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Saturday, January 1, 2011

I Joined the Yakezie Challenge

I ran across a new site today called  It seems to be a community of bloggers focusing on personal finance topics.  I am still exploring the site and trying to figure it all out.  But I did run across a challenge that I knew right away was something in which I wanted to take part.

The challenge relates to Alexa ranking and is something that I have been trying to improve on my own.  The target seems a bit aggressive but I think it will be possible with a little help from fellow challengers.  If I am understanding correctly, networking becomes a large part of the community.  I know that I have met several wonderful bloggers in the internet marketing and online income worlds so I figure those who write about personal finance are equally as friendly.

As a result, over the next several weeks I will probably be reading several new personal finance blogs and introducing you to those that I think are the most helpful and interesting.  Maybe this will end up being the inspiration I need to start my own financial blog.  I have been kicking the idea around and know that I would be better off having my own site.

Anybody reading more than a few of my Hubs knows that I enjoy the topics of finance and investing.  I especially enjoy stocks and options.  Hopefully my knowledge and practical experience in options can be useful to the Yakezie community.  Now back to the challenge itself.

The challenge is a six month challenge and calls for those with an Alexa ranking of greater than 200,000 to move into the top 200,000.  I have placed the challenge badge on the right side of this blog next to the Alexa ranking widget to help you keep track of my progress.  I need to post 2-4 times per week which is something I do anyway so that is not going to be hard.  I also need to help promote others in the challenge which again is something that I have had a tendency to do anyway.

I am excited about the prospect of improving my ranking on this blog.  The target is more aggressive than I would have selected but I still think it is doable.  Clearly there are many others who have taken this same challenge and succeeded.  I am looking forward to it.  What a great way to start the New Year!  That and corned beef and cabbage later today along with football and I am set.


  1. Kidgas,

    Great blog and what a wonderful topic. I'm definitely going to stick close to this blog because I need to learn how to monetize this effort!!!! Keep writing, we'll keep reading.


  2. Divas,
    Thanks for checking out the blog. I will share everything I know which isn't much, but I will do what I can.

  3. Hi,
    What I found last year in particular is that if you make it a point to do a lot of guest posting your Alexa rating will improve significantly. Mine actually was below 200K about 6 months ago but I took a break from blogging and am working to get it back down again.
    To be honest, I'm more concerned with PageRank. I would love to get above my current Page Rank of 3. Time will tell.


  4. Happy New Year, and welcome to the Yakezie challenge!

  5. Bob,
    I wish you the best with your PageRank efforts. I had read somewhere that PR hadn't changed since April so I wonder how easy it is to know when another change is coming.

    Thanks, Invest It!

  6. Welcome to the challenge Kidgas! Interesting to see you reporting your online income on a regular basis and also highlighting different places online you can generate income outside your own blog like HubPages, eHow, Xomba and so on.

    Good luck to you in 2011!

  7. @SavingMentor,
    Thanks for the welcome. I look forward to pushing myself and working hard in 2011.

  8. Welcome to the challenge. I definitely have to check out hub pages - I signed up before, but did nothing with it.

  9. Thanks, Khaleef. HubPages is working fairly well for me and directs some traffic to this blog and vice versa. I think they compliment each other fairly well.

  10. Welcome to the challenge! I found you through the College Investor. It's crazy how many challengers I am finding through the blogosphere. I like the topic, I am bookmarking and I will be back! :)

  11. Thanks. I am pleased to be a part of it.


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