Yakezie Update: We Made It!

05 Sep Yakezie Update: We Made It!

Over the last few months I’ve been talking about the Yakezie Challenge and keeping you updated on our progress. I’m happy to say we’ve completed the challenge and are now members of the Yakezie bloggers network.

What that means is we blogged consistently 2-4 times a week for the last six (eight) months and spent a lot of time selflessly promoting others (specifically other Yakezie bloggers and challengers). The six-month challenge period is all about building relationships and helping other blogs grow.

The key metric for success in the Yakezie is the Alexa traffic ranking. Our goal when we started was to get our Alexa ranking under 200,000. Today we’re at a nice 142,589 and dropping. Keep in mind that we started the Yakezie Challenge with a ranking in the 600,000 range.

It’s been a lot of fun to watch that metric continuously improve. One drawback of this scoring system is it only measures traffic from visitors who have the Alexa toolbar installed. (Hint: if you like our blog, please install the Alexa toolbar to help us out a little bit. Thanks!) Having said that, the challenge was about a lot more than just the Alexa ranking.

So we made it. Now what? I wrote my member post and it went live a few days ago. In the member post, I told my story and how I became a financial coach, blogger and podcaster. Now I will contribute posts to the main Yakezie site on a somewhat regular basis, and continue to promote other members and challengers.

Was it worth it? With my schedule, it was very hard to keep up with the demands of the Yakezie. Not that it was the written requirements. Those were easy. I had trouble keeping up with promoting everyone that was promoting me! Since it’s such a great group of awesome bloggers, I felt a lot of pressure to keep producing the highest quality content and promoting those other great blogs. It wasn’t easy but it was definitely worth it.

I’ve built some relationships and made some friends. I’ve found some new blogs I like reading and I’ve found some inspiration in others’ writings. Not to mention all the tech support I’ve received in the last few months. Yes, our blog grew tremendously, but that was the side effect.

If you’ve got a personal finance or lifestyle blog and you want it to grow, I definitely recommend you take the Yakezie challenge. Today.


  • krantcents
    Posted at 10:22h, 05 September


  • Sam
    Posted at 10:40h, 05 September

    Congrats on your success Matt! We look forward to your contined and long lasting involvement!

    You are welcome to participate in the private forums as well.

    Best, Sam

    • Matt Wegner
      Posted at 20:00h, 05 September

      Thanks so much Sam! Still need to interview you for the podcast. I’ll be getting back to you to schedule a date.

  • World of Finance
    Posted at 22:49h, 05 September

    Congrats on your success Matt! 🙂

    • Matt Wegner
      Posted at 05:35h, 06 September

      Thank you!

  • retirebyforty
    Posted at 14:08h, 06 September

    Congratulation! Great job on your member post as well.

    • Matt Wegner
      Posted at 10:11h, 07 September

      Thanks! I appreciate the feedback.

  • Marie at FamilyMoneyValues
    Posted at 18:54h, 06 September

    Congrats Matt! I’m hoping to join you in October!

    • Matt Wegner
      Posted at 10:48h, 07 September

      Thanks Marie. Looking forward to welcoming you then!

  • Matt B.
    Posted at 20:54h, 06 September

    I was going to say “You Can Do It!”, but since you already did it…
    You Can Did It!


    • Matt Wegner
      Posted at 11:00h, 07 September

      Ha! That made me laugh. I done did it!

  • Ben @ BankAim
    Posted at 16:42h, 09 September

    Congrats on making it! I see you at 136k today. Blogging 2-4 times a week for 6 months is hard to do!

    • Matt Wegner
      Posted at 11:01h, 10 September

      Yes it is. Hard to stop, too, once you’ve done it for so long.

  • Aaron Hung @ Discussing finances
    Posted at 18:57h, 12 September

    Sorry kinda late but congrats!! hehe I’ll catch up soon 😀

    • Matt Wegner
      Posted at 19:21h, 12 September

      You’re not far behind Aaron. Keep it up!