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February Month in Review

My goal until April 15th is to fully fund my 2009 Roth IRA. I’ve stopped contributing to my employer plan and will be socking away as much as possible until I hit the $5,000 mark. It was going to be close because I happen to get paid of the 15th of April this year and didn’t want to leave it until the last minute, but the $800 in tax refunds I’ll be getting should put me over the top and help me reach the Roth IRA limit.

Blog Traffic

Another month of unsustainable growth has gone by an increase in traffic of 111% and the statistics continue to surprise me. I’m sure some of the progress is due to the Alexa Challenge, and as that page makes its rounds on other blogs, I hope many of the readers stay.

Samurai Alexa Ranking Challenge

It’s been awesome getting to know everyone and being part of an awesome community, and the results have been fantastic. Everyone is moving up, and in the past month, my rank rose from 441,611 to 142,090! How great is that?? I’m definitely starting to slow down, but I’ve reached the front page of the Wisebread rankings and now I’ll start to enjoy many of the other benefits of being a member of the Yakezie.


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  1. Could you help me understand the contribution target dates of Roth IRA’s? Do we have from January 2010 to April 15, 2011 to fund our 2010 Roth IRA? Is it like that every year?

    It won’t affect us much right now since we finished off our 2009 Roth IRA in Dec 2009 and have already put $1900 towards 2010, but I’ve been curious since this is the second post I’ve read about finishing off a 2009 Roth IRA in 2010…

  2. Congrats on the blog progress! I think the Alexa Challenge has been wonderful for all of us that are putting in the effort to make it work.

    Good luck on funding your Roth!

  3. Wow, I remember the good old days of 110% growth, though sadly that was my waist measurements, not my blog traffic.

    Isn’t it fun putting it into a compound interest calculator though and seeing where STBS could be in a year at this rate? ;)

  4. Congrats on the success!! Site looks great, I can see why you have moved up so much!

    I too have seen some success, though I’d say mine is measured a bit different- I think its much easier to move up when you start at 5,500,000+ haha.

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