Archive for the ‘Alexa Rank’ Category

New Alexa.com Rankings

April 25, 2008

Alexa.com has revised how they rank web site traffic.

Excerpts regarding their changes from the Alexa.com blog:

“Alexa began displaying rankings in 1998 it was with the goal of showing Alexa Toolbar users how popular any given site was within the Alexa community. We generated the rankings through an analysis of Internet usage by people who use the Alexa Toolbar. Since that time we’ve been delighted to see that the Alexa Rankings have become a yardstick by which website popularity is measured.

We listened to your suggestions, and we believe that our new rankings system is much closer to what you asked for. We now aggregate data from multiple sources to give you a better indication of website popularity among the entire population of Internet users.”

I had stopped looking at Alexa.com data several years ago because Alexa data was being manipulated and exploited by webmasters who were looking to make their traffic appear greater than it actually was.

Previously, Alexa gathered its data from a single source – the Alexa tool bar installed in web browsers.

Webmasters simply installed the Alexa tool bar and visited their own site(s) once, twice, several times a day which then resulted in an exponentially higher traffic ranking for their site because of the way Alexa.com extrapolated its data.

By gathering their data from more than one source, Alexa should restore the spirit and accuracy to the web traffic rankings system Alexa.com pioneered.

Alexa.com Rankings

Advertiser Know Thy Prospects

November 10, 2006

The following is my reply to a recent media consultant question.

Q: “I’m a media consultant, and buyer. My clients serve the pet industry. Several of my clients are interested in the recent explosion of the (web based magazines catering to niches/target audiences) like Daily Candy and Bowzer. They want to advertise in ezines instead of other less direct methods. I am curious about buying advertising in this medium, as it seems so direct and specific. Do you think the ezine is a media fad, or is it only going to get bigger?”

A: Regardless of the medium, advertisers must have a clear idea who their prospects are before they spend any money to reach them.

If an advertiser expects to acquire new customers profitably they should expect their advertising dollars to produce a measurable return on investment. What business can afford to do otherwise?

Any price paid for advertising failure is too high.

Most advertising is sold on a cost per thousand (CPM) people reached basis. Of the thousand people reached, there are both active (prospects) and inactive audience members. Inactive audience members are the remaining people who aren’t in the market for the product or service being advertised (often as many as one thousand).

If you can’t reach active prospects directly through a traditional cost per thousand advertising model, it is likely your prospects aren’t being reached and served by traditional media at which point ezines may become an attractive option.

To qualify potential ezines for your advertising investment, ask the following questions.

There are two types of ezine – email or those posted on websites.

Ask the media representative if they have any of the following data:

Email ezine:

How they acquired their list

Geographic data and targeting
Age & Gender
Income
Education levels
Lifestyle information
List size
Average open rate
Average bounce rate
List hygiene protocols
Third party or other form of circulation verification
CPM
Repeat advertisers

Web post ezine:

Traffic sources and ratios
Unique visitors to advertisement
Average session length
Average page views per session
Geographic distribution
Age & Gender
Income
Education
Lifestyle information
Alexa rank
Any site statistical data
CPM
Repeat advertisers

After your client has verified the media’s claims regarding their audience size, makeup and location determine your client’s potential conversion ratio per thousand audience members reached.

If the worst case cost per thousand reached doesn’t produce an acceptable return on their advertising investment consider using your audience profile information to reach prospects directly through targeted advertising like Google Adwords.

Instead of the traditional media model measurement of cost per thousand audience members Google Adwords lets you reach prospects on a cost per person basis.

To justify either form of advertising, determine how many active audience members (prospects) you will need to reach and convert into customers then compare those figures with how many inactive audience members you can afford to reach and not convert (if any) into customers before making an advertising investment decision.

An active audience of one more is worth exponentially more than an inactive audience of a thousand.


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