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Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up #13

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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 – In February, the goal was to get to 800 subscribers, but I didn’t make it. Rather than keep the bar where it was, I raised it to 900 subscribers, which I’m still incredibly far from achieving… Currently, I have 759 subscribers, and 900 just didn’t happen. FAIL
  2. Earn $1,500 with this site – I was a little nervous about this goal mid-way through the month because I had only earned about $400, but things have really picked up since then, and I’ve soared beyond that $1,500 mark. SUCCESS!!
  3. Finish the SEO Structure of http://www.creatingapassiveincome.com – I was actually able to do this a couple of days into March because I knew that it was important. At this point, I’m incredibly glad that I did it because my search engine rank has moved from #62 to #25 in a short amount of time. Looks like I’m making my way toward page one! 🙂 SUCCESS!!
  4. Make Another $1,200 Payment on the Mortgage – I had previously predicted that this month’s extra mortgage payment would be a cinch because this month was “triple-paycheck-month” for my wife (since we get paid every 2 weeks, sometimes we get 3 checks in one month instead of just 2, which makes our income quite a bit more for the month). However, we’ve got it in our heads that a Mini Cooper is the car for us, and if we pay cash, then we’ll end up not paying our extra mortgage payment in March…. Maybe I just need to pull my head out of my butt and get a less expensive car…. who knows. I’ll keep you posted on this. I have a couple of more days to decide. FAIL? SUCCESS??

Since half of the month was basically lost to my GMAT cram session, I just didn’t have the time to hit my subscriber goal of 900. Otherwise, this would have been a pretty amazing month of hitting my goals (as long as I decide to make my extra $1,200 mortgage payment).

Goals For April, 2012

Well, it is April 1 today, so I guess I’d lay my goals out there for this month. I have a few new goals in mind, so this month should be pretty fun!

  1. 1,154 Subscribers – I made this goal about a year ago – at the time, I had about 75 subscribers and had the crazy notion that I could exponentially increase my subscribers over the months and end up at 1,154 subscribers. In order to hit this goal, this means that I need to add about 400 subscribers in 30 days. I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve – we’ll have to see how this goes! 😉
  2. House Project: Finish the Upstairs of Our House, Minus the Trim – Soon after we purchased our house in August, I began posting updates of the improvements we were making, and you all loved it! Well, we’ve been sluffing off lately, but it’s time to get re-motivated. I love completing projects and the upstairs really needs to get finished! Pictures will come soon.
  3. Finish Editing the eBook and Put it into a PDF Format – many of you are probably sick of me talking about my eBook (since I’ve been working on it since the invention of the wheel), but all I have to do is make a few final edits and then make it look like a book! I can’t wait to get this into the hands of students everywhere. I truly believe that it’s going to inspire and educate others about obtaining a debt free degree.
  4. Make Yet Another $1,200 Extra Payment – I can’t stand debt, and I want this mortgage to be gone yesterday! So, to speed up the process, my wife and I have decided to put an extra $1,200 payment each month to reduce our principle in a flash! Four years from now, we’ll be completely debt-free.

Weekly Round-Up

Should I Buy a Car and Skip Our Extra Mortgage Payment? – by Life And My Finances

Use Vlogging to Increase Traffic – by Online Money Bloggers

What is the Average Audit Rate by Income Level? – by Financial Samurai

Why You Should Have a Career Plan – by Prairie Eco Thrifter

How to Buy a House in the Cayman Islands – by Financial Success for Young

High School Students Do Taxes For Free – by Yes I Am Cheap

Put Your Financial House In Order Like Company’s Coming Over– by Frugal Confessions

Blogging Through Debt – by Cash Flow Mantra

Are You Proactive or Reactive? – by So Over Debt

How to Start a Blog: My Advice to Beginning Bloggers – by Faithful With a Few

 Adults

22 Things You Didn’t Know About Me – by Funancials

I Was Wrong About Apple – by Buy Like Buffett

Mega Millions: What Do I Really Win? – by Buck Inspire

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AUTHOR Derek

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.

13 Comments

  1. The subscribers are tough now. I think you set the bar to high for next month but let’s see. I think if you like setting high bars for a motivator then go for a $2400 mortgage payment. 🙂

    • I will definitely need to start attracting subscribers immediately. Yes, the bar is high, but it seems like a fun challenge! 🙂

  2. Thanks for including my article for Prairie Eco Thrifter!!

  3. If there is anything we, as readers, can do to help improve your subscribership, please let us know. We love to see you meet/exceed your monthly goals!!!

    • Thanks Tim! I’ll be sure to let you know!

  4. $1,200 extra per month towards the mortgage is awesome. When the bf and I finally close on our place we’re hoping to pay down the mortgage as fast as humanly possible. We’ll be a little more then 4 years, but we’re hoping for 10-15 (maybe less if we both continue to get promoted at work).

    • That’s awesome Kari! Paying a house off in less than 30 years is quite rare these days!!

    • Oh I will! I’m ready to see a complete product!

  5. You are doing awesome with your mortgage. I am hoping to start making extra payments soon too.

    Hope all of the school stuff is going ok.

    And thanks for the mention.

    • Thanks Miss T! The extra payments are fun for sure. What will be even more fun is when the entire mortgage is gone! 🙂

  6. I think the huge extra mortgage payments are more impressive than the subscribers and income numbers! I would love to see your methods for adding that many subscribers in one month 😉

    Thanks for the mention as well.

    • I plan to kick-start my subscriber venture tomorrow. Stay tuned on how it goes. 🙂


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