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June Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up


It has been a little while since I updated all of you on my goals for June. Let’s take a look to see how well I did this month.

1) Bring My Alexa Rank Down to 78,000 – This absolutely didn’t happen this month. I think summer officially started and there aren’t nearly the amount of people opening up their computers as there were in the winter. I will continue to try to bring this number down, but quite honestly, with school and work, this might have to wait until mid-August. Booo…..

2) Make a Plan to Pay My Mortgage Down to $40,000 by the End of the Year – Well I made the plan last week (see below for what I came up with), now I just need to execute it. I think I’ll be able to find some time this weekend, so I’ll be brainstorming good website names – at least 10 of them – and get this ball rolling!

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 did it! At this moment I have 1,044 subscribers. I think it might be time for a victory giveaway. What do you think? 🙂

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


Weekly Round-Up

Here are some great posts from others this past week!

Lessons I Learned From Not Selling My House at Financial Samurai

How to Destroy Debt Like it’s Your Job at Money Life and More

My Percentage Based Debt Payoff and Savings Rule at Debt Roundup

Teaching Kids About Money at Generation X Finance

5 Common Frugal Styles at My Financial Independence Journey

Everyone is as in a Bull Market Genius at The First Million is the Hardest

Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Wealth at Beating Broke

The Magic Behind Finding the Right Coupons Online at Modest Money

7 Podcasts I’m Listening to and You Should Too at Stumble Forward

How Millenials are Changing the Economy at MoneyNing

Be the Change You Want to See in the World at A Young Pro



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 Nick. Keep those great articles coming!

    • No problem Lance. Thanks for reading!

  1. Those are some pretty ambitious goals Derek and it looks like you are hitting most of them. Thanks for the mention.

    • Yeah. I don’t typically hit them all, but goals are supposed to stretch you, so I guess I’m doing it right. It does feel nice to hit some of them though! 🙂

  2. Keep going, keep pushing…you will find a way, especially in the clearing of your mortgage payments. All the best and thanks for the mention!

    • Thanks for the kind words Simon. I typically do find a way – it might not be by using the method I first conjure up, but I will find a way regardless.

  3. Way to go on your subscriber list! I think that might be a great business model–build websites, sit on them until they get a PR (or you probably need to write/have content written on them), then sell them on Flippa or similar website. Creative!

    • Thanks Amanda! I’m looking forward to securing some domain names soon. 🙂

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