The Yakezie Truth Serum

Posted on 05. Jan, 2012 by in Your Wealthy Life

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I’ve been updating this website for a bit over 15 months now.  It doesn’t sound like a long time, but sometimes it feels like it when the gains are small and incremental.  If you are a blogger, then you probably know the feeling, you start with such enthusiasm and energy, you fully expect to create something that people will flock to.

You tweak your site to look just right, spend countless late nights crafting the best and most detailed articles you can and do your best to add value and get yourself noticed online.

The pace is fast and furious, posting, commenting, tweaking, optimising and learning as much as you can in the small window of time you can spare once the rest of the house (and most other sane people) have gone to sleep.  You pour blood sweat and tears into a post, but as soon as you hit publish you have to start all over again with the next one.

Then reality hits… blogging is bloody hard work, getting visitors can be tough and you second and third guess your intentions and ask yourself why you keep going?

Yep, blogging can be a demoralising past time.

The Yakezie support group

Being strong willed and, lets face it stupid, I thought that I could build my website simply by serving up the best that I could offer.  I wrote my heart out for close to a year and had very little to show for it.  Finally I decided to swallow my pride and reach out to a group of people that were doing the very same thing as me, only they weren’t trying to do it alone.

The Yakezie network is a haven for bloggers like me that write about personal finance.  The group is steadily growing, but already comprises many of the very best personal finance blogger from around the world.

It turns out joining this group had nothing to do with swallowing pride, but just developing some smarts.  The site is a wealth of information and the members are some of the nicest people I have ever met.

Luckily for me, I have been able to join the Yakezie Challenge (big shout out to my fellow challengers!).  The goal is to lower your Alexa score below 200,000.  If you don’t know what this is, it is a simple measure of your sites popularity, but only by people with the Alexa toolbar installed on their browser.  If you don’t have this, consider installing it to help me out :)

Since starting the challenge and interacting more with members from the Yakezie Network, I’ve found a second wind.  I’m pumped to continue on my blogging adventure and want to offer as much help and value as I can, this time with company.

What I really don’t want you to know

I have a lot of goals this year, one of them is to do everything I can to increase the popularity of this site and earn a side income, so with the Yakezie energy boost, I’ve decided to be completely open about where things stand.

When I started the Yakezie Challenge, my Alexa rank was over 1.2 million, not very pretty.  In less than three months, my rank has dropped to 177K, all thanks to my great support group.  For non-bloggers, this is a measure of the popularity of the blog. Although it is potentially skewed anything under 200K is quite good.

I’ve decided to set some number based goals for this site in 2012 and I want to share them here with you.  I really didn’t want to share my current stats with the world as I feel they tell a rather sorry tale for the effort I have put in, but they are improving and I’m working on the assumption that sharing will make me more determined (and embarrass me into greater action).

Alexa

My current Alexa rank is about 177K, this means I’ve been successful in the challenge, but I’d like to see if I can get below 100K by the end of the year.  Please help by installing the toolbar and visiting often.

Page Rank

My current Google Page Rank is 2, while my Moz Rank 4.5.  If you don’t know what this means, don’t worry too much, it’s more of a vanity thing (but also helps the site).  I’d love to see my Goolge PR hit 4 and Moz Rank reach 5 by the end of the year.  The best I can do to help is produce good content and hope people like and link to it.  If you want to track this on your site or others you can install a toolbar for this as well, I use a Mozilla plugin.

Subscribers

This is the big one as far as I’m concerned and the area that needs the biggest amount of work (which is why I didn’t really want to show you).

According to Feedburner, I currently I have 72 RSS subscribers.  I also have a mailing list (you can sign up in the sidebar and get my eBook free) with 48 subscribers, yep that is it.  So the grand total is 120 subscribers and possibly less because of the combination.

If you are already a subscriber, thank you, I hope you got everything you wanted for Christmas!  If you aren’t I’d love to encourage you  to subscribe any way you like.  I promise to make it worth your while – feel free to let me know what you want to see via email, twitter (1060 followers), Facebook (a very select group of 28!) or in the post comments as well.

Visitors

In the month to Jan 3 I’ve had 1089 visitors and 2144 page views (not a lot, but I appreciate them all).  This is the big area I want to pick up on and I’ll be trying every tactic I can to make it happen.  I’d really like to have a minimum of 5,000 visitors a month by the end of the year and I think it is achievable.

Well I think that is about enough un-boasting for the moment, it is all out in the open now and you know where things stand.  I won’t bother you with regular updates, I have better things planned, but I’ll let you know how things go through the year every so often.

If you are a blogger, feel free to share or link to your stats in the comments, unless you are wildly successful – in which case, don’t!

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42 Responses to “The Yakezie Truth Serum”

  1. Financial GodNo Gravatar

    06. Jan, 2012

    I just subscribed :)

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    • Money CactusNo Gravatar

      06. Jan, 2012

      You are a champion! Just checked out and signed up at your site too.

