to be pretty intelligent, and I still need to write them down. Not only does it help me keep my goals in front of me, it helps me remember what my goals even are! I have to admit, before writing this goal update, I needed to go back to the previous post to remember what I was striving for this month! 🙂

Goals to hit by the end of February, 2011

  • 4% find my site by search engines
  • 250 Twitter followers
  • 60 subscribers
  • Make $20 via Adsense

Current Stats

  • 8% found my site by search engine (my new SEO set-up seems to be working!)
  • 208 Twitter followers (up by 50 from last week! Yes, I’ve been working on this)
  • 45 subscribers (only up 2 from last week; I need to provide an incentive to get these numbers up – perhaps an e-book? But I won’t get to that this month)
  • Made $3.49 via Adsense (so far this month) – I actually don’t think this is so bad. I am continually working on my SEO to bring in new site visitors, and with new visitors will bring more clicks.

Well, so far so good. I am encouraged by the progress I have made so far this month. I will continue to work on getting more Twitter followers and plan to blow well past 250 followers. I think I can get to 300 by the end of the month.

As I said earlier, subscribers will be harder to attain. I will continue to provide quality content and hope that this is enough to bump that number up a little bit each week. Perhaps next month I will focus more on that category.

My adsense earnings should be at about $5 to reach my $20 goal for the month, but this is only the beginning of the month, and I have plenty of SEO work to do yet.

Weekly Round-Up

This week, a bunch of the Yakezie members (myself included) decided to guest post on each others sites. The topic was, “What is your best day to day money-saving tip?”. Take a look at all the great entries below!

Jacob from My Personal Finance Journey shares tips about how he saves big
money on food and beverages at Saving
Money On Food & Drinks
at Happy Simple Living.

Derek from Life and My Finances shares his parents’ story and best lesson
with Paying Off Your Debts Early at Retire By 40.

Joe from Retire by 40 saves money and improves his health by Learning
How To Cook
at Life And My Finances.

Eliza from Happy Simple Living shares easy ways to find and save money
with all of the gain and none of the pain at 7
Painless Ways to Save Money
at My Personal Finance Journey.

Miss T. from Prairie Eco Thrifter Shares a Dozen
Ways to Save Money Around the House
over at Broke Professionals.

Squirrelers gives examples as to why eliminating
bad and unnecessary habits
can save you money every day at Beating

Beating Broke tells us why conscientious
is the best day-to-day saving method at Squirrelers.

Crystal from Budgeting in the Fun Stuff shared her Best
Day to Day Money Saving Tip
at Grow Rich Simply.

Evan shows us how accountability will lead to success with Accountability
Will Lead to Success
at Buck Inspire.

MoneyCone shares how he after discovering
his printer’s inky little secret
at The Saved Quarter.

Penny from The Saved Quarter shares her pro-tips on saving money while
shopping with Never Pay Full
at MoneyCone

Melissa from Mom’s Plans shares how Bartering and
can reduce expenses at Narrow Bridge.

Buck Inspire discovered the money saving potential of Public
at My Journey to Millions.



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 Derek for the mention(s)! 🙂

    • No problem MoneyCone! It was fun to exchange articles with everyone. Glad you joined the operation!

  2. Congrats-You are doing great. It’s inspiring to see your efforts pay off!

    • Thanks Barb! I think that as long as I keep setting goals for myself, this site will most definitely keep improving!

  3. I love how honest you are with your statistics especially your adsense earnings.

  4. Thanks for the mention and congrats on your progress. You are doing really well. Unfortunately, good things take time.

    • No problem Miss T! Yes, good things will take time. I was observing the progress of a site that’s similar to mine, and it took him a full year before he started making any real money. This is actually very encouraging since I’ve only been at it for about 5 months. I love tracking the numbers though, especially when they go up! 🙂

  5. Writing your goal down is a must! It’s been shown a written goal has a much better chance of being achieved. How did you increase your twitter follower so much? I need help with that.
    Thanks for the link!

    • Thats true RetireBy40! Writing goals down is a must, and I’m glad I have this website and all of my readers to keep me accountable. Twitter has just started some new options. “Who to follow” is a big one for me lately. It shows me all of the other Twitter accounts that are related to personal finance. By adding these to my “follow” list, I receive much more attention from those individuals and their followers as well! It has really helped me increase my number dramatically.

  6. These goals look attainable. Are you using a specific software for your SEO? We’ll follow! 🙂 @FSYAonline

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