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7:53 pm
February 28, 2011


insightfulmoney

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Hello Yakezie members!

My name is Dan and I just started my personal finance blog Insightful Money. I am excited to attempt the Yakezie Challenge over the next six months! I have a couple of questions, if you veteran members have a chance:

1. I've read some blog posts about Alexa ranking. Do I need to concern myself about doing anything to improve this- or should I just focus on writing frequent, quality content, and interacting with members of this community?

2. I see interactions happening with Yakezie members on this forum, on Twitter, and on individual blogs. If you had to designate percentages, i.e. 33/33/33 how should I balance my time (not including working on my blog)?

3. Do you think there is any desire for personal finance videos? I was contemplating creating a video series, but wasn't sure if that would be a good idea for the core of the content on my site, or rather just an extra idea to get to later at some point. Any thoughts?

Thank you for your time, and I look forward to reading from the Yakezie community!

Dan

10:21 pm
February 28, 2011


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Welcome Insightful Money! You may want  to repost in the Yakezie Challengers Forum.

 

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2:35 am
March 1, 2011


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5:20 am
March 1, 2011


My Personal Finance Journey

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posts 3159

Hi Dan! Welcome to the group! 

1. I would recommend familiarizing yourself with Alexa a little bit. At the very least, you'll want to link Alexa to your site so that you can have a traffic ranking. That's the whole aspect of the "getting below 200k Alexa ranking in 6 month" part of the Yakezie challenge. You can install it on your site at the link below.

http://www.alexa.com/register?……alexa.com

2. I probably spend about 30% of my blogging time with the Yakezie. It definitely has paid off to get involved here!

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5:24 am
March 1, 2011


brokeprofessionals

New Jersey

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posts 91

Welcome!  I think a good mix is 50% developing your site through promotion, developing the theme, etc., and then 50% writing content.  You definitely have to do both, in my opinion.  If you write great content but do not promote then you may never be found.  If you write bad content and promote all day you will never develop any sort of base following.  Also, google search may come along slowly, it really has for me and I have a newer site.

10:59 am
March 1, 2011


Jackie

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posts 664

Welcome! I like your site design — it's snazzy.  I think as far as Alexa goes, installing the toolbar and doing the other things you've mentioned will probably have it take care of itself. You may want to leave reviews in Alexa for others too. There's a thread somewhere where people are doing that. I'm not sure on the time balance question, but I'll be interested to see other's opinions. I do think there's probably a market for personal finance videos, especially if you also provide access to transcripts.

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11:12 am
March 1, 2011


TheYOLOBlog

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posts 164

Welcome to Yakezie and thanks for your compelling questions. I was interested to read everyone's answers because I, too, am fairly new to Yakezie. Your website design is clean and simple and I look forward to reading your posts. (I just followed you on Twitter, too.)  The videos sound like a great idea; do you plan to post them to both YouTube and your site?  I just read last month how YouTube is the top visited site for smart phone users. Heck, even the Queen is on YouTube! Best of luck to you with your new website.

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11:14 am
March 1, 2011


JT_McGee

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posts 723

Welcome to the fun Cool

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11:59 am
March 1, 2011


insightfulmoney

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posts 3

Thanks to everyone for your responses and encouragagement!

 

It's great to see what everyone is doing to maximize your time and avoid burnout.

@HappySimple, Yes, I think I would post them both to Youtube and on my site. It would take substantially longer to create a video than a blog post, but I figure creating a couple of videos a month would be a nice resource. I enjoy the CommonCraft "In Plain English" style videos, and might use a similar style.

 

@Jackie and MyPersonalFinance, thanks for the Alexa help- it's a foreign concept to me :)

1:49 pm
March 1, 2011


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posts 617

Welcome to the group insightfulmoney!!

7:19 am
March 2, 2011


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posts 910

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8:43 am
March 2, 2011


Eric – PersonalProfitability.com

Portland, OR

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posts 2120

Welcome to the party Dan!

1. I've read some blog posts about Alexa ranking. Do I need to concern myself about doing anything to improve this- or should I just focus on writing frequent, quality content, and interacting with members of this community?

  • I would focus on quality content on a regular schedule and networking. The traffic stats will come naturally if you do that.

2. I see interactions happening with Yakezie members on this forum, on Twitter, and on individual blogs. If you had to designate percentages, i.e. 33/33/33 how should I balance my time (not including working on my blog)?

  • Everyone has their own formula. I do most of my Yakezie interaction here and through blog comments.

3. Do you think there is any desire for personal finance videos? I was contemplating creating a video series, but wasn't sure if that would be a good idea for the core of the content on my site, or rather just an extra idea to get to later at some point. Any thoughts?

  • Videos (or anything fresh and unique) can be a great addition to your site, but only if they are high quality

9:26 am
March 3, 2011


LaTisha @YoungFinances

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posts 1715

Welcome to the challenge!

 

When I first started the challenge I gave myself a schedule of commenting at least once on the Yakezie main page and at least 3 comments on other blogs. I would bookmark blogs and visit each day.

 

But I've meet so many cool fellow bloggers and have a few of my favorites that I don't really think of it so calculated any more. I would say that you should devote 40% of your time to creating good content. I usually spend a few hours on Saturday writing my posts for the upcoming week. Then 20% of your time learning to better your blog and SEO and all that stuff. Then about 40% of your time networking and commenting on other blogs. You'll see your Alexa ranking drop pretty quickly. Especially if you encourage your regular readers to install the toolbar.

 

A video series would be a good way to increase time on site, but I agree with Eric, they should be high quality. No need to reduce the credibility you've already built with the amazing site design!

LaTisha 

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7:38 pm
March 3, 2011


Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

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posts 362

welcome Sir, glad to see folks taking advantage of opportunities

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11:15 am
March 5, 2011


SavingMentor

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posts 217

Welcome to the challenge! I too am a fan of your clean site design, nice choice you made there. Did you have to pay much for it, or did you just find the template somewhere?

I'm not very good at balancing my time, so I'm not going to attempt to comment on that :)

2:20 pm
March 5, 2011


Budgeting in the Fun Stuff

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posts 3048

Welcome!

1. I've read some blog posts about Alexa ranking. Do I need to concern myself about doing anything to improve this- or should I just focus on writing frequent, quality content, and interacting with members of this community?

I personally wanted to succeed in some stat when I first started and Alexa is one you can improve very quickly.  As long as you stay active with Yakezie, you will see your ranking improve fast.  I have also done weekly Alexa updates on Sundays for almost a year now which really seems to help.

2. I see interactions happening with Yakezie members on this forum, on Twitter, and on individual blogs. If you had to designate percentages, i.e. 33/33/33 how should I balance my time (not including working on my blog)?

Other than actually working on my blog or answering blog emails, I spend 40% on Yakezie, 40% commenting at other sites, and 20% of my time writing staff writer and guest posts.  Here's my daily blogging schedule – http://www.crystalclearthought…..o-do-list/  and this is my overall blogging schedule – http://www.crystalclearthought…..-schedule/

3. Do you think there is any desire for personal finance videos? I was contemplating creating a video series, but wasn't sure if that would be a good idea for the core of the content on my site, or rather just an extra idea to get to later at some point. Any thoughts?

I really don't know.  I do know a bunch of people seem to enjoy podcasts and videos…I'm just an old-fashioned read-only gal myself.  I am sure you can always find a niche.

Good luck!  Let me know if there is any way I can help.  BFS (my site) is always accepting guest posts.  :-)

Crystal

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