I set some goals for myself in January and was tracking them pretty well…until about February. Here were (are) my goals for the year:
Goals For My Website
1) Alexa Rank below 70,000 – I successfully brought my Alexa rank from 110,000 down to about 82,000, but then Google decided to change their algorithm again, which has caused my site to be viewed less frequently and moved my Alexa rank back up to about 125,000. This 70,000 goal seems fairly impossible at the moment.
2) Grow my site to 3,000 subscribers – I started the year with about 870 subscribers and currently I have 1,084. At least it has grown, but it’s definitely not 3,000.
3) Increase my Facebook friends to 1,000 – My Facebook friends were at 270 in January, and I have raised them to about 380. I haven’t paid a lot of attention to this number throughout the year and I feel like that 1,000 number is still somewhat attainable.
4) Commit to posting every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – At least I can check the box here. I still love to write and communicate with my readers, so I am still most definitely posting every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
5) Post my Affiliate and Adsense Income – Posting my affiliate income hasn’t been too exciting, so I often forget to do it. Again, since my viewer numbers have decreased, so has my affiliate income. I really need to focus on getting more web traffic again to increase this dollar figure.
6) Rank in the Top 100 – Money Crashers ranks hundreds of personal finance sites, and I was ranked 221 when I started this goal in January. At this moment, my rank is 169. It’s not 100 or less, but it isn’t too shabby either.
Personal Goals for 2013
Since my site isn’t my entire life (this is shocking to you I’m sure), I decided to make some personal goals as well:
1) Finish the House – There are definitely some small projects to do here and there, but thanks to my wonderful family, I have basically finished every single room in this house and it looks amazing!
2) Pay down my mortgage to $40,000 – In January, I owed the bank just over $59,000. At the end of October, my mortgage will be below $55,000, and I have another $10,000 or so set aside to put toward it at the end of the year. That means I need to continue working to come up with the remaining $5k. It’s definitely doable though!
3) Finish my MBA – When I made this goal, I had just finished my first semester of the MBA program. At this point, I won’t be done by December, but I will most certainly be done by April. That means I only have one more semester to go. It went super fast, but I learned a ton and can’t wait to get the credit for this program!
It’s Time to Start Running!
I definitely haven’t done everything necessary to achieve these goals throughout the year, and while it might be a little too late to make a push, I’m still going to give it everything I’ve got. My main focus is the subscriber numbers and the Facebook followers. Do you have any ideas to increase these numbers at a rapid rate??
Here are the top blog posts I found this week. Enjoy!
The Net Worth Rule for Car Buying Guideline at Financial Samurai
9 Insider Tips For Cheaper Flights at MoneyNing
5 Keys To Winning With Your Money at American Debt Project
Obamacare Makes Being Uninsured A Viable Insurance Plan at Thousandaire
A Balanced Portfolio at FI Fighter
Do You Have a Retirement Backup Plan? at KNS Financial
5 DIY Projects to Improve the Value of Your Home at My Personal Finance Journey
Should You Buy a House Now? at Prairie Eco Thrifter
6 Ways to Avoid Running Out of Money in Retirement at One Cent at a Time
200+ Ways to Make Money Online at Buck Inspire
Save Money With Virgin Mobile at Edward Antrobus
The Warehouse Nightmare Job at The Money Principle
20 Things You Can Sell to Make Money at Sweating the Big Stuff
Breaking Into Business When You’re Broke at The Amateur Financer
Your Plan For How To Become Financially Independent at My Money Design
Are Reward Point Credit Cards Worth It? at Money Smart Guides
A Correlation Between The Number Of Credit Cards One Has and Net Worth at Financial Samurai
Stock Market Crisis Syndrome 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.