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  2. I didn’t have much pride to swallow when I first joined, so for me it was more of a way to learn from some of the best. I had interacted with a few of the members before joining, but afterward I really started to realize how great it was to be a part of a community, learning from others and sharing what I had learned on my own. I have to say it was the smartest decision I made up to this point.

    Numbers-wise, in the 5= months I’ve been a challenger, I went from 5m+ on Alexa to roughly 70k these days, and reached a MR of 4.62 & PR of 3. Traffic, twitter followers and the like have certainly gone up significantly, but the important thing I take away from the network are the relationships more so than anything else!

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    • Money CactusNo Gravatar

      06. Jan, 2012

      Nice stats Eric, completely agree about the networks too. It is great getting to know others and learning from them all.

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  3. Aaon HungNo Gravatar

    06. Jan, 2012

    It really is a great group and they really help you where you want to go. Good luck on your goals this year, long live Yakezie :D

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    • Money CactusNo Gravatar

      06. Jan, 2012

      Thanks Aaron, I’m really enjoying it, hope you have a big year too!

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  4. You’re doing great. I’m having some burn out issues after just a few months. Part of that is losing Internet access unexpectedly for almost a week and getting really sick right afterward, so I really got out of the groove. It now looks like my computer may have picked up a virus as well, so I’m stuck on a mobile device that doesn’t play nicely with blogger. I’m trying desperately to get my backlog of posts built back up before classes start again, but virtual keyboards aren’t really conducive to that.

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    • Money CactusNo Gravatar

      06. Jan, 2012

      Love your persistence, I stopped completely for about 3 months because I just lost motivation, trying to make up for it now!

      Hope your computer gets back on track, it must be really hard trying to work the way you are.

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  5. Newlyweds on a BudgetNo Gravatar

    06. Jan, 2012

    I just posted some numbers on my blog about rankings, visitors and such. I joined the challange on nov. 22 and i’m currently at 242,000, hoping to get under 200,000 by the end of this month! i notice the numbers go down a lot slower now though…darn it!

    i thin you’re doing well and you should be meeting your goals with no problem this next year!

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    • Money CactusNo Gravatar

      06. Jan, 2012

      Thanks Erika, I checked out your stats and you are doing great. Awesome work on the side income too!

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  6. AndreaNo Gravatar

    06. Jan, 2012

    i try to subscribe as much as I can to other blogs that interest me, I’m a PR3 but my subscribers aren’t near yours. I may have… 15? That’s okay. Just keep plugging away at it. I am sure you will continue to do well… remember to keep the fun in it, if it isn’t fun for you… it isn’t fun for the readers either.

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    • Money CactusNo Gravatar

      06. Jan, 2012

      Absolutely have to keep plugging away, you have at least one more subscriber now anyway :)

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  7. Pam at MoneyTrailNo Gravatar

    06. Jan, 2012

    I’m right there drinking the Yakezie serum with ya! I am getting lots of support, have made many new friends, am learning new things daily and my numbers are all improving. Can’t beat the power of a network!

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    • Money CactusNo Gravatar

      06. Jan, 2012

      Ha! nice one Pam, great to hear your numbers are going up too.

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  8. Financial SamuraiNo Gravatar

    06. Jan, 2012

    Just takes time man! You’ll wake up a couple years from now and be amazed if you keep it up!

    Sam

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    • Money CactusNo Gravatar

      06. Jan, 2012

      Thanks for the encouragement Sam, I appreciate it. I’m happy enough to keep learning and growing slowly.

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  9. PKamp3No Gravatar

    06. Jan, 2012

    *73 subscribers, you mean, haha!

    Just stick with it and enjoy the times – I look back at the 2.5 months I’ve been a Challenger and I can see a definite uptick in traffic and subscribers.

    Not to mention the massive change in Alexa, haha. It would have taken me years to get where I am without the network.

    It’s been mentioned, but the best thing I’ve taken from the Challenge is the relationships – for every blog related concern or question, there is someone to help!

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    • Money CactusNo Gravatar

      06. Jan, 2012

      Cheers mate, I’ve subscribed to your site too. I’ve had some great help from Yakezie members already and hope to be able to offer help to anyone that needs it too. It really is a great community.

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  10. I joined Yakezie about a month after I started blogging so i didn’t have an issue with my pride.

    I went away for 2 months, and when I came back in Oct I saw huge changes in traffic and subscribers.

    Ps. I am part of the 72!

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    • Money CactusNo Gravatar

      06. Jan, 2012

      The pride part is really just the numbers, or lack thereof. Joining the network has been the best thing I have done so far! Of course I subscribe to your site as well Marissa ;)

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  11. You’re doing really well – congratulations, good luck with your new goals and keep up the great work!

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    • Money CactusNo Gravatar

      06. Jan, 2012

      Thanks Louise, hope you have lots of success with your site too.

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  12. Don’t worry — your definition of “wildly successful” will change.

