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Goals Update and Weekly Round-up #9


This past week has definitely been out of the ordinary. My wife and I now live with our friends (as we look for a place of our own), and I started my new job, so it’s been increasingly difficult to keep up with the site regularly. I am now just starting to get into a routine again, but since my articles have been less frequent, I assumed that the numbers that I was shooting for would not be reached. For the most part, I was correct.

Goals Update

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

  • 7.9% found my site by search engines (fairly constant)
  • 300 Twitter followers (up from 277 last week)
  • 46 subscribers (down 1 from last week)
  • Made $6.05 via Adsense so far (I made $0 in the last 2 weeks)


It seems that my SEO is doing well since there is a pretty high percentage of people that are finding my site by way of search engine (8% is much higher than the 2% of the past).

Twitter followers are really coming along. I wouldn’t be surprised if I got up to 1000 Twitter followers within the next couple of months. I will keep working on this, but I’m not going to focus on it this upcoming month.

Subscribers are struggling, and this is going to be a focus of mine for the month of March. I plan to get 100 subscribers by mid-March by having a huge $50 gift card promotion (you’ll see this coming soon)!

Adsense earnings have been struggling – mainly because I removed all the ads from the sides of my site. They weren’t very appealing, and I plan to replace them with direct ads very soon.

Weekly Round-Up

Once again, there were some great reads this weekend. If you are up for taking a look, here are my recommendations.

Would You Sleep in Your Office…  – by My Financial Trek

The Regulars vs. the New Year Crowd – by Retire by 40

No Income? You May Still Be Eligible To Contribute To An IRA! Here’s How…  – by MoneyCone

Emergency Fund or Emergency LOC? – by The Passive Income Earner

Save Money on Your Next Rental Car– by Squirrelers

Weekend Reading: Yearning for Spring Edition – by Invest It Wisely

Blog Swap – Yakezie

There was also a mass blog swap this weekend where many of the Yakezie members wrote an article regarding a time where they were glad that they splurged on something. I have listed all of the links below.

Eric wrote about his journey to become a DJ at Beating Broke.

Beating Broke wrote about shoe shopping at Narrow Bridge.

Barbara Friedberg got a really nice couch and shared the experience at Wealth Informatics.

Suba doesn’t think the rentis too high, in fact, Suba thinks it is worth it and shares at Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance.

Mr. and Mrs. BP spent a lot when they got a dog. Read about it at 101 Centavos.

101 Centavos went nuts on an anniversary, but you know what that can get you… Read about it at Broke Professionals.

Latisha Styles’ post at Bucksome Boomer is I Spent How Much?! My Birthday Trip to the Bahamas.

Kay Lynn spent her heart out on a new car with all the bells and whistles and you can read about it at Financial Success for Young Adults.

I got a sweet new digital camera and wrote all about it at My Personal Finance Journey.

Jacob has splurged a couple of times on travel and outdoor gear and has no regrets and shares the experiences at My Life and Finances.

Miss T. likes to splurge on travel. We have something in common. The difference? She wrote about it at Live Real Now.

Jason is a fan of the luxury of vacation. You can read about it at the Prairie EcoThrifter.

Squirrelers went to Europe for three weeks. Totally worth it! Read about it at Money Sanity.

Money Sanity likes good champagne. I can’t judge, I like good Scotch. Read about why at Squirrelers.

Melissa took 10 days and took the trip of a lifetime to visit a friend in China. Read about it at The Saved Quarter.

The Saved Quarter bought a Blendtec blender. Yes, the blender from “will it blend.” The story is at Mom’s Plan. (In case you were wondering, this blender can blend anything. Well, anything but Chuck Norris.)



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. Aw, thanks for featuring one of my blog posts! I hope the new job is going well and that you and your wife find a place soon. It’s great that you’ve got some good friends to help you out in the mean time though!

    • The job is going well! Thank you! And thanks for all the great posts that I can reference! 🙂

    • Thanks for the congrats LaTisha! I am loving the new job and getting back into the groove of this site too!

  2. You are doing pretty good! Google takes a little while to pay off, but the payoff is good! (Pun not intended!) 🙂

    • Thanks MoneyCone! Yeah, Adsense is nice sometimes, but I’d much rather have some direct advertisers that would help my readers with their financial issues. I’m hoping for this soon!

  3. Thanks for including Squirrelers in your roundup!

    Building a site takes time for most of us. If you enjoy the subject matter and can find some time, keep on going. The visitors and subscribers will follow soon.

    How do you like being back in the Midwest? I’m here in Chicago, really enjoying it…though after Jan/Feb I’m ready for warmer weather to get here.

    • Thanks Squirrelers! Yeah, keeping up this site is time consuming, but at least I love keeping up with it! 🙂

      I am enjoying the Midwest again, but we have plenty of things to do still! Find a place to live, purchase another vehicle, and grow a little more income for our emergency cushion. I’m glad we’re here though.

  4. My girlfriend and I are starting to gear up for a move across the country this summer…the ease with which you seem to be handling your transition is encouraging to me. I think I have enough money saved to handle the move, with a little left over in case I don’t find a job right away, but it’s nerve-racking all the same. I hope I can remain as calm as you seem to have. Good luck in your search for a new place!

    • Moving is never easy, especially when you move across the country! With our move, we had to make sure to keep our lifestyle inexpensive because my wife is not currently working (she’s looking, but we don’t plan on it happening overnight). It sounds like you’re developing a plan, which is the most important part. Good luck!

  5. Thanks for the mention Derek!
    The Mrs. said she’ll never move again so I think we’re set for a long time. 🙂
    Hopefully you’ll get your own place soon and get back into the swing of things.
    You twitter follower looks great!
    I need to do a blog stat update too, haven’t done one in a while.

  6. Thanks for including my post in this great roundup. Hope those numbers go up.

    • No problem 101 Centavos! I’ll be working dilligently to make sure the numbers go up! I think I’ll have a good report for you in a couple of days. 🙂

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