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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

In my first year or so as a blogger, I would track and analyse my blog's traffic and I even published reports complete with charts every few months. A reader said that I was producing quarterly reports like listed companies. Anyway, after slightly more than a year doing it, I stopped. I guess the novelty wore off.

Today, I look at Alexa and was pleasantly surprised to find that ASSI has made its way into the top 1,000 websites in Singapore. I feel that this is probably a milestone and so, I am sharing this bit of discovery here with my readers. If ASSI were indeed a business like some people tell me it should be, I guess a special dividend could be declared. ;-p

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VK said...

Hi AK71,

Congratulations! You richly deserve it. Wish you will get into top 500 soon.


AK71 said...

Hi VK,

Thanks. :)

Top 500? That is really beyond my imagination.

Already, getting into the top 1,000 is quite a surprise. I am still wondering how it happened.

Singapore Man of Leisure said...

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Woo hoo!
Shake your body.
Shake it shake it!

My cheerleading boleh?

Don_Jerome said...

Hi AK,

a well deserved accolade. I think you are more famous than you know. A number of google searches puts you at the top of the list. :)


AK71 said...


I can imagine you as a cheerleader. Sexy! Kamsiah. ;)

Male cheerleader brings it on!

AK71 said...

Hi Jere,

Thank you for your kind words.

I value my privacy too much to want to be famous. So, I am lucky I chose to blog anonymously when I did. ;p

SnOOpy168 said...

Congrats AK. Appreciate your sharing. Now I am waiting for that annual update : Will it be S$160k passive income in 2012 ?....

AK71 said...

Hi SnOOpy168,

Thank you. You are the second person to ask for an "annual update" so far. :)

When I reported my total passive income from S-REITs for 2011, I mentioned that I would probably not do a similar blog post this year because I don't think it is very useful other than to inspire.

Let me think about it again. I know there could be readers who are wondering how I am managing my portfolio of S-REITs.

There is one more month to year end. If I get more requests like yours, then, I would probably do it. :)

Anyway, it is not going to be $160k. If you remember, the target I set for myself for 2012 was $120k.

I diverted funds into stocks this year, looking for possibly bigger capital gains. This requires more time to bear fruits. Crossing fingers.

JCK said...

Good Stuff matey!


AK71 said...


I am happy that my blog is able to help spread ideas on financial independence. This could be my biggest contribution to society. :)

Ray said...

Your hard work (and good insights) paid off :)
Not to mention your wonderful "customer service" - replying every single comment with courtesy !!

On the courtesy part, I think you and I both know there are bloggers who DONT think that's a must. ;)

So thumbs up to you AK :)

AK71 said...

Hi Ray,

Thanks for the kind words. :)

"Customer service"? Sounds like I am running a business but, yes, I try to run my blog professionally although there are times when I feel I am spread a bit thin.

Although I am spending less time blogging these days, I still feel that it could be too much. For example, I just spent more than an hour organising the links in the right sidebar again. Hopefully, it is an improvement. :)

Ray said...

you mean there's a right side bar? ... i'm kidding ;)

AK71 said...

Sidebar lah. Not side bar. ;)

I think the pub business is a difficult one. Look at Harry's.

I wonder if anyone here invested in Harry's.

mighty_matt said...

Hi AK,

I am one of your subscribers and this definitely deserve my first comment here and it's a very big CONGRATZ to you!

AhJohn said...

$120K annual cash inflow is really amazing!!! Even you don't work, your income already in top 20% in sg.

AK71 said...

Hi Matt,

Thanks very much and I look forward to more comments from you in future. ;)

AK71 said...

Hi Ah John,

I don't know if it means I am in the top 20% of income earners since I never really compared. However, I believe I can be quite comfortable since I am not a high maintenance guy. :)

Kim said...

恭喜老爷 hee hee....
and yes yeah the 'annual report'...this will add one to your number of requests liao:)

AK71 said...

Hi Kim,

Thank you. :)

Et tu? Oh, the pressure... -_-"

Derek said...

Congratulations AK.


AK71 said...

Hi Derek,

Thank you. It is a milestone TheFinance crossed a long time ago, I am sure. :)

EY said...

Hi AK71,

Hope I'm not too late sending my FAR AWAY congratulations! I'm in Korea now. Cold~~. *TREMBLE*

You deserve a much bigger feather on your hat! Talking about contributions to the society, the gahmen gotto thank you for influencing sooo many of us to prep well for our retirement. Easy job for the gahmen next time. You should get a National Day Award or something! :D


Derek said...

Hi AK,

Nope, I'm still way behind you. Still lots of catching up for me. ;)


Unknown said...

Hi AK, eyes...

Anyway, congrats!! More ad revenues to come! :)

KL said...

Congratulations AK,

Well and truly deserved.And thank you for the wonderful and educational post thru the years.
Here's to many, many more years to come.

AK71 said...

Hi Endrene,

Korea at this time of the year should be freezing! The last time I was there was a few years ago during CNY and it was -3 degrees celcius! I travelled with my own pillow that year and when we reached the hotel, I took my pillow out of my Samsonite and it was as hard as a rock! Memory foam pillow, you see. Haha...

A National Day award from the government? Hahaha... I would be very worried if that should happen. :)

There are many local bloggers who have been around far longer, are better qualified and have done much more. Collectively, all local financial bloggers have made contributions in education through their blogging efforts.

If my blog has helped to emphasise the importance of financial independence to more people, I am happy. :)

AK71 said...

Hi Derek,

TheFinance is a very popular resource for local investors and traders, I believe.

Whenever people ask me for a local website where they can read about investing in the stock market, I would point them to your blog aggregator. It is a great service you are providing. :)

AK71 said...

Hi Thomas,

Aiyoh, please don't start on that topic or I might be accused of having ulterior motives for blogging again. ;p

However, since you have mentioned it, ad revenue has not grown much. We financial bloggers definitely do not make big money from our blogs like Xiaxue or Mr. Brown.

I should dye my hair blonde, wear blue contact lens and compose humorous songs about Singapore! I shall be known as "Brown Snow"! ;p

AK71 said...

Hi KL,

Thank you for the kind words. :)

Blogs are a form of social media and it is the interaction with readers which makes blogs different from newsletters. Without the interaction, I think I could have given up by now.

I will most likely continue to blog and I hope readers will continue to be engaged. :)

opal said...

Congrats AK

It shows how much we appreciate your postings and opinions.

Ps: the same goes to all who contributed to the discussions in this blog ( excluding myself.. Haha)

AK71 said...

Hi opal,

I always look forward to reading comments. The only request I have is for them to be civil.

My blog has been lucky to have many high quality comments as well as reminders and corrections from readers.

So, I continue to look forward to comments from you and everyone else. Thank you. :)

Kyran Tan said...

Well deserved, there must be a reason why i am reading your blog on a regular basis! ;)

AK71 said...

Hi Kyran,

It sounds like you have an addiction problem. haha.. Thanks for the encouragement. :)

Kyran Tan said...

Hahaha if it is addiction I would consider it as a worthwhile addiction then. Keep the articles coming AK!

AK71 said...

Hi Kyran,

Yikes! I was under the impression that addictions are bad. Hahaha... Er... One day, I might get writer's block... ;p

Kyran Tan said...

hahaha i hope that day doesn't come soon...i do enjoy a good sensible read everyday!

AK71 said...

Hi Kyran,

I like the way you put it. You are a realist. Yes, the day will come but let us hope it is not soon. :)

Of course, I could also become mentally unstable one day but continue to write. There goes your daily "sensible" read then. ;p

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