Is Alexa Ranking worth worrying about as a website builder

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judebanks Premium
No, Alex Ranking is not all that it is cracked up to be. I found this out when I was considering buying a website that boasted a high Alexa Ranking - supposedly an indicator that it had lots of traffic.

I asked for the Google Analytics reports of the previous 3 months, which surprisingly the owner had no problem providing to me, and that told a completely different story.

Rufat has given you the link to the post written by Kyle about Alexa ranking. That post will answer your question. ~Jude
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Damien-P Premium
regards to analytics in general - The more time you spend looking at numbers, the less time you spend with growth.

Both coincide. but focus towards analysis will cause paralysis.. I know many of us are excited to see 1000 clicks or whatever goals we make. It is important that we all know that the only way we earn that growth is focusing on content, and progressing through the lessons.

Just my thought..
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SonjaHelga Premium
Well, the blog in question is a few years old. Almost pre-SEO time, a time when blogging brough traffic. Now, that has changed. Growth is not an issue with me and this blog, I have 730 posts, and it is a Rank 3. Now I HAVE to concentrate on numbers to get the traffic up. I am SEO optimizing a couple of posts day, so as not to spam google pings. Numbers are my first priority with this blog. Thanks , because for a newer blog, absolutely growth, especially SEO optimized growth is priority no. 1
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Damien-P Premium
Ah! Understood clearly now!
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Damien-P Premium
Indeed a great post by Kyle
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byrona Premium
Great post!
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KatieMac Premium
Just keep working on your content after all it is within the search engines you want to gain good rankings such as Google
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BenORourke Premium
Personally I would not bother with it. Just keep working on your content.
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JennPGD Premium
Although WA doesn't encourage Alexa, I still go for it. The reason is people who have Alexa toolbar will check of my Alexa ranking and if I want to get a job from someone/ some company, I'd better have it too. You see, 'most' (the ones who are longer on cyber world) of the online people / internet marketers are obsessed to know the rank of someone's website. So, one of the ways to know it is through Alexa ranking. Of course this won't say it's the best or will give you any additional traffic or money but at least you are talking the talk and walking the walk.

Please bear in mind that you will still need to have fresh content for google, bing and yahoo ranking, engage more and be pleasant. :)

Jenn

P.S. I have a website on wordpress dot com with worse Alexa rank despite that I've had it for years.... but I have a great community to visit my writings. So, it's not a big deal for me. But it is for those with my wordpress dot org.
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SonjaHelga Premium
Great help and perspective, thank you. I see what you mean,
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JennPGD Premium
My pleasure, Ruth. :)
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ChristinaR01 Premium
You are asking all the questions that I would like the answers to, so keep it coming! Thank you!
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Kyle Premium
It has not bearing on anything, so it is only as important as you make it. Alexa does not have access to your websites "real" traffic data and they get their data through the plugin "alexa toolbar" that people install in their browser and in some cases, other browser plugins that they have access to.

The most important data you can have is your real website traffic data which you will access through your Google Analytics account.
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SonjaHelga Premium
Thanks Kyle,
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Damien-P Premium
There you have it folks!

Try focusing more on growth of your business, and less on ranks.. it's easy to suffer from Analysis Paralysis.
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katkatskitchen Premium
So Sonja what conclusion did you just come to?
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SonjaHelga Premium
NOT to worry about it :) ... Which is good news, cause it's just another toolbar not to clutter up my screen!
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LondonLeigh Premium
Helpful question, Thank you.
All the best,
Brandon
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Raven0702 Premium
Thanks guys :)
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Raven0702 Premium
Im relatively new here, Can someone tell me what Alexa ranking is? (This is like total information overload :))))
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katkatskitchen Premium
it's really not anything that you should even be thinking of if you are starting out. Here is an explanation
The algorithm according to which Alexa traffic ranking is calculated, is simple. It is based on the amount of traffic recorded from users that have the Alexa toolbar installed over a period of three months. This traffic is based on such parameters as reach and page views.
So it only records people who have the alexa toolbar downloaded and how many people do you know outside of Internet marketing have that
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Damien-P Premium
I wouldn't worry early but a high ranking means high value. I feel this is secondary to having your site setup with lots of content and few errors.
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SonjaHelga Premium
OK, so that is all done, seo set up, lots and lots of content, now do I worry about Alexa? How do I increase my Alexa Ranking. I have read I need to install the Alexa Tool Bar, and also, only sites with Tool Bars are counted as traffic? So, is Alexa really important,
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katkatskitchen Premium
Really important for what? Making more money, getting a higher page rank, increasing the value of your assett?
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Damien-P Premium
They claim more traffic with a better rank. Similar to Google, they take aspects of your webpage such as visitors, clickthrough and relevancy to provide your website with a rank.

You don't need the toolbar, but it is helpful for comparing your website with others. It do encourage others to click on it, which is said to increase Alexa rank.

While not necessary, it does help knowing your websites position against others. Following there recommendations to improve your website rank will also position yourself stronger on search engines.

Certainly no harm in getting to know Alexa
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SonjaHelga Premium
Thanks, Damian
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SonjaHelga Premium
All of the above :)
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