How To Lower Your Alexa Ranking

We must go deeper.

We’re increasing our Meta levels to eleven with this post.

We’re talking about web traffic, Alexa, and you.

At the inception of this site, I’d already been exposed to Alexa and its toolbar, ad infinitum.  Everywhere I looked, bloggers talked about Alexa ranks and what they meant and didn’t mean.  I’ll be honest, a lot of it was over my head, but I installed the toolbar anyway…because that’s just what you do!

You, alright?!  I learned it by watching you!

Bloggers who use Alexa, create other bloggers that use Alexa.

While working on generating my first month of posts, I would casually research what I could on the subject, and I eagerly awaited any drop in my Alexa ranking each morning, because I was told that’s important! Right now, it sits at 611,646 globally and 59,936 in the U.S. 

But you already knew that!

In other words, I’m right around the 60,000th stop for people browsing the web in the morning when they get to work. This is probably about the time they’re pouring their 5,742nd cup of coffee for the day.  Not bad!

Can you smell the sarcasm?

Meh, who cares.  If you’re writing for traffic, then you’re writing for the wrong reasons.  But let’s go deeper, what’s this thing all about anyway?  Here, let me Wiki that for you.

In summary, Alexa is all about web traffic analytics.  They’re not the only game in town but they’re the biggest and baddest, so they’re king of the hill for now.  By generating page ranks and details about browsing activity, they’re able to provide the kind of data that internet advertising departments salivate over.

Oh so that’s why people write to generate traffic. Because…coinage people! I don’t always know the question, but it’s usually a safe bet to assume that the answer is money, no matter the subject.

Well, I certainly hope that one day I can at least pay myself back for the domain hosting and registration costs.  But let’s be honest, it’s a jungle out there and so that’s more of a pipe dream. This site is about holding myself financially accountable to get closer to retirement and it’s about having fun.  If neither is happening, then I’ll become one of the many who have gone before us and RIP in the Blogger graveyard.

If it starts to feel like a job, then it’s time to pack it up and move on.

Which is why I’m just not that concerned about my Alexa ranking or page ranking or really any ranking.  Why?  That’s just too serious for me.  I have enough in life to be concerned with.  A self-indulgent website is not something I need added to the list.  This is supposed to be fun.

But you’re here to lower your ranking, right?!  So this is what I’ve gathered.

Write quality content on a regular basis and share it with the world by commenting on other sites.  Engage in social media via Twitter.  Become a part of the community that’s writing about what you’re writing about.  Don’t be scared, it’s a big Internet and no one became a successful blogger in a vacuum.  There’s always room for another voice.

That’s it.  What, you expected a magical SEO Elixir or analytical hack using HTML and Meta tags?  Nope.  You can’t game Alexa for very long.  Why?

Content. Is. King.  Eventually, all hacks are exposed, so why even bother?

Dammit, you shouldn’t even be reading this post.  You should be brainstorming about what’s on your mind and writing about it because you want to, not because you want to know what Alexa might think.  Who cares about Alexa?  For all you know, she’s a Mean Girl.

Don’t forget, you’re supposed to be having fun.

Now, let’s see if this post will lower my Alexa ranking!

Goodnight ladies and gentlemen, try the buffet while you’re here.

P.S. If you want some of my SEO Elixir, send me your banking details and I’ll debit out a large but fair amount of money.  I’ll send you a vial overnight, packed in dry ice to preserve freshness.  But act fast!  Supplies won’t last!

 

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27 thoughts on “How To Lower Your Alexa Ranking

  1. Andrew@LivingRichCheaply

    What?! I demand information about HTML and Meta tags and your magical SEO elixir! It was a fun read. I’m with you…if it’s no fun then there’s no point doing it. Like you, I’d like to make something to cover the hosting/registration but I also do enjoy the community and sharing my stories. I might be interesting in learning some SEO tricks and stuff but I don’t really have time for that. All I can do is try and write interesting content. I think you’re doing a good job with that.

    1. No WasteNo Waste Post author

      Thank you for stopping in and saying so.

      As far the elixir? That’ll be $99.95 a month for six months, cash only.

      No refunds.

  2. Mr. 1500

    I dig it!

