Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up #4

Do you set specific goals for yourself this year? How are you doing on them so far? Some of my goals for 2012 are a bit lofty, but I bet that with a lot of hard work and consistency, I can achieve them!

My Goals for 2012

This site is still basically brand new, but I have some big plans for 2012!

  1. Be on the first page of Google for the searched phrase, “Passive Income”, and “Creating a Passive Income”
  2. Gain 250 subscribers
  3. Maintain a Page Rank of 3
  4. Have 40,000 visits to this site in 2012
  5. Earn $5,000 from this site alone

How Am I Doing So Far?

1) First Page of Google:

  • Last week, my keyword “Passive Income” was ranked #143; today it’s ranked #197…. I am not moving in the right direction on this one…. What I really need to do is keep writing guest articles with the keyword “passive income” linked back to my site. I just wrote a couple yesterday, which should help out this ranking.
  • Last week, my keyword “Creating a Passive Income” ranked #9; today it’s ranked #8 – I’m moving up the ranks baby!!
  • Bonus: I still rank #14 for the phrase, “What is passive income”. That’s pretty cool considering there’s 60,000 searches a month for that phrase! :)

2) 250 Subscribers:

  • So far, I’m at a whopping 7 subscribers…., but new people are already finding my site through Google, so I expect that this number will increase steadily in the near future. Plus, once I write a free eBook for passive income, this number will increase at an even faster rate!
  •  3) Maintain a Page Rank of 3 – As long as Google doesn’t update their Page Rank, I’m golden! Lol. But, I’m really no where near ready for the update. I need to write at least 8 more guest posts (I wrote 2 yesterday) for some link juice, and I need to comment on like, 50 sites just for some security (so far, I really haven’t done much for commenting – I’ll have to step this up soon)…

4) Have 40,000 Visits

  • There have been 460 visits to this site so far in 2012. It’s an average of about 20 visits per day, which would only get me to 7,000 visits for the year, but they are ramping up fast, and I really don’t think 40,000 visits will be that tough.

5) Earn $5,000

  • You may have noticed that I recently put up some CPC ads on the sidebar – they haven’t earned me a penny yet, but once they do, I’ll feel a little better about this $5,000 number for some reason. Ultimately, once I maintain my page rank of 3 and I increase my visitors and mozRank, then I’ll be able to seel ads at a premium price. This $5,000 estimate should be a piece of cake.

I can tell that it’s going to be tough to keep up with this site regularly, but I am commited, and I know that once I start getting regular visitors, it will be much easier to keep up with everything (it just makes it much more fun!).

Weekly Round-Up

With my limited amount of time this week, I haven’t read a ton of articles from other sites, but here’s some of the good ones!

Common Credit Score Misconceptions – by Krantcents

Always Be the Underdog to Get Ahead – by Financial Samurai

One Savings Goal at a Time or Many? – by 20s Finances

How to Save Money on Dieting – by Frugal Confessions

More On Covered Calls and Time Value – by Cash Flow Mantra

Financial Blessings – Reader Stories – by Faithful With a Few

Romantic, Yet Frugal Tips for Valentine’s Day – by Free Money Wisdom

How to Research and Publish an eBook Successfully – by The Extra Money Blog

16 Responses to Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up #4

  1. krantcents says:

    Thanks for the links, I really appreciate it. Keep working on your goals daily/weekly/monthly and you will succeed!

  2. Thanks for including me in the round up.

  3. Derek – Passive income would be a great rank to have on page 1!

  4. As Sam said, it’s going to be huge if you can rank on page 1 for passive income. I’m sure that is one of the most difficult keywords out there, now!

    Thanks for including my article in your roundup!

  5. Mark says:

    Nice post, will be interesting to see your progress during the year. Helped you out on the subscribers. :)

  6. Jim Dasher says:

    Hey Derek:

    It will be interesting to find out how many hour of your TIME will be necessary to generate that magical $5,000.00 “passive income” figure.

    The hours required, will really tell you how “passive” this really is!

    Best of luck!!

    Jim in Edmonds, (WA)

    • Derek says:

      So far, this site is far from passive. It might eventually become passive, but that’s not the point. My point is to write about how others can create their own passive income through various ventures. Thanks for the comment!

  7. Jim Dasher says:


    FYI, I came across your blog on “My Journey to Millions”.

    Thought you might like to know.

    Jim in Edmonds (WA)

  8. Number 8 is awesome. I didn’t realize you were PR 3 already. Great job.

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