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My Slow Progress in February and Weekly Round-Up


Could I make any less progress on my February Goals?! Wow. I’m realizing that it’s almost the end of February and I haven’t put in nearly the effort that I needed to in order to meet my goals. As promised though, I’m going to share my “progress” with you. As I think about it though, sure, I might not hit all of these goals (or any for that matter), but my site is still improved when you compare it to what it was last month. So I guess I can’t get too down on myself.

February Goals

1) Bring My Alexa Rank Below 100,000 – My Alexa Rank last week was 113,393, and today it’s at 114,164, so it’s basically gone unchanged for the week. I really have to keep an eye on this and put some more effort into attracting more visitors, after all, if your business isn’t moving forward, that means it’s going backwards. Time for me to get active in this category again. I really would like to get my Alexa Rank below 100k! If you’d like to help me achieve this, please download the Alexa Toolbar! Not only will your visits then count toward my rank, you’ll also be able to see the rank of every site you visit!

2) Grow my Subscriber Numbers to 1,100 – I really haven’t paid attention to my subscriber numbers this month, so there was virtually no progress in this category. I’m still hovering around the 908 number. So this is most definitely going to be a big fail! 🙁

3) Increase my Facebook Friends to 375 – I haven’t focused on this goal either. My Facebook friends have grown from 314 to 316. It’s incredibly slow progress, but I suppose it’s still progress, right? 😉

4) Increase My Twitter Followers to 1,300 – Twitter has been a struggle for me for a long time, so I put quite a lot of effort into this category this month. I have paid attention to related Tweets, responded to direct messages, and started following other Twitter users that relate to personal finance. I have grown my Twitter followers from 979 to over 1,100. It’s not quite my goal yet, but it’s not too shabby either. 🙂


Weekly Round-Up

I don’t always like to admit it, but there are a few articles out there that aren’t written by me, but are incredibly insightful and are fun to read! Here are a few of those articles from last week. Enjoy!

How To Be Indispensable at Young Adult Money

Does Being Rude Get Your Further in Life at Eyes on The Dollar

The Un-American Way: Saving for Purchases at Luke1428

Having Trouble With The Debt Cycle? Stop Agreeing to Payments at Work Save Live

Avoiding Debt: A Holiday Challenge at Finance Inspired

Where’s The Inflation at Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Preparing to Venture into Investing at Modest Money

Learning to Live on What We Earn at Beating Broke

What’s an Impulse Purchase at Evolving PF

Can You Afford an Early Retirement at One Smart Dollar

The Impact of Saving More Money at iHeartBudgets

Are You Getting Reeled in by Deceptive Refinance Marketing at Smart On Money

10 Ways to Embrace The Frugal Life at Money Infant

Tax Return Scams – 5 Tips to Protect You When File at Stumble Forward

Is There a Correlation Between Physical Fitness and Financial Health? – by Financial Samurai

How to Make Lots of Money by Losing Your Password – by 20s Finances

You May Not Be As Financially Fit As You Think – by Good Financial Cents

Why You’re Better Off Investing In Index Funds – by Work Save Live



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. February in general has been a slower month than January. I attribute this to seasonality, so don’t worry. Things pick up right after tax season.

    • Good to know. I am looking forward to some better numbers! 🙂 Thanks for the comment Sam.

  2. Thanks for the link!

    For what it’s worth, you’ve got me covered in each of the metrics you linked above. I’ve come to appreciate, above all, Page Views/Visits versus Alexa, even though one is anonymous and one is easy to find out, haha. But maybe I’m biased – in an average week I’m 80-85% search traffic, heh.

    • No problem PK! Yeah, I mostly just don’t want to tell the whole world about my visitor numbers, so I track my Alexa rank. Don’t worry though, I am checking my analytics to see how many visitors I’m getting too! 😉 Thankfully, these numbers are going up quite consistently!

  3. Don’t worry too much about the goals for this month but make sure you come up with a concrete strategy for March 🙂

    • Yep. I predict March will be way better. Excited for it. 🙂

  4. Thanks for including my post! I think it’s great you have goals for your blog at all – I sure don’t!

    • No problem Emily! Goals really helped me focus on the success of my site – you should try a few and see what happens! It’s kind of fun too. 🙂

  5. Its very good they are updating your progress since this will make your accountable. Hopefully next month you will be on the fast track to your goals!

    • I hope so! I know I didn’t put the time in to achieve my goals this month, so it’s entirely my fault. In March it’s time to re-focus and grasp these missed goals and then some! 🙂

  6. Thanks for visiting my blog and mentioning my post Derek. Really appreciate it. And I just helped you out with your Facebook and Twitter goals 🙂

    • Ha, awesome! Thanks!

  7. Very cool round up and what a set of goals you have! Pretty lofty, but very neat. Good luck! I will be following for sure…

    • Yep. Good goals. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a ton of time to accomplish them! Ha, so I’ll be hitting them in March. 🙂

  8. Thanks for including me. February is short and goes too fast. It’s hard to get anything done in my opinion.

    • Good point Kim. March should be a way better month for getting things done! 🙂

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