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Top Articles of the Week and Goals Update #6

Every week, I hand pick a few articles that impressed me the most and share them with you. After all, I can’t always write the best of personal finance on the web (well, it depends who you ask ;))! Let’s take a look at what this past week brought us!

Top 4 Articles of the Week

20150208 - financial samuraiThis was actually an awesome week for impressive articles. There were four of them that I absolutely loved and had to pass onto you! Check them out:

Finances In Your 30s – by Joe Udo at – As I am approaching the big three zero this year, this article got my attention and it is spot on. If you’re in your 30s, Joe really pushes you to think about your work/life balance, your potential for career advancement, and your goals for the future. When you’re in your 30s, that’s the time to start thinking about whether or not your future is headed where you’d like it to.

Why Every Company Should Hire a Blogger For $200,000 a Year – by Sam at – Naturally, this post sparked my interest since I am a blogger myself (obviously). It is absolutely true though. For those that run successful blogs of their own, they know all about SEO, marketing, quality content, and social media. If blogging intrigues you, then you might want to check out this post.

From Welfare to Well-Off: My Journey to Financial Independence – by Samurai Dominic at – This post will absolutely make you think and appreciate your upbringing. I mean, if this guy with his rough life could become a huge success, then you certainly can too! No excuses!

How to Cut Your Monthly Expenses – by Derek Sall at Personal Profitability – Did you realize that 60% of your monthly expenses are made up of just three categories? Your home, your car, and your food. If you want to cut your expenses severely, it is best to start with these categories. Take a look at the article to figure out how!

My Goal Progress After Week #6

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

As has been the pattern from week to week, some of my stats are up, and some are down. The progress was decent, but as usual, I always want them to be better!

Visitor Numbers

Two weeks ago, my monthly visitor numbers were 8,891. Last week, my visitor numbers soared to 9,406. This week, they absolutely soared again. Globe and Mail picked up my “House Hopping” article, which netted me more than 1,000 visitors on a single day. On a per month basis, my visitor numbers increased to 10,545. BOOM! Getting closer to that goal of 15,000.

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I figure I was about a net zero on subscribers this past week, so I’m not really challenging the number. According to Feedburner, my subscriber stats went from 1,080 to 1,079. I really need to figure out how to improve this stat – and soon.

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Facebook Friends

I didn’t make any real effort to increase my Facebook friends this past week other than placing my articles on my Facebook page. For this reason, my Facebook friends went up by a whopping one. While this increase isn’t much, it is still going in the right direction!

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Twitter Followers

I had a busy week and didn’t even spend all that much time on my Twitter numbers. For this reason, the numbers only increased by 6 followers to 1,878.

What I DID do though, was to cleanse my Twitter account of many people that make no sense for me to follow and aren’t following me back anyway. In total, I was able to remove 350 people from my account, which will now allow me to add the personal finance writers that I WANT to hear from. This should help me improve my Twitter follower numbers in the future.

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My Progress All Summed Up

In total, I am not overly impressed with my social media and subscriber numbers, but my visitor numbers are seriously impressive. In addition to my goals here, I have really pushed myself to write some better articles and I believe that it’s paying off. Not only are my visitor numbers going up, but more new people are finding me than ever before because of my interesting topics and my quality SEO. I can’t wait to see how this will trickle down to my Facebook, Twitter, and Subscriber numbers in the near future. Stay tuned for greatness!

What do you think about my progress so far? Is it pretty decent? Or should I be pushing even harder?



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. IT seems you are working harder since the progress is pretty impressive bt you still need to work more harder to attain your goal.Thanks for sharing and you are doing great.

    • I agree. I am falling behind on the overall goals. Progress is nice, but pretty soon I’m going to have to check myself and see what more I can do to improve my progress. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Great job with your goals. You are definitely making progress with regards to visits. I wouldn’t worry too much about the other metrics as some percent of those visitors will start following you and subscribing. It’s just a matter of time.

    Nice work too on getting picked up by various outlets! Every week it seems another big name picked up one of your posts. I wish some of that would rub off on me hahaha!!

    • Haha. Keep working hard and it will happen for you too, Don! When I really started deciding that my content was going to be better than anyone else’s, that’s when things really started happening for me and my site. Can’t wait for what’s to come in the future!

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