Alexa Rank is loved and hated by every blogger. But nobody knows how it really works and on which factors is really based. I mean exactly!
Around April 2012 my blog went down 100k Alexa rank and I was quite satisfied with it.
Of course, above all for advertising reasons, I wanted to improve the rank.
So I did a test with my blog.
After suggestion of Yeremi of Probloggertips, I decided to write this article to show you my experience. Check out below what happened.
How to Really Increase Your Alexa Rank, Fast !
At beginning of May 2012, I started to receive many offers of guest posts, both directly via mail and via MyBlogGuest, a great platform created by Ann Smarty that let you connect with writers and other bloggers, which offer many articles about different topics.
Of course I had requests of guest posts also before that date, but since May I used to receive 4-5 requests daily.
So I decided to make a test : update my blog daily. I mean every day of the week, except Sunday.
See below a part of the guest posts published during May 2012 (click to enlarge the picture) :
At that time I had not organized yet the registration to my site via WordPress, in order to manage almost automatically the writing and publication of guest posts and the creation of new users (if you want to guest post for Free MAKE MONEY Advice check out this page.)
The biggest problem I faced at that time was the greatest difficulty to stimulate the guest bloggers who published articles on my site to respond to the comments of their contents.
For some I managed to get them to come on site and reply to comments, while for others I had to replace them with my own responses to the commentators.
I do not dispute about the quality of the content submitted by guest writers (which was quite good most of the times), but the lack of engagement with the Free MAKE MONEY Advice audience.
This is why I decided to change drastically the guidelines to guest post for my blog.
Returning to the case study…
So publishing almost daily (let’s say 6 days a week), I saw my Alexa rank improving fast, until I noticed the 1 month rank arrive to 29k at the end of June 2012.
See the image below (you can click on it to check my Alexa Rank) :
Now you can not see exactly the evidence of the 1 month rank at 29k, but I ensure you that I saw it for several days.
So I continued to publish 6 days a week posts during 2 months (May and June) and they was enough to spike the rank until 29k.
Consider that only at April 2012 I got my Alexa rank below 100k, this was a pretty fast increase, don’t you think?
With beginning of July 2012, I returned to my 3 posts weekly (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) and I left home for more than one month, for a travel in U.S.
I rarely checked the blog and of course I did not have the Alexa toolbar installed in the pc I had the possibility to use over there, which I used to control my site from time to time. I also used my iPhone, but I do not think this counted a lot for the Alexa rank (I have also purchased my new iPad in U.S. I have found a very good price).
So the 1 month Alexa rank dropped almost until 100k when I came back home around middle of August 2012.
Of course I had everything scheduled, with 3 posts a week. The only thing I was not there to promote the posts, or check the blog from my pc with toolbar installed.
Then I came back home and I returned to my activities.
After more or less one month, my Alexa rank is now again around 50k, sometimes improving a bit.
And consider that the difference of traffic between when I published posts daily and right now is not so huge to explain this big change of Alexa rankings.
Conclusion : What I have learned about Alexa Rank
From the experience I shared with you with this article, I know now that in order to improve your Alexa Rank FAST, you just need to update your blog daily.
I mean, you need to publish one post daily, at least.
The Alexa bot will visit you often and will see that you update your site daily, giving you a great rank.
This being equal conditions and factors (Alexa toolbar installed, visiting your own blog, and all the other tricks).
What do you think? How is your experience with the Alexa Rank?