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June Goals and Weekly Round-Up


It’s June 2 and I already forgot my goals for this month. This is why I revisit them every week! Anyway, let’s take a look and see how I’m doing. I’m kind of scared….

June Goals

1) Bring My Alexa Rank Down to 78,000 – I was as low as 82,000 or so, but now my number is climbing again (not a good thing). My 7-day estimate is hovering around 100,000, so I have to do something about this and fast, otherwise I’ll be headed in completely the wrong direction. Currently, my Alexa is at 83,386. Don’t worry though, more kick-butt articles are on the way (especially tomorrow).

2) Make a Plan to Pay My Mortgage Down to 40,000 by the End of the Year – II totally forgot that this was a June goal, but it’s a great one to have. Now that my finances are a little bit more predictable I should be able to develop a plan for this, and it will keep my random purchases at bay as well.

3) Increase My Subscribers to Over 1,000 – I have recently started my “members only” area, which I thought would spark some new subscribers. There hasn’t been a ton of interest thus far, but it’s still early. I’ll have to come up with a new plan to gain some more subscribers by the end of this month if I hope to reach 1,000.

4) Write Every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – Yep yep. And I also added a Saturday post to show my recent income report, so I’m doing extra! πŸ˜‰


Weekly Round-Up

Here are some great posts from others this past week!

Should I Get an MBA to Find a Wealthy Husband or Wife? at Financial Samurai

How to Avoid Lifestyle Inflation at Modest Money

Can a Masters Degree Yield a Negative Return at Student Dent Survivor4 Decisions That Will Cost You a Fortune at KrantCents

Life Lessons from Paying Off $14K of Credit Card Debt in Less Than a Year at The Happy Homeowner

When Passions Turn into Work at Debt Roundup

6 Strategies for Handling a Difficult Boss at All Things Finance

4 Debt Tips for Young Adults at Stumble Forward

How to Become the Best of the Best at Your Company at One Smart Dollar

Empower Yourself Through Goal Orientation at Johnny Moneyseed




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. I wouldn’t focus too much on Alexa… it really is just a very small subset of people that have the toolbar installed. I’d focus more on traffic or some other metric that has more meaning to your blog in the long run.

    • True statements Lance. I do focus on monthly visitors, but that’s not something that I want to share with the whole world. I feel like the next best alternative is the Alexa rating.

  2. I tend to focus on the areas I can control. I would focus more on your writing and perhaps paying off the mortgage. As you know, I feel paying off a low interest rate loan early a personal decision.

    Thanks for the links, I am in good company.

    • I would love to invest in real estate, but I don’t want to take on hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt. So, I’d much rather pay off my home first, which is why I’m pursuing that, even though the interest is quite low.

  3. I agree with Lance. Alexa is pretty much a worthless metric to follow. I know websites with high alexa rankings and a ton of traffic.

    Thanks a lot for the mention this week. I appreciate it.

    • It’s true Sean, but what metric can I use without blatantly telling everyone what my visitor numbers are?

  4. Thank so much for mentioning Mitch’s post on my blog. I too use Alexa as a vague reference of where I am. If the score starts going up I try to figure out why using other metrics.

    • No problem KK! So how is your Alexa rank doing? Are you able to keep it going down. I’m afraid I might have hit a lull and might see it rise here pretty soon.

  5. Thanks for including my post! I hope you’ve had a great weekend–I think you’re doing really well with your goals..good luck this month!

    • Thanks Jen! I do love setting goals, and I love it even more when I hit them! πŸ™‚

  6. Looks like you are ramping up the writing! I am not sure about Alexa seems to be hit or miss. Some people say adverts want low numbers so it depends why you are trying to lower it. I need to get on task with building my list as well.

    • Thanks for the comment Thomas. My writing has been much more quality lately. It appeals to my readers and it typically means more visitors.

  7. I watch my Alexa ranking as well. It may not be the most accurate item but it is interesting to watch. Good luck with your new subscriber section and paying down your mortgage.

    • It’s interesting if it keeps going down. Once it goes up it’s a nuisance! πŸ˜‰

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