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7 Easy Ways to Quickly Improve Alexa Ranking

by Mike

This article is for those of you with your own blogs…if you’re not a blogger you can just skip this post and wait for the next one where we’ll be back to talking about personal finance.

I’ve been participating in the Yakezie challenge which is basically a friendly competition among personal finance bloggers to see how high we can increase our alexa web rankings. 

Now I know the Alexa ranking system is flawed and in the grand scheme of things it really doesn’t mean much.  But despite its flaws, a high Alexa ranking can open doors that are otherwise closed to bloggers.  Achieving a ranking in the top 100,000 or so can go a long way toward building your credibility.  Top bloggers may actually notice you and welcome you into their secret societies, and advertisers will be more likely to place ads on your site. 

In other words a high Alexa rank may help you increase your revenue substantially. 

How to Increase Your Alexa Ranking

Obviously, the best way to increase your Alexa rank, Google Page Rank, and web traffic in general is to provide high-quality content that is unique and useful to your readers.  If you provide valuable content then people will keep coming back for more. 

But creating quality content takes time.  I’ve only been blogging for a few months so it’s difficult for me to compete with bloggers that already have hundreds or even thousands of posts in the can.  (Don’t worry…I’ll get there, but it will take a little time to catch up :) )

So while I plug away like the little engine that could, it’s helpful to look for a few shortcuts to help speed my journey.  The tips listed below are simple ways to improve Alexa rankings quickly.  (In just 2 weeks I’ve leapfrogged over 1 million sites and continue to improve daily.)

1.  Install the Alexa toolbar and visit your site daily.  This is pretty obvious really.

2.  Get together with a few friends and form an informal network of bloggers that visits each other’s sites each day.

3.  Encourage others to download and install the Alexa toolbar.  The more people visiting your site with the toolbar installed the higher your rankings will go.

4.  Participate in webmaster forums like WarriorForum, SitePoint, and DigitalPoint.  A high percentage of users there will have the Alexa toolbar installed so if they visit your site you’ll get a boost.

5.  Write articles that teach how to improve Alexa ranking.  People searching for that topic will likely have the toolbar installed so you’ll get another boost when they visit your site.

6.  Take advantage of social media sites like Digg, StumbleUpon, and Reddit.  These sites can send a boatload of traffic to your blog and improve your Alexa ranking. 

7.  Pay for it.  If you create a page targeting webmasters you can drive traffic to it via PPC and get loads of traffic. 

Now I don’t think it’s a very smart idea to pay for Alexa rankings when you can do it yourself for free, but it is an option. 

Well there you have it.  Seven easy tips for quickly increasing Alexa rankings. 

What are your thoughts?  Do you have any tips to share?

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Mrs. Frugal

Great tips. I’m new to blogging like you and appreciate any tips to help reach a broader audience.
.-= Mrs. Frugal´s last blog ..Why I Trade Forex =-.

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Mike

Thanks! I’m glad you liked them…and good luck with your blogging!

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MyFinancialObjectives

Great post! All that I have done to improve my Alexa ranking is implement SEO, and really spend many many hours commenting on many other PF blogs. I have close to 40 PF blogs that I visit regularly. I have seen a nice increase in my Rank as seen in my post here: http://myfinancialobjectives.com/?p=263

Now I am down to 825,685 from 5,468,556 in just 18 days. Granted there are TONS of dead links, but still, I’m happy :)

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Mike

That’s a hell of an improvement! I just checked and now you’re 775,958…keep moving forward

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MFO

Thanks! Let’s make a deal, I’ll help you move forward, if you help me:)

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Mike

That’s what the Yakezie is all about…helping each other succeed!

MFO

I would also add commenting on other people’s blogs. When I review my stats page, the majority of my traffic is a result of my comments on other’s blogs. In addition to getting links in you also learn an incredible amount of information, and have the added benifit of being part of the PF community.

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Stay at Home Mom CFO

Mike, I’m a newbie too. The Yakezie challenge is probably one of the main reasons I’m still so enthusiastic about blogging. Checking my “Alexa Rank change” is on my daily to-do list. Keep Trucking!
.-= Stay at Home Mom CFO´s last blog ..“Dear Stay at Home Mom CFO,” =-.

