You have had a busy week and probably a busy weekend as well. It’s Sunday – kick your feet up and enjoy some high-quality reads as well as my recent goals update!
I read dozens (if not hundreds) of articles every week. Here are a few of the best ones I have read from this past week:
How to Save Like the Rich and Upper Middle Class (Hint: It’s Not With Your House) – by The Wall Street Journal – Almost everyone in my life has been a fan of house hopping. In other words, they buy a house, live in it for a couple years, put out the “For Sale” sign, earn a few bucks, and buy a bigger house with their bigger down payment. This is the epitome of middle class mentality… and it will never make you rich. I’m glad I broke free of this mentality – read this article and you might too.
5 Best Money Moves to Make in Your 40s – by Retire by 40 – With my personality, I’m typically about 15 years ahead of the average person, so this article relates to my recent actions perfectly. I have eliminated my debt, minimized my lifestyle inflation, and have started working on increasing my income. There are some great tips in this article. Have a look and prove me right. 😉
It’s Impossible to Stay Retired Once You Retire Early – by Financial Samurai – I’m sure I will feel exactly like Sam when I retire. I have worked hard all my life and have a love for learning new things. I also enjoy helping people. My “retirement” will probably be best described as “financial freedom” because I won’t have to work but will still choose to because I enjoy what I’m doing. If you think you might retire early someday, this will probably be a good read for you.
Goal Actions This Past Week
My goals are to, by the end of the year:
- Increase my visitors from 7,915 a month to 15,000
- Increase my Facebook followers from 534 to 1,000
- Increase my Twitter followers from 1,776 to 3,000
- Increase my subscribers from 1,088 to 2,000
Here is what I have done this past week to improve these metrics:
- Transferred my site to a VPS server. It costs more, but my site is now about twice as fast as it was just a week ago – making it much more enjoyable for everybody, including me!
- Updated my “About Me” page again – this time with my articles of mine that were featured on popular sites
- Started personally thanking each new follower on Twitter and telling them to check out my site
- Started using my Facebook page for more personal thoughts and financial temptations – people seem to like it and I am getting more “Likes” than ever
- Wrote two very solid posts this past week. I was hoping one of them would get picked up on a popular site, but no luck yet.
Progress, Week 2 of 52
I have some mixed results from this past week. Some good and some bad, but that’s going to happen when analyzing data on a weekly basis. I still feel like I am doing all the right things and will continue with the plan that I have in place. Here are the results from Week 2.
My Facebook fans have increased from 538 to 545
My Twitter followers have increased from 1,783 to 1,789
My subscribers have decreased from 1,096 to 1,090. These numbers tend to bounce around and are not always the most accurate, so I’m not concerned about this one.
My monthly visitors are plummeting like a rock, from 7,827 last week to 7,539 this week. This is a little discouraging, but my numbers have been pretty consistent from day to day (between 200-300 visitors each day). I just need a couple of big sites to pick up my articles like they have in month’s past. It will happen – you just never know when.
Overall, things have been pretty good. While some numbers might be down, the overall activity on my site has definitely gone up (posts have more comments, more likes, and more Tweets), which is a HUGE positive. I can’t wait to see what this next week brings!
Are you working on your goals? Have you seen any successes?
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.