Get the Alexa button/widget for your site. It’ll raise your ranking. That’s that short version of this post. The long version will help you see the big picture. Ok I admit it. I’m hording. I’m guy who loves to learn and since March 1st 2008 I’ve been awake nearly 20 of 24 hours a day. That’s like 5 weeks of intense learning. The goal was to try and crack the nut of making money while online. I decided after having days of 1200 visitors in Feb. and coming away with 2.81 cents for the ENTIRE month in Adsense revenue, that I was gonna have to take a serious look at what the hell was wrong. On the one hand, content is no issue for me. I can, without arrogance or humility, say I’m an interesting guy! So I’ve ALWAYS got something going on. And I string words together well ENOUGH that people can generally follow what the hell I’m trying to say. So I’m pretty sure I’ve got the “blogging” part of blogging covered. But the visitor retention, commenting, feed subscribing and AD CLICKING part of blogging was just not something I had put enough time in on to get good results. Hence, those 20-22 hour days. Now I’ll be honest; I stopped to watch TV, eat and go pee pee. But mostly it’s been me in front of a computer. Oh that’s right-you don’t anything about me. I buy and renovated houses, so I don’t have a “job” in the sense that I work for some guy-not anymore baby! But I AM in the middle of doing a house. But I totally stopped, to work on this blog issue.
Alexa Ranking March 6
So in 5 weeks l learned a lot. And in terms of money I’m now pretty much on target for at least a dollar a day with Adsense. Additionally, like SEVEN other “revenue streams” have been added. But I’m hording. I learned all this stuff but I haven’t really put all that learning back “out there.” But my thinking is a) there are ten MILLION sites out there with the “how to make money online” thing going and b) another 10 million sites talking about how to “optimize” your site. Some of those people are good and making real money, and some are full of crap. Who needs my 2 cents? (And as I mentioned earlier it WAS literally , like, 2 cents a day I was making for 5 months). But what I CAN do is bring my unique way of communicating, my observations and experiences to the table. So, having said all that, here’s the deal with Alexa: it works.
Alexa Ranking March 10
Most of you know there are 2 major gauges of a website or blog that people pay attention to. The infamous Google PageRank and the Alexa Ranking. It’s NOT like Myspace; where having a lot of “friends” is just kind of a “Look at me, I’m king of the world! I have 2 million friends!” See over there it doesn’t really mean much. But out here in the world with us old crusty working folks. That PR and Alexa ranking determine how much advertisers are willing to pay for some of the real estate on our websites and blogs. What I’m saying is; how popular you are out HERE determines how much money you can make. So that shit matters! But HOW can you change those 2 scores. It’s very hard to figure out the Google math. People know, generally, that the volume of traffic you get the quality of the link pointing AT you are important. But I have to tell; I’ve been to a lot of top sites, and I’m not the correlation I would expect to see. I would EXPECT to see a good PR and a good Alexa but I RARELY do. I see one or the other. Usually I see a pretty good Alexa number and not such a great PR. I rarely see a site that has a good Alexa and a good Google PR. I know Google must have changed something, because back in maybe 2000 I had a dating site and I’m pretty sure I had a 3 or 4 within about 2 months! And now with TONS more legitimate, hand crafted, meticulously researched content all I’ve got is a 3. Maybe they judge overtly commercial sites better than “personal” blogs?
Alexa Ranking March 14
Alexa Ranking March 16
Alexa Ranking March 20
Alexa Ranking March 24
Alexa Ranking March 26
Alexa Ranking March 30
Alexa Ranking April 2
Alexa Ranking one month later April 6
So there are the numbers. Maybe you’re wondering why this works? Well I read about it on several blogs, but possibly one of the most widely known places is Maki over at doshdosh . But from what I can gather, having the button on your site allows people who visit your site and have the Alexa toolbar to sort of “count.” In other words, get the toolbar, so when YOU visit your site it counts. The idea is that traffic from toolbar users gives Alexa “proof” that people are coming to your site. The reason I’m putting stuff in quotes, is because, of course, you’re already getting traffic, but without that toolbar/widget combo you’re invisible-as far as Alexa is concerned. So by using this little strategy you can actually get a more accurate count of your traffic. It’s not a trick, you’re not doing anything “black hat” and it’s not something against the rules. Alexa wants people to have the widget, Alexa wants people to have the toolbar. SO COMPLY ALREADY and get your rank up and make some money!
That last image I don’t have a date for but it’s late Feb, maybe early March. But I’m showing it because you can see in roughly a little over a month I’ve basically jumped over 2 million sites. And I guarantee that if you look over at my current number now, it’ll be lower. Take a peek—>
God DAMN! One final note; the periods at all my bolded sentences are sticking out, that’s not ME, that’s the new wordpress. You should definitely look at my piece about the crappy new wordpress . AND I hope you link to this post to get the word out about this technique, so we can FINALLY get all those penis enlargement websites out of the top 100,000!