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Weekly Round-Up and Goals Update #4

I scour the internet for amazing articles each week to increase my personal finance education and also to increase my inspiration for writing new, thought-provoking articles for you, the reader! Some blog posts are just too perfect to one-up, so I figured I should just share them with you! Take a look at the top five articles I read last week.

Top 5 Articles of the Week

Hope you enjoy them! Oh, and be sure to keep reading below to see the progress that I’m making on my goals so far this year. Month one is almost over already, AHHH!!

Top 3 Money To-Do’s in Your 20’s – by Retire by 40 – Joe has to be one of my favorite bloggers out there. His writing is clear, thorough, and always makes a lot of sense. His advice for 20-somethings is spot-on.

Top Money Mistakes to Avoid If You Want to Be Rich – by David Quilty at QuizzleWire – These mistakes may be obvious to some, but they are very real and happen to almost all of us. Avoid them and you will definitely have a better chance at becoming rich!

10 Things to Start Saying Yes to This Year For a Happier Life – by the Positivity Blog – If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap. If you want happiness for a day — go fishing. If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.” Chinese Proverb. Yeah, this is part of the article – after reading this, you know the rest of it has to be good!

10 Extreme Frugality Tips – by Everybody Loves Your Money – Ha, this is pretty much exact opposite message as the article above, but if you enjoy frugality then you will love some of the ideas in this article. I mean, eating on 40 cents per day? That’s crazy!

How to Live Off Your Nest Egg Instead of an Income – by Derek Sall at WinVesting – Okay, so this is a shameless plug of my own article on another site, but I can’t help it, it’s one of my favorites! Have you ever really thought about it? When you retire, you probably won’t have a regular paycheck anymore. You’ll have to regulate your own funds from your nest-egg! And, you’ll have to be okay with seeing that dollar amount go down! Pretty sure I’m going to struggle with that…

My Goal Progress After Week #4

My goals are to, by the end of the year:

This past week is probably the hardest I’ve worked on my blog in a long time. Here is the laundry list of what I’ve been doing in the last 7 days:

  • Interviewed four staff writers for this prestigious blog of mine and had to choose only one (for now) – Spoiler Alert: I chose my new staff writer a few days ago – her name is Jenna and she’ll be writing for me every other Wednesday. She’s awesome, you’re going to love her.
  • Increased my Twitter efforts by:
    • Following 50 people with the hopes that they would follow me back
    • Retweeted many quality Tweets with the hope of them following me and retweeting my stuff
    • Thanked all new followers with a personal message
    • Began including hashtags and photos in my Tweets for maximum exposure
    • Started using HootSuite to automate Tweets throughout the day while I am at work
  • Increased my Facebook efforts by posting thought-provoking comments on off-article days
  • Promoted my article, “House Hopping is Keeping You Broke” and it got picked up by RockStarFinance, which increased my visitor numbers massively!

Visitor Numbers

So like I just said, my visitor numbers spiked thanks to RockStarFinance picking up one of my articles and promoting it heavily. It was a pretty fun few days. For the month, my visitor numbers are up to 8,891! BOOM!

20150125 - monthly visitors


I’m not really loving Feedburner lately. Based on the email updates I have received, I have probably increased my subscribers by 10 or so since the beginning of January. However, their count shows that I’ve lost 17. I’m going to continue to use it because it is my official tracker on my site, but I truthfully expect this to spike over 1,100 shortly (when the count finally corrects itself) – hopefully in the next couple of weeks.

20150125 - monthly subscribers


I have continually worked hard at increasing my reach on Twitter. Just last week I have increased my followers from 1,823 to 1,850. Not too shabby.

20150125 - monthly twitter followers


While it has been nice to see an increase in my Twitter numbers, I’ve often wondered if it’s really worth all the extra effort. By spending an extra 3-4 hours a week, how much has this effort really increased my visitor numbers on my site? Thanks to Google Analytics, I can tell you the exact number. Let’s have a look:

20150125 - monthly twitter acquisitions

All my work has increased my visitor numbers by about 10 this past week, compared to weeks prior. It’s something, but I’m not so sure it’s worth the extra handful of hours that I’m putting in each week. Nevertheless, I will continue to put the effort into raising these numbers to see what comes out of it. Maybe the benefit will be exponential!


I didn’t really do too much with Facebook this week. I just added a few extra thoughts on the off-days when there were no articles to point to on my site. With this and with the quality articles I produce, I was able to increase my numbers by 5 this past week. Pretty decent.

20150125 - monthly facebook fans


Continuing to Kill It

All in all, anther solid week. Three metrics are on the rise and only one is down (sort of – I still think it’s a faulty counter). My work is definitely paying off. The solid articles, the extra work to grow my social media, and the constant interaction with my readers is all starting to pay off. I’m still very excited to continue my work on this site and can’t wait to grow it into one of the biggest personal finance blogs out there!

What do you think about this progress? Is it just average, or is it actually pretty good?



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. Damn good progress! I only wish my stats looked that good!

    I’m working very hard on my site at the moment as well, but I’m starting from a lower base.

    The numbers you got from the plug gives me more impetus to do guest posts and promos.

    • What I should also do soon is tell my story of getting out of debt completely before the age of 30 to journalists and newscasters. It could make a good story for somebody and give me some good numbers on my site as well!

  2. Derek, try Libby Kane at Business Insider if you haven’t already. She does lots of those type articles and many go on to Yahoo Finance.

    • Awesome! Thanks for the tip Kim!!

  3. The biggest thing I have learned in life is what you get out of something depends on what you put into it. In blogging, there’s a direct relationship between effort and results. Great job of focusing your efforts and increasing your results!

    …and I’m glad you found a reliable staff writer 🙂

    • Thanks AB! Yeah, it is pretty apparent when I’m slacking on my site or when I’m putting in real effort. I guess it never really works to have one foot on the dock and one in the boat, huh?

  4. Derek, I’m so excited to work with you! It’s going to be awesome.

    • Same here! Can’t wait for you officially join our team with that first article so we can all start kicking butt together! Thanks!

  5. Derek, I have to give credit to as his site is how I found your blog. I look at your site daily during the weekdays and I am very impressed with your efforts. Most other blogs do not update for days and sometimes for weeks and they lose my interest really fast. However, because you update regular to your blog you keep me coming back for more info.
    Therefore, keep up the good work and i look forward to reading more of your blog in the future and sharing with others.

    • Glad to have you Jamie! I’m glad you found your way to the site, and yes, I will continue to pump out interesting article after interesting article! 🙂

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