Creating Powerful Friends: Samurai’s Alexa Ranking Challenge

There's a fun hypothesis saying that you are the average of the closest five people around you. I believe this to be true, do you? In my efforts to grow this blog, I've launched the Samurai's Alexa ranking challenge. Get all the details below.

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The link gives you a step-by-step guide as to how you can get up and running in under 30 minutes. Some blogs are interesting, some are not, but regardless we can all compete with the Business Insiders, Huffington Posts, and BuzzFeeds of the web in our own niche way!

Samurai's Alexa Ranking Challenge

Financial Samurai - Samurai Alexa Ranking Challenge

Alexa is a dynamic website ranking and information company owned by Amazon, which has over 40 million users world wide. The tool bar is free, and easy to download.

The Yakezie Alexa Ranking Challenge is straight forward. If you're outside of the top 200,000, get in the top 200,000 within 6 months. I can't even name 100 sites, let alone 199,999 sites. Can you? If you're already in the top 200,000, get in the top 100,000. And if you're already in the top 100,000, get in the top 50,000.

There are some who poo poo the Alexa ranking system, and I recognize their two main arguments:  1) The system only tracks visitors who have the Alexa Toolbar installed, and 2) There are cases where some websites with bazillions of users have a worse ranking than sites with less users. 

The Alexa Ranking System Continues To Grow

We don't know why, because we don't fully know what goes into the calculations. It may be because readers don't visit and just read off their RSS. That said, the Alexa ranking system continues to grow, and is the best system we got.

At least 40 million webmasters around the world think so, and there has to be something to it if Google, Facebook, Yahoo and YouTube are ranked #1, #2, #3, and #4, respectively.

Since starting this site, I've been rejected as a guest poster, didn't even get responded to, let alone make it as one of the 7 finalists for one site's staff writer tryouts, denied admission to a personal finance blog network, and even got my first carnival submission rejected.

But, through all the rejections, I took comfort in my friend, Alexa, who is always by my side motivating me to keep going. I'm sure many of you have been rejected as well. Here's your chance to create our own network of powerful friends by joining the challenge!


* You'll get to compete for a spot on the top personal finance blogs list (Yakezie Network). I've heard some publishers in the Top 100 don't even bother to associate with others outside page 1. Oh, the snobbery!

But seriously, if you're on page one of any top blogging list, opportunities start coming to you, because this list has become the default ranking in the community, and the default ranking in the community uses Alexa.

* Motivation. Unless you've got an established blog already, writing gets very lonely and discouraging sometimes when not many people come to visit. You might say you are writing for yourself and don't care, but if that's the case, why make your writing public? Witnessing progress is fun!

* If you love free swag, you'll get approached by authors and publicists looking to send you tons of free books to review and giveaway. You may even get a catalog of a publisher's entire library of books from which you can choose from. I even got an $800 product to stand on for my standing desk!

You know how movie stars get all those goodie bags of stuff to sample at the Oscars even though they're already rich and don't need more free stuff? It's kinda like that, a virtuous cycle of people who provide mutual benefits. If you someday wish to write a book, you now have direct access to the very people who reject hundreds of authors everyday!

* Advertisers will flock to you, and ask you to pimp things you've never heard of. Some of them, could be gems, but many will be junk traps. On occasion, you'll find some amazing products that just fit so well with your content. If you have an established site, going to advertisers with affiliate programs becomes much easier as well.

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More Benefits Of A Strong Alexa Ranking

* Other big sites who never bother responding to you, suddenly take notice and give you the time of day. Those comments you leave asking for feedback or help actually get addressed. Cut them some slack though, because I'm sure they get inundated. You can also join plenty of “exclusive” networks if you wish.

* You can earn corporate consulting income or freelance writing income. You can also leverage your site to be your resume for new consulting gigs. I've received multiple six figure consulting gig opportunities with financial tech startups since I left Corporate America in 2012.

Once was with Personal Capital for two years, and another is with Motif Investing. Both are innovative fintech companies, which I'm proud to promote on my site because they are helping people make and save money. Personal Capital is great for tracking your net worth for free.

* You cultivate a competitive edge, get inspired and appreciate those who are way up the rankings.  I used to think watching golf on TV was extremely boring. After I began hacking it up on my own, I now find watching golf extremely fascinating! Same thing with a website. You truly start to appreciate the marketing geniuses of some bloggers out there, and therefore strive to better yourself.

* Girls or guys, depending on your sex and preference, will love you when you say you have a “top” website at the bars. For a brief moment, you can escape your mundane day job and pretend you are someone really important. 

You could try saying, “Hi there good looking, I am the the CEO & Editor of X, America's #1 personal finance site” for example, and you'll immediately be whisked away into la la land. After all, bloggers are the some of the sexiest people on Earth who also happen to live a life of freedom!


* Badge & Toolbar. Download and install the Alexa toolbar and put the badge on your site. The Alexa toolbar is fascinating because it shows you so much detail about other sites you visit.The badge will naturally peak interest as well. The ranking is dynamic, and motivating.

* Content. Nothing else really matters, and that includes doing all that SEO stuff. I had no idea what a site-map was, or what SEO (Search Engine Optimization) even stood for the first 4 months.

If you write something you feel strongly about, you'll do great. Try and write with a thesis. Whether you are right or wrong is besides the point.  What's more important is to get readers thinking about the topic at hand.  Write what you know, too, because if you try to fake it, people can tell.

* Content Length. Did you know that the average person spends just 7 seconds on a resume? The point is that people have short attention spans, and if you write in huge paragraphs, with no breaks in the post for categories, you'll likely lose readers.

After the 1,500th word, people's eyes start glazing over, unless it's superbly written. This post violates this rule with 2,100 words, so I need to practice!

* Personality. Realize that you can't please everybody all the time. If you write with no thesis, no conclusion, no personal spin, then what's really the point? The great thing about the internet is that the market place is so huge, if our friends in America aren't stopping by, maybe our friends from Australia will!

* Frequency. If you can post 2-4 times a week, that's good enough! You can try posting everyday, but you increase your chances of burn out, and you're not getting maximum exposure for the articles you've written.

Notice how comments fade from your post after a new one comes, even though the older article is only a day or two old Instead, use the days off to visit other sites, comment, build relationships and let your articles percolate.

More Tips To Improve Your Alexa Ranking

* Branding. Get an image that one can easily recognize as you. Go to, and use that image in many things you do.  There are a lot of Davids, Johns, and Jims in the community. Instead, sign off as a variation of your site, or your site itself because nobody has a monopoly on your common name, and you may confuse others.

* Read & Comment. Actually read an entire post and get the concept.  If the post is too boring, skip it, but if it's interesting enough, share your thoughts.  Comments inspire writers, because it shows that someone is listening. There will be reciprocity.

* Twitter. Twitter is probably the best micro-blogging tool out there, which I don't do enough because it's off during the day.  I'm amazed how some have thousands of followers, and can also follow hundreds of people as well.  Make sure you have a widget that will allow others to retweet your content easily.

* Guest Post. Tap other bloggers' audiences by writing your best stuff for other people. You'll inevitably gain some fans from their RSS or e-mail distribution list. Guest posting is one of the fastest and best ways to develop linkbacks and reach people you want to reach.

* Promote Others. If you're scraping the bottom of the barrel in the rankings, be selfless and promote others relentlessly. Even if you are doing OK for yourself, promote others freely. That includes re-tweeting and highlighting other articles on your own site. The higher ranked sites will be appreciative and eventually return the favor.

* Don't Think About Making Money. Because it will likely take a year or so if you're lucky to earn over $1,000/month from your blog, the money you receive may demotivate you.  As soon as you start writing for money, you start losing your soul and it's not as fun. Write what you want to write, and the money will come.

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776 thoughts on “Creating Powerful Friends: Samurai’s Alexa Ranking Challenge”

  1. Shawon hasan

    I really love how evergreen this post is! It’s great to come on here and see others join the challenge. Just for some encouragement, I am nowhere near where I want to be but I started blogging in February (2019) and my rank has gone from 11,000,00+ to 2.3 Million and U.S. ranking from “unranked” to 500,000+ to now 170,338 – all within 3 months. And I know there is so much more I could be doing to promote my posts, so I can already see a pathway to continued improvement.

    1. Bella Wanana

      This is so fantastic! I am on the same journey as well! I just broke 500K yesterday, from the 4.6 million that I started with over a month ago. Of course, there’s still a lot to be done, but I am motivated be successful in the 6-month challenge!

  2. I’m curious other people’s opinion. Do you think having a blog with multiple topics hinders ranking and SEO? Just begin contributing wealth ideas to a food blog that we took a break from. Not sure if it would be smarter to start a separate blog for the wealth info or have all the content in one blog with different categories to gather traffic from both kinds of readers. It’s so new that I’d prefer to make an adjustment now before getting too far along and realizing we should have made a change in the beginning. Thanks!

    1. Hi Jerry. So, it’s a year later now, and I think it’s been MOSTLY a hindrance. We recently switched our blog over to one subject (something we care about a lot) and abandoned our “mixed bag” blog.

      Even our forum that gets TONS of organic traffic as the unofficial fan forum for an NFL Team that I won’t mention lol, even it took a hit because of (I think) our Off Topic forums.

