5 Easy Things You Can Do Now To Increase Your Alexa Rank

Alexa.com is a California-based subsidiary company of Amazon. Alexa offers wide range of services like monitoring hot topics, ranking top sites and many more. However, the most noticeable service of Alexa that has been popular for a lot of years is keep track and measure traffic levels of tons of websites on the Internet right now.

What is Alexa rank

Alexa rank, simply put, measures how many visitors come to your website with Alexa toolbar installed. Long story short, many years ago, webmasters had no way to show off the popularity of their sites. They couldn’t just show off AW-Stats or Google Analytic stats to public because these metrics required sophisticated tasks; log in to dashboard, take screen shots and then post these screen shots online. Would it be boring if you have to do these tasks daily? In addition, would you feel convenient to show off exactly how many visitors come to your site each day?

Why Alexa rank is so popular

In this chaos, Alexa rank came up as a reliable service to measure the traffic of any site on the web. Alexa rank told how popularity the website was. It also didn’t reveal exactly how many visitors you got. These were several reasons why Alexa was so popular in webmaster world several years ago and until now.

The problem with Alexa rank

That was the story why Alexa rank is so popular in webmasters world. Today, Alexa rank has been claimed as an inaccurate measure of traffic to the web. Why? It’s because not a lot of visitors will have Alexa bar installed before hand when they come to your website. In addition, sites that fall into non-tech category are likely to have high Alexa rank (the lower score you got, the more popular your site is in terms of Alexa rank ) than tech-savvy websites, although they may have the same visitors and pageviews each month.

Why you need to care?

Although Alexa rank is not an accurate measure, it’s still favored by many advertising network like Text Link Ads or BuySellAds. In addition, having a nice number of Alexa rank will make your website looks pretty good if you want to sell it later. So, why wouldn’t you want to increase it?

Since I started eBlogCamp, I have been paying close attention to monitor my Alexa rank. From day one, I have brought my Alexa from around 3 million to 107,278 like in about 2 months like you can see right now. It’s not a big leap compared with other websites, but speaking about my content is occasionally related to webmasters as well as I don’t apply any “black-hat” trick, I think it’s quite a success.

The 5 tips are not hard to applied. In addition, you can use several other “shady” techniques to manipulate your Alexa rank easily. I don’t want to mention about these shady techniques right here, although I believe applying them cause no harm for your website.

Here are 5 easy things you can do right now to increase your Alexa rank at least 2000 – 3000 score per day:

  1. Install Alexa bar on your browser: I found this is the quickest way to start increasing your Alexa rank. You can go to Alexa website to get it. If you are using Firefox, use SearchStatus toolbar since installing Alexa bar can cause you to be redirected to Alexa web search whenever you type in search phrases into address bar (Default is Google search).
  2. Install Alexa bar on spouse laptop, work computers or .. any computers. I installed Alexa bar on my girlfriend computer and several computers in my campus already. These are all of the PCs I use to access to my website and work occasionally. It actually helps a lot.
  3. Install Alexa widget on your blog. You can get a widget from Alexa by clicking here. Select the widget code and create a new Text widget on your blog. Then, drop this code in that Text widget and you will have an Alexa widget instantly.
  4. Add your site to Alexa. If you haven’t added your website to Alexa, you should do now. It allows you to track your traffic over time and seeing searches coming to your site.
  5. Write reviews for your site. I found this technique should not be considered “shady” or “black-hat” technique. As the owner, you should speak first about the site or calling people to write your site a review. Get your friends or spouse to do that for you, too! You’ll be amazed by how many score you have improved after several days.

I realize these tips can help niche sites a lot in improving their Alexa rank since most of the content are not related to webmasters and technical topics. You can also apply several tips such as getting stumbled, submitting your content to webmaster social news sites and writing a post about Alexa to improve your Alexa rank.

What do you think? Are these easy tips to apply right now to increase your Alexa rank? What are some other methods?

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40 Comments

  1. Hi Mike, I have the Alexa plugin installed in FireFox to keep track of my rankings. I didn’t know it was that easily manipulated because of that. I have had my site running for over 4 months I think and went from 7 million range to just under 400K. I guess I am considered a niche because it’s a poetry site and rarely do I blog about anything else so it’s pretty infrequent like maybe 1 post every 10 days. How is it because you have that installed, does it increase you rankings, if rankings are suppose to be determined by visits your sites receive?

