Yakezie Membership Application Form – 2H2013

Yakezie Eta Class (7th) 2H2013

by in Featured on Sep 3rd, 2013


Greetings all Challengers! For those of you who joined the challenge before February 15, 2013 please fill out the questionnaire to be considered a Yakezie Eta Class Member. If you are within 30 days short of the six month period, you should still apply for consideration as this process takes about a month. If you are beyond 30 days short, please wait for the next class.

The 33 questions will likely take anywhere from 15-30 minutes so please save your work and scroll down to the very bottom and click submit. The questionnaire will be open until September 14, 2013. To help ensure everyone submits before the deadline, I’d like for every Challenger to ping another Challenger to fill out the form. Late submissions will not be accepted given the amount of logistics this process entails.

The Yakezie Membership committee will review each application and send out notifications by end of September to begin writing a Member Post or continue the challenge for the next class. If there are some holes in your application, please use the time until the deadline to work on your holes.


Frugal Portland Hits the Big Time

Yakezie Zeta Class

by in Featured on Mar 25th, 2013

Oh, hi.

You look adorable. Every single one of you. Did you do something to your hair? Is that a new shirt?

What a great looking bunch!

I’d like to thank all the little people who helped me get to where I was today. Wait, no, wrong acceptance speech. Let’s try this again.

Stage One: Young Grasshopper

It was with some trepidation that I joined the Yakezie challenge almost exactly one year ago. I’d been writing several times a week, and I was starting to find my voice. Some of the nice voices inside my computer (which, by the way, is how crazy starts) were telling me to join the challenge at Yakezie. As some of you probably know, that entire sentence could have been in Mandarin for all I understood. So, the voices sent links.

And the voices inside my computer were some of the nicest voices I’d ever heard. If I’m going crazy, it sure is pleasant. It took me a long time to realize that they were, in fact, linked to real, live, breathing people who I was happy to consider my friends. But that took a long time. At first, they were just little cute pictures with nicely worded pieces of advice.

One of the first things Sam ever typed to me was something along the lines of, “Wow, I’ve never seen a blog with two different captchas, you might want to consider changing that so that people can actually comment on your posts,” and I was sort of starstruck. You remember how girls used to swoon at Beatles concerts? Me neither, but I’ve seen the pictures, and I have to be honest, it was a little like that when the cool kids started commenting. Read More

Celebrating The Diversity Of The Yakezie Network

Welcome New Yakezie Challenger Class (Zeta)

by in Featured on Feb 18th, 2013

How diverse is your diversity committee? Not very, was the case with an old employer’s first attempt at spearheading diversity in the workplace. There were no women or minorities on the committee. We all knew the intention was good, but we couldn’t help but be reminded of the irony every single month the Diversity Newsletter was sent. This was back in 2000.

For better or for worse, there have been a lot of leadership changes in finance since 2000. In 2003, Stanley O’Neal was the first African American to be named Chairman & CEO of Merrill Lynch. Sallie Krawcheck became CEO of Bank of America in 2009 for a couple years. Meanwhile, Abigail Johnson assumed the Presidency of Fidelity Investments late last year.

If there ever was an “old boys’ club” breeding ground, finance was it. Have a read of Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis if you want to get a further glimpse of how things worked in the old days. More than a decade later, the undiverse diversity committee I once knew finally reflected the people of the industry.


Welcome Yakezie Epsilon Challengers!

Dear Yakezie Epsilon Challengers,

Has it been over 6 months already?  Yes it has!  Congrats for almost making it through the Yakezie Challenge where you’ve each strived to develop great blogs and new friendships in our online community.  There’s only one thing left, and that is signing up and making sure we know who you are.

The Yakezie Challenge is open to all who desire to be a part of a collaborative community of bloggers. Once you are a Member, you will be listed on the official Yakezie Blog Network page and gain exclusive access to various Yakezie initiatives.  Our mission is to help our readers, help each other, support educational efforts through our Yakezie Writing Contest, and have a fantastic time in the process!


The Yakezie Value Proposition

A United Nation Of Bloggers

by in Personal Finance on Mar 30th, 2012

There are hundreds of millions of websites around the world, with thousands more sprouting up every day.  With such a crowded field, it’s vital to have a value proposition for your visitors to explain why your site is unique.  If you want your readership to grow, you must continue to provide fresh content, good customer experience, and something differentiated from your competitors.

