A week ago I blogged about Manipulating Alexa. At the time I called any gain in rank “fake”, but since then I’ve considered whether my statement was logical. Considering that the majority of you — if you’re anything like me — are likely to visit your site at least once daily anyway, surely this is not a manipulation of the figures but rather.. evening things up? The fact that we installed a toolbar is irrelevant; Alexa is supposed to show a representation of your traffic and as long as you didn’t increase the amount of times you visited your own site, you are just a part of that traffic.
Anyway, complex justification for number juggling aside, I’m sure most of you are more interested in the results rather than my waffling. Here is a small table, especially composed for your viewing pleasure (bear in mind that a lower number means a better rank):
|Site||Rank (Before)||Rank (After)||Gained Places|
So, what can we deduce from this? Well, firstly it’s obvious that those with a very low (numerically high) original rank gain places much more easily than those with a high (numerically low) rank (either that, or some of you browse your own website far too much). Secondly, this is not necessarily foolproof — two people dropped in rank a small amount (although the reasons for this may be many and varied). Thirdly, it worked! Woohoo.
No reason to stop now, of course. If your rank should be higher, no harm in giving it a helping hand.