This is my take: you’re interested on how to lower your Alexa Rank and would appreciate some tips and wouldn’t mind some tricks too 🙂
You’re in the right place…this entry contains unique and actionable tips on how to improve your Alexa Ranking…if followed meticulously, it is damn easy to reduce your blog/website’s Alexa rank to a manageable and impressive whole – even right into the first 100k!
However, before I proceed on the numerous tips and tricks that can lower the Alexa Rank of any blog or website, it is very important to understand why an impressive rank is even important in the first place.
I will also treat why it is very important to strive to ensure that your blog is amongst the first 100k blogs in the whole world.
Are you ready?
Why a Low (and Impressive) Alexa is Important to Bloggers/Webmasters
The following reasons are the reasons why an impressive rank, Alexa wise is very important for both bloggers and webmasters. The reasons are:
First, a blog with a lower Alexa rank is perceived to be highly successful and greatly visited. The sum conclusion is that the traffic level of such a blog must be tremendous! You are thus in a better position to negotiate for higher prices if you decide to sell ad slots.
Second, fellow bloggers can be choosy. I’ve had a guest post rejected on the grounds that my Alexa rating was poor (around 2,300,000) at that time. If you want to garner new readers and expose your blog further to the world (via guest blogging), an impressive Alexa rank is not only recommended, it is mandatory!
Third, a lower Alexa rank is the basis most ad services will sign up your blog or refuse to sign you up when eventually, you decide to monetize, especially most of the ad services that deal with recommended content or content aggregation.
Finally, though the Alexa rank is not the most reliable of ranks today, it is one that is the easiest to figure – especially since Google stopped updating their Page Rank (PR) publicly. This means that, advertisers and all those who want to evaluate the true worth of a blog are left with a limited number of metrics – one of the most important being the Alexa rank!
As you can see, there is every good reason for desiring a lower Alexa rank. You are thus not out of place for Googling “how to lower your Alexa rank”.
Contained below, are the tips/tricks necessary for improving your Alexa rank.
1. Improve your Alexa Rank by installing the Alexa Toolbar
Alexa is not only hyped, it is overrated as a tool for measuring the overall success of an online concern.
Why? It only relies on ‘hits’ or visits emanating from users who have the Alexa toolbar installed. That simply means, any visit from a computer or mobile device that is not fortunate to have the toolbar installed is expressly excluded!
So, to avoid that problem, start by installing the toolbar and asking all your friends to install it too. You could go further by making your site the homepage of all the browsers that have the toolbar installed…first step towards a better ranking!
What this action accomplishes is that, it records the hits from your computer and brilliantly counts them towards the overall hits necessary for improving your Alexa rank. It also does the same for the computers of your friends…since no one will wind up visiting your site more than you (or your friends), this is not only the first place to begin, it is also a brilliant place to start!
A friend of mine who is damn creative (and a blogger), recently made a deal with a local café in his town; the deal was to the effect that all the computers and browsers in the café be installed with the Alexa toolbar and his site be made the homepage for all the 100+ computers…
Needless to say, he hit the 100K Alexa mark in less than 18 days!
2. Claiming your Site can lower your Alexa Rank
How claiming a site (on the Alexa platform) improves its Alexa rating is not exactly clear – at least to outsiders.
However, once a site is claimed, experience has shown that it may rank up to 50, 000 points lower the next day, even if nothing is expressly done to improve it (apart from the lone action of claiming it expressly).
Instead of wondering how just that is possible (and how it will improve your own Alexa rank), simply hit Alexa and claim your site…then sit back and watch the magic unfold…
You’ll be truly amazed at the wonder that will unfold right before your very eyes…
3. Installing the Site Widget can also get you a Better Rank!
Unlike the point chronicled immediately above, this one is well understood – and can be explained with the utmost satisfaction…
Alexa does not track all the visits to a site – it simply does not have the apparatus or sophistication to achieve such an elaborate feat, at least, not yet.