With the whimsical ways of the web, I’ve thought long and hard about what makes Yakezie.com and the Yakezie Network special.  As far as I can tell, there is no other free blogging network as dynamic or as large as ours.  But being free and large is not all that matters.  Please have a look and share what else I might be missing.


Welcome Yakezie Delta Class Challengers!

Enter The Year Of The Dragon

by in Personal Finance on Jan 22nd, 2012

Dear Yakezie Delta Challengers,

Has it been over 6 months already?  Yes it has!  Congrats on making it through the Yakezie Challenge, where you’ve each strived to develop great blogs and new friendships in our online community.

The Yakezie Challenge is open to all who desire to be a part of a collaborative community of bloggers. Once you are a Member, you will be listed on the official Yakezie Blog Network page and gain exclusive access to various Yakezie initiatives.  Our mission is to help our readers, help each other, support educational efforts through our Yakezie Writing Contest, and have a fantastic time in the process!


Welcome Yakezie Gamma Class!

Yakezie Delta Class Challenge Window Is Also Open

by in Featured on Jul 11th, 2011

Dear Yakezie Gamma Class Challengers,

The Yakezie Gamma Class sign-up page is now live!  I hope all of you have had a wonderful time getting to know your fellow Challengers and Members, while pushing yourselves to write consistent content on your respective blogs.  The official Gamma Class window was from Dec 1, 2010 to March 1, 2011.  However, it usually takes about 2 months or longer, depending on the class size and editorial calendar to publish all Member posts.  Hence, those who’ve joined in April are also welcome to the Gamma Class.  Everybody must go through a 6 month Challenge period to make everything equal.

It’s been great getting to know many of you during this time period and I’m sure you folks feel the same way.  All of you have seen your blogs grow quickly thanks to your consistent posting schedule and selfless support of others.  Our philosophy has always been that it is better to give than to receive and it is our culture that makes us who we are. 


Google Updates PageRank And The Yakezie Rises

The Growth of Yakezie Around The World

by in Featured on Jun 29th, 2011

At last.  Sometime in the latter half of June 2011, Google finally updated their PageRank system to the delight of many of us here at the Yakezie.  It’s been a long road for many of you who have been stuck with a 0 PageRank for months.  But, never one to lay down and roll over, we as a group collectively managed to elevate the importance of mozRank in the website ranking ecosystem.  Not only did we implement mozRank as a key metric for the Yakezie Blog Network list, we wrote posts describing the merits of the system which updates much more frequently, and have also convinced advertisers to use the metric as well.

I am extremely proud of all of you who stuck it through and got bumped up.  Instead of giving up, you kept on producing good content, linking out to each other, and sharing each others words.  A few of you have seen a loss of a PR point which doesn’t make sense.  Meanwhile, some of the less active bloggers achieved a PR of 5 or 6, which is excellent, but also quite curious as well.  Often times, there is no rhyme or reason to Google’s blackbox Pagerank system, but it is what it is.  Collectively, the entire Network wins, and if the Network wins, each individual Member wins as well given the increased authority and confluence of proposals that come our way.

Just looking at the Yakezie Blog Network list now, I am absolutely blown away by how excellent all of our sites are.  It’s one thing to have a list of personal finance bloggers, but it’s another thing to have a list of extremely impactful bloggers that know each other and collaborate!


  • Untemplater: Congrats on getting so many consecutive features on Google News! That’s phenomenal! Writing on...
  • Untemplater: You nailed it. I also believe great marketing is very helpful in the beginning but it’s really...
  • Jamie: Awesome insights thanks! I’ve been a big fan of Sam’s for years. Really exciting that he’s...
  • Untemplater: There are so many overpriced ecourses online it’s crazy. They use very aggressive marketing tactics to...
  • Andy: Thousand-dollar e-courses are a total scam. You can learn everything online for free. Shame on people who sell...
  • Untemplater: There are a lot of bloggers out there who focus on small stuff like should you or should you not spend...
  • Derek: It’s fascinating how some bloggers continue to just mindlessly pump out affiliate content. It’s clear they are...
  • Untemplater: Lots of valid points! So true that bloggers are a minority of overall readership, so blogging to much...
  • Bingo: You are spot on. Most of our bloggers are white people living on the coasts, where half the population of...
  • Financial Samurai: Hi Jim – Nice to hear from you. It was too much work running Yakezie. Too many people wanted...

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