Over the weeks Webandrank has enjoyed watching its Alexa ranking steadily but surely make its way under 100,000. Nobody can be sure but the rumour is that once you make it past this milestone of being within the top 100,000 websites in the world things can really start to happen.
Over the last month or so our Alexa ranking has been dropping (or increasing depending on which way you look at it) about 1000 places every 24 hours. Since May a lot of great content has been added and some difficult SEO work has been implemented to really spread our message deep into the web.
Four days ago our Alexa ranking froze at 113,971 at has not gone up or down since then. Blog posts have been added everyday and the same SEO work has continued as normal. This is making the office a little bit paranoid, what is happening to our Alexa ranking? The stats for reach, pageviews, pageviews per user and time on have all increased at a good rate.
As the office the Stat-Guy waits for the next change in the Alexa ranking it can only be hoped that it is going to be good. Webandrank predicts that because the rank has been changing rapidly and as the number of visitors grows there is going to be a big jump in the ranking taking us under 100,000. Maybe Alexa has a different program for indexing websites that are under this important number meaning it takes some time to re-index the site.
Are any other websites or blog having or have experienced a similar problem? Let us know your thoughts.
**From the Alexa.com Forum Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:23 am
Traffic Rank updates delayed
Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:23 am
“We apologize for the inconvenience and the delay in updating Traffic Ranks for all sites.
We are still collecting traffic data as usual. It is only the update that is delayed due to a technical issue. Our team is resolving the issue, and the Traffic Rank date should continue to move forward (it was originally stuck at August 4) over the next few days.
We appreciate your patience.”
- alberto Posts: 3277
Some Important Disclaimers from :http://www.alexa.com/help/traffic_learn_more
The traffic data are based on the set of toolbars that use Alexa data, which may not be a representative sample of the global Internet population. To the extent that our sample of users differs from the set of all Internet users, our traffic estimates may over- or under-estimate the actual traffic to any particular site.
In some cases traffic data may also be adversely affected by our “site” definitions. With tens of millions of hosts on the Internet, our automated procedures for determining which hosts are serving the “same” content may be incorrect and/or out-of-date. Similarly, the determinations of domains and home pages may not always be accurate.
Sites with relatively low traffic will not be accurately ranked by Alexa. Alexa’s data comes from a large sample of several million Alexa Toolbar users and other traffic data sources; however, the size of the Web and concentration of users on the most popular sites make it difficult to accurately determine the ranking of sites with fewer than 1,000 monthly visitors. Generally, traffic rankings of 100,000 and above should be regarded as not reliable. Conversely, the closer a site gets to #1, the more reliable its traffic ranking becomes.