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I Have Joined the Yakezie Challenge!

Posted September 27th, 2011 in News by Jeremy Waller

Proud Member of the Yakezie Challenge

What the heck is the Yakezie Challenge?

I didn’t know what it was myself until a few days ago.

Just starting out on this blog, one of my immediate goals is to connect with other finance bloggers.

I don’t want to just ramble on for myself. I want others to see my ramblings!

I know one of the best ways to grow an audience is to build relationships with other bloggers.

I also think that having strong relationships with other bloggers will allow me to provide better information to anyone who end up following my journey. No man is an island? Right?

Now, back to the subject at hand. What is the Yakezie Challenge? The Challenge is a 6 month process where I will try to go from my current Alexa ranking of 1,889,296 to 200,000 or less.

Sure I could do that on my own without Yakezie, but I would miss out on one of the biggest benefits – the opportunity to form relationships with others who share my passion.

What Is An Alexa Ranking?

Alexa is a web analytics company that attempts to track and rank millions of websites on the internet. They assign rankings to each of the sites in their database using a number of factors. The biggest factor used in their ranking is traffic. At least I think it is….Alexa doesn’t disclose exactly what they use in their rankings.

Regardless, it is a fairly reasonable assumption that the lower a site’s Alexa rank, the more popular it is.

For example, Google, Facebook, YouTube and Yahoo! are ranked 1-4 respectively.

The goal in this challenge is for me to break into the top 200,000.

What I Will Be Doing

First and foremost, I will be posting here. If I’m not putting up regular posts then it makes it kind of difficult to use the blog to connect with people.

I will also be promoting others. I’m a firm believer in what goes around, comes around. I also know that there are people out there far wiser than I am and people that have awesome stories that need to be shared.

I will also get involved in the Yakezie forums and get involved with the members’ sites. This isn’t some kind of hit-and-run networking though. I actually want to get to know these other people that like to write about the same stuff that I like to write about!

I like challenges. They keep me motivated.

So here’s to the next 6 months. I’m very much looking forward to the challenge and the new relationships that are to come.

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5 Responses so far.

  1. Buck Inspire says:

    Great attitude and welcome to the challenge! You’re absolutely right. You could do it on your own, but you will grow much faster because of the relationships you form and the support you get. Focus on producing quality content, comment on other blogs, be active on the forums, and ask plenty of questions. Good luck!

    • Jeremy says:

      Hey thanks! I really am looking forward to building some relationships with others in the niche. We will succeed as a team or we will die as individuals. Right?

  2. Andy says:

    After toying with the idea for almost a year I started putting content on my own finance blog (Poor Richard’s Piggy Bank) this week and have started looking around for links.

    I’m a huge follower of Dave Ramsey, Thomas Stanley, and Robert Kiyosaki. My motivation was that there is a lack of content out there for the 2% of people who really behave like rich people. Most personal finance stuff focuses on the superficial. My intent is to differentiate what rich people do with money vs what people in the rat race do with it.

    My life’s goal is to develop a strategy for multi generational wealth. I’d like it if my kids and grandkids never paid a nickel into social security and medicare, thus breaking the problem of sandals to sandals in 3 generations. I might come off as a gold and guns in Idaho rube, but I was able to go from zero net worth from a divorce in Jan 2003 to hitting critical mass (light version) in June of 2011.

    • Jeremy says:

      Hey Andy – I just visited your blog. I like your viewpoint and agree that there is not much information out there beyond the basics. Down the road I hope to move beyond writing about the basics myself.

      For now though, that would be disingenuous of me. I only write about what I feel like I have mastered and I still have a few years before I will be able to leave the rat race.

      I look forward to your future posts.

  3. ProfitsOn says:

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thank you for the welcoming words.

    Good luck for the challenge.

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