      Good news is… hey, we were just looking at rando posts for our ‘blogger burnout’ and came across your post a year later, so that counts for something, right? LOL

      Keep up the good fight and send that newsletter our way :)

  3. Mighty Investor

    Thanks, Sam. This one was inspiring. I’m still in the very early stages of blogging. You mentioned in this post that you paid little attention to SEO in the early stages. I have done the exact same. I wonder, however, if that changed with time for you and you did start to optimize headlines, etc. After all, you did say later in this same post that 3/4 or your visitors are coming from organic traffic. So Google is finding you somehow….

  4. Hey guys,

    Sign me up!

    Have worked on promoting the blog, but due to the lack of time, I focused on other things, such as creating high value content. I will progressively promote the blog and I hope to get higher in the ranks. I started my blog in March 2016.

    As of January 10th: 

    320,039 Alexa Traffic Rank
    78,287 Traffic Rank in US

  5. Hi Guys, Here’s our update: Global 1,517,852 Alexa Traffic Rank
    United States 258,846 Traffic Rank in US.

    Is anyone able to offer feedback or insights on how to countinue to grow our traffic and better promote our content? Thanks!!

    1. Matt @ Distilled Dollar

      Nice work!

      My only feedback is to,
      A) Post consistently, and
      B) Connect with other bloggers by commenting on their articles and/or doing guest posts

      I find this two step approach worked well for me. It kept me diligent in creating new material and it made the whole process much more fun.

  6. I just accepted the Yakezie Challenge. My goal is to reach 250,000 internationally and 50,000 in the United States. I’ve been working on improving my Alexa ranking for the past six months, and I’ve seen great results. This challenge should help me increase my ranking even more.

    My ranks today are as follows: International 497,600 and U.S. 86,050.

    I’m really excited to network with all of you. Reach out to me through the contact me section of my site if your looking to write a blog post or network in some other way.

    Best of luck to all of you with this challenge

    Investment Hunting

  7. Stefan - The Millennial Budget

    Evening everybody,

    I have just officially accepted the Yakezie Challenge. I have been blogging for four months and hope to reach top 200k within two months. More importantly I hope to meet many new bloggers.

    I am currently ranked in the top 250k globally and hope to continue growing!

  8. Posting on update on my progress in just under two months since joining on 6/3/2016 (2,200,00 global at the time):

    As of 7/28/16 –
    Global ranking: 602,552
    US ranking: 74,708

    I’ll be shooting for 500,000 and 50,000, respectively, by mid-August.

  9. One year old finance and stock market blog. The blog is about an year old. Present Global Alexa rank is 36,00,000. Lets see how good I pool in by joining the contest. Decided to join and lets see the good results.

  10. OK, I’m 6 months into blogging and I’m ready to join the challenge today (30th June 2016)

    Post announcement will be going out today.

    Current Global ranking 2,059,547

    UK Ranking 55,717

    US Ranking 999,287

    Look forward to chatting with all you guys!

  11. I officially joined the Yakezie Challenge this morning, June 3, 2016.

    Post announcement:

    Current Alexa stats:

    Global ranking: 2,2530,830
    United States ranking: 244,839

    1. PatientWealthBuilder

      welcome! I like your site and you look like you are already well on your way to becoming successful! Or wait, you are already successful and are on your way to greater success! I think your Alexa ranking is very good compared to the length of existence of your blog. You’ve done a great job jumping out in front. May your success continue and grow as you consistently write over the long-term! Have a good one.

    2. Welcome! I love your blog, so I’m excited to see how low your Alexa ranking goes from the Challenge. We started unranked so it was less exciting to just get ranked, but your score could really drop into the Challenge goal! Good luck!

  12. I really love how evergreen this post is! It’s great to come on here and see others join the challenge. Just for some encouragement, I am nowhere near where I want to be but I started blogging in February (2016) and my rank has gone from 15,000,000+ to 1.3 Million and U.S. ranking from “unranked” to 500,000+ to now 170,338 – all within 3 months. And I know there is so much more I could be doing to promote my posts, so I can already see a pathway to continued improvement. Thanks so much for the challenge! It’s what I needed to really get moving and have a tangible way to track results.

    1. Yeah, we were the same way! Started the challenge about 2 weeks ago with no Alexa ranking & now we’re in the 5,000,000 range. It’s exciting to see the progress & learn from everyone else. Welcome to the challenge!

      1. Dr. J @ Medschool financial

        Welcome to challenge, embrace the process and give it time. Slowly but surely the ranking will improve. Good luck!

  13. Financial Slacker

    I have decided to take the plunge and join the Alexa Challenge.

    As of today, my Alexa Rank is 6,827,959.

    Looking forward to connecting with others over the next 6 months.

      1. Financial Slacker

        Thank you.

        Technically, Financial Slacker launched last November with a few pages and posts, but it wasn’t until late January, that I started showing the site to a few friends. I began more actively promoting the site in March. And even more recently, I have started writing more regularly and more often.

        It’s been a great experience so far. I have starting meeting and engaging with the members of the community and I’m really enjoying it. I learn something new every day.

        I appreciate the complement and look forward to interacting more in the future.

        1. PatientWealthBuilder

          great progress. I think the real take-away for me has been to not give up. The fact that many authors take years for their blogs to become in the top 10 or 20 is interesting. One of the motivations for me is to learn from others and to have fun conversations about topics I’m interested in. When I think about it that way the discipline of writing is less difficult.

        2. Matt @ Distilled Dollar

          Nice work so far! We share a similar timeline in that we both started off with our sites months before ‘launch’. I’ve also started to post 3x/week which would have been unthinkable in the past.

          Look forward to seeing your rank rise up!

    1. patientwealthbuilder

      congrats on your progress and consider writing a guest post and reading the top blogs and commenting there as well. there are a lot of good tips on the other blogs and interesting conversations to be part of.

      1. Financial Slacker

        Thanks. Good advice. I’m definitely open to getting some tips (and giving back when I can).

        Still much to learn.

    1. PatientWealthBuilder

      I had no ranking for a while until I validated the Alexa badge on my site and made sure everything was working properly. Once it shows up your Alexa score will be over 15M and drop very quickly. So your early days will show very big improvements which is encouraging.

      1. So I read your comment, and thought “Hmm…I should check that I did everything properly.” Checked things, and boom: we’re at 24,673,413. Already making progress!

        Thanks for the tip!

        1. PatientWealthBuilder

          thats great. I suggest searching this site for more tips and also considering a guest post on another blog. this can drive traffic to your site and if you put links to your blog in your guest post (which you should do) these will show up as sites linking in which helps your ranking as well. check out for a list of good blogs that you may want to guest post with.

          1. patientwealthbuilder

            That’s great – seeing progress is very motivating. I just re-read the post above and am realizing how helpful all of these tips are. Also the post that was just added about working for yourself notes that the financial samurai author worked on his blog for 3 years before monetizing it. I’m glad to have realistic info to guide my goal making. I would think you can break 3,000,000 by the end of the challenge! If you are posting 2-4 times per week and do a guest post or two. Very doable. Congrats on your progress.

          2. Dames in Debt

            New update: 5,585,005. Y’all were right about the ranking dropping quickly. Our goal is still to get under 5,000,000 – hopefully this week! – and then under 1,000,000 for the whole challenge. Seeing what great blogs are still in the 1,000,000 range shows how hard that’s going to be. We’re excited!

            1. Financial Slacker

              Congratulations! That’s great progress in such a short period of time.

              And I agree. There are so many wonderful blogs that have been around for a while in the 1 million range. That looks like a challenging benchmark to beat.

              Look forward to following your progress.

              Thanks for the update.

          3. Matt @ Distilled Dollar

            Looks like you’ll need to set a new goal since you’re already past the 2.5M mark! You’re making excellent progress so far.

            1. It’s so fun to check out these Alexa rankings now that I know what they are…goal is now to get under 1,000,000, which I think will be pretty difficult, but hey, we’ve got like 5 more months!

  14. Distilled Dollar

    Distilled Dollar is officially joining the challenge today!

    I’m looking forward to connecting with more members within the Yakezie network.

    My current Alexa Rank is 1,770,615.

    1. Matt @ Distilled Dollar

      5/26 Update: 799,031! I’ve moved up almost a million spots since I started, which is crazy.

      The best part has been connecting with a few other bloggers who have already taken the challenge or are in it now. Keep up the awesome work!

    1. PatientWealthBuilder

      Thanks Dr. J – I am at 2,290,020 now. Slow and steady wins the race. My struggle right now is really getting that breakthrough post – the “whale” as Sam calls it. I also am trying to stay anonymous right now due to the nature of my job and am therefore not sure how to use social media that doesn’t link to my real name. I think Google +, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook would really allow me to promote my content better.

  15. PatientWealthBuilder

    Guys – super excited right now. Since getting hooked on FS / I have started my own blog and now have moved from “No Data” to 20,194,720 on Alexa! I know I know – that’s not very good but it is progress. I have to thank my friend SB over at OneCentAtATime for letting me do a guest post and helping get some traffic to my site. Thanks to FS for all the great content on how and why to start a blog.

    1. Congrats! I jumped from 24 million to 18 million in a couple days :) It’s amazing what consistent writing will do! I am prepping to start guest posts as well.

