The one year anniversary of when I started the Amateur Financier is coming up rapidly. (It’s this Sunday, in fact; has a year really gone by this fast already?) As I look back on my blogging career, short though it might seem, I can’t help feeling that I could be doing much better in my blogging career.
So, it was with great interest that I read about the Financial Samaurai’s Alexa Ranking Challenge. (For those who don’t really get into blogging and the intricacies thereof, Alexa is a site owned by Amazon that analyzes websites and ranks them according to their impact; the smaller the number, the higher the ranking, and the more influence and impact the blog has. Google, for example, has a rank of one, while my own humble blog has a rank around 580,000; check the badge to right to see the most up to the date number.) FS’s challenge is simple: improve your ranking, improve your blog, and work to promote and support others as they attempt to do the same.
This sounds like a simply wonderful idea; it’s something I’ve been trying to do now for quite a while, but with more support, a ring of friends to help (and from whom to receive help), and tangible goals to meet (for me and my blog, that means getting my ranking under 200,000 by July 4th), I feel even more energized and motivated than ever before. Plus, as an added bonus, he’s attempting to form a group called the Yakezie from everyone who can meet their goal, and that just plain sounds cool. Look at their symbol:
So, just how am I, Roger the Amateur Financier, going to break into the top 200,000 in Alexa rankings and become a master blogger? I have a few thoughts on that issue already:
-Post 4-5 Good Entries Each Week: Too often, I’ve been in a big rush or otherwise unmotivated, and didn’t put quite as much time and effort into my blogging as I wanted. No more; if I can’t come up with something worth writing, I’m simply not going to post anything. If I’m not forcing myself to come up with an entry each day, the ones that I do post should be of even higher quality. And speaking of not posting each day…
-Take at least one day each week off from posting on my blog: Besides allowing me some time to enjoy life rather spending it in front of a computer, I’ll have a chance to catch up on blog reading, build up a buffer of ready to be published blog entries, and otherwise make things easier for me down the road. Currently, I’m thinking of taking Saturdays off and moving my weekly collection of other personal links to Sunday, leaving the weekdays for ‘real’ blog entries and possibly guest posts.
-Try to write at least two entries each day: Why two? That will allow me to publish one here on the Amateur Financier while having one in reserve for a buffer, for guest posts, for submitting to freelance writing sites, or any number of other purposes. Plus, if I only achieve half of my goal, I’ve still written one post for that day, which isn’t too shabby.
-Write more guest posts, and accept more on this site: I’ve been reluctant to let anyone else post here, mainly for personal reasons. From this point on, I’m going to try to accept one guest post each week (if anyone is wants to bask in the Amateur Financier’s glory) as well as submitting AT LEAST one guest post per week to other blogs. I think my main targets are going to be the fellow would-be Yakezie members; after all, one of FS’s conditions for getting in is supporting each other, so why not start here?
-Read and comment on others’ blogs: I’ve been bad about this lately, and getting worse. Besides building up some comment karma (that is, I comment on others’ blogs and I get comments in return), it’s not a bad way to put myself out there, get the name Amateur Financier on a variety of blogs, and maybe get a little traffic as a result. Plus, I first got into financial blogs by reading, and I kind of miss being able to spend a whole afternoon just going through back posts on some of my favorite blogs. Now that I’m not trying to write blog entries on Saturday, that will be a perfect day to go out and read some good blog entries.
There, that’s a pretty solid set of rules to follow; if I can do all that, I should be in very good shape, and will be a member of the Yakezie by mid-July. Luckily, the Financial Samurai has assured us that nobody is going to remove any joints from our fingers; that would take a lot of the fun out of it.