Way back in March, I posted about joining the Yakezie Challenge. The Yakezie Network is a group of personal finance bloggers who promote and support each other to help all of our blogs become successful. The Challenge involves a commitment to blogging at least twice a week for six months in hopes of achieving an Alexa ranking (one of many systems used to rate websites) of less than 200,000. Challengers must also commit to participate in the Yakezie community and promote other members and challengers.
When I started the Challenge, no one had ever heard of my blog. My Alexa ranking was over 10 million. (For reference, Google is ranked #1 and Twitter is #9.) That ranking showed that, basically, if the internet consisted only of So Over Debt and pictures of fingernail clippings, people would have chosen fingernail clippings.
Today, I’m proud to say that my Alexa ranking has dropped to 124,292. For a six-month old blog, that’s super impressive! And it’s all because other Yakezies have been kind enough to link to my site, retweet my tweets, allow me to guest post, and tolerate my rambling on the Yakezie forums. It’s also because people like you have visited my site, commented on posts, and subscribed to my RSS feed.
Getting to my Point
This morning, my official Member Post was posted on the Yakezie blog. This is one of the final requirements to go from Challenger to Member. While my six months isn’t quite up yet, this post shows that So Over Debt will be accepted into Yakezie’s Gamma Class. This is a huge honor and something I’m very proud to announce. I’m also freaking out a little – there’s a lot of pressure to write a decent post, and of course every time I look at it I find something I could have changed. Not thinking about that, though; I’m just happy to be part of such an amazing blogging community and see the progress I’ve made since I joined in March.
So celebrate with me! Enter my $25 giveaway if you haven’t already, check out my Yakezie Member Post, and hang around for another giveaway coming in a few weeks! There’s a lot happening here at So Over Debt and I hope you’ll be part of it.