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Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up #12


Do you have goals and dreams for your future? Do you have them written down? Every week, I remind myself of my goals for the month to make sure that I’m on track for hitting them. Sometimes I’m way behind the eight ball, and other times I really feel like I have a good handle on them. Either way though, my site improves and my readers have a better experience from the improvements.

Goals For March, 2012

In the first couple of weeks, I expressed how March seemed to slow down quite a bit in comparison to February, but things have been picking up and I’m feeling much better about these goals. Here’s a recap of where I stand so far.

  1. 900 Subscribers – Last month, I missed my goal of 800 subscribers, but I decided to raise the bar anyway (which, in retrospect, was a little ambitious)! Last week, my subscriber numbers were at 775, so I needed to increase my subscribers by 125 in a couple of weeks to hit my goal. I honestly just didn’t have the time to push for this, and actually, my numbers went down 13… now I’m sitting at 762 subscribers. I think I’ll be hitting this harder at the beginning of next month.
  2. Earn $1,500 with this site – Since last week, my advertising dollars have really picked up! I’m pretty sure I’m already past $1,500 for this site, and plan to add a few dollars to the current total before the month is over. It should be another exciting income report.
  3. Finish the SEO Structure of – I restructured the site a little over two weeks ago, and I haven’t yet seen too much of an impact. I really need to start guest posting again to build up my backlinks. Then I’ll not only attract more visitors to my new site, but I’ll also be ranked better in the search engines and getting traffic from that source.
  4. Make Another $1,200 Payment on the Mortgage – It seems that my wife and I are on track to make another large payment on the house, but we have been doing some car shopping lately, and I’m afraid we might dip into our extra cash… hopefully not, but I’ll make sure to keep you all posted. 🙂

It’s pretty obvious that I won’t hit my subscriber goals, but there’s always next month! I know that I need to do something drastic, but this month is just too busy to give it my all. April should yield some additional time (I hope) for gaining some new subscribers. Can anyone say, ‘Massive giveaway???’ 🙂

Weekly Round-Up

I have decided to go back to school to get my MBA (more to come on this in my Wednesday post) and my GMAT test is coming up on Tuesday! I have really been cramming and learning everything I can, so this blogging thing has really taken a back seat to my studies lately. Don’t worry, after March 27th, I’ll be busting out some awesome content again. Anyway, I haven’t been reading too many posts because of my crazy schedule, but here are some good ones none-the-less. Enjoy!

What’s it Like Being Unemployed – by Financial Samurai

Is the Housing Market Scraping the Bottom? – by Cash Flow Mantra

Keeping All Your Eggs in One Basket is Risky – by Frugal Confessions

Earning a Passive Income With a Laundromat – by Creating a Passive Income

The Need For Speed – Blogging Edition – by Online Money Bloggers



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. Very cool about the MBA! Full time or part time? Was it hard to leave the employer if FT?

    Excited to read your next post!

    • Most likely, I’ll be taking the MBA program through Michigan State since they offer a Weekend MBA course. That way I can stay at my job full-time and do the Masters (and continue to blog of course). 🙂 There will be a post coming soon. Hopefully I score well on these GMATs!!

      • Cool. PT is the way to go as you can write it off your income, or get your employer to pay!

        • Yep. I will defintely be looking forward to the school writeoffs! 😉

    • Lol. Yep! This train isn’t slowing down yet! 🙂 I have the GMAT test tomorrow and then I’ll have to sign up for classes before April 1! Crazy me…. 😉

  2. Great numbers! I’m way behind you in terms of passive income, but lemme tell ya, you’re an inspiration, man!

    • Thanks for the positive comment Nell. I always appreciate it!

  3. Congrats on the huge subscriber boost. That is awesome. Also, congrats on paying more to your mortgage. That is great that you have remained consistent.

    Best of luck with your MBA. I am sure you are going to do awesome.

    • Thanks Miss T! There are many goals, and I’ve been doing alright with them. I hope I can just keep this train rolling! 🙂

    • Thanks Robert! It is pretty exciting, but it’s a big commitment as well. I will most likely enjoy it, but it will be nice when it’s over too…

  4. Looks like March is treating you well! Best wishes with the scores on the GMAT. Seems like you have a lot going on but you appear to be focused so keep moving forward.

    • Thanks Thomas! It’s been a whirlwind, but I’m surviving. Plus, it’s fun!! I’ll have to let all of you know how well I do on the GMAT. I’m not a super genius, so a 650 would make me happy!! 🙂

  5. Thanks for including me in the round-up. Sounds like you are like me. I can’t seem to be busy enough. Going back for the MBA will keep you plenty busy.

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