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8 Tricks You Can Use to Increase Alexa’s Traffic Ranking

July 25, 2007 by  

Yesterday I wrote about 5 tricks some people use to increase their Alexa’s traffic ranks. The point of the post is not to say that Alexa is totally useless but the methods I described do not usually help in improving the rankings.

To the general web surfers, Alexa’s traffic ranking means almost nothing. But many advertisers and ad networks use Alexa to gauge whether it’s worth spending money and pay the site owner to advertise on the site.

If you are a blogger trying to make money from Text Link Ads or ReviewMe, having a good Alexa ranking put you in the position to charge more on your ad inventory.

I’ve been repeating this point several times in my previous posts. If you want to make money from your website, putting some effort in improving your Alexa ranking will be worth your while.

On the other hand, if you are not trying to make money from Text Link Ads, ReviewMe or you are using ad networks that disregard Alexa traffic, you can ignore Alexa because it won’t make any difference to your bottom-line. Similarly, if you are selling your own products via AdWords, having a good ranking won’t help you sell more products. So, this post is for those whose Alexa’s traffic rankings affect their bottom-line to a certain extend. Here are ten tricks to increase your Alexa ranking.

 

  1. Install Alexa Toolbar

    If this look likes a contradiction to the third point in my previous post, it doesn’t. There’s no need to install Alexa toolbar on several different computers if they all share the same IP address. Unless of course, each computer access your site alternately on different days.

    Once you set your site or blog as your homepage, you’ll start seeing some increase to you ranking albeit a very small one. This tips works if you have a brand new site. Download Alexa toolbar here.

     

  2. Recommend Alexa Toolbar to Your Users

    Write a review about Alexa, similar to what I am doing now and tell your users why Alexa can be important to them. Invite your friends to use Alexa toolbar and explain why it’s beneficial to do so. Make sure they are aware of the privacy issue associate with using Alexa toolbar.

    Again if you have a new blog or site, you’ll notice an increase in your ranking soon.

     

  3. Create Contents that Appeal to Webmasters

    Since we know Alexa stats is skewed towards webmaster traffic, put this to your advantage by creating contents that attract webmasters and tech savvy readers.

    I’ve demonstrated this when I compared the Alexa stats for Sabahan.com and a political blog in the 50 most influential blogs in Malaysia. In that article, I pointed out that while the political blog gets more traffic daily, Sabahan.com enjoys better Alexa ranking even with lower traffic level only because its content attracts webmasters, bloggers and tech savvy audience.

     

  4. Take Advantage of the Social Bookmarking Sites

    Submit your blog posts to the social bookmark sites like digg, and Stumble Upon or reddit.com. Even if you don’t get to the front page, some visitors will still end up on your site. Since this traffic is targeted to your content, someone might find them useful enough to link to your posts from their blogs.

    Obviously your ultimate aim should be to get into the front page and bring the traffic surge that could significantly impact your Alexa’s traffic ranking.

     

  5. Create Sub Domains or Run Multiple Blogs Under One Domain

    Alexa merges together sites which they think have the some content. The merged sites would have their traffic combined to form one ranking and listed under the main domain.

    To take advantage of this, you could create another site and run it under a sub domain of your main site e.g. http://seo.sabahan.com You could offer webmaster tools section to attract webmaster traffic.

    If you have extra bandwidth and web space to spare, offer free blog hosting to your users and host them under sub domains, e.g. blog1.sabahan.com, blog2.sabahan.com, blog3.sabahan.com etc.

    Your will enjoy a greater Alexa ranking as it’s a combination of all the blogs rankings under that domain.

     

  6. Get Involved In Chinese Sites

    That is, if you know Chinese. There are many Chinese websites ranked highly in the Global Alexa top 500. To some extent, this reflects the high adoption of Alexa toolbar among Chinese Internet users.

    If you could create a sub domain and run a Chinese blog that attracts Chinese users from China, you could potentially enjoy a greater Alexa ranking.

     

  7. Remove Unnecessary Secure Pages On Your Site

    Since Alexa toolbar turns itself of on secure pages (https:), sites with secure page views will be under-counted in the Alexa traffic data. So if you have many secure pages, consider disabling them if that doesn’t compromise on your users’ security.

     

  8. Create Great Content

    Great content attracts readership which translates into more traffic. On the Internet, content is king and some say traffic is the queen. Like everything else, focus on your effort in creating valuable and useful content. Give what your readers want.

    When you got traffic, your Alexa’s rank increase will follow. One good example I can give is the DoshDosh.com blog. Its Alexa ranking jumped from around 3 million in January 2007 to around 7,149 in just over six month all due to its great content that’s targeted towards webmasters.

