My hand is resting gently on the mouse, scrolling and clicking. Without warning, a strange sensation comes over me. My upper body begins to feel a tightening pressure like the whole center of my chest is squeezing inward. The skin on my arm turns clammy, as my hand breaks out in a sweat.
Why can’t I breathe? Where is this anxiety coming from? I’m just working on the computer here.
Ok…settle down…you can do this. Copy code. Paste into widget. Save. Refresh.
Boom! I’m a Yakezie Challenger! Whew…that wasn’t so bad.
My sincere apologies to heart victims everywhere who experienced those symptoms and were faced with a life and death situation. Heart issues have impacted my family on more than one occasion so I certainly don’t employ those symptoms with jest. Only to point out the physiological and emotional tensions I experienced on a minute level as I concluded it was time to push my blogging self once again. Maybe you don’t get nervous about stretching yourself and going out on a limb like this, but I do.
Blogs and their owners progress through stages. Surely these stages vary for each individual blogger, depending on their skill and agenda. My agenda for stage one of my blog was simply to write for one year. Maybe along the way I could make a few connections and help some readers out, but I spent 80% of my effort on writing and finding my voice (my style). Before I began Luke1428, I had read how most people quit less than six months into their blogging life. I didn’t want that to happen so my energies were focused on surviving for one year.
I passed that milestone on July 3rd. Stage one complete. Now begins stage two with some new aspirations.
In addition to writing quality content for another year, my added goal for year two will be to grow Luke1428. To do this I need help. Sure I could do it by myself and probably experience some success. However, it seems foolish to hack your way through the wooded wilderness alone, without direction, when so many have already gone before you and blazed a well marked trail to follow.
Enter the Yakezie network.
The Yakezie network is the web’s largest network of personal finance and lifestyle bloggers. It’s a community where members collaborate with one another and learn how to enhance the quality of their content for readers who come to the various member blog sites. All prospective members must go through a 6-month challenge to join and be evaluated for that time by the other members.
That’s what I’m here announcing today – that I’ve joined the challenge. Hence the black Yakezie Challenger Badge embedded in my primary sidebar.
The biggest part of the challenge seems to be the lowering of my Alexa ranking. Alexa (owned by Amazon) provides web traffic data for all sites that have downloaded the Alexa toolbar into their web browser. The toolbar transmits data to Alexa and provides the basis for their global ranking reports. The lower the ranking the more popular the website. According to my toolbar, Facebook currently holds the #1 ranking in the world.
As I write this post, my world rank sits at 477,488 out of the estimated 30 million+ websites that Alexa tracks (That low of a rank was actually a surprise to me when I installed the toolbar several weeks ago. I thought it would be much higher.) The goal of my challenge will be to lower the Alexa rank for Luke1428 to below 200,000 in the next six months.
I don’t know how that gets done in such a short time frame. Hopefully the members of Yakezie and other information on the web can help me figure it out. I welcome the challenge though and what it will mean for my site in year two. Thank you to the members of Yakezie for providing a supportive outlet for personal finance bloggers to connect with one another to our mutual benefit.
What’s your big tip on how to lower an Alexa rank?
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