8 Tricks You Can Use to Increase Alexa’s Traffic Ranking
Posted on 25th July, 2007
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Create Contents that Appeal to Webmasters
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.
- Take Advantage of the Social Bookmarking Sites
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.
- Create Sub Domains or Run Multiple Blogs Under One 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.
- Get Involved In Chinese Sites
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.
- Remove Unnecessary Secure Pages On Your Site
- Create Great Content
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.
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.