Alexa in a nutshell – what’s your world website ranking?

Alexa gives your website a world rankingAlexa is a company that provides a world ranking for all websites on the Internet.

I love this idea.

When I played a lot of tennis I often wished that I could have a world tennis ranking, so I would know how many tennis players I still needed to overtake in my quest for glory.

Federer - number 1 - like YahooI imagined a weekly notice from the tennis officials, telling me, Congratulations, your ranking has increased 143,643 places and you are now ranked 8,200,505th in the world.

Unfortunately, world tennis rankings don’t go past 2,000 so my dream of a world tennis ranking remains a dream. Not so, however, the almost as exciting dream of a world website ranking.

Alexa provides toolbars for popular web browsers. Install one, and Alexa will start telling you the ranking of every website you visit, while also adding your browsing habits to its statistics.

Nadal - number 2 - like GoogleThere are, of course, many problems with this method of ranking web sites, in particular, webmaster oriented sites get a huge advantage, but I prefer to ignore these trivial weaknesses, and instead concentrate on watching my website climb the rankings, pushing aside less awesome sites.

I’m not sure if visiting your own website yourself adds to your Alexa stats, but just to be sure I tend to visit Supernifty at least 1,000 times daily.

You should do the same. Visit Supernifty that is, not your own undeserving site.

The main problem with the Alexa ranking is knowing what a ranking really means. To help out on this, Supernifty has put together a simple table for evaluating your website, based on its Alexa ranking.

Simply look up your ranking, then check it against the table below.

Ranking Evaluation
15 million   You don’t even visit your own website? That’s embarassing.
5 million   OK, so now you’re visiting your own site.
3 million   Your Mum has also seen your website.
2 million   Your Mum has a dog, it likes to surf the net.
1 million   Your family and all family pets clearly are visiting your site.
500k   Your site is officially proper*.
200k   Your site is officially pretty good*.
20k   ur site is beats lolcats.com.
5k   Congratulations! You are more popular than Hillary Clinton.
1500   Time to run for president. You just passed Barack Obama.
3-100   To reach the coveted top 100, your site will need that something special. If you’re not a mega software company, or owned by Google, your site must contain at least one of the following: social networking; zillions of sites combined; porn; illegal downloads; or image/video sharing. That’s a tip for reaching the top 100.
2   You are God
1   God has an Uncle?

So now you know how good your site is, and by extension, how good you are.

* Supernifty certified. Stickers available on request.

4 Responses to “Alexa in a nutshell – what’s your world website ranking?”

  1. Zippyfish says:

    Damn, how come your site is so much higher ranked than mine?

  2. peter says:

    Zippy, Zippy, Zippy,

    It’s the age old question, to which there is typically no simple answer. Numerous books, websites and enthralling conferences exist in response to just that question.

    The main reason is that my site has a hilarious picture of Roger Federer.

    Seriously though, I think in your case, your web site’s topic, movie reviews, has lots of competition. Though I imagine you have a small but devoted following amongst those searching for “crab bait”. Perhaps you should focus on that.

  3. Zippyfish says:

    Hey, after reading your comment I went back to look at your picture of Roger Federer and noticed that it is in fact hilarious.

    Yeah, maybe I should take your advice and refocus my site. I noticed that my site is ranked first in the world for searches of ” irritating kid = good crab bait”. Perhaps I can target the cantankerous old man market.

  4. RedheadGirl says:

    Hi there, I found your blog via Google while searching for sites about tennis and your post looks very interesting for me.

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