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Update on May Goals and Weekly Round-Up


Are you ever curious about what may goals are for this site week to week and month to month? Well, with me and my site, you don’t have to wonder. I’ll just tell you! Here’s what I’m working on in the month of May.

May Goals

I’m not going to lie, it has been extremely tough to stay focused in this month of May. The weather has been great, which has pulled me outside instead of keeping my nose in my computer, and my classes have started up again – so that pretty much eliminates my Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Regardless, I still plan to achieve my goals for this month, so let’s see where I stand so far.

1) Bring My Alexa Rank Down to 85,000 – I was a little nervous about this last week. I had my Alexa down to 89,000, but my 1-month and my 7-day rank was heading over 100k (the wrong direction!). But, I have written a couple of high-quality articles since, which has driven my current Alexa rank down to 85,835 and my 7-day rank below 70k! I feel like I’m in a great spot again and should be below 85k by 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) Create a Member’s Only Portion of my Site – Since class started again, it’s getting harder and harder to find the time for this development. But, I have created the tab and have found a way to sign people up with their own username and password. The next big project is writing some content that I’ve never really written before. So, this is obviously still a work in progress, but it’s still moving!

3) Continue to Write Every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – Still good on this one, although today’s post didn’t officially go live until after 8pm Sunday. But, a post on Sunday is still a post on Sunday!


Weekly Round-Up

Here’s the best of the best that I’ve read this past week. Enjoy!

The Ideal Withdraw Rate For Retirement Does Not Touch Principal at Financial Samurai

Why I Would Rather Spend Than Save at Debt Roundup

10 Things You Need to Know About Mortgages at Savvy ScotThings to Sell at a Garage Sale at Young Adult Money

Why I Will Never Regret a Dime Spent on Vacations at The Happy Homeowner

Easy Steps to Make Blogging Work for You at Modest Money

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Graduating College at Frugal Rules

Your Friends are the Reason You Aren’t Saving Money at Wealth Informatics

Investing for Beginners: Newbie Mistakes to Watch Out For at All Things Finance

Think You’re Sacrificing to Pay Down Debt? Think Again at My Personal Finance Journey



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. When is class over Derek? I think you’ll be done before you know it!

    • Class will officially be done at the end of April next year. It doesn’t seem to be coming fast enough, but I’m sure it will be done before I know it! I can’t wait. 🙂

    • I do like to see that number go down! 🙂 Thanks for the comment.

  2. Oh Alexa, it is so up and down. I have stopped worrying about it. Thanks for mentioning my post, I really appreciate it.

    • Hi Grayson. Yeah, the Alexa Rank is a tough one to figure out, but having a low number definitely can’t hurt!

      • You are right on that. The lower the better, but sometimes I find myself obsessing about getting it lower and that tends to make me lose focus of the whole picture.

        • Basically, I’m focusing on writing better articles, which attract more people and ultimate make my Alexa lower. That is the best way to do it. The occasional promotion is OK, but it’s not sustainable.

  3. Best of luck with your Alexa rank, i have been trying to take it below 100k but its been increasing. Guess i need to work harder

    • Thanks Irfan. Just keep writing quality articles and promote your blog to others as much as possible. Just leaving a comment here should help. I’m sure there are a few readers of mine that will curiously head over to your site and check it out. Best of luck to you and your Alexa Rank!

  4. As you can imagine we don’t put much stalk in Alexa rank. It’s an interesting thing to look at, but it’s not that useful in our view. Nevertheless, we know there are many people who will still ignore most of this information and still want the answer to how to increase their rank on Alexa. So here it is. Create a custom Alexa Toolbar . Visit your site daily with it installed. Have all your friends and family install it, and remind them to ignore warnings from their anti-virus/adware/spyware software. Ask them to visit your site once a day/week. Offer the toolbar on your website to all your customers for download. And then the next step is to wait. Your rank will go up. We just hope this is not your only strategy, because a high Alexa rank might bring bragging rights, but not much else.

    • Very true Flossie. I know that the Alexa Rank isn’t perfect, but hey, it’s something. The more visitors I have, the more chance I have at decreasing the number, so that’s what I shoot for. I can definitely tell when I’m writing quality articles vs. “quick write-ups” when I view this Rank.

  5. Thank you for including my post! 🙂

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