The Yakezie Challenge Completed

Within the online personal finance community, there are numerous organizations designed to support and encourage other members. One such organization is called the Yakezie Network. It offers something called the Yakezie Challenge; a 6 month trial to see if you’re capable of blogging it out. I started my challenge a little over six months ago and I’m happy to report that the Yakezie Challenge was successful!

The Yakezie Challenge ask that you to commit to posting 3x per week and dedicate more time and effort to developing stronger relationships with other bloggers. Yakezie also inspire you to aim big when it comes to growing your site.

In my view, a successful site is the RESULT of being disciplined, providing consistent value to readers, being technologically savvy, and (it doesn’t hurt) to catching a bit of luck now and then.

The challenge inspired me to aim for an Alexa ranking of under 200,000. I didn’t know what Alexa meant at first, but I found it is a ranking system based on traffic to your site. When I started Distilled Dollar, I was unranked. 3 days into launching the blog, I moved to 6,662,236 place.. By the time I started the challenge, I was ranked at 1,770,650. Today, with this challenge having come full circle, I’m happy to say I’m ranked at 267,610 (as of October 20th).

The lesson here is never doubt our ability to grow over long periods of time. I had many days, especially early on, where I thought it was stupid to say my goal was 200,000. I felt lucky enough that I was in the top 2,000,000, let alone aim for the top 200,000.

What seems insurmountable in the beginning soon becomes inevitable.

Similar to investing, we need to continue our efforts each month. As time moves on, the snowball becomes larger and picks up speed.

You don’t have to  to hope for it, you can count  on it. Security becomes a tangible feeling in our lives.

A few more things I learned from the Yakezie challenge, in no particular order:

Don’t be afraid to ask friends for help.

Don’t be afraid to reinvest the blog’s earnings back into the site via consulting calls.

Don’t be afraid to write what you believe, even if it goes against what your readers believe.

I’m glad the Yakezie Challenge taught me so much, thanks to such a vibrant and growing community of personal finance bloggers.

Thank you!

Are your support systems in place for the challenges you’re facing? If you’re in the Yakezie Challenge, or completed it, what were some of your big takeaways?

Master Distiller

26 comments… add one
  • The Green Swan Oct 21, 2016, 4:24 am

    Congrats on the impressive growth and successful completion, Matt. I remember when you started and I thought that was a tough commitment to make. Kudos to you!

    • Distilled Dollar Oct 22, 2016, 8:39 am

      Thank you! It is crazy how fast this year is going. No worries, despite time being in fast forward, I clearly remember that I owe you a drink! 🙂

  • Jon @ Be Net Worthy Oct 21, 2016, 4:54 am

    Congrats Matt, I’m coming up on three months in the challenge myself. It’s good to put yourself out there with an aggressive goal to push yourself!

    • Distilled Dollar Oct 22, 2016, 8:41 am

      Absolutely! The power of public goals has been one of my key takeaways for 2016. This blog has really amped up our savings this year and the Yakezie challenge really helped me stick with blogging. A win-win!

  • Cindy @ Smart Family Money Oct 21, 2016, 6:11 am

    Congratulations! I haven’t joined the challenge but I have considered it. Do you think you would have made as much progress without the challenge or do you attribute your success to the challenge?

    • Distilled Dollar Oct 22, 2016, 8:45 am

      I don’t think I would have made AS MUCH progress without the challenge. The scariest/toughest part was just committing to the challenge in the first place. After that, I felt pulled into publishing and reaching out to more people. Things become much easier once we make our goals public – even in an “anonymous” online environment! 🙂

      • Cindy @ Smart Family Money Oct 25, 2016, 2:22 pm

        That’s so true! It’s much easier to stick with public goals! Way to go on your progress!

        • Distilled Dollar Oct 27, 2016, 10:13 pm

          Public goals is the #1 takeaway for me this year. Declaring my saving goals and blogging goals to a large audience has helped keep me on track. I’ve always been a big goal setting at the beginning of each year, but I never quite followed through 100% like I am this year.

          I found the trick to a good public goal is what I mentioned before, we need to be a bit scared for it to work. That’s where we push outside the comfort zone and excel.

  • Apathy Ends Oct 21, 2016, 6:50 am

    Nice work Matt – can’t believe it’s been 6 months since you started this already.

  • Jay Oct 21, 2016, 6:55 am

    Congratulations Matt! It’s great to see that your consistent blogging efforts are paying off. Well-done! 🙂

  • Ms. Montana Oct 21, 2016, 8:23 am

    That is very cool. I had heard people mention it, but never knew what it was. Congrats on finishing the 6 months!

  • Financial Panther Oct 21, 2016, 9:10 am

    Awesome job Matt! I still don’t know what the Alexa rankings really mean, but obviously, the higher (or lower..) they are, the better! I’ve really enjoyed all of the content you share on this blog.

  • Tawcan Oct 21, 2016, 12:05 pm

    Congrats on the impressive growth!

  • Graham @ Reverse the Crush Oct 21, 2016, 12:53 pm

    Congrats on completing the Yakezie Challenge Matt!
    Thanks for sharing the progress. Some great takeaways in this post!

    As for the challenge, my alexa ranking started around 16 million and is currently sitting around 1.5 million. I haven’t fully committed to the challenge but I have been doing a lot of the things from it such as building relationships with other bloggers.

    Love the positivity in the post though! Great message 🙂

    • Distilled Dollar Oct 22, 2016, 8:49 am

      If it fits your schedule, you should think about doing it!

      Thanks for the comment Graham. I was a bit excited with my progress so I’m glad that emotion came through on the post. 🙂

  • [email protected] Smarter Decisions Oct 21, 2016, 4:14 pm

    You’re doing an amazing job with the blog and you give back a ton to the community! Very impressive!

    • Distilled Dollar Oct 22, 2016, 8:50 am

      Thanks Vicki! I’m humbled everyday by this great community, plus I learn so much, so I’m always happy to give something back.

  • PatientWealthBuilder Oct 21, 2016, 7:37 pm

    congrats – I am still working on mine and had to take a couple months off so I’m re-starting the clock.

    • Distilled Dollar Oct 22, 2016, 8:51 am

      Best of luck! There were a few periods where I couldn’t really post so I would just write a few articles and keep them in the pipeline for when they were needed. I’m not sure that can help out your situation, but it helped us out.

  • AustralianDividendInvestor Oct 25, 2016, 4:11 am

    Congratulations! Its amazing what disciplined application of focused effort can achieve over long periods of time. Just like investing!

  • Physician on FIRE Oct 27, 2016, 3:15 pm

    Congrats! We’ve been on a similar trajectory. Persistence pays off, doesn’t it?

    I like the new-ish layout. I was wondering how long that logo would occupy 30% of your screen.


    • Distilled Dollar Oct 27, 2016, 11:01 pm

      Too bad persistency pays off and not laziness! My life would be a lot easier 🙂

      Many have said the same! Sadly, that theme had an ability to make it snow on the left panel – it looked great but it was an ability I never had the chance to properly utilize. Oh well, I’m loving the new theme – thanks!

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