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How does Alexa work?

Discussion in 'All Other Search Engines' started by nbento, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. meenald

    meenald Peon

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    #21
    Alexa rankings does not only depend on that..I have also not heard about any such toolbar....
    SEMrush
     
    meenald, Mar 4, 2009 IP
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    #22
    Alexa made a new update, so you can check it put.
     
    un!expected, Mar 7, 2009 IP
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    #23
    Alexa also transmits cookies to your computer so that they can track the pages you view, so even if one has not installed Alexa toolbar but has visited Alexa site, he may have the Alexa cookie. So apart from the Alexa toolbar, Alexa also captures the information about hits to your website from the cookies it drops on people's computer.
     
    roger123, Mar 7, 2009 IP
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    #24
    I agree their rankings are not reliable
     
    JJMTB, Mar 8, 2009 IP
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    #25
    I agree their rankings are not reliable
     
    JJMTB, Mar 8, 2009 IP
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    #26
    Does anyone know how often the alexa site updates?

    it's had the same stats for over a month now
     
    kod7785, Mar 26, 2009 IP
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    #27
    strange I also see some popular sites have very low Alexa traffic!
     
    wacamoi, Mar 27, 2009 IP
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    #28
    If your site is a frequent site that you are under the 500,000's zone, you will generally get an update every 3 days. I'm guessing if you get lower than 100,000, it will be like everyday. My prospective of Alexa is that if you ever go lower than 100,000, then you achieved something great.
     
    AlbertMARKET, Mar 28, 2009 IP
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    #29
    Alexa gets its information from people using the toolbar, its not really that accurate, but a good guideline.
     
    sammyspam, Mar 28, 2009 IP
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    anhbloginc Well-Known Member

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    #30
    Alexa is just a tools to check pageview and visitor. I think it's not important better than pagerank of google
    You should build and optimazation to get high pagerank
     
    anhbloginc, Mar 29, 2009 IP
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    #31
    yeaa, but the question is how to get there (to lower 100,000)?
    we all start at the beginning and if the very first step is not accurate then whattttt

    but this is not fear, isn't it? typical users don't bother installing this crap, in fact, not so many people know about it at all ?!!!
    In my opinion, Alexa is popular just because there is no alternative... actually I am surprised as why no one thought about this to have a true computator of Alexa that depends only on clean real visitors without forcing people to install that little bar ....
    hmmmmmmm
     
    thesamemanhal, Mar 30, 2009 IP
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    #32
    There are many competitors: compete.com, quantcast.com are just two I can think of from the top of my head :D The problem is, there needs to be something installed on user computer, or something installed on website. The ultimate thing would be if Google opened up their Analytics to the public...
     
    jamesplato, Mar 31, 2009 IP
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    #33
    According to me, this is just another myth and I say that from personal experience...
    I have never used any Alexa tool bar ever and yet I have my blog ranking just under 100000 since last several days. :rolleyes:

    Regards,

    RightMan
     
    RightMan, Mar 31, 2009 IP
  14. thesamemanhal

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    #34
    You're right, google-analytic is great for tracking the individual websites but do they have global website ranking like Alexa ?


    Here is the exact words from Alexa website at

    http://www.alexa.com/help/faqs/12

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    Alexa's traffic rankings are based on the usage patterns of Alexa Toolbar users and ....
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    So yes, it counts only Alexa-Toolbar users ... which is not fair at all ...

    Now for the website-owner there is no need to install the bar because you have already installed their code in your source files however if you visit any website then according to Alexa you're not a real visitor for them :(
     
    thesamemanhal, Mar 31, 2009 IP
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    #35
    Alexa itself has traffic NO DATA lol

    check alexa ranking on alexa
     
    silverstoneindia, Apr 5, 2009 IP
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    #36
    I don't think the alexa rank is reliable at all. My Blog http://informationnigeria.blogspot.com has more than 20 links pointing to it, but alexa says it is just 5
     
    slowflow, Apr 8, 2009 IP
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    #37
    I think, Alexa is trying to present itself like Google does. But if Google is GOD of internet today - Alexa will never become so. The problem arises when some advertisers or likewise buddies evaluate a website based on Alexa ranking. Hopefully, someday there will be an alternate to Alexa and we shall overcome Alexa!
     
    c4cosmos, Apr 9, 2009 IP
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    #38
    alexa will be accurate only if your rank is below around 50,000 !

    you can get 100,000 with 10 of your friend's computer..by visiting everyday..
     
    tharshan, Apr 9, 2009 IP
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    #39
    I have no faith in alexa or PR.. it's just a measurement.. and I dont' think it's helping much at all, I would emphasize more on my SEO and traffic part.. those will increase by every 3-6 months..

    I gained at least PR1 on first 6 months.. so, it's not a big deal, and 800k in alexa ranking. even though my traffic increase day by day, they are still idle for months.

    everything will come up eventually, the most important thing is to develop gradually.. rather than so quickly. In the end, visitors will decide how attractive your website is and you will get your rankings up..
    just my 2 cents.
     
    nandalinnaung, Apr 9, 2009 IP
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    #40
    I believe in fighting for Google and search engine traffic so I concentrate on Page Rank. Alexa rating never meant too much to me. Whether a site is getting heaps of traffic or not, as long as I find the content to my liking I will most likely return.
     
    SamMlambo, Apr 9, 2009 IP