    2. PatientWealthBuilder

      Rank is now 10,004,526 – new post on getting to $30M in your brokerage account coming Friday

  16. Finally launched my site. No time like the present, so no Alexa rank yet! My blog is

    I am starting to get my finances post-graduation in order and started reading a ton about investing and am learning as I write. I’m really into the idea of gamifying things people find scary or boring, and I have had a startup before – maybe writing this blog will spin into a new idea! Would love to chat/collab/link up with other bloggers on this challenge.

  17. PatientWealthBuilder

    Looking to join your network. Right now my rank is “no data” since today I just started my blog. Does this still count for the challenge and begin the 6-month countdown? Appreciate the content and motivation to get going on blogging!

    1. MedSchool Financial

      John & Richelle,

      Welcome to the challenge and look forward to following your progress!

  18. Thias @It Pays Dividends

    Hey Everyone!

    Just started the challenge today and currently sitting at 1,268,410 on Alexa. Obviously I have some work to do but I’m excited to start working at it.

    Looking forward to connecting with everyone!

    1. MedSchool Financial


      That’s awesome and welcome. I started the challenge a couple months ago and it definitely is encouraging to connect with others and have had positive results thus far. Keep fighting the good fight.

    2. Thias @It Pays Dividends

      Boom! Officially under the 1m mark! 962,737 and moving up on a weekly basis right now!

      Love seeing so many others seeing success seeing their ranking improve as well!

  19. JC @ MedSchoolFinancial

    Good afternoon All,

    I too am up for the Yakezie Challenge, as I would undoubtedly agree with the prior comments by others that have taken the challenge that it is very much a team sport as must as it is about the spirit of the challenge.

    My site is:

    Current Alexa Rank is: 19,084,825 so like some of the others here I have a long way to go as well, but ready to get started!

    The site is geared towards the business side of health care, personal finance, costs of health for docs and patients, and managing the mountain of debt that comes along with the desire to walk down a this path in hopes of making a positive difference for others and our families. A lot of topics that are vital but not currently exposed to the degree they should be, so this platform is my effort to do my part.

    I welcome all and any input and I will work to do the same. Good luck to you all.

    Best regards,

      1. JC @ MedSchoolFinancial

        Hey Michael,

        How are things coming along for you? Thanks for the add to the blog, have been following FinanciallyAlert as well and will add to site.

        latest alexa rank is moving in the right direction 392,570
        Traffic Rank in US. Will definitely keep at it.

  20. Good luck Andrew! I look forward to following your progress. I’m about half way through the challenge and continuing to drop rankings (though it has slowed a bit recently). You will certainly become a better blogger by sticking with the challenge. Have fun.

    My 01/22/16 update: 661,260 Global and 169,408 U.S.

    1. Thanks Michael. I’m already finding the Alexa updates to be very dynamic. I like your site. Good job going all in on Net Worth. I’m not quite there yet. I don’t mind sharing the overview, but still a little iffy on sharing every dollar. I’m at 2.4M in Alexa today. Whats your best so far?

      1. Andrew, I wouldn’t worry about NW updates. It’s certainly not for everyone (there are pros and cons either way). Sam here doesn’t disclose specifics, but he gives us little hints here and there that make us go… ooooh… ahhhhh. It took me a few months to decide I wanted to share that information. BTW, my best in 661,260 at the moment… hopefully to get that down significantly. :)

          1. I have to say I’m pretty impressed with the challenge so far. It looks like I have been jumping up steadily the past month. Nice to have a benchmark like Alexa to keep you motivated during those weeks where you feel like you aren’t progressing as fast as you would like. How’s everyone else finding it?

  21. Hello! I put on my site last week that I was joining the challenge. I’m really excited to be a part of it and get started. When I joined my Alexa Ranking was 4,767,727, now its 2,694,081
    Super excited for this. Can’t wait to network with all of you.

  22. Update!

    installed toolbar on 08-28-2015

    8/28/2015 772,192 global

    09/06/2015 610,402 global

    09/24/2015 440,970 global

    10/08/2015 355,904 global 106,382 US

    10/21/2015 328,799 global 115,025 US

    11/19/2015 292,956 global 119,133 US

    12/03/2015 288,799 global 104,334 US

    Unfortunately I didnt start tracking my US ranking until 10/08

  23. Laura Beth @ How to Get Rich SLowly

    Hey Michael,

    Sounds like you’re definitely up for the Challenge. Welcome!

    Since I joined, I’ve gone from 22 million to under 700,000. So I can tell you it works!

    Laura Beth

    1. Thanks Laura Beth! Congrats on all of your success in such as short amount of time. It’s great to see your progress here. It looks like you went from 6 inbound links to 164 in just a couple of months… incredible! Wishing you continued success.

  24. Hello!

    I’m super excited to take on the Yakezie Challenge. It’s great to know I’m in excellent company and wish all other challengers the best of luck! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you succeed.

    I am a thirty something early retiree who is lucky to stay home with my kids (3 & 1). When I’m not chasing the little ones around, I’m an active blogger and investor.

    My site is:

    Current Global Rank – 2,743,395
    Current U.S. Rank – 515,885

    I blog about financial education, early retirement, and the relationship between mind & money.

    Any feedback is warmly welcomed.


  25. Laura Beth @ How To Get Rich Slowly

    Hi Peter!

    Welcome to the challenge. I checked out your site and it looks great! Best of luck in your endeavors!

    Laura Beth

    1. Peter @ How To Live In The U.S.

      Thank you Laura!

      I’ve checked out your blog as well and loved it! Let’s stay in touch :-)! Do you have any beginner tips for a Yakezie Challenge newbie? For some reason my U.S. Alexa Rank is not showing either. It’s only showing the Global Rank. Any idea what that could be all about?

      Anyways, nice to “virtually” meet you and good luck to you as well! :-)


  26. Peter Corstjens


    I am extremely excited to become a part of the Yakezie community! As a avid financial blog post reader and blogger, I ran into an article explaining the Yakezie Challenge and decided to join immediately. Can’t wait to grow as everyone else has been growing.

    My blog is called I talk about investing, business growth, personal finance, tax advantages, frugality and much more.

    My current Glob Alexa rank is 4,777,829. For some reason it is not showing my U.S. ranking. Regardless, I am super excited and motivated to grow in these next 6 months and beyond. Nice to “virtually” meet some of the members!


  27. Laura Beth @ How To Get Rich Slowly

    Hi Steve,

    Welcome to the challenge. And best of luck to you.

    Laura Beth

  28. Alright, I’m in for the challenge. I just checked my Alexa worldwide ranking am I am starting at 4,753,384 (US is 773,076). I currently have 25 sites linking in.

    I installed the Alexa toolbar and put the Yakezie Challenger Badge on my blog.

    Thanks for the opportunity to participate!

    1. Welcome to the challenge! I noticed your ranking is now down to 2.9 million, keep up the good work!

  29. It’s been slightly over a month since I joined the challenge, and my Alexa ranking has increased from the initial 22,946,875 to 3,430,790 after one month! I just published a post summarizing my progress on my first month into the challenge with some site metrics and goals for this month. I’m excited!

    1. Hi Charlie,

      That’s amazing! I am so happy for you!! I just did the same thing yesterday. I posted my stats on the site. Consistent effort sure pays off.

      Great minds think alike. Heading over to check out your site now.

      Keep rockin my friend!

      Laura Beth

  30. Alright I just bit and installed the toolbar. I had read about this months ago but read so many other articles that said it wasnt accurate so I never bothered. What the heck, ill give it a shot and see what happens.

    My first month for Cash Flow Diaries was June 2015. So today actually is right about my blogs 3 month old birthday.

    As of today, the alexa global ranking says its 772,192. Ill check it again in a month and see what happens.

    I have already been working really hard to promote the blog so I dont know if I can do any better. Im just going to keep doing what Im doing and see what happens.

  31. Hi John,

    Welcome to the Challenge!

    I was right where you are about 3 weeks ago, at 22,000,000. Now I am at 1,800,000.

    I checked out your site and it looks great! Let me know if I can do anything to help.

    Laura Beth

  32. Hi Yakezie,

    Another update.

    You may recall a couple weeks ago I was at about 22,000,000. My current ranking has improved considerably. I’m now at about 7,500,000.

    Laura Beth

    1. Nice progress Laura and thanks for visiting my blog!
      Actually I also saw pretty significant improvement in my Alexa ranking since I started the challenge two weeks ago – now I am at 5,758,216, compared to >22,000,000 two weeks ago. I am excited!

  33. Hi Yakezie,

    I just wanted to report back. It’s been about a week since I joined the challenge. I installed the toolbar, wrote a blog post about the challenge, and began reaching out to other bloggers.

    When I started the challenge a week ago, I was at 22,311,183 globally. Today I am at (don’t laugh) 12,595,125 – a huge jump of about 10,000,000. I basically went from virtual obscurity to obscurity in a week. That’s not too bad. I am happy.

