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Does Alexa ranking correspond to real internet traffic?

Compare 2 sites with similar Aleax rankings

   
6:08 pm on Mar 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Is there any real meaning in the Alexa rankings? I just compared 2 sites who list a third party link to their stats.

Site A is a site about European cars. It has an Alexa rank in the 32,000 range. The stats show it gets 1700 unique visitors per day.

Site B is a site about stock car racing. It has an Alexa rank in the 30,000 range. The stats show it gets 31,000 unique visitors per day.

Conclusion 1 is that there is a huge difference in the 2,000 Aleax ranking points, with sites only 2,000 points apart being that different in their traffic.

Conclusion 2 is that European car surfers are much more likely to have the Alexa toolbar installed than stock car racing surfers.

Are these conclusions viable. What has your experience been with Alexa?

7:06 pm on Mar 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You are applying false pretences. Mostly because it is impossible to know unique visitors.

Alexa is simply a rank of reletive popularity of web sites among users of the Alexa toolbar. Nothing more, nothing less.

Matt

7:17 pm on Mar 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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They do some statistical nonsense too, read their description of page rank:
[pages.alexa.com...]
9:03 pm on Mar 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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alexa is just a marketing scam. Their rankings are meaningless.
9:07 pm on Mar 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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alexa is just a marketing scam. Their rankings are meaningless.

Gee, don't hold back, tell us what you really think!

Funny, I don't see any other services out there even trying to give us insights into how web sites (competitors) are doing. It's just a guess based on input provided by a toolbar, take the results with a grain of salt, but it's the only game in town.

9:30 pm on Mar 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Matt, I am not applying false pretenses. These are the actual uniques as listed in each sites stats. I have seen them for myself.
10:17 pm on Mar 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I don't see any other services out there even trying to give us insights into how web sites (competitors) are doing

Like I said, it's meaningless.

10:27 pm on Mar 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Just don't tell my advertisers -

I point them to Alexa's rank of my site vs 10 competitors and they spend their ad dollars with me.

I wouldn't call that useless at all!

Now shhhhhh!

 

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