Textbook Example Of Custom Stock Alerts

realty income alert

Realty Income

On May 4, 2017, a story came out about Spirit Realty having credit issues with some tenants.  Shares for Spirit then proceed to drop 20%.  In the wake of that, other triple-net lease players fell hard, including Realty Income.  This is a textbook example of Custom Stock Alerts.

Realty Income is one of the most beloved REITs – especially given that it bills itself as “The Monthly Dividend Company”.  Shares tend to trade at a premium in the REIT space which in turn helps the company maximize money received by issuing shares.

As an existing shareholder, I am always looking to add to holdings when, in my opinion, they are unfairly beaten down.  That’s precisely what happened when an unrelated company reported bad earnings.

Custom Stock Alerts

My site, customstockalerts.com helped me out here.  I had existing alerts setup for Realty Income, seen here (this is how it looks after the fact, note the 2 inactive alerts).

realty income alerts

I have a multitude of alerts setup for the company, proximity to 52 week high or low, daily price movement, dividend yield above 5% and just a rough ballpark of a price I’d be interested in.

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How I Got a Perfect PageSpeed Score

My PageSpeed Score Journey

TL;DR – Faster pages make everyone happy

This is my journey of how I achieved a perfect PageSpeed score.

Firstly, besides writing here on Dividend Derek, I created and run Custom Stock Alerts (CSA).  Being in the IT field, it’s important to continue working on my skill set.  CSA was the perfect project for me to try out some new technologies.  It’s hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and I use a multitude of their services.  I honestly can’t speak highly enough of my experience setting everything up and the documentation available when I needed help (which is still often).

After launching CSA, I started researching how to make my site more visible, how to appear better on Google for SEO, things of that nature like any small business would.  I came across PageSpeed Insights and ran my initial test.  It wasn’t terrible, it wasn’t great, I think my initial PageSpeed score was in the 60s.

A high PageSpeed score is important for a few reasons, users won’t wait around on a poor performing site and Google understands this.  They won’t say just how much, but it appears to play a role in how high you rank on organic searches.  Also, to reiterate, being in IT it was something I also wanted to do to learn new things.

Initial Setup

The first trick was getting mod_pagespeed installed on my web server.  In a nutshell, the mod will do things like inline CSS, javascript, minify files, a lot of web tweaks plus a multitude of other things.  The mod is compatible with Apache and Nginx, I personally have Apache setup.  Once I had it installed and confirmed it was working.  Reran the test and my PageSpeed score only jumped to about 70.  Not the complete slam dunk I was hoping for.

Early pagespeed score

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