Yakezie Challenge Stats for July
First of all, I would like to thank everyone who has come by to read my posts and especially those of you who have taken the time to comment. It is appreciated so much. As a result of all of your interaction, I was able to meet my goals for the month of July. I will recap those goals here followed by the actual results.
July Goals and Actual Results
There are now 5 months remaining in the Yakezie Challenge meaning that I am trying to get to an Alexa rank of 200,000 or less by the end of this calendar year. I have posted the actual stats for the month of July in italics with the original goal in parentheses followed by a new August goal in brackets.
Alexa ranking: 421,789 (700,000) August [350,000]
Alexa in US: 42,646 (90,000) August [40,000]
Visits according to Analytics: 645 (500) August 
Search visitors: 67 (40) August 
Subscribers: 2 (4) August 
Earnings: met goal ($1.00) August [$5.00]. I am hesitant to include actual earnings as a CPM might be able to be calculated based upon all of the above information which would seem to violate the AdSense TOS.
Five Top Referring Sites Plus a Link
These sites are the ones that have referred the most visitors to CFM over the past month. I have included my favorite post from each during the month of July as well.
1. retireby40.org explains how he and his wife have been living on one paycheck. My wife and I have been doing this for quite some time, but I am no where near retiring like he is.
2. ptmoney.com shares his biggest summer splurge. Try not to feel too guilty.
3. lifeandmyfinances.com warns about this black money internet scam. This is a new one on me but it pays to remember that if it sounds too good to be true…
4. inmintcondition.wordpress.com explains this great tool for getting out from under an avalanche of debt. This is by far my most favorite post of the month. I will be using this tool as I put together my budget for the next month.
5. afford-anything.com writes about money saving habits. I need to learn some of these.
Shout Outs to Yakezie Team 3
I would also like to offer a big shout out and link to each of the members of the summer Yakezie Team 3. A lot of them have been visiting my blog as well and I appreciate it. I have also included my favorite link from the past month.
Nickel by Nickel is working to minimize debt while completing a house renovation. Good luck.
My Personal Finance Journey offers up 7 reasons it is better to be a financial blogger than a financial professional. I liked this post. Maybe next year I will do better in the Tour de Finance.
The College Investor warns about the trouble with target date funds. It pays to know the benefits and pitfalls of any investment you consider.
My Multiple Incomes explains how he generates passive investment income. There is nothing better than passive income.
So Over Debt makes an interesting comparison between personal finance and cross-dressing. Must say that I never would have thought of that.
Fat Guy, Skinny Wallet offers tips for eating healthy on a budget. Very timely and useful advice. Plus I love the name of the blog.
The Penny Hoarder explains how one guy figured out how to make millions off spelling mistakes. I love the ingenuity.
InvestorzBlog shares tips on investing in a bubble. Good advice since there seems to be bubbles everywhere.
Spruce Up Your Finances shares how he spruced up his older car. Great job on the car, and great way to save some money.
The Debt Myth offers sage advice on how to get your debt payoffs back into gear. We all get stuck sometimes and need a little shove. Here is how to do it.
The Saved Quarter helped Erin save some big money. I love this follow up post. It is very encouraging to read things like this.
The $60K Project explains much of the basic terminology related to student loans. I am a big one for understanding terminology and effective communication. Lack of knowledge can be behind many of the financial mistakes that we make.
Prarie-Eco Thrifter shares these tips for energy efficiency. I saw that I had used less electricity this June than last when I opened my latest bill. Yippee!
Money Talks explains that it isn’t so bad selling stuff on Craigslist for the first time. That’s good to know since I have a few things that I might consider selling.
Winding Up This Post
I hope you get a chance to check out a few of these links. There is some really good stuff on these blogs and link lists like these are one of the ways that I get to discover all sorts of new, entertaining, and informative bloggers. Have a good week.