    In other news — I’ve also had my first guest post at “A More Successful You”, run by Erik, also in the challenge. A couple other bloggers have helped me by providing much needed feedback: GenYFinanceGuy (woot!) and Jake from

    A week ago, I had 3 inbound links. I’ve been commenting on other blogs pretty regularly and although most of those links haven’t been picked up by Alexa, a couple have, including Alltop. So I’m now at a whopping 6 inbound links. I’m also now offering guest posting at my site, so if anyone is interested, let me know!

    More to come…

    Thanks everyone.

  34. How To Get Rich Slowly

    Hello, I would join the challenge!

    I am excited to be a part of the group! As a subscriber of, Jake suggested I head over to Yakezie, and I see he was right.

    My site is How To Get Rich Slowly. I just started the blog last month. My current Alexa rank is 22,311,183.

    Thank you!

    Laura Beth

  35. Just joined the challenge! I had been around 6,000,000 2 months ago but haven’t been posting that much lately. I now at 19,000,000 so I have some work to do!

  36. Hi, we would like to join the challenge! Our site is and our current Alexa rank is 206,915. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

  37. Hey Sam,

    I just stumbled upon this and then I find out you are the organizer, this look like an awesome thing to be a part of, I’m a little confused as to how I can start the challenge. I just created an account, what else should I do? I WANT IN!!!


  38. Retiring Early

    I have joined the challenge and put up the banner. I am about to write a post as well. I look forward to seeing what happens.

  39. Gen Y Finance Guy

    I am joining the Yakezie challenge. My current Alexa rating is 26,214,230. Got a long way to go to get it under 200,000.


  40. Ladder Investing

    Thanks for all the great tips Sam.

    I just joined the Yakezie Challenge today. I’m excited to see how improve this next 6 months. My Alexa ranking is only at 4,622,433 right now so it can only get better!

    Come check out my blog about the Yakezie Challenge:


  41. I wish I would have known about this a few months back when I started my own personal Alexa challenge! In March of 2014 my global rank was a sad 2.3 million. I improved that drastically in less than 30 days and posted about it here: . Today my rank is 144,616 globally and 30,883 for the US. It has been consistently improving. However, I have not been able to do anything about my Google PR. I am hoping I stumble onto a challenge for that here, too! Seriously though, I look forward to participating in this community. Thanks!

  42. I would like to know if I can join the challenge with a lifestyle blog – as yet it does not have a strong personal finance element, but it is a non- 9-5 lifestyle

  43. Did I forget to post when I joined???
    Well, I posted the badge and announcement to my site July 5th.
    I forget where I started but today’s (7/24/2014) is:

    Alexa Traffic Rank for
    Global 1,783,171
    United States 177,806

    Will have to work on getting that down.
    Thanks for the encouragement – if you can do it so can I!

  44. Autumn @ The Barefoot Budgeter

    I am rejoining this challenge. I originally joined on June 15th as The Budgets and The Bees, but have since had to rename my site.

    I’ve enjoyed this challenge over the past month and definitely want to keep it going. My Alexa rating is now 5,259,046. Ouch.

  45. As an Australian blogger I worry it’ll be a little harder to make connections than for those in the US, but definitely up for the challenge!

  46. Kirsten @ Indebtedmom

    Oh dear! 5,072,016. I have quite hole to dig out of, but this seems like a fun challenge and I’m up for it.

  47. Bout time I join this party and challenge! Current Alexa worldwide is 737,437
    Just started my blog bout a month ago.
    I announced the challenge on my current blog post and installed the alexa and yakezie badge!
    Happy to join this wonderful network of very helpful and kind bloggers.

    Good Day and Grind On!

  48. Bee @ The Budgets and the Bees

    Hey everyone! I am officially joining the challenge. My current Alexa ranking is 1,514,925 (133,663 US). Let’s go!!!

  49. Seth Radmall

    Started the Finance for Funsies blog a month ago, and just now got a rank with Alexa. Starting at 2,079,015 I have a ways to go, but i’m excited to watch the number fall everyday for the next 6 months.

  50. #17,555,272! Ready to get started and contribute some valuable content. Always open for suggestions and look forward to reading your blogs and learning from each other!

  51. I’ve been blogging since December 2013 and my Alexa rank on my .blogspot site was starting to drop rather quickly, but I’ve just got started with own domain last week. My current raking is 2,927,778. Thanks for letting me join the challenge!

  52. Hey all,

    Just joined today and put a badge on my site. My Alexa rating is 351,876. I’ll announce in my next post next week.

    Been blogging since mid March, so about 2 months.

  53. Hi everyone! My Alexa rankings are: Global – 596,199 US – 110,637. I’m ridiculously competitive, so this should be good for me:-)

  54. Even Steven

    Alexa Ranking: 1,943,356 Global and 248,001 USA, also thanks to for the advice and encouragement.

    1. Even Steven

      I wanted to give a quick update because of the progress I have made so far, I’m no longer a Yakezie Millionaire.

      Today’s Alexa Ranking: 970,997 Global and 103,031 USA

      1. Even Steven

        Good Morning Financial Samurai! It has been less than 3 months and I have reached my goal of being under 200,000, with a 186,860. Thank you for the Yakezie challenge, before my 6 month anniversary is up, my new goal is 99,999. Because like Jay-Z said, I’ve got 99,999 problems and my blog ain’t one.

  55. I think it’s time I joined this great network of bloggers!

    My global Alexa ranking is at 110,566, and my US Alexa ranking is at 29,037. I am looking forward to connecting with everyone.

  56. Millennial Cents

    Alexa has “#norankdata” :-( Just started blogging so have a very long way to break into the top 200,000 but I’ve always liked a good challenge! Will up my blog posts from once a week to 2x a week.

  57. Big Guy Money

    The banner is on the site, Alexa is installed, and my rank now is 4,132,953. 200,000 and forum here I come!

    1. Anneli @thefrugalweds

      @cashville skyline – great! We also just started yesterday and everyone’s been so welcoming so far! Looks like we have our work cut out for us but it should be fun. Cheers!

  58. Anneli @ thefrugalweds

    We’re gonna start today :-)
    We have a ways to go!
    Alexa score: 13,168,605 (yikes!)

  59. Mark Ross @moneysavingdude

    I just announced on my blog that I’m participating in accomplishing the Yakezie Challenge. Wish me luck! Thanks!

  60. The Broke Professional

    This is exactly what I needed! Looking forward to the challenge. Current rankings are:

    Global: 2,278,378
    US: 363,508

    I’m looking at you 200,000!

  61. Well, I just officially started my pf blog today, so I actually have no rank on Alexa. Yikes! I have a lot of work to do in the next 6 months, but I am ramped up and ready for the challenge. I look forward to working with and getting to know all of you.

  62. Dee @ Color Me Frugal

    I’m joining the challenge today! Current Alexa rank is 2,116,869. Looks like I’ve got a ways to go to get under 200,000! I’m looking forward to the challenge!

  63. I’m joining the challenge as well! Our current rank is: 6,621,617

    Would love to get some feedback and collab ideas for all you PF bloggers out there!

  64. Excited to start the challenge! We have been working hard at developing our site so it would be worthy of Yakezie. :) Here’s to a good six months and hopefully becoming part of the community!

    Our current Alexa rating: 262,032

  65. I’m starting the challenge! I started the blog just over two months ago, and I need to try and get some traction.

    My current ranking is 2,653,331. Yikes, I’ve got a ways to go.

  66. Henry Becker

    I have joined the challenge. Hoping to do some good for my site. I love a challenge. My rank as of now is an abysmal 12,190,625. It is only lower from here.

  67. Done by Forty


    I may not have submitted my post properly earlier this week, so I’m giving it another try. I’d like to join the challenge and my Alexa ranking today is 232,667. I’m looking forward to meeting other bloggers and growing as a writer.


  68. Rita P @ Digital Spikes

    Please count me, I wanna join the challenge and my blog was launched on 10th June 2013 and currently ranked at 265,000 Alexa. I want to improve it more as it is tough from here to improve. So I want help from community and make new friends to grow, share and learn together and have fun too !

  69. Stuart Laing

    Count me in. My blog was launched in June 2013 and is currently ranked 1,145,531.

    Looking forward to the challenge and getting to know everyone here.

  70. Cristin@EVEofREDUCTION

    I’m excited to join the challenge. The current rank for is 3,445,689. BTW, my badge is installed.

  71. Keren @ Stepping It Down

    I’m joining! My post will go up tomorrow. I can’t install the alexa toolbar on this computer because I’m on IE 10. I’ll try on my Mac when I get home. My current ranking is 3,393,574. I’ve been blogging for nearly 2 months and I started at 9,273,387. I’d call that progress!

  72. Jennifer @ Money Aches

    My current ranking is 402,169. I’m always up for a challenge and this is just one more thing to keep me motivated and posting frequently. Over the last month I’ve been making it a habit of posting weekly goals so this will be great to incorporate into that post.

  73. 16,281,480 — is that bad? ;)

    Game on — this is a perfect combination with my current mastermind group to give me the perfect amount of motivation and accountability.


  74. Krista and Jon Maroni

    We’re on board for the challenge. Our rank is 15,295,389 – we have so much work to do! I just registered it though so maybe it’ll get better?

    1. What? You beat me?
      Global Rank 8,041,111
      No data for in country…
      I’ve got some work to do!
      Good Luck all – this is a great way to find and get to know my fellow finance/investing bloggers – thanks!

