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Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up #9


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.

Did I Hit My February Goals?

In alignment with my yearly goals, these were my goals for the end of February:

  1. 800 subscribers – In an effort to increase my subscribers, I held a promotion to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card. It helped, but didn’t quite bring me to 800. Right now, I’m sitting at 750 subscribers. FAIL
  2. Earn $1,500 with – I’m not sure why this month was so magical, but I earned $3,525.05 with this site alone. Check out my February Income Report to see how I did it. SUCCESS!
  3. Begin building the new free resource on my site – I have a great idea for a new free resource, but it’s going to take some time. I’ll have to start drafting the details this week. To be honest though, my new site, “Creating a Passive Income” is starting to take off, so most of my extra time will go towards finalizing the site structure and reaching out to advertisers. Changed Focus/FAIL
  4. Pay an extra $1,200 on the mortgage at the end of February (actually on the first of March) – I just made the payment yesterday and it felt awesome! Our mortgage went from $69,000 down to $67,600. I can’t wait to make the next payment! SUCCESS!

So this past month was absolutely amazing. My visitor numbers are up, my income is up, and my other side ventures are starting to take off! Life is good – I can’t wait to see what March brings!

Goals For March

February is behind us. It’s time to make some goals for March!

  1. 900 Subscribers – I know I just keep raising the bar on my subscriber numbers, but the ultimate goal was to hit 1,154 by the end of April, and it’s starting to slip away from me! I need to figure out how to insert a phrase encouraging my readers to subscribe after each post. Does anyone know how to do this? I think it would help tremendously.
  2. Earn $1,500 with this site– I blew this number away in February, but I’m pretty sure it was just a fluke. I can’t count on this site to make $3,000 every month – it’s just not possible given the set-up that I have. Therefore, $1,500 is still a fairly lofty goal for this month.
  3. Finish the SEO Structure of CAPI – my new site, “Creating a Passive Income” is starting to move up the ranks for the keyword, “passive income”. I want to continue this progress by making sure that the structure of my site is conducive to a Google crawl. Ideally, I’ll get this build done within the week, not the entire month.
  4. Make Another $1,200 Payment on the Mortgage – In order to keep up with our goal to pay the house off in 4 years, we need to contribute an extra $1,200 each month. So far, we’re 1 for 1, but need plenty more successes to hit our overall goal.

Weekly Round-Up

Why I Love Dividend Growth Stocks – by My Money Talk

Dave Ramsey & Getting Out Of Debt – by The Debt Myth

Finding Extra Money For Paying Off Debt – by Cashflow Mantra

Goals and Extra Monthly Income Update – by Making Sense of Cents

Consumers to Spend Tax Return on Debt Relief – by Funancials

Non-Financial Benefits of Living a Frugal Life – by Freedom 48

Reader Question: Should I Refinance My Mortgage? – by Sense to Save

Rip the Curtain Away From the Wizard of Money – by Frugal Confessions

Average, Normal, Expected, and Ordinary – by Krantcents

Earning Extra Money Online With Paid Surveys – by Prairie Eco Thrifter

Looking to Profit From the Next Real Estate Bubble – by The Busy Executive Money Blog

Credit Card Spending Gone Overboard! – by Financial Samurai

February 2012 Cash Flow – by Retire by 40



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. I don’t think its a fluke at all! Keep it up. Congrats on another solid month

    • Thanks Funancials! We’ll have to see what next month brings! 🙂

  2. Thanks so much for the mention. Congrats on the earnings this month. You must have gotten the money that should have been for me, since mine were down.

    • Haha, sorry if our incomes are inversely related. Does this mean that I’m the Unbreakable Man and you’re the villian with 84 broken bones? Don’t worry, everyone has their Kryptonite…. and I’ve seen your awesome projects. Things could change very soon!

  3. Way to go Derek! I hope your next month is just as great.

    Also, thank you for including my post!

    • Thanks Amanda! If I can make $3,000 again, I might fall out of my chair!

  4. Try WWSGD or What Would Seth Godin Do – You can customize it as well to show two things for se visitors and returning visitors.

    • Thanks for the tip! I’ll look into that today!

  5. Derek, simply awesome…I love your subscriber growth. Do you have a guess of what your subscriber growth might have been without the giveaway? I just wrote about my first 30 days PF blogging. I look forward to having your success someday.

    • Thanks BE! It was a decent month for subscribers – I’d say without the promotion, my growth would have only been 10 subscribers for the month. I really need to promote my free eBook better so that more people are willing to subscribe.

    • No problem Krantcents! Always love to promote your site!

  6. Thanks for the link =)
    February’s income was pretty darn impressive.
    … and it looks like you’ll have your mortgage paid off in no time!

    • Glad to do it Julie! Thanks forthe compliments on my income. I’m not sure if I could ever duplicate those earnings in March or April, but we’ll see what happens!

  7. Big Congrats on making over $3500! That is a fantastic achievement, considering most bloggers that I have read about have made less this month than usual! Maybe you got all their traffic 😉

    • Thanks Savvy Scot! I made a huge effort to increase my earnings this month. I wrote tons of quality posts, I had a promotion, and I contacted every advertiser that I could think of! It all came together in the end, and now I just have to duplicate the process in March! I’m predicting a month of at least $2,000, but I’d really like to hit $3,000 again.

  8. Good job with your goals and good luck in March!

    • Thanks Michelle! Good luck to you too!

  9. Sometimes, focus changes, simply because life changes so quick! You did really well on your goals! You should be proud 🙂 Great income, too!

    • Thanks Daisy! I’m definitely happy with my accomplishments so far! It’s time to see what March brings! 🙂

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