Alexa Unveils New Ranking System

Quite different, but not necessarily better

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That Alexa’s ranking system needed improvement is something upon which almost everyone could agree.  Now it’s been altered, and unfortunately for Alexa, the consensus still lies in that direction.

A number of people are happy with the changes, of course; some sites have seen huge increases, so they’re more than okay with the way things stand.  But the new rankings make the old ones look ridiculous, and even now, it appears that accuracy is lacking.

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Allen Stern writes, "CN dropped from ~25,000 to ~76,000 which is a shocking drop of 51,000 spots.  I actually believe this is a huge mistake and is the highest drop I’ve seen so far.  Yet our sister site, HTMLCenter actually moved up about 30,000 spots and now sits at ~95,000.  The kicker is this: HTMLCenter currently has 15% of the traffic that CN has."

Alexa claims to be drawing information from more sources and using improved methodology.  Whatever it’s doing, though, conversations about the update are often turning into plugs for Compete and Quantcast, which probably wasn’t the company’s goal.

For the record, Alexa currently gives WebProNews a traffic rank of 9,372, and because we haven’t much watched that stat, we have no idea how it compares to our pre-change standing.

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  • http://www.toursgorilla.com Gorilla Tour

    I have never trusted alexa and its ranking system. I do mountain gorilla tracking tours and i have a new site that i have been monitoring however, i get completely different results from that on my webstats. Are we being taken for a ride?(look at cnn)

  • http://www.southafrica.to South African

    I keep a close eye on the airline industry, and many airline sites improved their Alexa rankings by about 50% after the reshuffle.

  • http://www.directorysight.com Directory

    I dont consider Alexa as a good ranking system reason being; yahoo is no. 1 as per alexa but all the people know that google is more popular than yahoo. I dont know what criteria they use.

  • http://www.buzziboy.com raj yad

    Hi , i am 17 year old college guys…I

  • http://www.travelsupermarket.co.za Flights SA

    South African – how long after the re-shuffle did you check the numbers?

  • http://www.asbestos-truth.com Guest

    I dont worry about anything other than Google.  If I can keep google happy then google will keep me happy.

  • http://www.topmobilephonereviews.co.uk/nokia-n79 Nokia N79

    Exactly…how long was the time before you checked?

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