  75. thepotatohead

    Hey everyone, We are hopping on this train as well. Started a little over a month ago. Our current Alexa rank is #1,711,222 globally and #196,968. Excited to join the challenge and get to meet and know everyone here!

  76. I’d love to get in on this. Currently, is at #2,200,923 worldwide and #164,004 in the US. Looks like I’ve got lots of work to do :)

  77. Peter H. Ha

    Hello all, I joined this challenge about 2 month ago and I’m at 779,000 worldwide and 68,000 USA. Are we shooting for 200,000 worldwide or US?

  78. I’ve been following Yakezie and I’m really excited with the idea of joining a blog network full of like-minded people.

    Just finalized the aesthetics of my site and will be able to focus on the content now.
    Joined the challenge just a moment ago and I believe it will motivate me to write more frequently and produce good content for the people out there.

    No ranking yet. Will work hard. =D

  79. Free Money Minute

    Considering joining the network once again. I was in this network a few years ago under another blog name. Not that I have more time now, but I do have a desire to have a presence on the web in the personal finance arena.

  80. I joined the challenge yesterday. Current rank 182,451 at . Looking forward to having some fun.

  81. Jenny @ Frugal Guru Guide

    Joining challenge now. Been blogging for 1 week, Alexa ranking 3,636,072 — US ranking 285,670.

  82. Nivene @ It's Economic

    Hello! I’m entering my site, It’s Economic, into the Challenge. My current Alexa rank is 55,884 and my announcement post will be going up tomorrow. I put the badge up yesterday and am very excited to start the Challenge! Can’t wait!

  83. Hello. I’m entering my site, VisualFin, into the challenge. I’m currently sitting at 1,540,000 after two weeks of blogging. My announcement post will be going up tomorrow.

    My former site was in the challenge, but someone offered me enough money to part ways with it. I’ve seen the wonderful things being a member of the challenge can do when you stay active in the community. I’m excited to give it another shot.

    1. Wayne – Welcome to the Challenge again. How do you prevent yourself from not selling your site again before the Challenge is up? What was your sold site?

      There’s a price for everything so that’s neat you sold and profited too.

      1. That’s a good question Sam – one that I’ve asked myself before. It was easier to part with my first site because it was exactly that – my first site. I consider it a very valuable learning experience. I’ve been able to accomplish in weeks what it took me months to do before. I liked the idea of starting fresh and implementing all of my newly discovered knowledge of blogging.

        Much like gambling, I like the idea of playing with house money. I didn’t invest a lot of capital into my last site, so I was able to sell for many times over what I put in. Now that I’ve profited, I’ll be less likely to sell again.

        Once all of the transfers are finalized, I’ll be announcing the sell and the process at VisualFin.

  84. I’ll be joining in as well! I’m brand new to blogging but am excited to do this challenge. Thanks Sam for continuing to publish great content!

  85. I’m around 700,000 worldwide in just over a month! Probably because so many bloggers have the Alexa Toolbar installed, and more than likely because of this post. Thanks!

  86. Tim Huntley

    Thank you for the opportunity to participate!

    I have added the Yakezie Challenge badge to my site (Retirement Planning HQ) and have created a post accepting the challenge:

    My website has been active for just over a week and has an Alexa rank of 3,076,654.

    All the best,


  87. This is a serious challenge and I am going to try it again. I had a previous blog and decided to close it because of the lack of views. Now my hubby and I are running our company and I thought having a blog would be great for our company because our services are geared around career advice, financing, small business mentoring, etc. Our Alexa ranking is 17,774,391. We just started and only have five posts. I am going to diligently post everyday, quality content and hope folks will check it out. Thanks Yakezie for the great tips and challenge.

  88. Buy & Hold Blog

    Great challenge. I just discovered this site. Right now, by site is in 8 million range. Let’s hope I can break the challenge.

  89. Hi, I’ve put the Yakezie badge in Money Soldiers, my blog for quite some time now and my Alexa just keeps on dropping. When can I become an official member?

  90. I just posted my challenge post yesterday! I’m currently at 2,787,684 after a couple of weeks of starting my blog. Looking forward to seeing what the next 6 months will bring and interacting with others.

  91. Mike @Personal Finance Beat

    Hi All,

    I am officially joining the Yakezie challenge!

    If I am reading my Alexa toolbar correctly, my current rank is a depressing 5,036,944. Oh well, got a lot of work to do!


  92. I am officially joining the the Yakezie challenge! My current Alexa rankings are:
    global – 2,122,600
    US – 261,098

    I’ve had my blog since 2007, but recently have decided to try to expand my readership. Thanks!


    Thinking about joining the club here. I have a website (—1,160,000alexa) and a blog alexa) adding content when I can. Tax season is approaching so I am not sure I can give all the time required. I guess I should join under my blog, where I write less technical articles, but not sure. Any thoughts on this?

      1. Hi everyone. I wanted to update that my now has an Alexa rank of 319,000 and my has a rank of 261,000. That is quite a change from last year at this time.
        I wanted to join the Challenge but my problem is that I am not able to post two to three times a week. My law practice allows me to only post about once a month. So how can I be more involved with this limitation?
        One question: Can Twitter have an adverse impact on Alexa rankings in that the bounce rate may increase? I cannot figure out Alexa as I have gotten a lot more traffic to my blog from my recent posts but my ranking went down about 30,000. Cannot figure this out.
        Thanks for any response you may have to these issues.

  94. Joining the Yakezie challenge today to start the new year off right. My current Alexa Rank is 552,961 for my site at I am looking forward to meeting new friends, and making a difference in the lives of others.

  95. Just registered at the Yakezie forum and published our challenge post! I think this is a great way not only to network, but to stay accountable with daily posts and such. Current rank is 4,204,602 globally, and 369,434 in the US. Hoping to hit 200K by April-May!

  96. I registered on Yakezie yesterday and posted my challenge post today. I am ready for the challenge and I know it will keep me motivated. I am more excited about the networking opportunities. I think this challenge is a great way to get in touch with other successful PF bloggers. My current rank is 2,725,574 and I hope to be down below 200k by March.

  97. Justin@thefrugalpath

    There are so many familiar faces here that I’ve decided to take the challenge. After just over a month my rank is currently 1,324,202. My goal is to reach 200,000 by April fool’s day.
    Good luck to all.

  98. I am joining officially on Monday 10/08 and will be posting on my site as such. I’ve been blogging for a month and looking forward to the challenge. My current Alexa rank is 293,812, looking forward to seeing that get below 200k.

  99. Heather Stephens @ Becoming Me

    I’m in. I’m starting from scratch with a blog that has less than a dozen posts on it. My alexa ranking is N/A. Excited to connect with you all and learn from you as we grow our blogs together!

  100. I am joining the challenge. Current Alexa rank is 232,826. I’ve been blogging for about four months and was pleasantly surprised it’s already in the 200,000. My goal is to get below 200,000 in the next six months. Wheeee!

  101. Kayla @ Cash Flow Your College

    I just joined the Yakezie challenge. Current Alexa ranking: no rank. I suppose any improvement will be a huge improvement from that.

  102. Well, let’s see if I can break the 10M barrier before the end of the month. Although I’m really hoping to get below 8M before the end of the month!
    I’ve got to start writing more articles.
    I’m currently at 13,388,081 and my first blog post was just over 3 weeks ago.

  103. Brandon Kasteler

    I’m officially joining the challenge right here, right now.

    I just barely launched my website,, yesterday. I’m sitting pretty at an Alexa rank of 11,457,761. I definitely have a long way to go to breach the 200k mark, but I say bring it on!

    I’m hoping to break 5M by the end of September, 1M by the end of November, 500k by the end of January 2013, and be in the 200k region by March of 2013.

    I’m definitely excited about this network, and happy to be here.

    Brandon Kasteler – Compound Capitalist

  104. A.M. Schultz

    I will be joining this challenge tonight, adding my website, to the mix. My site is currently sitting at 1,562,076 (after jumping from around 9.6M last month after I installed the Alexa toolbar).

    My goal is to break the 1M mark by the end of September, and the 500K mark by the end of December.


  105. Officially joining the Yakezie Challenge today. My current Alexa rank is 1,178,184. Goal is to get it under 200,000 by February 18th, 2013.

    Installed the toolbar, badge, and added the Alexa widget to my site (making this public is a great idea, I know I will be motivated knowing that visitors to my site will see my ranking).

    Heading over to the forums now.

    Thanks for putting this challenge together. I think it’s the kind of motivator that can really help me bring my site to another level.

    -DC @ Young Adult Money

    1. Zach @ Milk and Honey Money

      Good to see you decided to join DC! I’ve subscribed to your blog and left a comment on your post that went up today.

  106. Zach @ Milk and Honey Money

    My badge is up and I’m ready for the challenge. My current Alexa rank is 17,899,725 on my brand new blog.

    I’m looking forward to joining this great community!

  107. 30kto30million

    Finally trying to give this challenge a go.. Current Alexa rank 1,095,164..

    Here’s hoping to meeting the challenge and an another reason to celebrate for 2013 New Years!!..

  108. I joined the challenge yesterday. Current rank 825,151 at . Looking forward to meeting our goals and helping others to reach theirs!

