Welcome up and downswings! I have installed the Alexa toolbar last week, to start checking my Alexa ranking. For those of you who are unaware of what the Alexa ranking is, it is a tool that analyzes browsing behavior and gives you a score based on how many people visited your site, linked back to your site, commented on your site, and so on.
The lower your Alexa ranking, the better your website. Facebook is #1, Google is #2 and Youtube is #3. When I started watching my ranking, I was near the #6M mark. A couple of weeks later, my ranking is 1 414 189. I read that there were about 20 million websites, so if you want to rank in the top 5%, you would have to have an Alexa ranking of under 1 million, and the top 1% would be a score of under 200K.
While I am still very far from those goals, they are certainly achievable with patience and hard work! I have installed the Alexa toolbar on Firefox and every time I visit my website, I can see my score dropping, or going back. And you can of become addicted to it! Like when you climb on the scale every morning when you are dieting, and worry about being heavier. Finding out that you are lighter will lift up your mood for the day!
Alexa is kind of the same at the moment. I know it doesn’t mean much since I have to stabilize (like my weight!!) for a few weeks before I can officially say that I am under a certain number. But at the moment I am doing well, my ranking went from 3.6M to 1.4M in just over a week, and I am happy about it 🙂
Still, I will not live by it and try not to watch it so closely!