How To Raise Your Alexa Ranking (in a cool way)

Yet another little “deviant” tatic from Mitch today. In my time as a blogger and innovative Internet Entrepreneur I have found a number of different ways to do things. Now for those of you who don’t know what an Alexa ranking is, an Alexa ranking is a global ranking system which keeps track of all the top websites in the world. For instance Google has an Alexa ranking of, yes you guess it, 1. Facebook has an alexa rank of 2 and YouTube has an Alexa ranking of 3. The highest I have been able to get one of my websites on the Alexa ranking system is around 70,000 globally and that’s another thing. Alexa has both, global and local ranks which you can rank for.

So what’s the big deal about getting a really high Alexa ranking apart from bragging rights amongst the who’s who of the IM (internet marketing) industry, well in some circles people believe that your Alexa ranking is just one of the many attributes that Google looks for when ranking your website, it’s also another backlink when you think about it and everything counts right! So how does it work?

Alexa, which is now owned by Amazon, while being the authority in web ranking, doesn’t really get much data to play with, realistically when you think about it. There are over 3.4 billion people online (growing daily) literally half of the worlds population online and of those people online, I would estimate that at maximum around 10% of them would have this installed. Alexa ranks your website based on people visiting it who have the Alexa toolbar installed. Yep, you guessed it. So litrerally less that 10% of the people who visit your website, are contributing to the rank of your website. What if you could get every single person who visits your website to send that data back to Alexa and increase your Alexa ranking effortlessly. This is not a black hat strategy by any means, but rather a way to help Alexa gather more data and increase the accuracy of their rankings.   As a great side benefit, this also helps your site’s Alexa ranking, allowing you to better dominate those keywords you’re going for with Google.

How to Raise Your Alexa Rankings

The way to do this is easy, all you need to do is put some code in your footer.php file of your WordPress template, or if you are using something other than WordPress, you can do it very easily as well.

You are probably thinking to yourself, “Mitch, I get it, tell me what I gotta do and stop blabbering on with the theory.” – Ok, so what you need to do is simply past the following code into your footer and make sure you edit the part that says “yourwebsite.com” to your website name.

<div style=”display: none;”><a href=”http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/yourwebsite.com”><script src=”http://xslt.alexa.com/site_stats/js/s/a?url=yourwebsite.com” type=”text/javascript”></script></a></div>

This has been another “interesting” broadcast by Mitch Sanders AKA The Marketing Deviant. Leave me some comment love below.

About Mitch Sanders

Mitch Sanders is the founder and editor of The Marketing Deviant Blog & International MiniBike Forum Dirt Bikes. Learn more about him here – About Mitch Sanders, connect with him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter @MitchSanders.

[SEO] First Page Google Rankings – Fact Or Fiction???

I have had many people ask me this and it’s only up until about 12 months ago that I totally smashed this preconception: “Getting your website on the first page of Google is IMPOSSIBLE!”

The funny thing about this is, I was able to get first page rankings for hundreds of keywords, targeting hundreds of different niches, all by accident. You a probably thinking “yeah right Mitch….” but I’m 100% serious here. And the coolest thing about this is you get can first page organic listings for almost any keyword while having a bunch of fun.

You see, search trends are changing, people no longer want to find a blog post and have to read it, looking at static pictures without really having any of their senses engaged. People want fun, loud, both visually and auditorally appealing content and if you haven’t caught on about what im getting to yet, I’m talking about Video.

It is 100,000,000 times easier (real number – proven with real data that I created while eating a banana) to rank on Google using video than any other medium. Not only that, you can do it in record time. You can do that because Google will rank videos higher than organic search results because Google being the smart company that they are, know how search is trending and know what people want. I have have videos rank on the first page of Google in minutes for high competition keywords, still today it blows me away.

So if there is a keyword you want to rank for on Google or any other search engine for that matter, try creating a few, to the point videos, with your keywords in them, pointing to your website and upload them to YouTube and the ton of other video search engines and see the result in a matter of minutes (not days, weeks, months or even years.)

Here is another little tip, if you were to create that video and then go and upload it to www.TubeMogul.com (don’t even get me started at the sheer coolness of this FREE web based app), TubeMogul.com will then blast that video out to 27 other video search engines all at the push of a button.

