What is and how to improve Alexa rank

alexa traffic ranking 1 Alexa traffic rank is a rank provided by Alexa.com to your blog or a site based on its level of traffic.

Unlike Google PageRank where it relies more on the number of (quality) backlinks to your blog, Alexa rank is based solely on the amount traffic your blog receives.

It is calculated based on the data collected from Alexa Toolbar users over a period of the past three months.


Getting to know Alexa

Some important information about Alexa traffic ranking:

  • The rank is based on three months of aggregated historical traffic data.
  • The main data comes from analyzing the web usage of Alexa Toolbar users.
  • The lower the number, the higher the ranking.
  • Rank is updated daily.
  • Is a domain level rank (with the exception of blogs in recognized blog hosts such as blogspot blogs).
  • Also ranks by country.
  • Rankings of 100,000 and above regarded as unreliable.

You can read more on how Alexa does the ranking on the About the Alexa Traffic Rankings page.


Boosting Alexa ranking

Now that you know a little bit about Alexa and how it works, it’s time to put the knowledge to work. Here’s what you can do to improve your blog’s traffic rank:

  1. Be an Alexa Toolbar user
    Who is the most frequent visitor to your blog? You are.  Then doesn’t it make sense you yourself install an Alexa toolbar in your browser? Visit this page to install  Alexa Toolbar. Imagine, every time you visit your blog, you actually help improving your Alexa rank!
    If you’re using Firefox, install an extension called SearchStatus. It does the same thing, plus it also displays Google PageRank, Compete rank and mozRank, among loads of other useful features.
  2. Encourage your readers to install the toolbar
    Your subscribers, followers and friends –they are the ones who frequent your blog. Convert them into Alexa Toolbar users by writing a post explaining to them the benefits of installing an Alexa toolbar, like what I’m doing now.
  3. Attract webmasters to your blog
    Webmasters usually have the toolbar installed, so getting them to visit your blog will improve your ranking. What you can do:
    • Write articles that appeals to webmasters -about SEO, web traffic, site ranking.
    • Participate in webmaster forums. Share useful and relevant articles from your blog. Don’t spam.
    • Create a tools page for webmasters. They will keep coming back to your blog to use the tools. Here is an example: Blogger Sentral’s SEO Tools.
  4. Install one of Alexa site widgets on your blog.
    alexa widget Even though Alexa doesn’t mention it anywhere on their website, I personally think it might work. The widget displays your blog rank, just like Alexa Toolbar and SearchStatus extension do. That to me indicates it sends/communicates your blog data to Alexa.
    And if this is true, it might work even better than all the methods mentioned above -because all visits will be counted, even the visits by non-Alexa toolbar users!


Do you know other ways to improve Alexa traffic ranking?

38 comments to "What is and how to improve Alexa rank"

Anup @ Hack Tutors October 8, 2010 at 8:24 PM    

Some days before I crossed 100,000 alexa tank :)

Thanks for your great tips :)

Greenlava October 9, 2010 at 12:23 PM    

@Anup @ Hack Tutors
Congratulations! Looks like you're going to reach 70+k in no time :)

zeeshan October 10, 2010 at 3:49 AM    

its doesnt sounds me good that alexa rank can be changed by installing alexa tool bar. alexa should come with any other way of ranking the sites

Greenlava October 10, 2010 at 10:47 AM    

I agree...Alexa could do better. But for the time being that's all we got.

Ken Wooi October 11, 2010 at 12:20 PM    

traffic would improve the ranking i guess.. =)

Noridah October 11, 2010 at 12:33 PM    

I will install alexa site widget after my alexa rank below 100K. Right now my blog rank is between 200K-100K

Greenlava October 11, 2010 at 3:01 PM    

...and a lot faster with the bar or badge added :)

But why wait?

mdhafiz October 25, 2010 at 7:20 AM    

wow...nice... but recently seldom updated (active) my blog...i always heard about this b4 but really2 seldom to do it...
thanx 4 sharing yea... :-)

Greenlava October 25, 2010 at 9:29 AM    

@Mohd Hafiz
I'd say it's something worth trying.
Thanks for dropping by :)

ph1l1p November 7, 2010 at 8:06 PM    

you should consider pr checker too :D

Clotilde M/Craftybegonia November 14, 2010 at 12:04 PM    

Didn't know these things aobut Alexa. Thanks for sharing!