  109. Hi Sam and Everyone, I just joined Yakezie and will announce the challenge on my blog ( tonight. Looking forward to completing the challenge and becoming a part of this wonderful community!

  110. Just joined the challenge and I am pumped! I have been writing consistently for 1 month and I am ready to take it to the next level. Thanks for putting together this challenge and for bringing together the personal finance community. Check out my blog at I would love to hear your comments and feedback!

  111. Just signed up my relatively new blog to take on the challenge! Looking forward to seeing if I can maintain the level of consistency needed to succeed. My Alexa ranking is currently “no data”. Does it take a few days before a ranking is generated? Or are sites not ranked if traffic is too low?

    In any case, I’m also looking forward to meeting other members and challengers. Best of luck to you all!

  112. After a few weeks of blogging, I’m officially joining the challenge. My Alexa ranking is currently at 2,519,000 and like many have said before me, there’s only one direction to go.

    I’ve been helping investors for a decade now, but I’ve only been blogging at for 3 weeks. I’m looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead and the people I’ll meet along the way.

  113. From Shopping to Saving

    Yes! I’m excited to finally get started. My global ranking is 796,511! It’s about time I joined in on this amazing and awesome challenge.

  114. Drew @ Objective Wealth

    Hello everyone, I’m now on board with the Yakezie Challenge! My Alexa ranking currently stands at: 7,528,209… plenty of room for improvement, but I’m always up for a challenge! I’ve been PF blogging through Objective Wealth for around 6 weeks now, and have seen the Yakezie badges quite a lot on other blogs, so I don’t want to miss out on the action! Looking forward to making great gains over the next 6 months and beyond. Thanks for having me.

  115. My Take on Money

    Hi Guys,

    I’m sooooooo excited to be joining the challenge. My Alexa ranking is currently 4,505,843….that’s much better than my previous ranking of 15,613,649′! So I’m gaining momentum. I’m looking forward to learning a lot and making new friends. Come check me out at

  116. ShortRoadTo

    Happy Saint Patrick’s Day everyone. What better way to celebrate than joining the challenge. My current Alexa rank is 3,304,795. I look forward to working with all the fantastic bloggers on this site. Thank you for this opportunity.

  117. BrokeElizabeth

    I was going to wait until I finished this semester, but then I thought what the heck. I’m joining the Yakezie Challenge today with an Alexa score of 1,282,896. Eek!

  118. Marina K. Villatoro

    Hooray, I just joined right now!!!

    I’m not so new to blogging, but totally new to personal finance. My new blog – Woman’s Guide to Investing and Financial Freedom is actually attached to my main lifestyle blog, which is already at 131,813 with Alexa. My main goal is to get to know other bloggers and become a full fledged member of Yakezie!

  119. I joined the challenge! My alexa ranking is currently at 3,835, 763 and I will be posting about it tomorrow morning! So excited to watch that number go down and make some great connections

  120. Drew @

    Joining right now – Alexa Ranking: 584,881

    Hoping less than 100,000 by the end of 6 months. If anyone is interested in swapping articles, especially about real estate — let me know!

  121. Money Infant

    I joined just 3 weeks ago and already dropped my Alexa from over 1 million to under 500k, thanks for creating this challenge Sam!

  122. I am very excited to join this challenge. Like Jai mentioned above, I knew nothing about this group until started following other PF sites back in December. I joined last Saturday with a brand new blog and an Alexa of “nothing”. Today, a week later, my Alexa is 1,633,930. That is due to everyone’s support. Thanks!

    My new challenger post is

  123. Jessica Moorhouse

    I’ve just jointed the Yakezie challenge with my personal finance blog Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses ( and I’m currently sitting at Alexa global rank #3,632,067. I started my blog in mid-December 2011 so it’s still fairly new, but I’m excited to see that number not look like my parents are the only people who visit my site. I’ll have a post announcing me joining the challenge early next week.

  124. I just joined the Yakezie challenge. My current Alexa rank is 12,133,061. So it looks like I have nowhere but up to go.

  125. I can tell by the quality of sites on the top-100 list that you have an amazing group here, Sam. I put the Yakezie banner on my site last week, and would like to officially join the challenge with this post.

    Our website is

    Our Alexa rating today is 1,029,249..
    Which is about half of where we were a week ago :)

  126. Hi Sam,
    We joined the Yakezie Challenge today and I’m so excited! I’ve wanted to join forever, but just now worked up the gumption to do it. Our Alexa Rank is 381,905, the badge is on, and the announcement post is up! (I included links to Yakezie and you, and quoted you; hope that’s o.k.?) I’ll be headed over to the Yakezie Challengers Forum shortly, and I can’t wait to connect with members I’ve already met and new ones as well. Thanks so much for founding this, it’s a great project! Alright, I’m done gushing:)

  127. I joined the Yakezie Challenge today. I have had my blog live since February 5. I have learned alot so far and I am just barely touching the tip of the ice berg…I cant wait to see where I am at in 6 months…Eeeek my current alexa ranking is 20,912,107..Remember I just joined Monday so go easy on me :-)

  128. I’m going to give this a try, although my blog is just getting off of the ground, after starting it two weeks ago. My current Alexa ranking is 13,358,157, so I have a long ways to go, but its worth a shot! My blog is at, and it is about my journey to graduate college with a surplus instead of a debt.

  129. Edward Antrobus

    After going back and forth on this, I’m going to go ahead and join the challenge.

    currently has an Alexa rank of 1,721,224 and 151,636 in the US.

  130. Sam,

    I just made the plunge and became a proud member. I look forward to 1) writing quality content and 2) to selflessly help other blogger friends in this network.


  131. Below Her Means

    6,204,728. I take it the more often you blog and participate, the lower the score gets and the lower the better? Sorry, newbie question! Already blogging a lot though and honored to join the challenge.

  132. Ok I’ve joined! i guess I’ve tossed around the idea long enough. Only problem is there is no Alex toolbar for a Mac…I’ll deal manually I guess!

  133. Hi there,
    I’m up for the challenge. Just started my blog. Hope to be a full member in six months time.
    Loving this community so far and I’m pretty sure I’ve only scratched the surface.
    Current Alexa Rank: 13,158,677 so I’ve a long way to go. Wish me luck.

  134. Addicted2dividends

    I have decided to take the challenge. A lot of my fellow bloggers are members and they have nothing but good things to say about it. I look forward to being an active member in the community. My Alexa Rank is 5,031,011.

  135. One Frugal Girl

    I’m up for the challenge and excited to become a part of this growing community! My Alexa Rank is currently: 1,231,576.

  136. Hi everyone,

    Well I feel like I’m a little late to this party, but I’m excited to join this group and meet everyone :) I’m kicking myself for not joining months ago. I just posted my intro to joining Yakezie.

    Look forward to meeting lots of new people, and some familiar faces from FinCon11 as well. Feel free to drop by and say hello.

    Alexa Rank 392,241


  137. I knew nothing about this months ago and had a ranking of 10 million. Hurts to even say it. I have only recently started to focus or refocus my attention on ranking and now I am 5 million. Gotta make some more changes but hey I am in the middle of the crowd now.

  138. I’m a new guy and have no ranking yet. The sound you hear is the sound of my knees knocking together.

  139. UltimateSmartMoney

    By the way… Is there a time limit to writing a post on my blog announcing about my yakezie challenge? Thanks, again.

  140. I did not realized that writing a post on my blog that I joined yakezie challenge is one of the requirements. I will have to post this soon. Thanks for sharing all the requirements for the yakezie challenger. It was unclear in terms of the requirements on the yakezie site so I was not sure what I needed to be doing. This is a very helpful post.

  141. Zero Passive Income

    I recently found out about the Yakezie network and I’m excited about joining.

    My current Alexa ranking is:
    Global: 259,191
    US: 87,084

  142. I really like what you guys are doing here. I am officially in. I just launched my site at the end of July and I’m excited to gain momentum. It nice to know that there are others out there willing to reach out to newbies, network and mentor. I’m new at blogging but will do what I can to help others!

    As for my rank, well personally, I’m looking forward to to even receiving a ranking. Stop by and drop me a line…I could use the company!

  143. Darragh ORiordan

    Just started. I have a ridiculous ranking of 15,487,000 there or there-abouts. Here’s hoping I last 6 months and get to 14,999,000 :D See you all on the other side!

  144. Charles Chua C K

    I have just joined the challenge and I have 7 reasons for it @ 7 Solid Reasons to Take the Yakazie Challenge:


  145. The One Income Dollar

    I just joined the Challenge and would love for all your readers to drop by my site:

    I would love to add them to my blogroll and hope they can do the same for me.

  146. Hi guys, I just joined today with #8,221,358 :( Hope I’m not too late. But I’m very excited about starting my journey here with Yakezie. Any suggestions, comments, or criticism please let me have it, I’m always strive to improve myself and what I do:)

  147. Doctor Stock

    Hey all… I finally did it… I joined the challenge and I’m excited. I’m looking forward to your input, thoughts, and I’m looking forward to contributing to your development and ideas too.

    Drop me a line!

  148. It’s never to late for a PF party!! Glad I found you! I currently have no rank at all but I hope the rankings kick in soon. See you soon. Karoline

  149. Eric J. Nisall

    Decided that it’s about time I signed on as well. Looking forward to becoming a part of the community!

