Proud To Be A Yakezie Blackbelt!

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Back in January of this year, I laid out several blogging goals I wanted to achieve in 2011.

One of these goals was to continue actively participating in the Yakezie Personal Finance Blog Network. The Yakezie Network, a group of the best personal finance websites, has played an integral part in my development as a blogger this year. I’ve met many amazing people, learned a lot about the mechanics of blog-building, and also learned numerous advertising negotiation tactics/strategies.

After 5 months of progress in to the year, I am excited to share with you a very proud milestone – achieving the Yakezie Blackbelt Belt of Honor. 

To date, only 4 other Yakezie sites have made it to the Blackbelt level – Budgeting in the Fun Stuff, Financial Samurai, KNS Financial, and Buy Like Buffett.

Side note: Back when I was 6-8 years old, I tried taking karate lessons, but I only made it to the yellow belt level! haha If only those sensei’s could see me now! 🙂

Achieving the Blackbelt level takes a pretty significant level of involvement, but it has also been a really rewarding experience. Several key accomplishments My Personal Finance Journey has realized over the past 5-6 months include the following:

  • 1214 comments on the Yakezie Forums.
  • Participated in 7 of the 8 total Yakezie Blog Swaps, including hosting the 4th edition.
  • Coordinated 7 advertising campaigns, bringing in over $5000 for Yakezie Network sites.
  • Weekly participation in the Yakezie Blog Carnival.

Overall, it’s been a truly amazing ride over the past half year. I look forward with excitement to our continued participation in the Yakezie community during the remainder of 2011 and beyond!

For the site owners out there – how about you all? What has enabled you to grow most as a blogger or site developer? 


Share your experiences by commenting below!

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    Comments

    1. Congrats on the black belt; you joined an elite group.
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    2. Aweome! Congrats Jacob!! Thanks for all the work you do for us!

    3. Buck Inspire says:

      Go Yakezie! If your sensei could see you now! Congrats on achieving your black belt and thanks for working so hard on our ad campaigns. I appreciate it and am inspired by your effort!
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      • Thanks Buck! Organizing the ad campaigns has been something that's helped me to learn a lot in the process.
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    4. optionsdude says:

      Congratulations. It sounds like the honor is well deserved. I enjoy the Yakezie network and am inspired by the friendly nature of its members and the knowledgeable posts that I get to read. I am often challenged in thought.
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      • Thanks for reading optionsdude! I agree. The Yakezie definitely has some gracious people. Also, sorry again about the little problem we were having with my commenting system.
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    5. That's a huge accomplishment! Congrats! Thanks for all you do for the Yakezie Network!
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    6. Congratulations! That is a great achievement.
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    7. KNS_Financial says:

      Congratulations! You have made such strong contributions to the Yakezie network.
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      • Thanks for the guidance you've given me KNS! It's been good getting to know you!
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    8. Congratulations! I'm slowly working my way up to it, but still have a long way to go!

      I've been running June Build Your Blog Month to help Yakezie members get a boost in their Alexa ratings, Facebook likes, Twitter followers, and subscribers. It's been a hit and I hope that others are seeing the benefits!
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    9. Congratulations! I'm slowly working my way up to it, but still have a long way to go!

      I've been running June Build Your Blog Month to help Yakezie members get a boost in their Alexa ratings, Facebook likes, Twitter followers, and subscribers. It's been a hit and I hope that others are seeing the benefits!
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      • Thanks for organizing that Penny! That has taken a considerable amount of effort It makes sense to get some points for doing that!
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    10. Congrats! i'm a little bit away from becoming a green belt. I will be a black belt sooner than you know it!
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    11. You've been a star member, so it's not a big surprise. 😉 Congrats on the black belt!
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    12. You are an inspiration. Congratulations. This is awesome. I wish I could play that kind of role with Yakezie. I find it so hard to keep up with everything.
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