Yakezie Update

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Proud Member of the Yakezie Challenge

Tomorrow it will be 3 months since I have joined the Yakezie challenge, putting me halfway through my six month journey to get my Alexa rating below 200,000.  How am I doing?

Rank when I started:  2,532,778
Rank today:  373,951

Only 174,951 to go!

As the numbers get lower, the going gets harder.  But here are some things I’ve done to take over 2,000,000 off my ranking:

  • Joined networks.  Yakezie obviously.  Everyone there is fantastic.  I also joined Bloggy Moms where I’m meeting a lot of great bloggers like More Than Mommies.  Some of them are even local to me!  I also listed my blog in the BlogHer Directory.
  • Submitted to blog carnivals.  Honestly, I could/should do this more.  I’ve only done four or five.
  • Joined linky parties!  I feel like I’ve been doing this an appropriate amount.  One of my favorites that I recently discovered is The Frugal Tuesday Tip Linky Party at JulieCache.  I enjoy reading  a bunch of new, great blogs by participating in these events.
  • Commented on all those great blogs I’ve discovered.  I feel like I’ve been doing this a lot.  I know others do it more, but I honestly don’t know how much more I could read without losing my non-virtual life.  I enjoy it and wish I had more time to do it, but for now I’m doing as much as I can.  I comment on everything I read.
  • Made a facebook page.  I need to get more people to “like” it, but it’s always updated with the blogs current posts plus some extra goodies/savings I find.  A step in the right direction!
  • Added the “You May Also Like…” widget at the bottom of every post.  If you haven’t done this, I highly recommend it.  More people are checking out more posts and spending more time on here because they know what else is available…not just what’s available today.

Other things I’d like to do to get my ranking down over the next three months:

  • Google pagerank…SEO…it’s all gibberish to me, but I’d like to learn more about it so I can improve!
Does anyone wiser and more experienced than me have any advice they’d like to share?  Does anyone out there want some help that I may be able to offer?

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18 thoughts on “Yakezie Update

  1. jlcollinsnh

    wow, FF. I haven’t done any of these things. not sure I knew I should be, especially with Armageddon close at hand. 😉

    sounds like a lot of work for something I do mostly to amuse myself and some friends.

    I guess writers like to have readers, but are there other reasons I’m missing?

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    1. femmefrugality

      Haha. Yes, all our endeavors are futile in the light of the coming apocalypse.

      Aside from ego/readers, I guess the biggest reason I can see is selling advertising. Monetizing isn’t one of my priorities right now…I have Amazon Associates and Google AdSense but they make me very very very little money. No affiliate posts/links/paid ad space here for the time being. But I don’t want to rule it out for the future.

      The short answer is is that I have to lower my ranking to meet the requirements of the challenge. :p

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  2. Taylor Morgan

    Blogs are actually set up nicely for SEO. The more blog posts you do, the wider your “net” becomes. For example, I did a post about victoria beckam’s dresses and when people search for her, my blog comes up sometimes. The more topics you hit, the more chances you have for a hit. 🙂

    xoxo,
    Taylor

    taylormorgandesign.blogspot.com

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    1. femmefrugality

      Alexa is a rating system. It ranks pages according to how often they are visited by people with the alexa toolbar. For example, google is no 1. Suprise! :p You can go to alexa dot come to check your or any other page’s rating, or download the toolbar for yourself. It’s all free.

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  3. Christine

    Sometimes I get really overwhelmed by it all Alexa. Google rank. Technorati. Blog stats. Likes. Followers…monetization etc etc…first and foremost I blog because I love to write and then I get the dreamy notion that the rest will fall into place! Good for you on your challenge!

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  4. femmefrugality

    It’s A LOT! I’m just trying to figure out what I can as I go along. The challenge is pretty fun, though.
    I love the writing, too. And doing it in the field of personal finance has helped me learn about so many ways to save and save smart that even though I’m not largely monetized, I still feel like it helps my pocketbook.

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  5. Moola Mind

    Thanks for the tips. I just joined the challenge and am gathering all the info I can. I’ll have to look into link parties and carnivals. Thanks!

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