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Mike

I agree it is good motivation to see your ranking improving. It’s good to have a goal that you can work towards and mark your progress.

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Derek @ ChristianCommonCents

That’s quite an impressive jump. Good tips as well. Just installing the toolbar yourself really makes a difference.
.-= Derek @ ChristianCommonCents´s last blog ..Quick and Easy Way to Simplify Your Budget =-.

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Joe Plemon

Although I have been blogging for several months, I just heard of the Yakezie challenge and Alexa rankings for the first time yesterday. I installed the toolbar, uploaded the Yakezie badge, and am ready to take off.

Your column is helpful except I don’t know anything about
4. Webmaster forums or
7. Pay for it.

But that is why I read, isn’t it…to learn. Thanks for the tips!

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Spunky Jones SEO

Install WordPress in another sub folder or sub Domain on your web site. Then get one of the many image library plugins for WordPress. Then load icons graphic images, and web art. Add your title, description and alt tags. Google will find it and you’ll get lots of traffic from the Google image search.

You’ll see a big jump in your overall web traffic and Alexa will jump as well.
.-= Spunky Jones SEO´s last blog ..Creating SEO Friendly alt title tags for WordPress =-.

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Mike

That’s a great idea! I never thought of that before but now that you mention it I do have a small travel site that gets a decent amount of traffic from Google image searches. Thanks for the tip!

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Spunky Jones

Sub Domains, worked the best for SEO. However, Google changed that about one year back. Now, it doesn’t make that big of a difference between the two.
I still prefer sub Domains because it is a cleaner way to manage my sites, than to dump everything into one Domain. It tends to create a mess.

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Robby G

That is a fantastic idea and I think should even be up on the list. Google images does give a lot of traffic if your images are popular.
By the way, I really do get surprised when people put such merit on Alexa. But does Google send you less search engine traffic if you PageRank is low?

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Dennis Edell | Direct Sales Marketing

I hope a few of the “cheat’ tips was sarcasm. ;)
.-= Dennis Edell | Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog ..HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!! And a Bonus for YOU!! =-.

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Mira

I have applied all the methods you have mentioned here and I got a great result in my blog’s alexa score.
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Sue McDonald

Yes I have heard the argument before is Alexa rating valuable. Didn’t know tip number 3 but fortunately we can learn something every day.
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Chris

This definitely pretty much it. It really works. Nice post, thanks!
Chris´s last blog post ..Tips for Business Marketing With Less Time

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Corporate Photographer

I have been looking at my Alexa Ranking with the firefox seo plugin and had no idea that i could have any control over it. Great stuff- Grant
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Ken

Another good tip to help boost your Alexa you get ranking is to install the Alexa widget on your blog and pages. When someone visits your blog or articles, you get a vote that Alexa registers. This is important when when many people w/o an Alexa toolbar visit your site, which would otherwise not be counted.

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Dave

It’s a shame the system can be gamed the way it is. But hey, why not?
Dave´s last blog post ..BSOD Flashes Too Quickly

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Ned Carey

It must work I checked and your Alexa score is 153,000. The tip about going to forums because forum readers are more likely to have the Alexa toolbar is brilliant.

I guess I need to be equally brilliant so they will click through to my link.
Ned Carey´s last blog post ..Today’s Quote

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Dan Smith

Hey Mike,
We just recently started a blog around the beginning of the year and I have been watching the alexa rank drop quickly. Although it is still really high right now, but I agree with you, in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t matter much unless you are going to have advertising on your site and a novice advertiser doesn’t know anything else to look at that might be a more accurate reference to the amount of traffic on a site.

Still though, logic aside, you can’t help but feel a little better when you log in and your Alexa Ranking has gone down. :-)
Dan Smith´s last blog post ..Does Debt Settlement Hurt Your Credit Score

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Verde

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 (www.unavitaverde.net) got to 900 visits per day and there was improved depth of page views, Alexa rating has deteriorated to 400K. It’s brad…

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