Goals and Round Up #1

I have officially been blogging for about a month and a half. A couple of weeks ago, I joined the Yakezie network. This has provided me with great support, feedback and visitors to my site. Thanks so much Yakezie! It has also helped me understand that a blog will continue to grow as time goes on. I have decided to publish my monthly goals on my blog. This will help me continue to strive to improve my blog as well as keep you all informed of the progress.

My Goals

These are the goals that I hope to reach by the end of September (normally it will be a month long period to reach goals):

  • Alexa Ranking: 400,000 (if you are wondering what this is, read the next paragraph)
  • RSS subscribers: 35
  • Twitter followers: 100
  • Facebook Fans: 25

I also keep track of my yearly goals on a different page, which includes getting a page rank (other than 0) from Google. For those who don’t know, Alexa is a company that ranks the websites on the internet based on the number of people who have the Alexa Toolbar installed in their internet browser. Every time someone with the toolbar installed visits my site, the ranking goes down (lower number = progress)! Install the Alexa Toolbar to improve my ranking! I showed my wife this toolbar and she is addicted. Whenever she goes to a website she can now see how popular a website is. You should try it out!

What I am Doing

I am working really hard to build up my content here at 20’s Finances. I want to make it so that visitors will want to return. In order to do this, I am publishing at least 3-4 articles a week. I have one series going (which I am really proud of), which should be at least a 10 week series, Weekly Frugal Tips. I am also trying to connect with other bloggers. In addition to using the Yakezie network, I am also writing many guest posts. This will allow me to show off my writing talent and provide links back to my site. It also helps out other blogs because I am contributing to their site under my name (for free). It’s a win-win situation!

On a side note, I was recently added to Money Crashers’ Top PF Blogs. You can also view my progress (according to their ranking system) through the badge (with my ranking) on the bottom left of my site. I am starting at the bottom, but am looking forward to see how it changes as time moves on. Be sure to stay tuned on my progress.

Round Up

Guest Posts:

I thought I would use this space start off my initial round up by saying thanks to the several blogs that have hosted guest posts. In the future I will probably feature the most helpful articles by other authors that I have read. In the mean time, many thanks for hosting:

Life and My Finances – Best Way to Save Money on your Wedding
Budgeting in the Fun Stuff – Save Money with Off Campus Housing
Little House in the Valley – Weekend Millionaire’s Real Estate Investing Tips
Retire by 40 – My Hands-Off Retirement Plan
Smart Family Finance – Frugal Tips That Don’t Save You Money
Free From BrokeHow to Survive College without a Car


Check out the various carnivals that I have been featured in:

Yakezie Carnival hosted by Fat Guy Skinny Wallet
Carnival of Personal Finance hosted by Canadian Dream: Free at 45
Total Money Carnival hosted by Money Beagle
Festival of Frugality hosted by Totally Money

Extra Thanks:

Okay, I can’t stop. I must give thanks to many of those sites that have directed people to my site. I am grateful to have new readers see what I am writing and am proud of what others are writing. I apologize if I forgot someone, but here is a small shout out a few (in no particular order):

Master the Art of Saving
Smart Family Finance
FSYA Online
One Cent at a Time

*featured image provided by: Jayneandd

38 Responses to Goals and Round Up #1

  1. thanks for all the links. You’ve got a great site and I have no doubts that you’ll make it as a top personal finance blogger.

  2. I agree. You have an awesome site and it won’t take too long for people to find it and love it. You have a lot of great content here. I like your frugal tips series. They are great.

    • Corey says:

      Miss T, thanks so much! Yes the frugal tips keep me going. They are more straight forward and less creative, but very practical. Thanks.

  3. Thanks for shouting out Financial Success for Young Adults!

  4. Get Out Of Debt Girl says:

    Hard work, determination and good content will get you where you want to be. The hours will be long but it’s well worth it in the end. I applaud you in keeping your goals for your site upfront and out there. It’s a constant reminder of what you are striving for.

    Good luck and I’ll be back to check your articles in the future.


  5. The blog is doing really well for being only 6 weeks old. Your posts are very well thought out and written so if you keep adding great content, you’ll have a lot more readers in no time. Great job so far!

    • Corey says:

      Thanks Retireby40. That means a lot coming from you. I will definitely keep adding content, hoping that it’s quality. 😉 Thanks again for the support.

  6. Congrats on such great progress! I’m curious to know how you went about securing guest spots on other people’s blogs?

    • Corey says:

      Thanks Happy Homeowner. It has been a lot of work, but I really enjoy blogging. I will send you a personal email about the details.

  7. Thanks for mentioning me. Glad that some traffic came your way. You are doing awesome on guest posting

  8. Hey Corey

    Great job so far! You’re doing an excellent job and you’re definitely on the right track!

    If you ever want to guest post on Faith and Finance, let me know. I’ll be happy to feature an article of yours.

    Take care,

  9. Congratulations on your progress so far! Just keep going – you’ll be drowning in traffic before you know it. And I will give you a dollar if you switch to full posts in your RSS feed. 🙂

  10. Hey Cory,

    Congrats on your success, you have worked really hard! I just noticed you shattered your goal for Alexa rank 374K and falling! I also like the idea of putting your plan out there, I can learn a thing or two from your success!

    • Corey says:

      Paul, Thanks. Yes, I just saw my new ranking this morning. I couldn’t believe it. I thought it would be slowing down, but it just doesn’t stop (yet, knock on wood).

  11. Aaron Hung says:

    Thanks for the shout out Corey, you’re doing great! keep at it 😀

    • Corey says:

      You’re welcome! Thanks for the vote of confidence. I will definitely keep at it. I absolutely love blogging. 🙂

  12. So much for that Alexa goal by the end of the month. At this rate, you might crack 300K or 250K!! Awesome work and keep it moving!

    • Corey says:

      haha. I know! I couldn’t believe it when I woke up this morning! I will keep working at it, but I owe so much to Yakezie.

  13. Kudos to you – your site is catching on very quickly. It is a well designed site with great writing behind it so no surprise. And btw, your Alexa ranking looks to be at 374K so looks like you can check that goal off your list!

    • Corey says:

      Thanks 60K. That means a lot. Yes, I couldn’t believe it! I can’t wait to see where I end up by the end of the month.

  14. You are doing great!! Keep up the good writing!

  15. Bloggette says:

    Very cool to hear your goals. Best of luck! You’ve done great for only 1.5 months in!

  16. Congrats on making it a month and a half! You need to set harder goals! Currently you are at 341k on my Alexa bar.. well below your end of September goal of 400k!

    • Corey says:

      I know. At the time I wrote this (a couple days before it was published), I was well above 400k and I thought I would be slowing down. This doesn’t seem to be the case and I passed it the day that it published. 🙂 I am excited to see it drop. I will definitely set harder goals next time.

  17. Great goals. Keep up the good work 20s Finance. 🙂

  18. Evan says:

    Keep up the good work! If there is anything I can do to help just email me.

  19. Thanks Corey. 🙂 You have come so far in such little time. I think your Alexa is even lower than mine. Congrats.