    I know bloggers who get 4 visitors to their site per week, who would consider you “wildly successful.” And I look at bloggers who have 200,000 subscribers and think, “Whoa. How on earth will I ever hit that benchmark?” It’s all relative.

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  13. maria@moneyprincipleNo Gravatar

    07. Jan, 2012

    Good luck with your goals but you don’t need luck. You have done really well and it is all exciting again (so going on should’t be much of an issue).

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  14. I am glad you haven’t given up. Things take time, especially the good things. I think you are doing great and that you have a real chance at reaching the goals you have set. I am also glad to hear you have a had a chance to experience the “Yakezie effect.” It really is amazing. Best of luck with everything and if I can help in any way, let me know.

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  15. Andrea @SoOverDebtNo Gravatar

    07. Jan, 2012

    Fortunately, I joined Yakezie about a month after I started blogging, so I’ve had nearly a year to benefit. But I think all of us strive for better stats and more subscribers no matter how much we improve! I would have killed to have my current numbers even 3 months ago, but now that I have them all I can think about is reaching the next goal.

    One fun thing I’ve started doing this year – every month on the 1st, I’m sending myself an email through FutureMe with my blog stats. Then every month in 2013 I’ll get the email, and hopefully it’ll remind me of how far I’ve come and how quickly things can change. :)

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  16. Keep up the great work, you have an excellent blog! It’s called The Yakezie Effect!

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  17. Buck InspireNo Gravatar

    08. Jan, 2012

    Like what you said about being smart rather than swallowing pride. Yakezie has helped me countless times from closing up shop when I felt discouraged. Keep it up and enjoy the ride!

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  18. 101 CentavosNo Gravatar

    09. Jan, 2012

    No pride to swallow, just good observations. Just subscribed to RSS.
    Like Paula said above, it’s all relative. There are thousands of bloggers who would do anything to get even a couple comments on a post, and wondering how to go about building traffic.

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  19. Dannielle @ Odd CentsNo Gravatar

    09. Jan, 2012

    I like your approach – setting goals for your blog. I know that I want to make Odd Cents bigger, but I never got into the specifics like you did. I’m crazy, but thank you for the brain jump start :)

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  20. John@MoneyPrincipleNo Gravatar

    10. Jan, 2012

    We’ve been in the Challenge since the beginning of November and are now at 169k with a Mozrank of 4.09 but no pagerank as yet. And that is with only 61 subscribers, no heavy inlinks. We do have an RSS feed and Maria has about 170 Twitter followers. We haven’t optimised the site and it needs quite a lot of tidying up, recategorising and improving a lot of aspects. The Alexa rank is a rolling 3 month rank so it still includes pre-Yakezie times. Our 1 month rank is about 110,000 so we expect to be there by the end of February/early March but it may occur earlier. Some of our posts are now being picked up by serious financial blogs here in the UK but I think this is fundamentally down to Yakezie because that’s what has given us both the exposure and the motivation to continue.

    I”m subscribing anyway so good luck!

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  21. NeoNo Gravatar

    10. Jan, 2012

    Sure seems like you are doing great to me. I had to scroll forever just to write a comment on this post! That is a sure sign that you are reaching people.

    And you are right, Yakezie is a great community. I don’t get to participate as much as I would like to, but it sure has connected me to great people like yourself and many others who have helped me along the way of my 6 months of blogging so far.

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  22. American Debt ProjectNo Gravatar

    10. Jan, 2012

    Yeah for truth serum! Looks like your stats are doing great! I am really amazed I joined the Yakezie too, I think it’s an amazing group. Just keep up the interesting content and you will hit all of these milestones and more!

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  23. Money CactusNo Gravatar

    10. Jan, 2012

    Thanks everyone for sharing your experiences and also for your encouragement, it really means a lot!

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  24. I just started the challenge about a week ago. Glad to meet you. Fortunately I found Yakezie at the front end of my blogging experiment. Look forward to working with you (congrats on getting under 200k)

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  25. NikiNo Gravatar

    13. Jan, 2012

    Good luck to you, I think you have a great thing going on here. You have valuable content and with some more time your numbers will be looking great. Good luck to you this year.

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  26. Name (required)No Gravatar

    19. Jan, 2012

    Good luck on your goals. I didn’t see anything about guest posting on your list. Are you currently sending guest posts to any yakezie members? This is the best way to achieve your page rank and Alexa goals

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  27. Financial SamuraiNo Gravatar

    04. Feb, 2012

    Remind me when was your official join date?

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  28. Money CactusNo Gravatar

    05. Feb, 2012

    Excellent Question Sam, I didn’t write it down but checking the Yakezie forum it seems I ‘announced’ that I had joined on November 13, 2011 but I thought it was before then. Fine by me anyway, just more time to get to know people and improve as much as I can.

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  29. BrettNo Gravatar

    24. Feb, 2012

    This is a nice site, I hope you achieve your goals!

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