Aloysa’s Reading Picks: Secrets Revealed

Are you ready for 2011? If not, check out my staff writer post at Beating Broke today, Catching Up On Your Year End Financial Planning.

You probably heard by now all of my news. I pretty much announce it every chance I get, so it would be almost impossible not to know. But just in case you don’t know, listen up!

A few days ago I broke 200K! I completed the Yakezie challenge in 2.5 months! It feels great. My Alexa rank is now about 177K. As I type it, I cannot believe it. I joined the challenge on September 27. My Alexa rank was about 2.5 million. I switched to a self-hosted site in October and ended up with Alexa of 15 million. It was tough, starting from the scratch. Few words to the challengers:  you can do it! Nothing should be stopping you. We are all in this together!

Last week I became a contributing writer @ Beating Broke. My first article The Golden Rules of Haggling was published this week. Please make sure to stop by. I had fun writing The Rules. I hope you will have fun reading my post.

Someone asked me what is the secret of my success with my Alexa rank dropping so fast. I wondered about it myself. Then I looked at Google Analytics and my eyes opened up. Here are my secrets revealed:

My 5 top referring websites in November were:

1. Sweating the Big Stuff. This came as a big surprise. I do read this blog and comment there from time to time. Secret revealed: your comments attract readers. Leave a good, constructive comment and you might be surprised.

2. Carnival of Personal Finance. I do submit my articles to this carnival almost weekly. The result? Top two referring website! Secret revealed: participate in carnivals!

3. Politicalcalculations.com. I had to go and take a look at this website because I had no idea what this was all about. Apparently one of my articles Beware of Men Counting Pennies ended up in this blog’s roundup. It was an editor’s pick, and as the result of it, my traffic was great for a few days. Secret revealed: write well and submit to carnivals. I know, somewhat redundant but hey, you never know who is reading you!

4. GoogleSecret revealed: I don’t write word targeted posts. I don’t know anything about SEO. Ignorance is bliss. Sometimes.

5. Yakezie.com. What can I say? I like to talk. Ask my husband Beaker, he will confirm. Secret revealed:participate in forums!

My 5 top referring websites in December are:

1. Invest It Wisely. I participated in his suggested project and the result was AMAZING. His original article was picked up by a coupe of big websites. Congratulations! As the result of it, The Kitchen Sink got some share of this traffic. Secret revealed: participate in projects. Support your blogging friends!

2. Carnival Of Personal Finance.

3. Life and My Finances. Comments people, make comments. By the way, check this blog out. Great blog, interesting reads. Special thanks to Derek for a great guest post!

4. Yakezie.com

5. Everyday Tips and Thoughts. I am a regular reader of this great blog. I love Kris’ humor, insight and style. I read, I comment, I get traffic.

Now as all my blogging secrets revealed, let’s catch up on some great reading:

Do we need failures in order to succeed? Find out reading Want to Be Successful? Go Out And Make Mistakes! @Life and My Finances.

Have student loans? Have trouble tracking them? Read HowTo Track Your Student Loans @Money Cone.

What would you do if the worst happend? Find out reading If The Worst Happened @Budgeting in the Fun Stuff.

I am a horrible tipper. Thanks to Suba I have a Holiday Tipping Guide – How Much and To Whom@Wealth Informatics.

This post just proves to me that being a landlord might be a nightmare. Dealing with My Tenant From Hell@Yes, I am Cheap.

Have your limits when it comes to generic stuff? Express your opinion after reading Sometimes Saving Money Isn’t Worth It – Items I Refuse To Buy Generic @Everyday Tips and Thoughts.

Are you in a disagreement when it comes to discussing finances with your significant other? Read The Daily Grind: How To Agree On Daily Finances@MomVesting.

Interested in renewable energy? Find out How Much Does Renewable Energy Cost Me? @retireby40.

Don’t we all want to stretch our money a little more? Streching Your Grocery Dollars Without Using Coupons Part 2 @Mom’s Plan

A relatively new blogger wrote an excellent article about charitable donations. Check it out – Giving to Charity – Sustainability for the Soul @Sustainable Personal Finance.

Are you a fan of Rich Dad Poor Dad? You have to read Rich Dad Wrong Dad @Buck Inspire.

Hate Christmas gifts you get from your in-laws? You are not alone! Get some laughs reading Unforgettible, Funny Holiday Gifts That Were Given as real Presents @Squirrelers.

33 thoughts on “Aloysa’s Reading Picks: Secrets Revealed

  1. Melissa

    Thanks for breaking down exactly how you achieved this incredible feat. Congratulations by the way! Have you noticed any changes in your blog or how you blog since you have lowered the Alexa ranking so quickly? I look forward to reading more. Keep up the good work, and thanks for the article mention!

