Weekly Round Up – February 18, 2011

by JT McGee

It was a great week in blogging, as every week has been. I was able to push out three posts this week, two planned and one that just happened spur of the moment. These posts were:

Are You a Knowledge Worker? – Knowledge workers are wanted everywhere and by every company and industry. Are you a knowledge worker?

Breast Feeding Tax Credits – Breastfeeding was found to save billions of dollars in health care costs. But I have some issues with the quality of the study.

Living without Credit – It’s a very popular idea; Dave Ramsey says it’s the way to go, and many others say the same. I’m not so keen on it, which is why I say that living without credit is playing with fire.

From the week before are two posts: Gaming Capital One Balance Transfers $2.99 at a time, and Why Living without Money Experiments are Stupid.

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Going Forward

In my last round-up I mentioned that I had planned to shift the focus of this blog from purely personal finance to other topics including economics, business, and the financial markets. Next week I’ll have a post about the Federal Reserve’s dual mandate, and what it means for international capital flows in 2011-2012. (Note: edited in the link 😉 )

If that sounds boring, I apologize. Welcome to life in JT McGee’s head…this is probably one of the few things I can get excited about. Nerd4Life.

From around the Web:
#1 Budgeting In the Fun Stuff’s Biggest Financial Mistake. See what Crystal says was her biggest financial mistake and how she would remedy it today. She had a very unique “biggest mistake” –and no, it’s not just spending too much on a credit card. 😛

#2 Sustainable Personal Finance posted an article on how they saved $9,000 on a 2011 Suburu Outback by importing it from the US to Canada.

#3 Thousandaire’s post on how America is still #1. I don’t consider myself some “America F yeah!” kind of person, but I enjoy freedom, and like Thousandaire I see a prosperous America the result of a very basic idea: freedom. I guess that’s a “Freedom F yeah!”

#4 Ask an Entrepreneur at FinancialSamurai. Sam presents an interesting question; do you go for broke or are you more interested in a comfortable salary for life? I say go for broke, but that’s because I see a comfortable salary as a beginning, not an end. Others might see it differently.

#5 Bogey from BackNineFinance had a series of great guest posts on FreeMoneyFinance this week. Start with post one here. He laid out how he went from college student to a career in banking and how he leveraged what he knew and his determination to get a job, keep it, and work up the ladder. I was able to swap a few emails with him, and I think I learned more about the actual, practical ins and outs of lending in those exchanges than I had before. Great guy…check out his blog.

Stats n’ Stuff

Got through this week LIKE A BOSS. Everyone wanted to know about the itemized deduction delay making it the most popular page this week. I’m sure that page is just about done now, since the delay is now over. Oh well, I’ll take the short boost.

Search engines accounted for 35% of traffic in the last week. That’s pretty cool; I’m happy with that. For the first time since launch three or four weeks ago, search engine traffic topped 100 visitors. Off to a fast start!

There’s definitely a temporary stall in Alexa rank. MoneyMamba currently ranks 603,317 in the world and has a 1 month world rank of 232,794. My previous goal of 200,000 by mid-March isn’t even optimistic any more, it is almost a certainty (at least for the 1-month numbers). Wisebread is currently down, but I believe this site was ranked #570 in terms of the most popular personal finance blogs. Top 100 here remains a (lofty) goal.

Anyway, that’s it for this week. According to the blogging schedule the next post is slated for Monday, February 21.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Crystal February 18, 2011 at 09:52

Thanks so much for the mention!

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JT McGee February 19, 2011 at 12:57

Of course! You had a really unique “money mistake.” I wish more people made that “mistake” with their money. Usually such mistakes error on the side of consumption rather than investment.

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Bogey February 18, 2011 at 12:52

Thanks for the mention JT.

I might need to swap a couple emails with you for some blog marketing insight. Get a few regualrs by now, but not getting as much attention yet as I had hoped. Day job keeps getting in the way also!

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JT McGee February 19, 2011 at 12:58

You know where to find me! Actually, I’m going to shoot you a line later in the day.

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Darwin's Money February 18, 2011 at 19:21

Congrats man; that’s a great trend getting decent search within just weeks. I’ve started a few blogs and it’s usually a few months until I started getting decent daily search like that. Keep that momentum going and you’ll be killin it in no time!

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JT McGee February 19, 2011 at 13:00

Yeah, I’m pretty stoked. Note, though, that this was weekly traffic of 100. LOL I’m not close to having enough content/search engine weight to reach that per day.

The traffic is mostly long-tail, of course, but I am pretty happy with it. After a couple more weeks I should be able to start making goals and reaching them with some accuracy. The growing stages of a blog is just so much fun!

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Kevin @ Thousandaire.com February 20, 2011 at 23:35

Thanks for the link. Congratulations on getting out three posts last week, and good luck in the upcoming week.

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Invest It Wisely February 22, 2011 at 10:42

That’s very good progress out of the starting gates! I personally find this site interesting cause you have some interesting topics that relate to economics that are presented in an entertaining way, and not dry at all. 🙂

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JT McGee February 22, 2011 at 11:45

Thanks for the kind words, it means a lot. I’m finding it to be a difficult balance between “this belongs in a textbook” and “this has been said before,” and “let’s make this interesting.” Here’s to hoping I can keep it up 😛

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