I received hundreds of emails everyday. Most of the senders asked me to send them scandalous materials. They thought that I have those materials just because I posted a Pinay Scandal post. There are others who asked me some help regarding their SSS and GSIS accounts. And of course there are lots of emails sent to me that are related to blogging, SEO and making money online.
But what struck me today was the email telling me that the alexa ranking of this blog, selaplana.com, has dropped to almost 100,000.
Actually, I was not aware of this because my focus is not on increasing the alexa ranking but on getting more traffic from the search engines especially Google. However, the drop of the alexa ranking has alarmed me because the last time I checked it (that was last March 2009), the blog was still ranked between 40,000 to 50,000.
But I understand why it happens even if the actual traffic of the blog including the blogs under the subdomain has negligible change. This drop of the alexa ranking was caused by the following:
1. I was not using anymore the Alexa Toolbar or the Alexa Sparky for Firefox.
We all knew that the alexa rank was based on the actual visit of those internet users whose browsers are equipt with Alexa toolbar (Internet Explorer) or Alexa Sparky (Firefox Browser).
So, if your browser is equipt with the Alexa toolbar or Sparky then your visit to your own website or blog will be counted by Alexa, and will of course help increase your website’s or blog’s ranking especially if you are using a dynamic IP internet connection.
2. Two Blogs in the Subdomain got their own domain already
It was on April 2009 when I transferred two of my blogs in the subdomain. These blogs are the Pinoy Text Messages (textmessages.selaplana.com) and the Naruto Shippuuden Fan (narutoshippuuden.selaplana.com).
Since, these blogs were using the subdomain before, so they’re contributing alexa points to the domain (selaplana.com), thus helped boost the alexa ranking. And of course, after the transfer of these blogs to their own domain, their contribution of the alexa points to the selaplana.com domain were seized too.
3. Most of the visitors of this blog are not web-savvy.
You already had noticed that this blog talks about Technology and How to Make Money Online. But I admit that most of the visitors visit this blog not because they’re looking for information related to Technology or on How to Make Money Online. What these visitors are actually looking for are the scandalous materials.
I understand that those who are fond of using the Alexa Toolbar are those web-savvy people or webmasters or bloggers. They are the people who are interested in websites’ ranking and its analytics information.
4. Lots of new websites that are gaining more traffic than this blog.
The overall actual traffic of this blog and other blogs under the subdomain is quite high and it seems that it doesn’t changed since the time that the alexa ranking was still at between 40,000 – 50,000.
However, there are new websites and blogs that are getting more and higher traffic compared to the traffic of this blog. So obviously, as these new websites tend to get higher alexa ranking, this blog’s ranking will drops too.
What should I do to help increase the Alexa Ranking?
After identifying the factors that caused the drop of the Alexa ranking, you might ask me the ways that I am thinking to try to increase back the alexa ranking of this blog.
Okay here they are:
1. Install Alexa Sparky Addon to my Firefox browser.
After reading the email that told me about the blog’s alexa ranking, I immediately installed back the Alexa Sparky Firefox addon into my browser. This is to let Alexa count my visit to this blog.
2. Install the Alexa Widget.
The alexa widget is already installed into this blog which can be seen at the bottom of the page that looks like this:
This widget wouldn’t help boost the alexa ranking. However, every clicks by the visitors of this blog (even if the toolbar is not being used) into the image shown by the widget are counted by Alexa as valid visit.
3. Tell Friends to Use the Alexa Sparky for Firefox or the Alexa Toolbar for Internet Explorer.
My friends and loveones frequently visit this blog. Their visits will not be counted by the Alexa if their browsers don’t have the Alexa Sparky or Alexa Toolbar.
Now, since you are reading this blogpost, I humbly ask you to please install the Alexa Toolbar into your browser if you are fond of using the Internet Explorer, and if you are using the Firefox browser, just install the Alexa Sparky addon.
4. Increase the actual traffic of this blog and the blogs under the subdomain.
Increasing the traffic of this blog including the blogs under the subdomain is the best way to boost the Alexa ranking because at the same time the feed subscribers and the individual blog’s income will increase too.
So for me to increase the number of web-savvy or webmasters or bloggers visiting this blog, I also need to write more quality articles targeting these people.
I can also get more Alexa loving visitors by simply participating the discussions at webmasters forums like the Digital Point Forums.
If I can do the 4 ways that I listed above, I think in just few months, the alexa ranking of this blog will increased back to its former ranking.