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Record Numbers in March! And, the Weekly Round-Up


Ever since the beginning of this new year, I have been committed to make this site better and grow it larger than it’s ever been before! I definitely saw some growth in January; February was more of a stalemate; but March is truly the beginning of this site’s major growth! Let me share with you the goals that I made for myself this month and how close I’m getting to accomplishing them!

Goals for March

1) Bring My Alexa Rank Below 100,000 – Last week, my Alexa Rank was at 104,133 with some good momentum toward the 100k mark. I was hoping to get below 100k today, but right now the number is at 100,492. It’s definitely going to go into the 90s before the end of this month, but I guess I’ll have to wait to report it to you until next week!

** I really would like to get my Alexa Rank below 70k (ultimately)! 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 – In order to make this goal a possibility, I created a new subscriber section on the top right of my page, and I also added a subscriber sign-up form at the end of each article. Plus, I currently have a giveaway going that should boost the subscriber numbers as well. With all that work though, I’m currently 250 subscribers below my goal…. Right now I’m sitting around 942 subscribers. I still have hopes to get this number above 1,000 by next week though. That would still be awesome!

3) Increase my Facebook Friends to 400 – With my current giveaway, I’ve been able to increase my Facebook followers from 317 to over 350. I think I still have a sporting chance at getting to 400 on this one!

4) Increase My Twitter Followers to 1,500 – In two weeks, I’ve been able to raise my Twitter follower numbers from 1,137 to 1,307. Not too shabby, right? Unfortunately, I’m no longer able to follow anyone else (because apparently there’s a limit), so I’m not sure I’ll be able to hit my goal of 1,500.

Well there’s one more week to go before the end of this month. I know that I won’t hit some of these goals, but overall, I’m feeling pretty good about the progress. I’m looking forward to report the final numbers next week!


Weekly Round-Up

Here’s a few great reads from this past week. Enjoy!

What Does Early Retirement Look Like? at Financial Samurai

Consequences of Taking Money From Your 401K at One Smart Dollar

How People Really Get Rich at American Debt Project

Another Reason I Hate My 401(k) at My Journey to Millions

The Neglected Secret to Becoming Rich at Johnny Moneyseed

The 5 Least Paying College Degrees at Modest Money

Dividend Investing: How and Why to Do It at 20s Finances

Destroy Your Debt at Stocks and Cents

When Was The Last Time You Wowed Yourself at Luke1428

Top 3 Ways to Cut The Cost of Your Commute at Finance Inspired

Why I Bought My Baby Stuff Used at Beating Broke

Conversations About Money at Thirty Six Months

Are You Guilty of These Financial Mistakes at The Happy Homeowner

Saving Leftovers to Improve Your Finances at Master The Art of Saving

What Type of Investor Are You at Cash Money Life

5 Tips for Reducing Financial Stress at Good Financial Cents

6 Worst Home Fixes for the Money at Step Away From The Mall

Financial Automation Required at iHeartBudgets

How Much Privacy Would You Give Up to Save Money at Don’t Quit Your Day Job

We Don’t Automatically Re-Invest Dividends at Financial Ramblings



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.


    • No problem, and thanks for the kudos on the stats this month! I’ve still got another week to improve too! 🙂

  1. Wow, that’s impressive with your numbers. Keep up the great work, I know I enjoy visiting! Cheers Mr.CBB

    • Glad to hear that you’re enjoying yourself! I always want my readers to have a good time when they visit. Come back again soon! 🙂

  2. I’m glad your goals are moving in the right direction. It stinks about twitter, but I think once you get past a certain numbers of followers you can follow more.

    • Yep. I just have to wait till I get to X number of followers (whatever that magic number is), and then I can start adding more again. I’m not too bummed about that one though. I can’t say that Twitter really contributes that much to the success of my site.

    • Thanks Kim! I just have to keep reminding myself to get better and do more. There are plenty of ideas looming in my head, now I just have to find some time to take action on them! 😉

  3. Looks like your blog is doing great. Good job!

    • Thanks Michelle! Always nice to hear good positive comments. 🙂

  4. Impressive stats and way to take action on getting to your goals. Keep it up!

    • Thanks Buck! Good to hear from you!

    • No problem Tony! Glad you enjoyed some of them.

  5. Great progress on Alexa. I am sure you will hit a few more of your goals as well.

    • Thanks JT! I checked my Alexa today and I’m hovering at 100,143…. Haha! The suspense is killing me. Can’t I just hit a goal already?! 😉

  6. Derek,
    YOU DID IT!!!!
    My Alexa toolbar (and your site link) shows 99,543!!!!
    Great job!

    • Hahaha! I just saw it about 5 minutes ago and let out a “who hoo”!!!! Thanks for keeping an eye on it for me. 🙂

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