    • Hi Karen,

      Alexa doesn’t distinguish between owner visits and other people visits. Every traffic to the site counts. So, the point of installing an Alexa bar on your browser is your own visit will improve your Alexa ranking. So far, I think this is the good method for niche sites like yours. So, try to install that and visit as many often as you can. You can try several other ways like what I said in my blog post. Good luck with improving your rank, Karen :)

      • Oh ok, I gotcha with that. That does make some sense since I do visit my site several times a day. I wasn’t sure if it judge traffic by unique visits. Thanks for the info Mike.

  2. Many said that the review factor can boost your alexa rank fast.

    • Yup, that’s what I heard, too. I also applied them and result is pretty good so far. :)

  3. Hi Mike, I’m always amazed at the unique content you give. I have been playing online for awhile now and therefore have read thousands of articles. Your stuff is so useful and unique and I love it! I just did 1, 3, and 4. I only work on this computer so there is no other computer to add the toolbar to. Regarding the review, do I simply write a review of my own site and post it to my own blog?

    • Glad that you love my content, Susan :) For the review, you can go to Alexa.com and search for your site. Then, click on the Reviews tab and click on Add new review. After that, you fill in information and submit it :)

  4. Hey, Mike! Thanks for sharing these tips, because they are indeed helpful. Though I am not sure about the last one.

    You know, writing a description about your site is one thing and posting reviews is already another. I mean, you will surely not write bad reviews, since it’s your own project, and it is not right. Maybe it is better to write reviews for other sites and ask them in return to write about yours?

    Anyway, the article was good and thanks to you, I will start to increase my rank :)

    By the way, does Alexa rank affect the rate of your popularity among search engines?

    • Indeed, it was a very great idea, Ardorm! I can create a Google Group and ask people to join in. After that, we can exchange the review with each other. The group will work on request basis. You send in an email to entire a group and ask whether anyone is willing to write you a review. Then, if a person replies back, you and him can go ahead and exchange the review. How’s that sound :)

      By the way, about your last question, I don’t think so. I tried to search on Google and forums, but there are no correlation until now that I know between Alexa rank and popularity among search engines :)

      • I am the first one to join such a group :). But requests indeed should be done manually.

        I have been participating in LinkRefferal, where users write reviews about other sites. While I tried to write qualitative feedbacks, other people wrote not more than a sentence of the following kind: “Great site! Keep up the good work!”.

        Of course, I stopped using LinkRefferal…

        • Yup, Ardorm. I will have to create a strict rule framework in which tell people exactly what they have to do and what are some of the expectations members look for. I’m so sorry to hear you case, mate! It happens to me as well, but in blog commenting :(

  5. Well Mike the tips are quite convincing in the sense that they help to increase u r scores .I couldn’t get one point regarding the non-tech sites getting higher ranking from alexa also the lower the the rank the higher the popularity of the site . I don’t see any sense in that.

    I am not sure but it is said that the ranking of alexa is in some way similar to google. Is that true?

    • In Alexa, you start off with a very high rank, around 3 million something. Basically, it’s the start for every new site on the Internet. Then, you go down the scale as more traffic you receive. Top site on Alexa now is Google and its Alexa rank is #1. So, 1 is the highest score in Alexa rank. When people says “Increase Alexa rank”, they mean methods to get closer to this mark.

      Also, tech sites has higher Alexa rank because there are more webmasters read it. And webmasters are likely to have Alexa bar installed on their browsers. I also found out that sites have high traffic from India also have higher Alexa rank.

      As I already said, Alexa rank is not an accurate method to track traffic for reasons above. So, we can’t base on Alexa rank to judge the popularity of the site. Also, there are no correlations between Alexa and search engines right now that I know :)

      I think Alexa isn’t similar any way with Google. Google has far more complex algorithms than Alexa. Alexa is just a service to track the traffic levels of websites and it’s totally not a search engine like Google :)

  6. I think basically if you have the widget installed and you drive traffic to your site, you will improve your alexa rank fairly quickly.

    • I think so, Richard, as I am increasing my rank 2000 – 3000 score per day now, these methods just work :)

  7. I can remember when I focused a tremendous amount of energy on Alexa rank, had it as low as 19,000 around this time last year, even started an Alexa review chain for bloggers, it was pretty sweet. You can search Alexa chain on my site and see how it worked (works).

    I don’t pay much attention to Alexa page rank now but still have the banner on my blog for whatever reason. I guess like you said, it might come in handy in the future, sellin adds, selling the site, whichever.

