I apologize in advance to my personal finance readers, but this is a post for my blogging colleagues. As my regular readers already know, I started Financial Samurai’s Yakezie Challenge a few months ago.
It’s a six-month challenge and I am currently three months in. At this point, I thought it would be a good idea to check-in and let you know how I’m doing.
The Start of the Yakezie Challenge
As a reminder, the Yakezie Challenge is as follows. If your site is ranked outside of the top 200,000 Alexa ranked sites, and mine was, then break into the top 200,000 sites within 6 months.
As of July 31st, 2016 when I started the challenge, this site was ranked at 747,573 globally and 78,772 in the U.S., see below:
The Yakezie Challenge Three Months In
So how am I doing so far? As of October 31st, which is exactly three months in, I am ranked at 284,624 globally and 42,641 in the United States. So that’s a 62% improvement in my global ranking and a 46% improvement in my U.S. ranking. Not too bad, and I’m well on my way to breaking into the top 200,000 in the U.S.
One thing I have noticed is that the leaps and bounds I was making in the rankings early on have slowed down significantly in the past few weeks. When I first started the challenge, I was racing to the top, but now things have slowed to a crawl. I assume that the competition gets tougher the higher you get, which only makes sense.
So, while I am hopeful that I will make it into the top 200,000, only time will tell.
What Do You Have to Do
As part of the challenge, there are certain activities you need to commit to completing. Let’s see how I’m doing on those:
- Install the Alexa toolbar on your site to keep track of your site’s Alexa ranking – done on day one!
- Post at least 2-4 times a week on your own blog and around the community – so far so good!
- Install the Yakezie challenger badge – done on day one!
- Announce on your blog that you have joined the challenge – done on day one!
- Selflessly promote others and build relationships. – I’ve been so busy writing my own stuff and trying to get two posts out a week, while holding down a day job, that I have not done too much of this. I will need to focus on this in the next three months.
- Stay committed and consistent over the next 6 months! – so far so good.
Overall, I’m feeling pretty good about the challenge. It’s nice to have a quantitative goal to shoot for and a way to measure progress, so I am looking forward to breaking into the top 200,000! There’s nothing more motivating than a good challenge, right?
If you have your own personal finance site, I encourage you to challenge yourself as well and join the Yakezie Challenge!
I’ll let you know how I’ve done once I reach the six month mark!
What do you think about setting a “stretch” goal to challenge yourself? Do you set challenging goals for yourself in order to push yourself to achieve more?