Update November 30. 2014: This is an older post that was first created when I started learning about website traffic and ranking on Alexa.com. I have been recently moving content from my old blog over to this one, so I’m starting all over again with getting my alexa ranking down. So far, since posting consistently, the numbers are going down. I will be using seo services, guest posting, backlinking from Hubpages and article directories to work on more traffic from here on. Here are my thoughts from last year, and I still have the same thoughts lol. Talk soon 🙂
Lately I’ve had this crazy obsession with blog traffic. I know how important it is and I want to be at the top of my game in getting it. And so, I’ve been looking at Alexa to see where I’m at with my site traffic and figure out how I can make things turn around. Needless to say, I’m not very happy with my current stats so now it’s time to step up to the plate.
For those of you who don’t know what Alexa is, it is a site that ranks websites according to the amount of traffic coming in. In order to see how your site is ranking, you will need to create an account with Alexa and then verify your site. Add the Alexa toolbar to your browser and add the widget to your site.
They give you instructions on how to do this. Keep in mind that your ranking will change consistently in relation to other sites on the web. For instance, if your ranking is 104,359, then there are 104,358 sites that are getting more traffic to their site. I’m sure you get the picture.
Some people may confuse the Alexa rank with Google Page Rank but the two are totally different. Google PR simply ranks a site listed in the Google search index on a scale of 0-10. Google ranks websites according to their importance which is why back links are so important to have. So, the goal is to get a high Google page rank and a low Alexa score. In other words, there’s a lot of work to be done.
The popularity of your site makes a lot of difference but it does not determine how much money you will make from it. Let’s be clear on that. We’re only talking about traffic here, so whether you make a lot of money or not solely depends on the type of traffic you’re getting and also what you are offering.
And just by looking at the top 3 sites on Alexa which are Google, Facebook, and Youtube, you can kinda see that information from Alexa isn’t lacking. It’s definitely no secret that these sites get tons and tons of traffic on a daily basis.
Some people have different opinions on whether Alexa is a waste of precious time or if it’s on point with accurate information. I for one am obsessed with getting my Alexa ranking down, down, down. Just like anything else, keeping track of what’s working for your business is imperative if you want growth.
The first thing I’ve decided to do is guest blogging. I have to admit, I’m a little nervous about it because it’s no secret that guest posts get rejected often. However, I’m keeping my fingers crossed and I’m going for it anyway. I’ll be submitting one guest post to different sites for a week or two. This will provide more back links to my site and hopefully bring in more traffic. I will also keep this post updated with my progress and whether it was a pass or fail.
So, why should you care about your Alexa ranking anyway?
Well, from my understanding, if you’re Alexa ranking is below 1 million, that’s impressive because it puts you in the top 5 percent. But once you get down to the 100 thousands you’re in the top 1 percent of all sites which is an eye opener.
Although you shouldn’t REALLY be obsessed with your Alexa ranking like I am, it should be a fun journey. Of course it won’t be fun if my guest posts aren’t getting accepted, but we’ll see what happens. I’ll keep you in the loop!
Here a resource from Michelle Schaeffer about how to boost your alexa ranking and increase traffic to your site.
Quick Update: April 11, 2013
Ok, so the past few days have been interesting but not THAT interesting by far. The good news is that I found out some good info by reading this post on the Problogging Success blog. I’m having a slow climb since posting this blog but I guess patience is a virtue, right?
What I have done so far is posted on mommy blog networks and I’ve also done some commenting on blogs that have the CommentLuv plugin. It’s supposed to help so I’ll be commenting on posts more often to see if it does.
That’s about it for now but I will continue to update this post with further results. Later Love Bugs!
Cheryl J. Moses is the founder of Online Marketing ROI and New Eminence, equipping single moms to build successful brands and businesses on the web!