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Top Articles of the Week and Goals Update #8

Want to read the top articles of the week that weren’t written by me? I know, it’s hard to believe that anyone other than me could write something worthy of reading (note the sarcasm), but nevertheless, below are the best articles I came across this past week. AND, I of course talk about the progress of my goals from this past week. Enjoy!

Top 4 Articles of the Week

20150222 - yakezie screenshotThere actually weren’t too many articles that impressed me this week, so I had to extend my search for more. These four are definitely solid reads though. Enjoy:

High Paying Jobs for All Experienced Bloggers – by Yakezie – I’m still not quite sure how practical it really is, but it’s nice to know that bloggers might have the upper hand when it comes to applying for jobs. These articles have nearly convinced me to put my blog link into my LinkedIn account! What do you think?

Does Remodeling Pay Off? Probably Not! – by Sam at Financial Samurai – For the average project, the cost of the remodel typically costs 30% more than the value that’s actually added. Before you dump a bunch of money into your house, ask yourself if you’re ready to throw away 30% of your money.

10 Organic Grocery Items That Aren’t Worth It – by WiseBread – My girlfriend and I do our best to eat healthy. We even have a graphic on the fridge that shows us the “clean 15” and the “dirty dozen” of fruits and veggies. This article is a great read for those of you that have been trying to stay healthy with organic purchases, but aren’t too excited about the large costs.

How ‘Letting Your Money Work for You’ Really Works – by The Simple Dollar – Have you ever wondered what compound interest really means and how it really works? Well this is the article for you! In this post, Trent shows you exactly how compound interest works year after year and why it turns into such a large amount in the end.

The reads above are pretty eclectic, but I imagine almost anyone could benefit from at least three out of the four, if not all of them. Happy reading, and be sure to take a look at my website progress below as well!

My Goal Progress After Week #8

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

I continually get myself into a panic every week as time  just keeps flying by, but this week I am forcing myself to step back and take a look at the progress I have made thus far. I’m not even 2 months into the year and my hard work is already visibly paying off! It’s a pretty cool feeling. 🙂

Visitor Numbers

Sadly, none of my articles got picked up by any major publications this week, but I guess I can’t depend on that happening every week! I was still blessed with some very consistent numbers each day though – numbers that were far better than just a couple of months ago. Hopefully I can just keep building them with my awesome content from the past, present, and future!

On a monthly basis, my numbers were about the same as last week, which is quite good considering some of the high-visitor days (from mid-January) that dropped off the count. This is proof that my per-day average is much higher than it used to be.

Here’s the graphic:

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I made a goal for myself to set up my free eBook on my right sidebar for an enticement to subscribe. I have not been able to accomplish this yet, but I hope to get to it soon to see if it boosts my subscriber numbers!

Last week, my numbers went up slightly again. I had 5 new subscribers and only one or two that unsubscribed. Not amazing, but still heading in the right direction!

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Facebook Friends

I still haven’t made much of a plan for increasing my Facebook friend count, but solid content alone has been enough to inch it up each week. As of now, this is the only plan I have so I hope it keeps working!

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Twitter Followers

I made a pretty big push to increase my Twitter followers this past week. I followed quite a few personal finance bloggers that returned the favor, I set up automatic tweets that went throughout the day on three or four days of the week, and I personally thanked each individual that followed me and asked them to come visit my site! Thankfully, my weekly results match up with the effort I put in (note the jump in followers last week). Right now I’m at 1,934 followers!

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My New Metric

Thanks to Modern Money, I got a new metric (in the right sidebar) that will help me track my progress. Since my main goal is to be one of the top personal finance blogs out there, I figure why not track how I compare to all the other top blogs? Right now, I am ranked #85 out of 460 financial blogs based on traffic, social media numbers, and SEO (Search Engine Optimization). By the end of this year, I would really love to get my rank in the top 50. It sounds lofty, but I think it’s totally doable.

What do you think of my progress? Decent?



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. Let us current subscribers know about when the ebook comes out. I do love those 🙂
    I am only blogging now for personal accountability and very new so not sure on all the stats. I like getting the tweets from you but won’t do Facebook. I kind of like the anonymity right now so haven’t combined Facebook with my financial journey yet. Plus I am trying to limit amount of time on FB!
    You have a great site so I know you should reach these goals!

    • I will definitely let you know, Dawn! I think many people start blogs for their own personal accountability, and then they get some unexpected attention and realize that they could turn it into something more. Hopefully this happens to you too! It can really be rewarding to help others through a simple blog message. Thanks for the comment!

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