2.24.2008

Learn About Alexa Traffic

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Alexa computes traffic rankings by analyzing the Web usage of millions of Alexa Toolbar users. The information is sorted, sifted, anonymized, counted, and computed, until, finally, we get the traffic rankings shown in the Alexa service. The process is relatively complex, but if you have a need to know, please read on.

What is Traffic Rank?
The traffic rank is based on three months of aggregated historical traffic data from millions of Alexa Toolbar users and is a combined measure of page views and users (reach). As a first step, Alexa computes the reach and number of page views for all sites on the Web on a daily basis. learn About Alexa TrafficThe main Alexa traffic rank is based on the geometric mean of these two quantities averaged over time (so that the rank of a site reflects both the number of users who visit that site as well as the number of pages on the site viewed by those users). The three-month change is determined by comparing the site's current rank with its rank from three months ago. For example, on July 1, the three-month change would show the difference between the rank based on traffic during the first quarter of the year and the rank based on traffic during the second quarter.

What are sites and Web hosts?
Traffic is computed for sites, which are typically defined at the domain level. For example, the Web hosts www.msn.com, carpoint.msn.com and slate.msn.com are all treated as part of the same site, because they all reside on the same domain, msn.com. An exception is blogs or personal home pages, which are treated separately if they can be automatically identified as such from the URLs in question. Also, sites which are found to be serving the "same" content are generally counted together as the same site.

What is Reach?
Reach measures the number of users. Reach is typically expressed as the percentage of all Internet users who visit a given site. So, for example, if a site like yahoo.com has a reach of 28%, this means that of all global Internet users measured by Alexa, 28% of them visit yahoo.com. Alexa's one-week and three-month average reach are measures of daily reach, averaged over the specified time period. The three-month change is determined by comparing a site's current reach with its values from three months ago.

What are Page Views?
Page views measure the number of pages viewed by Alexa Toolbar users. Multiple page views of the same page made by the same user on the same day are counted only once. The page views per user numbers are the average numbers of unique pages viewed per user per day by the users visiting the site. The three-month change is determined by comparing a site's current page view numbers with those from three month ago.

How are Movers & Shakers Calculated?
The movers and shakers list is based on changes in average reach (numbers of users). For each site on the net, we compute the average weekly reach and compare it with the average reach during previous weeks. The more significant the change, the higher the site will be on the list. The percent change shown on the Movers & Shakers list is based on the change in reach. It is important to note that the traffic rankings shown on the Movers & Shakers page are weekly traffic rankings; they are not the same as the three-month average traffic rankings shown in the other Alexa services and are not the same as the reach numbers used to generate the list.


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    4 comments to "Learn About Alexa Traffic"

    mriza said...
    February 24, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    You know, It still confusing me, how can alexa collect our blog traffic information while we're not including their script into our blog page and neither traffic come from alexa search so they can count from it.

    Btw, it's a nice information.

    DJYano said...
    February 24, 2008 at 9:44 PM

    Hey mriza, firstly i would to thank you for visiting my blog. We get the traffic rankings shown in the Alexa service by installing their toolbar to your browser. The process is relatively complex, The process is relatively complex, but thats how alexa collect our blog traffic informations

    I hope u get your answer

    Anonymous said...
    February 25, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Hey djyano, nice blog. And great article about alexa, very informative post!Post more i will be checking back

    DJYano said...
    February 25, 2008 at 7:02 PM

    Hi Anonymous!

    Welcome to my blog, i will post more about online infos!

    keep visiting ok!

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