    I have read about a zillion posts on how to get your numbers down: make it ___ words long, publish on ____ at ____ o’clock. Do this with the title: ___. Install ___ plugin. Sacrifice a cat.

    I like your post the best though. Write quality stuff that doesn’t put someone to sleep. If you’re true to yourself and somewhat clever, people will find you.

    “This site is about holding myself financially accountable to get closer to retirement and it’s about having fun.”

    Right on! I would have said almost the exact same thing!

    I also like the networking part of it. Approximately 99.9% of my friends and family are horrible with their finances and my cries fall on deaf/stupid ears:

    Me: Mom, you and dad are struggling. Why did you pay $500 for a purse with a picture of Mickey Mouse on it? (true story)
    Mom: I wanted it!
    Me (just my thoughts now): Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! KILL ME NOW! WTF? I give up.

    So, I enjoy commiserating with like minded folks whose eyes don’t glaze over when I talk about financial stuff.
    Mr. 1500 recently posted…Thursday Rant: Big Sis Amiss in Financial AbyssMy Profile

    1. No WasteNo Waste Post author

      Great comment from the One Five Oh Oh!

      I just don’t even bring up finances outside of select family members, because I too tend to find myself on an island.

      Hey! That purse is an investment, man! So back off!

        1. No WasteNo Waste Post author

          I fully support and agree with your analysis of that situation.

          I hereby absolve you of any potential a-holishness.

    1. No WasteNo Waste Post author

      Glad you could relate, and thanks for stopping in to contribute!

      A blog should never be work, we have enough of that as it is!

  3. Joshua Rodriguez

    Thanks for your great post as always! My alexa rank just broke 200,000 and I’m so excited about it. It took several months and little manipulation. I guess I just followed your biggest tip here…Write quality posts! Hopefully it keeps dropping but, really, I don’t measure much on the alexa rank. I measure more based on engagement. For instance, I got 19 comments on my last post, 34 so far if you count my responses and 4 more to come. As long as the readers are engaged, they’ll come back! Would you mind stopping by and letting me know what you think of my site?
    Joshua Rodriguez recently posted…Welcome To The NEW CNA Finance!My Profile

  4. debtfreeoneday

    I’d never even heard of Alexa until I read another blogger’s post about their ranking! Curiosity got the better of me and I went online to check out what this hype on Alexa is all about. Yes I checked out my rating… and then again around 4 times a day for the next 3 weeks!

    I really agree that content is king and without good content, a blog will struggle to be successful. Right, enough commenting, back to brainstorming!
    debtfreeoneday recently posted…Friday’s Fab Links #5My Profile

    1. No WasteNo Waste Post author

      Thanks for stopping in and contributing!

      You got the takeaway that I was trying to deliver, forget you ranking, just write. The rest will follow.

    1. No WasteNo Waste Post author

      Sounds like you have to be vigilant to appease Alexa!

      Thanks for stopping by and good luck on your quest!

  5. Funny about Money

    Hilarious!

    I got into the Alexa thing a few years back, when I decided to devote a summer free of teaching to a certain prominent blogger’s scheme to exploit Alexa to jack up…what? page rank? traffic? fabulous blogging wealth? Alexa ranking, whatever that is?

    Well, a great deal of time-consuming activity actually did increase a number of metrics. Did I get the promised ad offers? Heeeeeee! Ask me about it sometime!

    These days I write what I feel like writing to those who feel like reading it, and if that doesn’t make me famous, well…honi soit qui mal y pense.
    Funny about Money recently posted…TSP: Dishwasher Rises from the Dead!My Profile

    1. No WasteNo Waste Post author

      You’re take away from my post is what I was aiming for – thanks for sharing your personal story!

      You’re writing for the right reasons, if you ask me!

      The wright reasons, even?

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  7. Rita P

    Alexa is just a statistics and Content will always remain the King. If you start creating unique posts which are informative, you have that natural organic traffic hitting your website. I have been blogging because I love to do so, hence Alexa should not be the main parameter who need to be pleased
    Rita P recently posted…Become rich now or neverMy Profile

  8. Insourcelife

    Never heard of them before… I can get sidetracked by the WordPress Stats page enough without having to worry about checking another rating site, thank you very much. If content is good, ratings will follow so who cares?

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