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    1. Aloysa

      Yes, a few changes happened. I got myself on a posting schedule (I post three times a week vs twice a week). I try to keep my posts between 600-800. In the begining I would post whatever would come to my head no matter how long or short. Other than that… not really.

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  2. Bob

    Congratulations on your success. I hope that you are able to carry on evolving your strategy over the next year. Quality selection of links you gave us there – cheers!

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  3. sandy @ yesiamcheap

    Good job on completing the challenge so quickly. It took me 7 months. I’m a slow learner. I hope that my tenant story doesn’t turn everyone off from having tenants, but shows that you need to be careful about who you rent your property to.

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    1. Aloysa

      You tenant story horrified me. I always hear stories about tenants. In fact we have to deal with some new tenants who moved in our condominium. They are renting, so they don’t care about anything. We had a talk already but still… I just know that talking won’t do any good in a long run.

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  4. retirebyforty

    Thanks for revealing your secrets.
    I need to participate in carnivals a lot more. How do you find carnivals?

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    1. Aloysa

      I participate in Carnival of Personal Finance (click on the link I provided in my post). People on Yakezie forums announce when they are hosting certain carnivals. I submit then.

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      1. retirebyforty

        Thanks! I’m feeling overwhelm at the moment, probably due to the holidays. I will definitely participate in more carnival when things calm a bit next year.

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  5. Squirrelers

    Thank you for including my post in your roundup!

    Good tips, by the way. I agree, and like how you also mentioned carnivals. Those were good for me as I started Squirrelers, and I recommend submitting to a few periodically as well.

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  6. LifeAndMyFinances

    Congrats again for breaking the 200k mark! Also, I liked your brief summary referring websites. It provides the rest of us with an idea of what might promote our site best!

    Thanks!

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  7. Jim Smith

    Just goes to show that commenting on blogs is one of the best and easiest ways to build traffic. I stopped a couple of weeks ago because I got really busy at work and my traffic dropped from about 80 a day (including a spike to 210) down to 10 today.
    Time to get back to work (blogging that is)

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    1. Aloysa

      I know how it works and how it feels. I went on vacation last months and my traffic was miserable. Took some time to build it back up.

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  8. Sustainable PF

    Great tips – thanks Aloysa! And thanks for the comments on our articles a few days ago!
    After 1 month we’ve gone from ~24 million Alexa rank and we’re down to 740,000.
    Did you keep track of your improvements (perhaps in a file?). I’d love to see a weekly or daily break down on how you broke 200,000.
    Cheers,
    SPF

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    1. Aloysa

      I didn’t keep track on a week by week basis. But my rank was changing pretty much every day. Now, it changes once in three-four days. I wonder why… You are doing really great. I’d say you hit 200K in a couple of weeks if not earlier.

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  9. Everyday Tips

    I loved tracking my Alexa progress because it was so rewarding….for awhile. I got stuck around 130,000, then 100,000 and again now around 61,000. (I doubt I will climb much more.)

    Aloysa, I completely return the sentiment – I love your blog. I am really glad I am sending you some traffic. You are doing a great job!!

    Let us know how the keyword thing works out!

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    1. Aloysa

      Thank you. I am glad you like my blog.
      My Alexa slowed down after hitting 190K. Well, it is still dropping but very slowly.

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  10. Financial Samurai

    Congrats on your quick progress! We’ll be getting Member Posts up for the Beta class starting Feb 1 so think about what you plan to write. Should be fun!

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  11. First Gen American

    Congrats, that’s great. I remember the day I broke 200K and it was wonderful. I’ve hit a plateau now that I don’t know how long it’ll take to get past.

    You’re a great new add to the blogging community. Woo hoo.

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  12. DoNotWait

    I love this post! Nice way to put your progress to others and share your experience and knowledge! I think first time I saw your name was indeed in Every tips and Thoughts comments. It did work! I clicked back here as I found you were funny!

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  13. Jessica07

    I do know a little about SEO writing, and let me tell you this: SEO will get you hits, quality will get you return visitors. In most circumstances, the latter is worth more.

    Great post, Aloysa!!

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  14. Jeff @ Sustainable Life Blog

    Congrats Aloysa! You’ve always got great articles and insight, and I wish you more success in your blogging!

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  15. Buck

    Hi Aloysa!

    Great article! Half educational and half inspirational, love those. Also, thanks for including me in your round up. Better look into carnivals and projects more. Thanks!

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    1. Aloysa

      Carnivals and projects do help. Also, commenting and supporting others. Most importantly, writing a quality stuff. All of it counts.

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  16. Lisa @ Cents To Save

    Congratulations Aloysa!! You have rocked the Yakezie challenge! I am going to be more active in the forums and carnivals and break that barrier soon!

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