What the company smartly does is to track the visits to a site that pass through any of their known and recognized systems – the browser extension and the site widget being classical examples.
To thus force Alexa to understand and (actually) count every hit to your site, you must have a site widget installed. With an Alexa site widget in place (get tips on how to generate an Alexa site widget here), all traffic that routes through your site is noted by Alexa, courtesy of the site widget. It is thus a way of telling Alexa not to bypass you again (in favor of some webmaster/blogger sites)!
It’s as simple as that and it has not failed anyone before.
Did I mention that, immediately after installing the site widget, your blog will improve some serious points towards the positive end?
4. One of the Tricks of lowering your Alexa rank is Daily (or More) Blogging
There has been much debate about the wisdom or otherwise of blogging daily…
However, if you’re interested in getting a nice, decent rank, kindly forget about the arguments and blog out your heart! When I say ‘blog out your heart’, I mean blog daily or if you have the stamina and mental dexterity, blog well more than once a day.
The reasoning behind this is super simple: like the Google bots, the Alexa algorithm loves and cherishes fresh content that is updated in a constant fashion.
If you can thus update your blog daily or more, there is simply no reason to even suspect that your Alexa rank will not wind down lower…it will improve whether it likes it or not. It’s really as simple and straightforward as that.
5. You can also Take your Alexa rank through the Roof by Proper Interlinking and Publishing Detailed, Exciting Content
Content is still the king online today – but in a more detailed and exciting way and manner than before…especially as relates to lowering your Alexa rank right into acceptable grounds.
To achieve this, you must focus on creating long, detailed and properly interlinked content that also have the ability to excite the senses in no mean measure.
The logic behind this is that, such content will get a ton of shares and links that will also mean extra traffic – most of which will come directly from webmasters and bloggers, aiding your Alexa rank directly.
Aside this direct method, it is also easy to see that detailed content that is interlinked in a proper manner will also get more time on page and overall page views. These two metrics are part of the important pillars of an awesome rank; writing in a manner that will ensure that your readers stay true to your work will amount to attracting an awesome rank in a manner a good woman attracts a man who is ready to marry 🙂
Got the gist?
6. Finally, you can improve your Alexa rank by Blog Commenting
It is very important to mention this singularly important tip: blog commenting.
There is nothing that makes an Alexa rank appreciates as fast as commenting on other blogs steadily and in a consistent manner.
This is because, when you comment on other blogs, you are essentially leaving your links (via the anchor text) and if the blog is CommentLuv enabled, also leaving a link to your last published entry.
This ensures that, you get hits from webmasters who are as Alexa conscious as you are…when such manner of hits begin to appreciate, your rank will also begin to steadily take a move in the line of appreciation and the tone of getting better.
However, it is very important that you understand that it is an awfully silly idea to spam other blogs simply because you intend to leave a comment. My advice thus is that you draw a blog comment plan, stick to it and more importantly, make certain that you do not leave one liner comments or comments that are either generic or off point.
Do this and your Alexa rank would be fine.
Final Thoughts on the Tips & Tricks of Improving your Alexa Rank
The tips shared here will certainly ensure that you get an awesome Alexa rank in no time.
If you are serious and respect all of them, it is quite easy to see that you’ll hit the 100k mark in less than a month. However, kindly note that:
- The Alexa rank does not equal money…not is there any guarantee that it will bring business your way. You will thus have to monetize your blog independently of your rank…the two remain two different things.
- The Alexa rank is susceptible to easy manipulations…you should, accordingly not over depend on it to validate yourself as a blogger. Instead, develop your overall blog and pay close attention to other metrics such as the domain authority & page authority…they carry more weight than Alexa when considered in isolation.
- Finally, don’t bother checking your Alexa rank everyday – even if you’re deploying these tips and tricks…that’s the fastest way to lose weight and sleep, especially since Alexa does not update daily. Checking your rank weekly (say Sundays) is better and advised.