Go on, give it a try, you can thank me later.

Love, Hugs and other drugs,
Mitch Sanders

What did you think about this article? Was it helpful and what first page rankings do you have no because of it?

About Mitch Sanders

Mitch Sanders is the founder and editor of The Marketing Deviant Blog & International MiniBike Forum Dirt Bikes. Learn more about him here – About Mitch Sanders, connect with him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter @MitchSanders.

SEO Basics for Bloggers

After my last post, I spoke with several bloggers who needed a few fundamental SEO tips for their blogs. Let’s take a look at some basic, must-know SEO facts, do’s and dont’s.

SEO and Keywords
1. Use keywords in the titles of your pages.
2. Use variations of the same keywords throughout your post.
3. Proximity of keywords matters (Let’s say your going for the phrase “Make money online” – The phrase “Make money online blogging” counts more than “Make money blogging online”)
3. Use keywords for categories and tags (see my Big Bang Theory here: keyword strategy.)
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SEO and Backlinks
1. Get anchored backlinks from relative sites.
2. Do not pay for backlinks.
3. Do not use backlink circles. ie. Site A links to Site B which links to Site C. Site C then links back to Site A creating a circle of one way links. Google doesn’t like this!
4. Google “reads” backlinks so even a url shown on a “no follow” site, will get indexed.

SEO and Images
1. Alt tags are essential.
2. Titles of images matter.
3. Flash is lousy for SEO – Search Engine’s are limited on reading the content embedded in Flash.

SEO Tracking
1. Use Analytics AND other tools for tracking visitors- once you see what they like, you can do follow up posts targeting the same keywords.

There you go- a handful of basic SEO do’s and dont’s for your blog. Feel free to share your own tips in your comments!

You Need A Custom Robots.txt, So Lets Make One.

Today I was glancing over some of the source code for my site cleaning up some random errors and I happened upon a little booboo that could happen to anyone. Before we get into what I discovered about my own site I want to explain to you exactly what a robots.txt file is. No I am sorry it is not the hidden file on your server that skynet has planted a part of the upcoming takeover of the world plans. Instead it is a a simple text file when put in the base of your directory will do amazing things for you.

Normally most people run with a default or blank robots.txt which can either the search engines check every single nook and cranny of your entire directory and every single file, or they will just pass you up especially if your not a member of say the Google webmaster tools, or submitting a site map as well. All of these are great ways to help yourself stay indexed in a timely manner and cut back on content or in this case duplicate content that you do not want reread except the first time. Whether or not this affects things such as page rank or not can not be said with 100% certainty, but being organized and error free and not overloading your server are all good enough reasons to make sure your files and robots are in order.

Continue reading “You Need A Custom Robots.txt, So Lets Make One.”

Sunday Link Love – PageRank Link Love

As some of you may know, my Google PageRank has inexplicably gone from a 3 to a 1. While I can’t be certain why, I did read Matt Cutt’s “heads up” earlier this week which indicates Google PageRank changes:

Hey folks, I wanted to let you know that new toolbar PageRank values should become visible over the next few days. I’m expecting that also in the next few days that we’ll be expiring some older penalties on websites. [post from Matt Cutts]

As most bloggers have come to learn, such updates tend to cause changes in our page ranks- sometimes for the worse.

I have also received a number of new links this week which may have contributed to the drop; particularly since several of these sites are PR 0/1 sites. I say, PR be damned! I’m happy to have the links and see what happens when these site ranks increase. In the meantime, with the loss of my beloved 2 points, I am inspired to focus on Google’s PageRank system this week. Let’s kick the week off with a little Sunday Link Love dedicated to outstanding page rank articles in the blogosphere:

– How do you know you got a Google page rank update- Imwithjoe.com (I absolutely love this guy- he knows what he’s talking about, and writes with character. If you’re not subscribed to his RSS, you’re missing out!)

More info on Page Rank by Matt Cutts

Are you chasing PageRank and SEO? at KiloBox by Wedge

Why I promote Link Building Not Page Rank – by Breakaway at Link Bible.

– Microsoft Challenges Google PageRank by PerfectFact at The Human Network.

Have a link related to page rank on your blog? Post it below!