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Due to the statistical limitations of the sample of Alexa toolbar users, Alexa is unable to accurately determine the ranking of sites with fewer than 1,000 total monthly visitors or about 30 visits per day. Therefore, in order to be taken seriously by advertisers, you need to get below 100,000 in your traffic ranking, any higher is regarded as not reliable. Obviously the closer you get to number 1 the better.

Have I missed anything? Please share your tips in increasing your Alexa’s traffic rankings in the comments.

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21 Comments »

Comment by papajoneh
2007-07-25 17:59:33

The no.6 is very interesting. I get to that now. Kekeke.

 
Comment by College Guide
2007-07-25 18:46:15

Great post! The perfect follow up for yesterdays article. I have to admit, #6 was completely new to me. The Chinese use alexas toolbar? I should prolly try that one out.

You write: “Have I missed anything? Please share your tips in increasing your Alexa’s traffic rankings in the comments.”

How about purchasing cheap, irrelevant traffic from shitty sites for 5$? You get 10 000 worthless hits, many of them from bots. Works great for alexa ranking though, just my 0.02$

Comment by Gaman
2007-07-25 18:56:30

Thanks.

How about purchasing cheap, irrelevant traffic from shitty sites for 5$? You get 10 000 worthless hits, many of them from bots. Works great for alexa ranking though, just my 0.02$

I don’t think that’ll go along well with AdSense running on your site :)

 
 
2007-07-26 23:14:21

great post…..I had no idea about running multiple sites or sub-domains together to increase the Alexa ranking…

 
Comment by dott-com
2007-07-28 11:33:06

Get Involved In Chinese Sites – that good idea since China have Internet cafe everywhere. Their access fee is so cheap. It’s average US$1.00/hour. You see all young people hanging out at Internet cafe all day and all the time. That’s where new generation of Chinese social with friends. Huge people surf with the toolbar than your site alexa rank will increase skyrocket.

 
Comment by Web Design Ireland
2007-08-30 05:32:16

when i started to increase my alexa rank i used the redirect from alexa to my website, and installed the alexa toolbar and would flick through the my pages a few times so alexa know that the pages are there and my alexa increased but that was about 3 months ago and i left it since then and it shot back up again

 
Comment by AdvertBanner.com Subscribed to comments via email
2008-05-20 04:51:53

Great post! But no.6 is seems very difficult ;)

 
Comment by buzziboy
2008-09-09 20:21:44

Hi,
First of all thanks for such a nice article.I have a kids website http://www.BuzziBoy.com . my alexa has been drop tremendously. please visit this site and please help me out. I want to know one more thing…Would i get more benefit , if i have high Alexa traffic ranking? Does it drive more traffic to my web site?

 
Comment by Dropshipping
2009-09-16 16:09:39

I wonder something: Is it possible that 2 or 3 visitors set one website as their homepage and they visit it several times during the day, the Alexa Ranking will increase?

 
2010-04-09 18:43:40

I have noticed my Alexa Ranking going down day by day. after several months Alexa ranking was down to the low 373996 from 276xxx. Why my Alexa Ranking falling down?

 
Comment by mixtapes
2010-06-13 13:06:58

alexa is very wishy washy , i have seen my sites go up 50,000 spots and go back down 50,000 spots. I am in the top 100,000 sites so it does effect the high traffic sites. but it does not effect my ad money at all. it is a useless bragging tool used by nobody really it is not a good tool for anything.

 
Comment by niks Subscribed to comments via email
2010-07-23 17:16:11

Amazing post with all sorts of great alexa information.Looks like I had underestimated Alexa rank.Thanks for sharing such valuable information

 
Comment by Correctplace.com
2010-12-14 11:33:39

Hi, I am new. It’s a nice article and thanks. Today, I have had Alexa widgets embedded onto my website http://www.correctplace.com.

 
Comment by Lara Subscribed to comments via email
2011-02-01 22:16:47

One thing is sure, your blog about things about Alexa that do not work long term is correct.

In fact all, everything that you are you are not recommending workded on my site only when it was beyond 20 million, just like you said. Now I am truly disappointed cause my site dropped from 500.000 to 2.500.000 Consequently, I will try what is in the above-mentioned blog.

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Thank you for the advices.

 
Comment by JackMore
2011-02-24 12:49:30

I found many tips to improve the alexa ranking on the internet, but I have to say I’ve chosen the quick and easy way to improve the ranking of my team’s site.
A few people recommended http://www.alexage.com to improve Alexa ranking.
They worked great for us and our site’s Alexa rank is now in Alexa’s top 100K.

 
Comment by sudeep
2011-02-27 02:20:12

But will these tricks really help ???

 
Comment by mark
2011-03-11 00:16:06

for time iwas searching how can I increase alexa rank untill find agreat services its alexage.cm they had brought my site to Alexa’s top 50K in less than 90 days

 
2011-03-23 06:47:26

alexa ranking is important to raise in Google?

 
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