Boosting Traffic with Alexa and StumbleUpon

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Of course there are so many ways to get traffic, but lately bloggers are all on this “Stumble Me and I will Stumble You!” This is because StumbleUpon can guarantee you unforecasted traffic! Well what if we were able to manipulate all that traffic to increase our traffic rankings with Alexa?

This morning I was just browsing through some websites, until I found a website that gave you some tricks with StumbleUpon and Alexa. This is a very unique trick to get high Alexa traffic and get stumbled. The script was created by Terence Chang.

He simply says:

We all know that StumbleUpon and Alexa Traffic Ranking can bring you a lot of traffic, but how do you do it more efficiently? Especially for those who do not have Alexa ToolBar installed? This is just an experiment to see how easily you can increase your Alexa Traffic Ranking and got stumbled by your viewers at the same time. More people stumble your page, more traffic you will get. More traffic you get, higher Alexa Traffic Ranking you will earn. It’s a chain reaction.

He has created a great script that can boost your Alexa rankings and get stumbled.

Why focus on Alexa as well?

Alexa is an Amazon owned company that is famous for its public traffic ranking service via its alexa.com website. Alexa traffic ranking is being used by many webmasters and web advertisement services to measure the success of websites and has been a topic on many forums and blogs. Most talked about topic is on how to improve your traffic ranking and how accurate the ranking is.

Alexa rating shows number of page views and number of users particular website receives. According to Alexa, the traffic rank is based on three months of aggregated historical traffic data from millions of Alexa Toolbar users. However, Alexa only works on Windows systems using Internet Explorer.

Since Alexa only works with users who uses the Alexa ToolBar and on Windows System using Internet Explorer, thee is a link that is used to help your traffic even more without the use of toolbars and works on any operating system.

Terence Chang’s script uses that special link and opens up a review for stumbleupon for the reader. Here is his script and you can see it in action by just clicking on the image below.

StumbleUpon

If you click this image to the left you will notice the StumbleUpon page pop up, but there is a separate window underneath it. Its my domain, just forwarded from Alexa.

This is the special link that others can use to get your Alexa ranking count without the necessary tool bar: http://redirect.alexa.com/redirect?[URL HERE]

This is great because you can post that specific link in forums, email signatures, blogs, comments, etc! Thus increasing your Alexa score! I know I will be using it more so when I comment on blogs and I will be adjusting my forum signatures as well.

Here is Terence script in full view:

<a onclick=”Javascript:window.open(’http://redirect.alexa.com/redirect?[Your URL]‘, ‘StumbleUpOn’);return true;” href=”http://www.stumbleupon.com/submit?url=[Replaced with your blog URL]&title=[Replaced with your blog title]” target=”_blank”><img alt=”StumbleUpOn + Alexa” src=”[Replaced with your image path]/stumbleuponalexa.jpg” border=”0″></a>

But I do find some annoyance to this script. When someone does click it it opens another window with my website. Why have another of my website open in the background? That is just me. You are the reader you are already reading my blog so why have it opened twice.

That is the only drawback I see. I do not know yet if I will adjust my “Share Me” plugin to incorporate this script, just because a secondary window being opened. I will however adjust some of my signatures and external links to the Alexa redirect to better increase my Alexa Rankings.


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  • Meg

    Hi Ian

    You can get an Alexa toolbar for Firefox and Mozilla at
    http://www.quirk.biz/searchstatus/.

    I think that the Alexa redirects look a bit “desperate”. Do you think that the advantages of using it would outweigh the potential for diminished credibility?

  • admin

    it may look desperate yes, as we are trying to improve rankings – which might lose the bloggers brand, as for credibility I do not think it may diminished it as its just a forwarded just incase the end reader does not have the tool bar for IE or for FF

    Meg, thanks for the FF toolbar

  • I use the Alexa widget on my blog and installed the Search Status plugin for Firefox. When I first installed the Alexa widget, my rank was almost at a million. It’s improved greatly without my having to use redirects. Good luck on your experiment!

  • Once you start using that SearchStatus plugin, for analysing nofollow links, Robots.TXT etc. you’ll wonder how you lived without it.

    Whilst the script is clever, it does smack a bit of desperation.

    Andy Beard showed recently that Stumblers use their toolbar if they’re going to Stumble (certainly true of me), so it’s not going to be of great benefit. Better to educate your readers to use SearchStatus! 😉

    Found you via the Dosh Dosh Megite feed BTW.

  • Ian:

    I am glade that you will experiment your stumbleUpOn Alexa traffic. I did get good traffic within few days after I post it. It’s slowing down since I stop manipulate my Alexa traffic. Now my Alexa went from 5.5M to 330K in a month.

    I am more dedicated now as a stumbler. I post a new topic about “StumbleUpOn – How to make yourself a good stumbler”

    I hope you enjoy your traffic. Keep me post.

  • Ada

    Lucky you! Alexa suddenly says it has no data for me even though it used to before. Funnily enough, my traffic has tripled compared to 3 months ago and suddenly they don’t have any data for me. Any suggestions?

  • Ada:

    I had same problem before. When I had Alexa traffic ranking at 1.7M up from 5.5M a month ago, it suddenly disappeared from the Alexa web site. When it comes back up again, my ranking went up to 480K.

    So I guess you just need to be patient. Alexa sometimes may be updating their system.

    Good Luck!

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  • I’m bit skeptical about the accuracy of Alexa. Although I’m fairly new to SEO and domaining I guess Alexa is not the most accurate tool in the market.
    But I will definitely try this out. I was wondering if this still works though, since this post is dated July 2007.

  • I like to use Alexa and I think it is much more accurate than anything else.

  • i think alexa changed this strategy , and the ul http://redirect.alexa.com/redirect?%5BURL HERE] not working anymore .

  • Elena

    Interesting way to increase our traffic and notify Alexa. Stumbleupon is one of the famous social site that draws enormous traffic. One of my friend chooses controversial topics just to get extra stumbles which he did but not able to increase the Alexa ranking. I’m sure he will be very happy to get this script.

  • Although in the past I’ve been able to get some decent traffic from Stumbleupon, it never really converted well at all. As for Alexa, I don’t think that people really pay that much attention to it any more. Maybe, I’m wrong.

  • But they say that the traffic that SU brings is not anymore counted by Alexa as legitimate traffic. How true is that?

  • It look like this is true!