Greenlava November 14, 2010 at 9:06 PM    

@Clotilde M/Craftybegonia
Thank you for taking the time to comment.

Lms December 10, 2010 at 8:05 PM    

Thank you ! great tips :))

webb December 26, 2010 at 3:57 AM    

I was searching google on how to improve Alexa rank and found this article. I think it would be rally useful for me. Thanks.

Greenlava December 26, 2010 at 9:32 PM    

You're welcome.

I hope it helps.

deCrewz February 20, 2011 at 7:47 PM    

How about google chrome? Can we install alexa toolbar on it?

Greenlava February 20, 2011 at 8:54 PM    

The toolbar is only for Firefox. For Chrome there is an Alexa Traffic Rank extension.

Anoop Sudhakaran March 4, 2011 at 9:11 PM    

I am in the process of ranking good! Nice tips!
Installing the toolbar and setting as homepage really helps!!

Yellaiah Goud April 25, 2011 at 5:29 PM    

ome days before I crossed 100,000 alexa tank :)

Thanks for your great tips :) please check :

Niche Bloggers June 13, 2011 at 9:52 PM    

Nice Tips... Improving alexa rank is not easy.. thanks for the tips.. :)

fab September 16, 2011 at 9:12 PM    

Didn't know these things about Alexa.

Adeniyi Samuel September 19, 2011 at 3:05 AM    

Hi thanks, my blogs has been in the blogspot domain since january when i started blogging but when i changed to a .com domain i.e http://www.trueinternetworld.com last 15days or so and since then my traffic and earnings have reduced. Please do you know why its like this?

neo October 23, 2011 at 9:13 AM    

nice roundup BS..

my alexa rank now under 200K, for starter I think that a good measurement for my personal blog.

csr October 29, 2011 at 9:51 AM    

That's great idea... i will try your method and i hope alexa rank will increase on our website.. thank you so much.. very useful for me..

Personal Development Resort November 14, 2011 at 2:34 PM    

Thanks for sharing such a wonderful blog article post.
Keep it regular post.

verde November 22, 2011 at 2:17 PM    

Alexa rank does not reliably show the statistics, their statistics are based on the toolbars. When I had about 100 visits a day, Alexa Rank was 110K. When my website got to 900 visits per day and there was improved depth of page views, Alexa rating has deteriorated to 400K. It's brad...

Jitendra @jituTechnology December 15, 2011 at 1:04 AM    

I have installed Alexa widgets in my blog and also installed Alexa toolbar, Lets see how much effective is this!!

Restaurant reservations December 25, 2011 at 11:42 PM    

Hi..Nice article. Can anyone tell me how can I disable regional alexa rank. One of my clients website is US based but it displaying India traffic rank. Though I tried to edit listing from alexa as US, its still displaying India traffic rank. What should i do to disable India rank and enable US traffic rank..?

Edatassol December 31, 2011 at 4:45 PM    

Rigorous tips on Alexa ranking.. it boost my knowledge on SEO to improve Alexa ranking

price4shop March 30, 2012 at 10:52 PM    

Nice Article.. Thanks .you are right ..I just want to tell that anyone can get good alexa ranking …by doing that

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Custom technology news July 20, 2012 at 2:16 PM    

Great information about Alexa.i have already installed.yes it really helpful for increase page ranking. i like this one blog or site.

Mobile Device Management August 7, 2012 at 4:01 PM    

Nice article! Thanks a lot!

Sourav August 12, 2012 at 8:47 PM    

Thank you for the advice. Using Search Status helped me.

here August 31, 2012 at 11:49 PM    

what exactly does alexa rank do for the website if it really good? does it effect google rank? or is it just a number for when you sell a website?

Alex September 17, 2012 at 1:44 AM    

I don't Alexa widget is helpful in improving Alexa rank. It is because I installed the widget in one of my blog for more than 3 months and I never felt any huge difference in ranking. My blog was a low traffic one may be that too influenced, I am not sure.

vikas November 18, 2012 at 2:33 PM    

thanks for sharing your info..

Sanjaya සිතුවිලි November 28, 2012 at 2:19 AM    

great article thanks for sharing that...

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