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February Failures and March Madness – Weekly Update


You know, as of a week ago I thought my progress in February was really going to suck, but as I reflect back on how little time I had to work on things and what the outcomes were, I’m really not feeling too bad about the results. I reality though, I still missed the mark on many of my goals, and I’m definitely going to have to reset some of them for March. Let’s dig into the February stats!

February Goals

1) Bring My Alexa Rank Below 100,000 – My Alexa Rank last week was 114,164 and hadn’t moved much, but it took a slight turn for the better at the end of the month. Today my rank is at 110,855. It’s definitely slow progress, but at least I’m heading in the right direction! Fail

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 haven’t done much to push my subscriber numbers any higher this month, but due to my quality articles, they have risen by about 20 to 924. It’s not too bad for doing absolutely nothing, but it was a complete fail compared to the goal I set for myself. Fail

3) Increase my Facebook Friends to 375 – I didn’t put any effort into this goal either. Terrible huh? Since I basically did nothing, guess what happened to my Facebook Friend numbers? Basically nothing. I think they went up by 2 in the month of February. Fail

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 1,137. It’s not quite my goal yet, but it’s not too shabby either. :) Fail


Well now, that’s a heck of a lot of failures! But, in order to cheer myself up a little, let’s look at the progress:

Everything improved! March should be much better since I’ll have a little more time to impact these numbers. And, beyond that, I’m making a plan on how to do it.


Goals for March

1) Bring My Alexa Rank Below 100,000 – Getting my Alexa Rank below 100k is a big deal for me. All of the elite blogs have many readers, which drives their numbers well below the 100k mark. I definitely want to be there and I truly think I can do it this month. My Alexa Rank is currently 110,855.


I first need to appeal to those that already own their own sites, since many of them have the Alexa Toolbar installed. By writing more about blogging and earning a side income, I should be able to drive this number down below the 100k mark.

** 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 1,200 – Last month I had set my goal at 1,100 and clearly didn’t make it, but I felt like I had to up my new goal (if I really did want to get my subscriber numbers to 3,000 by the end of the year) so let’s focus on 1,200. That would give me some great momentum for the rest of the year.


I know that I need to make my site more inviting for people to subscribe. I might create a pop-up that gives them the option (but I know this can get annoying), but more than likely, I’ll add a “1st time visitor” section at the top left of my page to show readers where they can go to learn more as well as how to subscribe.

3) Increase my Facebook Friends to 400 – Last month the goal was 375 and I didn’t hit it, but I also put no effort toward it. 400 Facebook friends seems doable.


I don’t have a great plan for this actually. Maybe I need another giveaway that awards points for new Facebook fans? Any suggestions on this one?

4) Increase My Twitter Followers to 1,500 – I was able to increase my Twitter followers by over 150 last month with only a few days of work. In order to hit my goal of 1,500, I’ll have to grow my followers by another 350. It’s going to be tough, but doable.


Last month, I just spent a few days following new Twitter friends that related to personal finance and responding to any direct messages that I received. If I do this for just 10 days out of the 31, I should be able to hit my goal of 1,500 followers.

Weekly Round-Up

A Case for a Big Tax Refund at The College Investor

Less Debt For The Next Generation at Step Away From The Mall

Top 5 Tips For Shopping on a Budget at So Over This

How to Prosper on a Small Salary at When Life Gives You Lemons

Study on Why You Will Overspend This Season at Modest Money

Do You Really Need That Stuff at Beating Broke

Why You’re Better Off Investing in Index Funds at Work Save Live

When Will You Be A Millionaire at Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Haggling: The Value of Patience at Penny Thots

Is Poverty in the US an Excuse to do Poorly in School at Eyes On The Dollar

2 Huge Reasons We Need to Save to Build Wealth at Luke1428

5 Moves to Make This Year to Secure Your Retirement at Brick By Brick Investing

Spenders and Savers Together Forever at Cents To Save

The Practicality of Joint or Separate Bank Accounts at Broke Ass Mommy

Dealing With Finance Friction in a New Relationship at One Smart Dollar

How to Save Money on Your Next Flight at Money Smart Guides

More Evidence Making Money Today Has Never Been Easier at Financial Samurai

Save Money Exercising at Prairie Eco Thrifter

Life Insurance Over Fifty; What You Need to Know at My Broken Coin

Running a Business: The Most Important Thing You Need to Understand at DollarVersity



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. It’s all good Derek. Progress is better than no progress!

    • Thanks FS! While that is true, I predict that March will be a kick butt month! 😉

  2. Thanks for mentioning my post Derek. And good luck on the goals for March.

    • No problem Brian, and thanks!

  3. Hey Derek,

    Don’t sweat the “failure,” as you have made continued and substantial progress. That said, a slight word of caution – some of your goals could easily be gamed, but you would likely see little if any real benefit to your income. Twitter followers for example. I see lots of folks with 50,000 followers (mostly people who want to be authors), who follow tons of folks with the hope that they will follow them back. These followers do not have any real engagement, but from an ego standpoint, it looks impressive.

    Hope I don’t sound like I am wagging my finger at you because if you continue to attack your goals with the intent of delivering value to your readers, you will win.

    Lastly a tip – Looks like you have not yet implemented Google Authorship (linking your site to G+ and G+ back to your site). This is simple to do and with it, Google includes your profile picture in the left hand side of search results, and this produces a much higher click through rate for organic searches. I have done this on my older sites with a lot of success.

    All the best,


    • Thanks for the tips Tim! I definitely appreciate them. Best of luck to you as well!

  4. Giveaways are always a great way to increase numbers, but those people are just following to wine something, so I see good and bad in that. It does bulk up the numbers though. Thanks for including me this week.

    • Yeah, I’ve thought about another giveaway, which I probably will do, but I need to alter my site in such a way that gets people to stick. I’ve got some ideas.

    • Thanks! And, you’re welcome for the mention!

  5. Progress isn’t always exciting, but it looks like you’re moving in the right direction at least! Celebrate the small victories, and I wish you good luck on your goals for March!

    • Thanks Alex! I’m excited for March and have already started to make changes! Keep coming back and I’m sure you’ll notice them. 🙂

  6. You can only hit at what you aim for … aim high! 🙂

    • You’re right Chris! And I do love to aim high. Increasing my subscriber numbers to 3,000 by the end of the year is not going to be easy. It’s a lofty goal, but I still feel it’s doable! 🙂

  7. At least your numbers are headed in the right direction. It could be worse. I figure with some effort in March, you can make even more progress.

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