7 Great Ways to Improve Your Alexa Ranking

In the last two weeks, I’ve been researching SEO and Alexa rankings along with increasingBucket List Publications Logo followers and viewers since one of my bucket list items for the year was to gain 25,000 followers and reach 10,000,000 views! I know; crazy right? At first, it was overwhelming! I didn’t even know where to start. I knew that I had an alexa.com ranking but I didn’t know how to improve it. I knew that I was quickly gaining followers, but I never really thought about why. I’ve finally come up with a list of things that I do regularly to improve my rankings, followers, and viewers and I’d like to share my findings. I am by no means an expert; I’ve already learned that when it comes to linking to other blogs, but I do think I have a few great tips to share. In return, I’d love your feedback and if you have anything that I’m missing, please share with others. We are, after all, a community and it is that community that leads to success.

1. Alt tags should be on all of your images. Images are invisible to search engines, and alt tags are an easy way to tell search engines what your image is about. Below a recently uploaded image, there should be a section that says, “Title”, “Alternate Text”, “Caption”, and “Description”. Tuck in a keyword for the alt tags and maximize the impact of the images on your site.

Alt Tag Screen

2. Download the Alexa toolbar and use it every day to visit your own website. You can see how your rankings are improving. Alexa even gives you the ability to co-brand the toolbar with your own logo and give it away. You can download the toolbar here:http://www.alexa.com/toolbar?utm_source=top-nav&utm_medium=www&utm_campaign=toolbar.

3. Encourage your website visitors to add their positive testimonials on Alexa’s detailed listings page for your website. This can be done by placing a link to the appropriate Alexa page on your website and asking visitors to “Click here to rate this website”. You can find a detailed Alexa page here: http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/lesleycarter.wordpress.com. I checked the best ranked site on Alexa, which is Google, and they have 1047 reviews! I currently have 1! My goal is to gain 300 reviews before the end of the year! It’s a lot but with your support, I can make it happen. So, for every person that adds a review at http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/lesleycarter.wordpress.com, I will add a review for your site as well. It will take no more than 2 minutes; let’s grow in success together! Click on http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/lesleycarter.wordpress.com and hit the five star button. After you’ve done it, shoot me a quick email, info@bucketlistpublications.com, with your blog address and I will return the favor.

Review lesleycarter.wordpress.com on alexa.com

4. Link your blog to Twitter and Facebook. Blog posts shared on Twitter get 113% more inbound links than those not shared on social media at all. Also, did you know that Facebook is now the most preferred way of sharing content – second only to email? Promoting your site through social media such as Twitter and Facebook is key to funneling more traffic to your site. You can check out my twitter account here: https://twitter.com/LesleyMCarter and my Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/BucketListPublicationsMagazine. I usually add more photos and writings on both Twitter and Facebook. It’s a great place to get to know each other better.

5. Social shares such as tweets, likes and follows are considered a superior and lasting way to promote the popularity of your site. Meaningful comments that show the writer you actually read their writing go a long way. I usually spend my morning and sometimes my evenings searching for other great sites to “like”, comment on, and share with others. It is this connection with other writers that lead them to my site. Remember to actually read the post and provide a meaningful comment. Besides, it’s great to read the work of other like-minded writers. It’s a win-win situation.

6. Responding to comments and messages shows readers that you care about their support. Regardless of the length of the comment or the content, that reader felt connected enough to your writing to respond and it warrants a response.

7. Every link to your site is another vote in the giant popularity contest that is the internet. The more sites that link to you, the better you will rank. Keep on creating and sharing all that great content, and you’ll keep moving closer to the top of the charts.

Obviously, content is king and is the number one factor in improving your rankings. Visitor engagement looks at how many times your visitors came to your site, how long they stayed around, and how many pages they viewed. In general, ranking sites want to see that people came to your site and stayed around because of all your great content. I’ve directed you to the good practices that I use, now go make that content great. May you continue to grow with success!

237 thoughts on “7 Great Ways to Improve Your Alexa Ranking

  1. I’m curious how this site (Alexa) compares to Klout, Kred, or Proskore? Do you use any of these while measuring your reach? This seems a little more like a combo of those and google analitics. I confess I had never heard of Alexa until I read this post but have used all the ones I mentioned above.

