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1,000+ Subscribers! And the Weekly Round-Up


Well I finally did it. It’s been on my list of goals for pretty much the entire year and it’s finally happened. My site now has more than 1,000 subscribers! I didn’t think I would be that excited since I’ve been hovering around that number for some time now, but when I saw that 4 digit number on the side of my website, I think my heart may have skipped a beat. πŸ˜‰ At this very moment, I have 1,018 subscribers.

Why Is This Such a Big Deal?

When people visit a website, they pretty much have it sized up within the first millisecond. They quickly look at the setup, the feel of the site, and take a quick glance at the subscriber numbers to see if anyone else values the information. If the numbers show that the site only has 73 subscribers, then the visitor probably won’t stick around for long. However, if a 4 digit number is staring at them, that means that all those people believe the site has value and must be giving out quality information.

This has really been a huge boost for me and makes me want to write articles that are even of a higher quality than before! I have so many ideas for what I could write about – stay tuned for more good stuff! πŸ™‚

How Am I Doing On These June Goals?

As usual, there’s some good, and there’s some bad. Let’s dig into my goals for this month!

1) Bring My Alexa Rank Down to 78,000 – Yeah….this goal is definitely failing so far. I think summer finally caught on and all of my loyal readers are out laying on the beach or digging in their yard…and not visiting my website. Haha, oh well. I can’t blame them. I love to be outside! But, I will keep writing quality articles regardless. I’ve got another good one coming tomorrow.

2) Make a Plan to Pay My Mortgage Down to $40,000 by the End of the Year – Many people would say that this is impossible – to pay off $16k on the mortgage in less than six months. But, if you know me, you know that I don’t often say, “I can’t because…” Nope, I hear a challenge and I merely think of how it can be done. Maybe no one has ever done it before, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t.

So here’s my idea. I am excellent at building websites and turning them into something that others want to buy (I get countless offers from others to buy this one). Most of the sites that I’ve built have quickly been ranked by Google with a PR3. If I can accomplish this with just 10 websites, I could easily come up with $15,000 from the sale of them all. Sure, it might take some work, but I’m always up for a challenge!

3) Increase My Subscribers to Over 1,000 – I didn’t really expect to hit this goal this week, since I really didn’t do anything to increase my subscriber numbers, but for some reason they just went up! I honestly think that Feedburner has had a glitch for a while and it just corrected itself. As you can see, I now officially have 1,016 subscribers! Love it!

4) Write Every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – As usual, yep, accomplished. πŸ˜‰


Weekly Round-Up

Here are some great posts from others this past week!

How to Correctly Value and Analyze Investment Property at Financial Samurai

How to Start Retirement Savings in your 40s at Narrow Bridge FinanceHealth, Wealth, and Moments of Clarity at Luke1428

Financial Questions That Need to be Answered When Getting Married at Make Money Make Cents

Forces – Saving Money at Brick by Brick Investing

Top Tips for Planning a Vacation on a Budget at Modest Money

Insurance – Part of a Better Business Plan at Debt Roundup

Why Your Investment Returns Could be Lower Than You Think at All Things Finance

5 Reasons Why We Make Terrible Financial Decisions at Stumble Forward

6 Life Lessons from Warren Buffett at Savvy Scot



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.


    • You’re welcome Chris! Thanks for stopping by.

  1. Congratulations Derek on your 1000+ subscribers milestone. Its no mean feat by any standard! We are also pretty much hovering over the same figure currently and looking forward to bringing in more readership. I also strongly believe you will pay off your mortgage within the year…they do say where there is a will there is a way, or to quote Hannibal, “We’ll find a way, or make one!” Rooting for you…Go team Derek!

    • Thanks Simon! I hope you hit your 1,000 soon too! I’m seeing good things ahead for both of us!

  2. Thanks for the mention Derek. And congrats on reaching your subscriber goal. I know that had to feel good!

    • You’re welcome Brian, and thanks for the congrats! It definitely was pretty exciting to see all those digits. πŸ™‚

  3. You seem to have a lot of determination and enthusiasm. That’s awesome! I think one of the biggest problems with getting a blog or site or company going is people lose enthusiasm after it gets hard, or just with time. Keep it up! and congrats on your subscribers!

    • Thanks Trevor! I’ve definitely had my ups and downs with this site, but I kept plodding along. And now….1,000 subscribers! Pretty cool.

  4. Wow congrats on your goals and fulfilling them! Setting them, knocking them out of the park and setting up new ones is so critical.

    And thanks for including AllThingsFinance this week!

    • No problem Todd, and thanks for the kudos. πŸ™‚

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