September 21, 2010, 5:00 am

Alexa Ranking – Another Challenge!

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Alternative Income,Make Money Online
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That’s it! I’m up for a new challenge!

Over the past summer, my partner and I have been working on several projects. Now that we are done talking, it’s time to get serious about our blogging progress ;-).

We have each initiated a mailing list (if you haven’t done it yet, you must register in the right column of this blog 😉 ). Our first challenge was to bring them to 1,000 subscribers. Within a couples of months, Intelligent Speculator has 571 subscribers while The Financial Blogger has 408. He started first and I was pretty far behind him at the beginning. I was about to reach his subscription total (I was only 50 short at one point) and he did a very good job being mentioned on several websites recently. This is why he seems to be moving towards the 1,000 mark easily as if I wasn’t in the competition anymore.

But don’t worry, I’ll double my efforts to get more visibility for my newsletter and I’m sure I’ll be back in the hunt soon ;-). The reaction to my mailing list is very positive so far as I don’t have many people unsubscribing. I hope to provide quality content and useful advice both on the economy and how to manage an online company!

Alexa Ranking; another challenge

I was curious about an important phenomenon initiated by Sam at Financial Samurai. He created The Yakezie Network and the Alexa Ranking Challenge.

I had never bothered with my Alexa Ranking so far and I noticed I was pretty bad at it. Here is my ranking as of September 13th, the day I decided to join the challenge:

The Financial Blogger:          163,498

The Dividend Guy Blog:                256,261

Green Panda Treehouse:      263,187

The challenge is more than just breaking a number and being ranked on Alexa. It is about helping other blogs to reach their objectives. That said, I got a great push from Evan at My Journey To Millions. While I am currently helping him improve his blog, he directed me through the Yakezie challenge and got me a few tips to boost my ranking (hopefully it will workout 😉 ).

Since I wanted in for a real challenge, my goal is to break the top 100,000 for all 3 of my sites (and challenging my friend at Intelligent Speculator to do the same 😉 ).

What is pretty frustrating is to see how general advice is to improve your Alexa ranking:

#1 get the toolbar

#2 produce quality content

#3 add Alexa widget (ranking or traffic info)

#4 have your readers to get the toolbar (this is how your ranking goes up!)

#5 get stumbled or dugg

#6 have links from other bloggers

#7 create content for webmasters

#8 comment on other blogs

#9 basically, read blogging 101 and do your job 😉

Alexa ranking; back to basics

The only thing I have realized with this Alexa ranking challenge is that I need to go back to basics a little bit and communicate with other bloggers. Commenting was part of my daily routine… a while ago! I’ll now try to do it a little more often and get my sites in the ranks so I can join the Yakezies 😉

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Comments

Good luck in getting all 3 in the Alexa top 100,000. Once you reach your goal your sites should be more valuable and desirable if you ever want to sell them later.

Good challenge no doubt, best of luck! But I think many question the accuracy of Alexa so is it worth the effort?

Good luck with the contests! It’s funny how the contest takes us back to the basics of blogging. Sometimes we get so big, we forget all about the things we did to get there

I got your back! If I can do it you can do it!

Welcome to the Challenge! Getting all three under 100,000 will be quite an accomplishment!

Come visit the Forums and introduce yourself to the other Challengers when you get a chance!

Best,

Sam

Reading blogs and commenting is fun =) You learn more and also get a chance to get more article ideas flowing.

Glad you’re in on the challenge- I know it did me wonders!

Good luck with getting all three blogs under 100,000K =)

by: The Financial Blogger | September 22nd, 2010 (7:10 am)

I know it’s going to be a huge challenge (to have 3 of them under 100K) but I’ll start with TFB and see how it goes after that 😉

@Sam,
I’m going on the forum today!

That’s right I totally forgot about Alexa.. thanks for the reminder.. Chrome toolbar (small button) installed!!

Welcome to the Yakezie Mike!

by: The Financial Blogger | September 22nd, 2010 (2:57 pm)

@IS,
I agree with you that Alexa is not accurate at all, but a challenge is a challenge 😉

Since I just have to go back to blogging basics to reach my goal, I guess it worth the effort 😉