Benefits of Networking

Proud Member of the Yakezie Network
Today, FamilyMoneyValues blog became a member of a network of financial and lifestyle bloggers (Yakezie). Checkout my member post over on the Yakezie site to learn more about my blog, Yakezie and I.

Why network?
You have probably heard many times the advice to mingle, get to know people and network. The conceptual benefits of networking are often listed as enhancing your ability to:

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Characteristics of Some of the Best Personal Finance Blogs

Tour of Yakezie Personal Finance Blogs
During the first week of June, I completed a world tour of many of the best personal finance blogs on the internet. I read posts and made comments on 118 of the Yakezie member and challenger blogs within a two and one-half day period.

It was an intense, interesting and worthwhile exercise (which left me cross-eyed from doing so much reading!).

While touring, I made some observations about the sites. Today’s post here at Family Money Values will share some of those observations.

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Yakezie Update and Best of Yakezie – Author’s Picks

Proud Member of the Yakezie Challenge

Yakezie Explained
Yakezie is the web’s largest personal finance and lifestyle blogs network with over 60 members. Each member goes through a challenge to achieve membership.

At any given time there are twenty or more challengers trying their best to improve their blog, network with each other and the Yakezie members, help each other out and improve the quality of your reading on personal finance.

Wealth Informatics has a current list of members and challengers at: http://www.wealthinformatics.com/yakezie/

The Yakezie challenge is to join the group by posting multiple times a week and getting Alexa rank down to 200,000.

Today’s post will present the Best of Yakezie – picks from the authors of the participating blogs.  But first, our own challenge update.

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Family Money Values Blog is joining the Yakezie Challenge!

Crystal over at Budgeting In the Fun Stuff encouraged me to join the Yakezie Challenge several weeks back.  Since then, I have been following the growth of this remarkable group of enterprising and energetic personal finance and lifestyle bloggers with great interest and have finally worked up the courage to take the challenge.

If you don’t know, the challenge  is to get to an Alexa rank of 200,000 or less in 6 months and to actively participate in the group, promoting and helping the other members.  Read all about it over at the Financial Samurai’s post where it all started.

Alexa – as you probably know – is an Amazon owned site which measures the reach, traffic and rankings of web sites visited by browsers with the Alexa tool bar installed.

I have a long way to go as this blog’s current Alexa rank is over a million! 1,098,976 today to be exact.  Over at FamilyMoneyValues.com – our static site, we have a rank today of 522,566.

So, my goals for the next 6 months will include getting both our blog and our site past the 200,000 rank!

I’d love it if you helped me out with my challenge by downloading and installing the Alexa toolbar – so your visits here will be counted!

Wish me luck and take a look at the great blogs which have already met the challenge:  http://yakezie.com/personal-finance-blogs

By the way, Crystal also has a good start on her new website on insurance at:  http://aboutlifeinsurance.org/