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January Goals and Weekly Round-Up


It feels good to get back into a goals mindset for this site. Without focus and a desired destination, there’s no possible way that this site would grow and flourish the way I envision it to. I have already stated my goals for 2013, but now I need to break them down to see where I should be by the end of this month, and then the next month, and so on. So, let’s dive into my goals for January.

January Goals

1) Alexa Rank Under 110,000 – Right now, my Alexa Rank is 110,808, and its momentum is actually carrying it higher. I need to shift the momentum this month and bring it back down below 110,000. I plan on doing this by attracting more visitors through increased commenting on other sites and better articles. Also, if you want to help me bring this number down, please download the Alexa Toolbar. It would do wonders for this site! Thanks!

2) Get My Subscriber Number to 900…and Beyond! – My subscriber number has been constant for probably the last year, and it’s time to change that. I plan on increasing the subscriber number from 877 to 900 by the end of the month with some sort of promotion. Maybe I’ll give everyone a chance to win a free gift card if they subscribe or something. What would you like to win?

3) Increase my Facebook Friends to 300 – Right now, I’m at 280, which has also been stagnant for a long time. With better stories and a promotion, I bet I could bring these numbers up to 300.

4) Post Every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – This should just be a check in the box. I’m happy to post something on each of these days. Hopefully you enjoy reading it as well!

5) Finish the House – Of course I’m not going to have every single project done by the end of the month, but all the big ones should be completed, and I should be able to walk into every room without stepping in a pile of sawdust or walking into saw horses. Get ready for transformation photos! 🙂


Weekly Round-Up

It’s time to take a look at some articles that I had absolutely nothing to do with, but that kicked butt anyway! Here’s a quick look at what peaked my interest this past week:

Dirty Financial Confessionsby L Bee and the Money Tree

Why is My Paycheck Smaller?Lance @ Money Life and More

Top 10 New Years Resolutions for 2013by Deacon @ Well Kept Wallet

The Real Estate Investor’s Mindset – Live The Way You Believe – by Sam @ Financial Samurai

Budgeting in the Roommate Stuffby Crystal @ Budgeting in the Fun Stuff

Lifestyle Becomes Less Important When You Have a Bigger Purpose in Mindby Jacob at My Personal Finance Journey

The World’s Top 5 Countries, Sorted By Billionairesby Miss T @ Prairie Eco Thrifter

Why You Should Be Scared of the Stock MarketRobert @ The College Investor

Money Myths: “Late Fees Aren’t the End of the World”by Corey @ 20’s Finances



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. Thanks for the mention! I wish I had the motivation to get things done on my house that you do! If I did my current projects would have been done months ago!

    • With classes starting tomorrow again, i think my motivation is going to go down the tubes. Hopefully I’ll be able to live up to my goals though. That’s why I make them! 😉

  2. Thanks for the mention this week. I’d be curious to hear how your Sunday posting works for traffic and engagement. I usually find Sundays to be one of my slower days.

    • No problem Robert! I’ll have to let you know if these Sunday posts do well or not. Typically they do because I’m sharing my income or house projects or things of high interest like that. 🙂

  3. Thanks for the mention! If I come up with some miraculous way to increase traffic and social media follows this year, I’ll let you know if you do the same. 😉

    • Glad to do it Crystal! Glad to see you’re still thriving with your site(s)!

  4. Great goals! I have a similar goal to increase my Facebook followers to 300 and to get below 100k on Alexa. Thanks for the inclusion in the round up!

    • It’ll be fun to reach our goals together! Can’t wait to see you achieve yours!

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