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Weekly Stats and Money Update #2 for 2011

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During the Yakezie Alexa Ranking Challenge, you helped BFS soar from an Alexa ranking of more than 8 million in March 2010 to 49,852 on October 31, 2010. Thank you!!!

Then, after seeing all the interest for my blog stats and income updates, I created a new challenge to complete by January 1st, 2011. You helped me get an Alexa ranking of 43,055, 28,687 total visits, 239 RSS Subscribers, and 228 Twitter Followers!!! WOOT!

Since I do plan on blogging full time by 2012, this is the year for a HUGE push. I have come up with new goals to keep us on the right track!

Here are my Goals for July 4th, 2011:

Here is what we are shooting for by the Fourth of July – July 4th, 2011:

Alexa – Maintain a Ranking at or around 37,500
Visits – 60,000 total visits (I started BFS on February 20th, 2010)
Feedburner Subscribers – 500
Twitter Followers – 500

Today’s Update

Alexa – 40,698 (We are still so close!)
Visits – 30,388 (29,612 to go…we can do it!)
Feedburner Subscribers – 266 (234 to go)
Twitter Followers – 258 (242 to go)

As always, thank you so much for being my supporters! Obviously, I could not do any of this without you and I never forget that!!!

The Saved Quarter Challenge Update

I joined The Saved Quarter Challenge this year and am aiming to save at least $21,000 by the end of 2011! That would be a tiny bit more than 25% of our GROSS pay from our two full time jobs.

Here’s how I’ve done this week for the Saved Quarter Challenge ($21,000 Goal):

I have better updates after the 13th of every month since that is when our billing periods end, woot!  Here’s where we funnelled away money this past week:

  • Roth IRA:  $300
  • Emergency Fund:  $500
  • Auto and Home Maintenance Account:  $500
  • Extra Cash for Investments:  $200

Total to date: $1740 guaranteed, $19,260 to go. 🙂

We also saved $330 to the vacation account and $330 to fun money but I’m not counting that as savings until we have some left at the end of the year. 

We were lucky that cash from family as Christmas gifts saved us from the major spending we did for the holidays.  The rest of the extra is simply because we live off of hubby’s salary as a school librarian ($38,000 take home pay) and save almost all of what I make ($26,000 take home pay).  About $400 of the extra was from blogging income and the last few referree checks for high school football (my husband’s hobby job).

Additonal Info

I will continue posting monthly and yearly blog statistics and income updates from here on out, so stay tuned at the beginning of every month!

In case you didn’t know, Alexa traffic rankings are determined by the numbers of hits a site gets by people with the Alexa toolbar. If you want to be part of this ranking community, you can download the Alexa toolbar here. 🙂

If you don’t already, you can follow me via RSS or Twitter by following those links. 🙂

To learn more about the Yakezie, check out my Yakezie page! Feel free to email me if you are a Yakezie member or challenger and don’t see yourself on the list!

If you are interested in seeing how I went from an 8 million plus Alexa rank to about 50,000 in less than 8 months, you can see My Blogging Schedule, which breaks down everything I do related to blogging.


FYI:  I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year.  I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $70,000-$90,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home.  If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!).  Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!
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11 thoughts on “Weekly Stats and Money Update #2 for 2011

  1. Great start on the “quarter income saved” challenge. Looks like you’re on your way!

    I am still amazed at your ability to go from 8 mil to 50,000 for your Alexa rank in such a short period of time. I’m watching your numbers lately, and you might just drift below 40,000 very soon! Congrats!

  2. Congratulations! As a much newer member, I am watching your success with interest. My Alexa ranking went from 4.4mm to 307K in 5 weeks and I still need to go a lot further.

  3. What a fantastic start to your goals! At this rate you’ll definitely meet them this year, well over a quarter of your income!

    I love the idea of a “hobby job” and would love to see you expand that to a post, perhaps a guest post on The Saved Quarter? 🙂

  4. @LifeAndMyFinances, thanks! I hope to go below the 40,000 mark by the end of this week. 🙂

    @MoneyCone, thank you!

    @krantcents, you’ll get to 200,000 within the next month I bet if you keep commenting and leaving replies in the Yakezie forums. 🙂

    @The Saved Quarter, I hope so! I will totally email myself a reminder to work up a hobby job guest post for you! Thanks!

  5. @Suba, I only “push” RSS in these updates and the What Would Seth Godin Do plugin (that little note above all posts that asks for you to subscribe to RSS). It may just be that easy. 🙂

    @My Personal Finance Journey, thanks!

    @Mandi, thank you so much!

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