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 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:
#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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