  2. I find that when I think about ratings and rankings, I can’y write poetry. The poetry only comes when I have no audience in mind. When I think of ratings and follower count, I think: Would Michelangelo or Shakespeare care about these things? And of course the answer is: No, they would not.
    I am not even sort of implying that I am on par with these greats, however, it does make me ponder about why we have blogs/websites, for me, it’s because I have poetry come to me – like a sweet jasmine from somewhere that absorbs me totally and I am lost in its timeless, focused state until the poem is written and sometimes for days afterward due to the poem having an impact on me. When I write from that space, the followers come along naturally. Since what moves me from my heart often has the same impact on others.

    Now, I don’t write poetry for profit, if I did, marketing and social networking would be helpful, but I write for the sheer need to: it makes me feel more alive and whole.

    • I don’t write my content for profit and sharing my adventures and travels with others is the main goal, but growing in readership and rankings is exciting to me! It drives me to write better and for my audience as well as myself. I have to admit, when I see my rankings increase, it brings a smile to my face and makes me think bigger. I feel like I can accomplish so much more when I have the support and backing of others. Maybe that’s self-center and foolish, but if it gives me motivation I don’t see it in a bad way.

      Your poetry is great so whatever you’re doing is working for you :)

      May you continue to grow in success, however you measure it.
      :)

      • If I traveled as much as you do, Lesley, I would also be exited to have a lot of new readers and high stats, traveling is a fun, adventurous thing to share with others.
        It is also helpful to read about and see photos – for those of us who travel some, but not frequently.

    • Genie, you are incorrect about Shakespeare. He cared very much about his audience numbers and wrote to make money. Titus Andronicus is essentially a 16th century slasher film written to make money. Shakespeare wrote with the idea of getting and keeping an audience all the time. 12th Night is another example. The history plays are all about “good ratings” – Londoners loved seeing their kings and queens on stage so Shakespeare kept coughing them up. The character of Falstaff was so popular he even spun off into comedy called “The Merry Wives of Windsor”. Commerce and the desire/need to make money is a huge part of Shakespeare’s artistry. Many of the poems where written because someone paid him to write them up front…which is to say he wrote FOR money.

      Michaelangelo I know less about but I do know that he worked on commission – as a hired hand. Most of the masterpieces we know today – he was hired and paid upfront.

  3. This is an interesting article about Alexa ranking, Lesley. What always amazes me when I read about how many followers and page views you have, is why you have chosen to keep your blog on wordpress.com rather than self-host. I guess it´s also testament to WP that they continue to host your blog free of charge when you are such a force to be reckoned with!

    Have you considered self-hosting, or is it that your blog is now too big to move – as all the hard work getting followers and page views would have to be done all over again on a new site?

    I´m sure I´m not the only person to wonder this. Do tell!

  4. Thanks for the good tips. I am focusing on writing good content, but when I am ready to focus on traffic I will use some of your tips. I already know that my content is not focused enough. I wander all over the place :-). But, that is me and what I want share about myself.

    • I have everything from travels and adventure to baby products on here. I realize that that may not seem focused at times, but it is all centered around my bucket list dreams and adventures. Your blog is a reflection of you, no need to change the focus :)

      • Gosh that is so reassuring! I am finding it a real struggle to grow my traffic and there’s no doubt I do talk about a lot of different things, but that is me. I thought about restricting myself but it wouldn’t be fun any more if I did. Congratulations on doing so well, I hope it gets even better.

        I always welcome all the help I can get!

  5. Thanks for the great info! I am still pretty new at this. These are probably stupid questions, but how to you get an Alexa ranking in the first place? And do I understand this correctly: does the toolbar just give you information about your site? I install it on the browser; it does not run as a widget on the site? And lastly, how do you get the graphics for that cool “review me on Alexa” button? Thanks in advance for your help. Like you, I find readership very motivating and I would love to increase it.

    • Hey,

      The toolbar increases your rankings on Alexa as far as I know. I don’t think it runs as a widget; the Alexa toolbar symbol should appear in the toolbar area of your browser. It depends on what type of browser you use. I use Google Chrome and it is in the upper right hand corner. If you click on it when your site is open, your stats should appear.

      If you click on http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/lesleycarter.wordpress.com# and replace my address with yours, you can see your ranking.

      The graphic can be found if you search google for Alexa widget.

      I hope this helps. Some of these things are harder to explain than I thought ;)

    • I posted a review for your site as well :)

      I’m sure you know more about this, but I don’t think I can claim my site in alexa because I am a wordpress.com user. Do you know if this is still possible?

