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Beat Alexa 200K – How I Did It


8:49 pm
November 21, 2013



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Today I noticed my blog has an Alexa rank of 175,994. Today was a good day.

I have come a long way since I found Yakezie (my Alexa rank was over 550K when I decided to get in on this great site) and I wanted to share a little bit about how I managed to make my rank fall. I know most of us are here for ideas and support to help grow our own blogs. I hope I can provide at least a little insight.

When I first started trying to defeat the Yakezie challenge I had no clue what I was doing (I am still fumbling around quite a bit). Even though this site tells you specifically how to get to that under 200K Alexa rank goal I didn't really take the advice to heart. After awhile finding no success and struggling to stay motivated I just started trying different things to see if they would work. 

And they did work, at least enough to lower my rank. I started doing the following and saw results immediately:

  • Commenting on Other Related Blogs - This is the biggest thing I would recommend to anyone joining the Yakezie challenge. Not only do you get to meet all these great people who are doing the same thing you are you are actively helping others create successful blogs. Comments make a blog owner feel accomplished and provide a great motivation to keep up the hard work of posting day in and day out. Comments make posts more interesting and add new information. They also connect you to other people interested in the same things you are. These people are your customers, and commenting is a free and easy way to find your customers. Not to mention you get links back to your blog. I would say more than half of the people reading my blog come from comments I have made, and nearly all the connections I have made with others have been through comments. 
  • Share other people's posts - I usually share at least everything I comment on, and one good days I share a lot more through social networks. My favorite it Twitter because it is easy for me to share a ton. By sharing you get other people interested in returning the favor. They will start sharing your stuff and slowly but surely more people will find their way to your site. My traffic from Twitter has grown 10X and continues higher each and every day (especially on a day I share a lot of stuff). 
  • Interact with your visitors - It is a good idea to reply to nearly every comment your blog receives. People are more likely to post a comment if they know you will read it and respond. Plus this adds great content and interaction to your posts (no to mention boosts those comment numbers). People are more likely to come back and comment again if they know their work will get noticed. 
  • Update your blog - This is actually the hardest part but one of the more important aspects. You have to post good stuff for people to read. Commenting will get other bloggers to come and visit your site, but you need them to come back more than once to push that Alexa needle lower. I generally try to update my blog at least twice a week, but I feel like the minimum should be weekly. I have a full time job and go to school so I know it can be done. 
That is basically all I did and it happened. It wasn't easy and I did spend a good amount of time doing the above four things but the happiness of knowing I reached a goal is more than enough to make it worth it. 
Just thought I would share and hopefully some of you will have some good ideas to add to this list. 

Levi Blackman

5:46 am
November 22, 2013

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Thanks for sharing your tips, Levi. How long did it take you to go from 500K to 175K?

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8:02 am
November 22, 2013



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Congrats on your success! These are great tips!

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9:16 am
November 22, 2013



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Well done!! It's been great having you in the community.


1:53 am
November 23, 2013



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Good work wealthnote and thanks for the tips!

2:41 pm
November 23, 2013

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Great work! Seems like you've got a great strategy! 

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5:11 pm
November 23, 2013

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Great tips and congrats on the early success!

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5:12 pm
November 23, 2013

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Great tips and congrats on the early success!

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8:24 pm
November 23, 2013



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Nice tips, Levi. They are definitely key to increasing traffic to your blog and to bringing down your Alexa score.

10:37 am
November 24, 2013



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HappySimpleLiving said:

Thanks for sharing your tips, Levi. How long did it take you to go from 500K to 175K?

It took me about 2 months of serious work using the things I listed above. I started over 8 months ago but had a sort of a false start (life got in the way). It's amazing how supportive people around here are…but you must put in the work before hand. Most bloggers around here are very busy and will only give you the time of day if you are actually working hard to create something worthwhile. 

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1:23 pm
November 24, 2013



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Nice! Congratulations, and thanks for the advice.

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4:26 pm
November 24, 2013

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Great work Levi, you're a quick study! Best wishes for more success.

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5:04 pm
November 26, 2013




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Nice Job and thanks for the tips!

5:37 am
November 27, 2013

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Congrats and thanks for sharing Levi!

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6:03 am
November 27, 2013



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You nailed it!  Pretty much how I did it two (or was it three) years back!  Congratulations!

5:00 pm
December 1, 2013

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Thanks so much for giving back and sharing with us how you achieved your goal! 

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6:43 pm
December 1, 2013



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Awesome job Levi! Those are basically the same strategies that worked for me.

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6:51 pm
December 1, 2013


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Noticed this thread after a long absence from this forum. Well done Levi and everyone else that cracked Alexa in last months or so. Keep up the good work


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8:02 am
December 2, 2013

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Congrats!! Thanks for sharing your tips! :)

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