      1. Eric J. Nisall

        Well Sam, I’ve been thinking about it for a couple of months. To be honest, after slacking for a loooong time on blogging and then rebranding my old blog to the current version, it’s only been about a month. I really wasn’t sure if I was worthy of joining, especially considering who is part of the community, but I figured why not do it so I can learn from the best

  150. I’m going to give it a go and see what happens. Currently ranked 58,227. Not sure what results I can expect, but let’s say 40,000 by the end of the year???

    1. Welcome to the Challenge FMF! 40,000 is a great goal by year end! It’s pretty tough since you are already so low already, but why not! It will be great to have you as a Member come Jan 2012. I’m sure many PF bloggers know who you are already, but I’m sure there are plenty more out there just discovering your site as well.

      See you around the sphere and in the forums! It’s a great place to leverage.

  151. Iain from Smart Dividend Growth

    What a great idea. I’m really excited to start the Yakezie Challenge. Currently I’m ranked 9,637,051 and I’m pretty sure that you break the top 10 M by simply being alive. I know there a huge amount of great talent out there and I’m looking forward to meeting and getting to know the community.

  152. Just getting started on the challenge. My current Alexa Rank is 872127 for my Write and Get Paid blog– which was created to share my knowledge about how to make a living by writing. I also write about finance for MyBankTracker. I am always interested in meeting other bloggers and helping each other meet goals we have set.

  153. World of Finance

    I am excited to start the Yakezie Challenge. Currently, my Alexa Rank is 5,642,857. I look forward to meet new Personal Finance bloggers in the community. If anyone would like to introduce themselves, feel free to contact me as I am excited to meet new bloggers and help others promote their sites.

      1. World of Finance

        Thanks! I’m new to the forum and a little lost with all the layers. Any advice? :)

        1. Yep, methodically break down the layers. Everything good takes work! It’s just about building relationships and staying consistent with your site and help others succeed.

  154. I just started …but am geared up….. My Lexa rank is 11,456,796…. planning to bring this down sooner than later…

  155. Sweet, sounds like a good place to increase ranking! Of course, Alexa only tracks ranking for those that have the toolbar installed, correct? So it doesn’t measure the traffic perfectly?

  156. Hi there! I’m really looking forward to this challenge. As of today, my Alexa rank is 1,346,605. I can’t wait til that number has fewer commas in it!


  157. I’m joining the challenge! My current Alexa rank is #2,703,660, but I’m looking forward to getting in the top 200,000! See you all there!

  158. Starting the challenge! Current Alexa rank of 2,017,539. Hopefully this challenge will help pull my site up into the top 200,000 in Alexa. That would be great!

  159. April Thompson

    Late to the game, but ready to win! Starting at 1,290,448 and inconsistent posting schedule, which ends today! Good luck to all participating!

  160. I joined the Yakezie challenge today and currently sit at 8,726,187 which means I have a long way to go, but i’m up for the challenge you can see my post about the challenge at the name of the blog is I’m Not Sure. looking forward to reading and learning along the way. Making some friends and being part of a community of people with like minded goals and topics.

    Very excited to start this process.

  161. SEO Norwich

    I’ll join too – my current ranks is just shy of 6 million – got plenty of work to do! Might bring the fun back into SEO!

  162. Chris Parsons

    I joined the Yakezie challenge today and introduced myself on the forum. My question is where do I find the articles of the other Yakezie members/challengers to be able to promote them. I see creditcardchasers has a spot on their site with a list, but is there anything else?

  163. Seldom am I IMPRESSED. To tweet this is not doing it justice. Though I think the greater focus should be on your sales conversions regardless of your alexa rankings. I do respect the detail you provided to bloggers around the world. I am going to email you.

    1. Darren, did you ever e-mail me mate? Are you impressed?

      The Alexa Ranking is just a barometer. What’s more important are the relationships we will build and have built within the Yakezie Network.


  164. I love the Yakezie mission. I’m in. Myself and Power Spending co-authors are joining the challenge. Creating a blog section of our site today.

    Current alexa: 655,630.

    200,000… here we come!

    1. Eric, sounds good man. I really appreciate your insight and comments here and on so far. Feel free to utilize the Yakezie Forums for further networking and more info!

    1. Good stuff LaTisha. I’ve been seeing you around with your comments! The Yakezie Forums is a great way to interact with others, so please feel free to spend time there too.


  165. Eventually, I am not working with Alexa because the competitions are high there. I have my own blog, which is ranking good in Google but I have seen it’s also in good positions in Alexa. I have never thought so much about it. But, I obliged to tell you that after reading this article, I would like to start optimizations via Amazon. Thanks for the inspirations.

  166. Andrea @

    Hey I’d like to join! Current rank 7,307,986. Been blogging since July ’10 but made a clean start with a new domain at the end of December. I’ve been checking out tons of other blogs, so cool! I had no idea there was this whole community of PF bloggers out there!

  167. I’m late to the party and far behind! Anyway I’m at #4,593,526.
    Let’s just say there’s room for improvement :)

    Just wondering, should I move from Blogger to my own domain?

      1. Thanks for the advice Sam. I did the first (easiest) step and got a URL.

        Just shopping around for a host. Have been recommended Fat Cow, Blue Host, Hostgator, Stablehost and Dreamhost. But then when I google for complaints there seem to be loads of complaints for all. So confusing! Your thoughts?

  168. Barbara Bryn Klare

    Yikes. I have a ways to go, but ever optimistic. I joined a while ago, but got pulled away. Committing NOW to 6 months of blogging, helping others. Can’t list my rank here until it gets better. ;-)

    Come visit me at or on Twitter (@upsideofmoney) and let me get to know you as well (leave a comment, tweet, what have you).

  169. Well, I just ran across this site and post and felt like it would be a good idea to join the challenge since I am wanting to increase my Alexa rank. I was hoping that I could get in the top 500,000 by the end of 2010 but that didn’t happen. Now as part of the Yakezie challenge, I am striving to move from a rank of 648,006 to be in the top 200,000 by the 1st of July 2011. Wish me luck and thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Hi Kidgas,

      Welcome to the Challenge! The most important part is getting to know your fellow Challengers and future Members. Introduce yourself in the forums is a great first step. Cheers, Sam

  170. Retire Young

    Yay, I’m so excited to join the Challenge! I just started my blog last month. I didn’t know what my focus would be until I found this place. Current rank is 14,093,680.

  171. twentysomethingmoney

    Great post! I wish I had started my personal finance blog sooner so that I could have participated! Oh well, I guess its better late than never — will get there on my own eventually, but this post has given a lot of inspiration.

  172. I finally got around to joining — should have done this long ago. Current rank is 1,772,811. As you say, nothing but upside potential!

      1. Sam, I haven’t quite cracked the top 200,000 yet. I started at 1.7 million in December and am now at 400,000, so I’m moving up quickly, but I’m not there yet. So, I assume that means I should wait before signing up for the Beta Class. Is that right? One of the application questions asks when you broke through the 200,000 barrier. Please advise. Thanks!

        1. Hmmm, tough one. If you have been actively interacting with the other Members, linking back to them with wrap posts, commenting on their blogs and such, you should be able to crack 200,000.

          Give it a final 1-2 month push! Should help with your book too.

  173. Here we go! We just launched our blog over the weekend with 7 articles. I have now gotten my (woeful) Alexa rank – over 23 million! Time to pull those socks up. I have the Yakezie icon on the site now and i’ll write a post tonight. Glad to be on board! (just need to figure out why I can’t create an account – the verification keeps failing for me)

  174. Okay, so I’ve tried to register for the forums 9 different times now. Every time I do it says that I’m entering the Image Validation in correctly. There is no way that I am – 9 times. So I don’t know what to do. =(

  175. I’m in. I’m making my announcement on my blog tomorrow afternoon. It’ll be a challenge to grow from 13,268,504 to under 600,000 in six months, but I’ll see what happens.


      1. Thanks, I’m doing my best by writing for fun. You have made blogging more interesting, though, Sam. I really appreciate the extra motivation by which this challenge produces. I wish I were more involved with Yakezie; I will after the book and grad school is complete in May, trust me.

  176. I write mostly bank reviews about CD Rates. I occasionally will impart some “wisdom” on the economy. Does the site in my sigline qualify? Let me know. I’ve visited some of your blogs over the years and commented.

    cd :O)

  177. Chris Gagner @ SmartPF

    I’m joining the challenge today. Gotta get to at least 200,000 in 6 months. I’m starting at 1,790,984.

  178. Guarantor Loans

    This takes me back. When we first started out 6 years ago we installed the Alexa Tool Bar and very quickly it almost took over our lives. Desperate to get into the top 100,000 we threw everthing at it we finally manage to get to about 98,000 but then as nothing really changed when we got there, we kinda just lost interest and gave up worrying about it.

    However, I might start watching it again as a bit of fun.

    Thanks for injecting a bit of fun back into this sometimes tedious occupation!

  179. Todd | Todd'sWanderings

    Hi Everyone (and Sam),

    I love the idea of the challenge and accept, if you’ll have me. I’m more on the travel lifestyle side of blogging but have started talking about the money side of my site/lifestyle more

    My current alexa ranking is 134,020 and this is perfect motivation I need to help me make the push below the 100,000 mark.

