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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Thoughts on Alexa

Alexa has gone from a free service that gave a nice way to measure traffic to a paid service of a minimum of $9.99 per month per blog or website.  It would essentially cost me $$69.94 per month to have all of my blogs certified via Alexa!  The free service is virtually useless other than having claimed your blog(s) but the traffic any widget used with the free service does not give an accurate depiction of your traffic.  Alexa has really become an ineffective blogging tool for the average blogger.

The Alexa widget creates a bit of a problem.  According to some resources, if you do not have an Alexa widget of your blog it does hinder what little information they collect even if you have claimed your blog.  I doubt it really matters as Alexa is not interested in offering a free service although it is wise to claim your blog so someone else doesn't try to at some point.  At the same time the Alexa widget takes up valuable blog real estate that might be better used in another manner.  If using the Alexa widget on your blog, opt for the smallest one possible.  Personally, I am considering removing the widget as it really serves no purpose. 


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