      Thanks for the support,

      Lesley

      • they will allow you to claim it by changing one of your main page keywords to a string of text that they assign you. I have not personally had success with this method. I ditched my worpress.com blog as soon as I realized it was not going to allow me the freedom I thought I would need. I am extremely glad that I did.

        I would try that key word method. Hopefully it works for you. there is no way you will have access to your head section like you need. Its may be possible with a crafty banner placement. but I would try the easy way first.

        Thank you for the review!

          • I was able to at least put in Google and Bing meta tags that might help with those two search engines… if WordPress had an area like they have where they have uploaded the info to add in Google and Bing and add to that Alexa that would be nice. Thanks for the info on Alexa though because I was able to add in my regular website very easily…

      • Yes you can claim your site even though you are a wordpress.com user. I have just done it. Follow the directions within Alexa (using option 2). If you need any help Lesley, let me know and I´ll be glad to help. :)

  6. The one thing you may also want to remember is this little ditty: I started following you not because you are such a high ranking blog, but because your content is so unbelievably cool, and I can live a bit vicariously while you document all the things on MY bucket list too! Seriously, your posts are so entertaining, and more to the point, INSPIRING. That’s the biggest reason for your high ratings. With that said, I appreciate more than my vocabulary can express this close to midnight and after a glass of cabernet, all the quality information of this post. Regardless of content, if there’s no one around to read it (and let’s be honest: ‘LIKE’ it) what’s the point? We would all take our balls and go home withour readership. Thanks Lesley. You’re my hero on many levels.

    • Thank you Jan! Regardless of my rankings, I’ll continue to write about what I love and what I know – travel and adventure. There is so much to see and experience in life and I want to do it all!

      May the world be at your doorstep,

      Lesley

  7. I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for 8 months! I’m learning so much from you. Thank you for consistently visiting my blog. Sometimes, it seems like people are “liking” and “following” just to build their own audience, but you actually continue to visit and that makes you the real thing!

  8. Wow! Thanks so much for sharing all this with us. I am a relatively new blogger and this will definitely help me earn a few more views and followers.
    Following your blog and cant wait to read new posts :) Great blog!

  9. Very interesting and helpful post Lesley! Thanks for sharing. I also find a lot of what you said you do to be true. You always stop by my sports blog and leave me a “Like” or a comment on one of my post. Thank You again and keep up the great work!

  10. As someone who hasn’t really got the hang of WordPress just yet never mind the art of blogging, this is some great advice, especially with regards to the interaction with other bloggers, Thanks.

  11. Thank you for sharing this wonderful information. I guess blogging can become a full time job. I just like sharing the pictures I take that I hope encourage others.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

  12. What a remarkable achievement in eight months Lesley! You MUST be proud :)
    Thank you for always sharing your tips. I’ve only been blogging for a few months and not as focused as you, but you’ve given me some tools and incentive. Thanks again

    Swozy

  13. Lesley thanks so much for putting in all the work AND sharing it with us! I’m not so tech savvy, but I think even I can incorporate many of your suggestions! You are like the Oprah of the internet Lesley…always pulling people along to the summit and cheering us on, saying, C’mon gang, there’s room for all of us at the top! Way to GO!!
    *anna

  14. Thanks so much Lesley! I feel very lucky that you happened upon my blog one day and “liked” it and I was able to start following you. I will write your review shortly… thanks for the hint on the pictures also.. your blog is great and I know that you will reach the number of followers you want very soon… will share your blog on my facebook page as I have many friends in the travel business like myself and we are all small business owners trying to figure out how to work with social media to improve our customer base… I have had my blog for many years and have off and on used it… lately more so than my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/champagnevacations because I felt that I wasn’t getting much interaction and that blogging would be better… what do you or any of your followers that have an opinion think?

    • I’m currently over 33,000 followers so that’s one of the blogging goals I can scratch off, but I still have a long way to go to reach 10,000,000 views. At over 6.7 million, I’m still hopeful though.

      If you have any specific questions that you’d like to ask, please feel free to email me at info@bucketlistpublications.com. I’d be happy to give any support that I can. I’m relatively new to blogging and social media, but I’m willing to try.

      Have a great day and I look forward to hearing from you,

      Lesley

  15. excellent read, only had a quick flick through it as im at work ”tut tut to skiving lol”, but will give it another read later, having just started a blog myself it makes very interesting reading on trying to make my page grow

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