    • Very nice John. It was something that I and Ardorm has talked about creating a group to exchange Alexa review. I think this group will provide great benefit to bloggers. One more thing I’m still unsure about Alexa is the mechanism it uses to discover backlinks. I have nearly 1000 backlinks to my site but Alexa doesn’t show any thing. I don’t get it at all :)

  8. Many people don’t consider Alexa rank a not so useful rank (mainly because of it’s inaccuracy) and I heard a lot of claims that (even with proofs) claimed to modify their Alexa rank at will.
    Anyway, getting back to the point, even though it may not be considered a useful stats by some, it’s still used by many companies to determine the value of that website and it can be good for the business(if you have any ).

    • That’s exactly the point I want to make, Alex. BuySellAds, for example, in early days of its operation, restrict a site that has too low Alexa rank to be approved. However, I believe recently they have lift that regulation because I was approved. Yet I don’t think Alexa will die soon due to a majority people still use it today.

  9. Hey Mike, thanks for sharing this.

    I don’t worry about Alexa overall but it is a nice booster in confidence as you’re working because once it starts to go down, you really step it up.

    Plus, some people that buy websites are looking at Alexa ranking prior to purchasing.

    • I sold two websites before so I could say I felt ashamed when people ask about Alexa rank. That’s why I got it figured out and want to share several things I know to people :)

  10. Hi Mike!
    You have mentioned some very interesting tips here! I am going to do tip number 3 and number 4. I think I must get the Alexa widget in my blogs and also add my site to Alexa.
    Thank you for providing the links and made it easy for me.
    Alex

    • Thanks Alex, I’m glad that you found these tips are quite easy to apply. I did not want to include other tips since they are more technical. Just want to focus on the time saving aspect when I wrote this article :)

  11. No doubt you provided good information.

    Still I don’t worry about it too much, because only direct advertisers care the rank. Good Alexa rank blogs do not mean “good traffic blog”, do you agree with me?

    But from bloggers side, we must consider this factor to decide the popularity of blog, but our visitors do not care.

    Thanks for you points Mike

    • Yeah, I agree. High Alexa rank doesn’t mean you have good traffic since I talked about there are several ways you can manipulate it easily. Glad you drop by, Dinesh :)

  12. Gone are the days I was caring for Alexa Rank, those were my dinosaur days of blogging. But in order to sell ad slots and get direct banners, Alexa rank is considered to be one of the important factor.. so nothing wrong in improving it. Thanks for the tips mate!

    • Last but not least, Pradeep, Alexa rank is also helpful when you post your blog for reviews on forums, for example. And I actually have seen in some cases, people use Alexa rank as a measure in reliability, too. So yeah, why don’t improve it :)

  13. You missed one:

    Step #6: Talk about Alexa toolbar on your blog, thereby getting more of your readers to install it (which helps them too) 😉

    I see you are close to breaking 100k. Congrats!

    • Lol, thanks Steve. I just checked with my Alexa today and I’m glad that I just crossed 100k mark. Still have many more challenges to go but so far so good for me :) I’m intending to submit this post to several webmaster social news site in order to help people improve their Alexa rank, also for promoting it. Awesome tip, Steve! :)

  14. checking your alexa rank daily can also help in getting good rank

    • That’s a point about installing Alexa toolbar, Praveen :) So you could check Alexa rank every day and improved your Alexa rank since your visit is also counted toward the total visits to your blog under Alexa eyes.

  15. Great tips here Mike. I have the SEO quake bar installed on my browser, but not the Alexa Toolbar. The good thing about it, is that don’t have to check it out daily. It’s such a motivator when you see these numbers fall and your position improving.

    Thanks for the info, I’m going to install Aelxa tool bar now on the machines I don’t ‘own’ and encourage more reviews.

    • Awesome, Matthew! I installed the Alexa toolbar in 3 PCs in total and saw my rank was consistently decreased 2000 – 3000 a day. Now I have passed 100,000 mark so I think that rate is going to decrease, maybe only 1000 – 1500 a day :)

      Anyway, keep using these tips, Matthew. And don’t forget to let me know your result :)

  16. Thanks for the great tips Mike. I have the Alexa toolbar installed on my Google Chrome browser. I took off the widget, so I think I might add it back again. Congrats on getting below the 100K mark, I am still working on getting under it as well. :)

    • That’s awesome, Kharim! Glad you like these tips :)

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