    Looking forward to meeting the community here.


      1. Todd | Todd's Wanderings

        Hey Sam, great! I remember you telling me about this earlier when I was just getting started earlier this year. Great to be a part of this group and I’ll introduce myself and the challenge this week.


  180. Greg McFarlane

    I can’t remember when Control Your Cash joined the challenge – certainly within the last 6 months – and right now we’re sitting at a tantalizingly close #202,489.

  181. I announced my joining of the challenge 2 weeks ago on my blog ) and have just finished all the steps to get started. I have been following many of the challengers for the past few months and I am so excited to be able to connect and share with everyone! My current Alexa ranking is 53,244

  182. Modern Tightwad

    Hello all! Modern Tightwad is joining on the Yakezie Challenge (I’m always last to the party). My alexa rank is 1,537,024. I’m very much looking forward to working and visiting with everyone. I’ve been writing on Modern Tightwad for a little over a year now, but am excited to actually start working on the blog. We need your anti-burnout support! :)

  183. I just started my blog last week and right now I am at “no rank.”
    Is there any other way to start a challenge?
    I just put Yakezie badge on my blog. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about personal finance and blogging for me.

  184. Hello everyone!
    WE – – have officially joined the Yakezie Challenge as of today! Our current Alexa rank is 202.397. We look forward to meeting, interacting, sharing and growing with all of you!

    Ted Jenkin, CFP®,
    Co-CEO and Founder oXYGen Financial, Inc. &

  185. I am in as of today. My rank is #342,592. Looking forward to networking with some fellow pf bloggers!

  186. Kevin @

    Thanks for starting this challenge. This is great motivation for me, and I’m sure for lots of other people. My current rank is #10,374,175. With a little hard work, I’m sure I can get that below #200,000 in six months.

    Wish me luck everyone!

      1. Kevin @

        That was me singing. Took me a whole weekend of audio editing to take it from awful to acceptable. :)

  187. Really need a push to get me out of my comfort zone and i believe this challenge will do. Have been watching it for a while but i finally gave myself the needed push to join. Am in and as of today my Alexa ranking is 7,802,396 and my Yakezie badge has been installed. I’ll do a post soon on my blog

    I know i have a lot of work to do but am really excited to be part of this.

  188. I am very excited to join the Yakezie Challenge. I think I am the only blogger from the UK.
    As of today my ranking is 1,440,340 and I am sure we can do better than that.

    Onwards and upwards!

  189. Hi,

    Here’s an update from us.

    We’re continuing to move up the rankings and are now at position 1,758,000. Obviously still a long, long way to go but at least we’re headed in the right direction. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our site.

  190. The Financial Blogger

    Just took the decision to join the Yakezie challenge with 3 of my blogs.

    Since I have never considered Alexa ranking, this will be a great challenge!
    Here are my numbers as of today:

    The Financial Blogger: 163,498
    The Dividend Guy Blog: 256,261
    Green Panda Treehouse: 263,187

    I definitely have a lot of work in front of me!

    Thx Sam for putting us up for a great challenge!

  191. Yay.. I have been watching this for a while reluctantly to join. I wasn’t sure if I could keep up the blogging religiously but I have did it for the last few months. So, I am ready to commit. Publicly. I will still have to work out the badge in the right place on my site.. Alexa 3,517,029

  192. I learned about this recently and think its a great idea! Count me in1

    As of today my Alexa Rank is 4,758,048 and while I have a way to go I have been seeing a steady increase in traffic. While my blog isn’t directly a PF blog it is what I would call a tech/productivity lifestyle blog.

    What better way to make money than by becoming more efficient and effective!

    I look forward to interacting with the network and showing and receiving some “link love” while we share our ideas.

  193. I just started my personal finance blog last month and I am really interested to reach that 200,000 Alexa ranking goal. I think this challenge will really help me. Count me is as well. As of 9/5/2010, my Alexa ranking is at 5,888,869.

  194. Penny Frugalista

    Count me in for the challenge! Starting at 1,091,440 Alexa ranking. Announcement will be on the blog on Tuesday.

  195. All roads seem to lead me back to this site! You have done well on promoting the Yakezie challenge. We are just under 200k, as of yesterday was at 185k but our goal is to be well under 100k by the beginning of the year (2011). I know its possible with the pointers you have given! Thanks

  196. Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

    just an added thought on Alexa – last fall i had the opportunity to attend a google hosted forum for adsense earners in california. the consistent message i heard was that alexa gives you the “rank” of the website or blog within the realm of keywords that it targets. many still think that a rank of 200,000 means their site is the 200,000th ranked site out of the millions online. however, the 200k represents the rank within that website’s niche only. that said, webmasters did mention that achieving ranks under 300k is a solid accomplishment and usually means the site is making a healthy income (if monetized appropriately)

    looking forward to participating in the challenge down the road.

    1. Those are interesting thoughts Sunil. Basically the goal is to compete in a challenge (Alexa) which has an algorithm that bakes in many variables. There is a correlation to traffic and page rank and all that stuff the lower your ranking goes. Look forward to seeing you around consistently in the network and reaching your goal!

  197. Hi, I just installed the badge and I’m not quite sure… Maybe I missed above. This is still on-going, right?

  198. I have tried the 3 blog posts a week strategy on my own private blog yet it still never gets me more visitors! I think blog post titles have a lot to do with people finding your blog and my blog posts must just not be interesting enough!

  199. Thanks again for stopping by my site, Sam!

    I thought about joining a while back but didn’t. I did start following the suggestions though and bumped up my Alexa ranking a good bit. But I’m officially joining now, and my Alexa ranking is at 225,269 today. I’ll announce it on my site this Friday!

    1. Sounds great bsimple! Welcome to the challenge! I think you’re going to find it a great experience and meet a lot of great people. Going to write an updatee on on Wed, Aug 18th so stay tuned. In the meantime, hope to see you around the network and building relationships!

  200. Guarantor Loans

    There are some absolutely great tips here – I too should use twitter more and i had totally forgot about the widget to “re-tweet” – must get on that…thanks for posting!

  201. JoeTaxpayer

    @ David H.

    One thought for you is to link to fellow Yakezie’s posts, whether in a round-up or when your write a new one keep the list

    handy and link to one or two posts that add to your writing.

    Since joining, I’ve gone from 191K to 106K, really pleased with the results.

  202. Just saw this challenge after reading Budgeting in the Fun Stuff! I’m a new blogger in the PF community, but I’m in! Thanks for the inspiration and continued success to you and all the 1st pagers on the Wisebread Top 100. I hope to be there sooner than later so look out! :)

  203. All very good tips. Really, the more you give, the more that comes back to you. Think about this when looking for opportunities, guest posting, etc.

    It’s tough, but if you stick with it, you will get there! It’s hard to be EVERYWHERE, but that’s what it takes to make it to the op. I would also add to make a list of sites that you like that are related to yours, and visit them at the very least, once a week, and comment often. They will eventually take notice and you will notice your stats go higher and higher.

  204. Hi,

    I just wanted to give you a quick update. Last week we signed up for the Alexa challenge with a very poor 10,000,000 ranking. This week we’re at 3,595,786, a massive improvement. Thanks to everyone who has visited our site.

    Aside from visiting the blogs of the people who have commented here, is there anything else we should be doing?


    Please follow us on Twitter: SEOpod

  205. Jessica Bosari

    What a powerful and compelling post! You kept my attention right through to the end. You’re so right about the money. You can’t care about it. What’s really interesting is that as soon as you give up trying so hard to meet financial goals, the money starts coming in faster. What could be better than that? The more fun you have at your job, the more money you make! The hard part is surviving the first two years financially. While not signing up on the challenge, I’ll definitely be installing the toolbar and watching your progress!

  206. Danny @ Frugal Quack


    Had been hearing alot about the Yakezie Challenge, super excited to be a part of it.


  207. Khaleef @ KNS Financial

    I would love to be a part of this challenge. I thought it was too late until I read the recap and see that it is just beginning!

    When I first installed the toolbar (sometime last week, I think) my rank was 1,704,000 (rounding the last 3 digits). Today it is 828,363.

  208. I am one of those that started blogging a while ago, but got off track and took some time off. I am back to blogging semi-regularly and looking forward to the challenge.

    Current stats show that I have a 629,450 world wide ranking and 141,435 US ranking. Will post my ‘coming out’ article this week.

  209. So curious – where do we stand on the challenge? It’s after July 4 – are we continuing on?

    If not, I appreciated the challenge, no question. :) I just wonder about our Alexa rankings at this point: if we all visited each other’s blogs with our toolbars intact, etc., that’s great, right? But isn’t it artificial rank-inflation that would necessarily end when the challenge ended? The average Joe reading our blogs probably doesn’t have the toolbar installed… right? :\

    I’ll be curious to see what others of you think – this has been crazy-helpful and instructional for me, but I’m curious about the long-term benefits (if there are any) and how to keep our mojo, well… mojo’ing. :)

    1. Hi Sue, post coming up next week. It’s all about relationship building. Hopefully you have built some good relationships over the couse of the challenge, which should help propel you forward. Stay tuned.