Big Changes in the Alexa Algorithm

By Daniel Scocco

My Alexa rank was on the 200,000 range over the past weeks, and yesterday I noticed that my toolbar was showing 14,000 for it. I thought that it was a glitch, but today that 14,000 returned. I went to check out on the Alexa website, and here is a screenshot of the info I got there:

alexa change algorithm

So yeah, it looks like Alexa loves Daily Blog Tips again.

Jokes apart, I also went to check the Alexa rank of several Internet marketing related websites, and they all went up significantly. It probably means that Alexa changed its algorithm again.

If you don’t remember it, some months ago Alexa rolled out an algo change that supposedly weighted out the traffic coming from social media websites. As a result, many blogs and websites saw their rankings go downhill overnight. Daily Blog Tips, for instance, used to have an Alexa rank of 12,000 before that change, and it went to a ranking of 200,000 over the past six months.

Maybe Alexa realized that it messed up with the last update, and it is trying to fix things now.

Did your Alexa ranking chang a lot this week?



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37 Responses to “Big Changes in the Alexa Algorithm”

  • Dingchao

    Mine goes a little down, but it’s quite normal. Congrats, Daily blog tips should goes up, why? Because I visit this site every single day!

  • Hendry Lee

    It’s good to know that. It was pretty inaccurate for many sites. Instead of fixing it, they decide to open up more data.

    I hope by that approach, they are getting more serious about the ranking as well.

  • RobbyAnz

    At this moment my Alexa ranking is very stable.
    On the Alexa’s site don’t appear to be present any type of algorithm change.
    Alexa present only a look change (cute!)…

  • Pinaki Ghosh

    Yes, I notice it. Congrats! Especially the Alexa rank of popular blogs seem to have improved to a large extent. My main site writer4me had the rank of 88,000 last week; this week it is 89,000; not much change. But I noticed your blogs, and a few other popular blogs have hugely benefited from this change. Any idea why?

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Pinaki, in reality the ranking of my and other IM related blogs has just returned to what it was before they rolled out the last algo change.

    I believe somehow they were not considering part of the traffic for that sites (social media traffic, for example).

  • Rarst

    I had fallen to something like 700-800К in last week.

    DBT is having a day of posts about services I couldn’t care less about. 🙂

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Rarst, at least those don’t happen that often 🙂 .

  • Nikhil

    I am new one in the blogging but still my rank is improved by 800.000.

  • Tia Singh aka @TiaSparkles

    Well my blogsite is not even 2 months old and while the overall ranking is a bit better at 2.49 mil, I really noticed a change in the one month ranking it’s down to 1.29 mil.

    Not good enough! I’m actively working to bring it down to the low hundred thousands wonder how long that will take.

    Yay Alexa! I’m addicted to numbers!

  • topcool

    check alexa now

  • LGR

    They show some more information now as well that is interesting. Of course it still looks wildly inaccurate.

  • ebta

    My rank is stable, not much change (~32K) in the last 3 months..

  • Dan Palka

    Alexa has just gone berzerk on me the past few weeks.

    My most popular website (Info-Mac) dropped from the 400,000s to the 10 millions, then went back into the 600,000s within a matter of two weeks.

    My other, much smaller website with way less traffic (System 7 Today) is somehow in the 200,000s, is supposedly getting 99.9% of traffic from South Korea, and is the 3,399th most popular website in that country.

    This entire time, my Quantcast and Google Analytics reports have been stable.

    I’m now completely done with Alexa.

  • Daisy the Curly Cat

    I was finally below 100k and then with the previous change, I went WAY up and then finally stabilized around 200k. But in the last couple days, I went down to about 85k. Woohoo!

    I still wonder why my traffic graph has such wildly fluctuating spikes when my traffic is pretty consistent.

  • Robin

    My blog is still rather new so I haven’t broken into the top million yet…lol.

    I am loving the new Alexa. Although, my progress seems pretty much on the same track, I now have daily and weekly stats. This is ehlpful when trying to figure out how to progress further.

    It seems Google is working on PR now also. My “green” blog finally has a rank showing up, this only occurred over the past couple days.

  • Che – Snugd

    I think 14 000 is not reflecting the traffic of DBT.. its inaccurate…

  • Random Girl

    Congratulations on your new rank 🙂 I’d expect you even lower soon with all those wordpress themes & blogger traffic

  • Niche Blog

    I don’t like the new look of alexa.

    On the ranking thing, My sites don’t seem to have changed much

  • Mr. I

    Finally, they are fixing it! But my ranking is still going up and up!

  • Anish K.S

    Alexa look and style also changed. for me alexa ranking is steady growing. 🙂

  • Chris

    My alexa rank also dropped significantly. I’m happy though

  • Sarah Worsham

    Not that they’d ever admit it, but I wonder if they take Google PR into account in the Alexa rankings. It’s interesting to me that they both seemed to go up recently. Using Google PR as part of their algorithm would make sense and it’s a pretty readily available metric.

  • Matt Oxley

    I noticed a huge difference on my site…i was averaging over 150k daily and now I have seen it go to around 50-75k Daily!!! big improvement.

    also hit a PR4 yesterday, not bad for a blog thats only been around since October eh?

    thanks for this article

  • Shireishou

    It still change. my site always decrease even though the traffic is increase. T_T sad

  • Ara

    So the reason is alexa changed their algo. Honestly i do surprised when my blog A-rank increased by 500k n PR went from n/a to 4 in 30 days.

    Alexa solved, n awaiting the logic reason about PR in previous article 😀

  • Rob O.

    Whereas Google Page Rank does have some real-world significance, I maintain that Alexa is a self-perpetuating hoax – it’s only a valid metric because Alexa says so. And since so many gullible bloggers have bought into that notion, well then, it must be true.

    Alexa ranking is kinda like late-night infomercials hawking “collectible” Nascar plates – that is, what makes them “collectible” is that someone declared them to be so.

  • Melvin Durable

    You earned it. Further you will go.

    Melvin Durable
    melvindurable@gmail.com

  • Pixel

    My rank Still 17, 844 k.

  • ZK@WebTrafficROI.com

    Now a days there is lots of problem in alexa. They are not able to show the ranking in numericals in their tool bar.

  • ryan

    my blog just go down and down

  • pakdejack

    there’s no significally change in my alexa rank.

  • Boerne Search

    yeap, went up from 4.9 million spot to 220,000 spot. A hugh jump for me. But what does it mean???????????????

  • heartburn solutions

    I am not to focus on alexa rank or page rank …just getting traffic and money, enough for me

  • siva

    this alexa is piece of shit, mine was in 20k, last year wen they chnaged their code, droped to 70k, me having double times users and around 90k page views daily,page views 2.5 greater than last year, still 70k,:( ,coz of this most advertisers not placing higher bids in ads,

    alexa .|. u

  • Joe Scada

    Nice info very usefull, thanks.

  • medyum

    So the reason is alexa changed their algo. Honestly i do surprised when my blog A-rank increased by 500k n PR went from n/a to 4 in 30 days.

  • ravi

    Yes, I notice it. Congrats! Especially the Alexa rank of popular blogs seem to have improved to a large extent. My main site writer4me had the rank of 88,000 last week; this week it is 89,000; not much change. But I noticed your blogs, and a few other popular blogs have hugely benefited from this change. Any idea why?

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