My Blog Performance So Far…
I know I’m not suppose to write this entry now, but I just could not resist. I could not wait till the 1st of March 2008 to write about it. Within a space of 50 days, somehow, I managed to improve the blog performances. I’m going to provide a brief explanation and short analysis on them. Check on the following latest ranks evaluated from Alexa, Google Page Rank and Technorati (the figure in bracket represent data at 1st December 2007).
Alexa: 1,247,029 (5,290,760)
Google PR = 4 (3)
Technorati Rank: 305,717 – Authority 27 (461,534 )
The Alexa rank for this blog substantially increased to 1,247,029 which is an amazing outcome. I know it is still not as good as other blogs which have far better Alexa ranks bellow 250,000, but for me, it is an achievement – A 64% improvement. I hope it can be further improved and establish itself in the top 1,000,000 mark by 1st March 2008.
How actually does Alexa rankings works?
Alexa’s rankings are based on the usage of Alexa Toolbar users over a rolling 3 month period. A site’s ranking is based on a combined measure of reach and pageviews. Reach is determined by the number of unique Alexa users who visit a site on a given day. Pageviews are the total number of Alexa user URL requests for a site. Hence, in order to obtain higher Alexa rankings, we must attract and ensure regular unique visitors to our site. Further explanation on Alexa ranking can be read at its FAQ.
Another significant and vital improvement is my PR which shifted from 3 to 4. That is a direct 25% improvement. I never expected it to moved up that soon. Having a PR of 3 was also considered a bonus after considering my blog is just 3 months old.
PageRank is Google’s evaluation of how important a site is. The main element in this is the number of sites linking to your site and their PageRank size. PageRank is measured on a scale of 1 to 10 and is determined by the PageRank of links pointing to a given page. The placement of a site in Google search engine results pages is influenced by the PageRank status. Tony Connor gave a simple easy to understand guide on Google PageRank Beginner’s Guide. If you want to improve your PageRank and get better position in Google search engine, you better understand the real PR mechanism by reading Ian Rogers explanation of Google PageRank Algorithm and How It Works.
My Technorati rank slightly improve by 33.8%. For me, Technorati rank is not as imperative as Alexa and PageRank but I cannot simply ignore it. It is actually an alternative method of measuring the blog performance. Basically, by using “Technorati Authority”, it ranks the number of blogs linking to a website in the last six months. The higher the number, the more Technorati Authority the blog has.
Technorati Rank is calculated based on how far we are from the top. The blog with the hightest Technorati Authority is the #1 ranked blog (Engadget is ranked #1 in the Technorati Rank having Authority as much as 24,806. The Popular Blogs page under Technorati list down the top 100 blogs. It is worth checking and exploring them). The smaller our Technorati Rank, the closer we are to the top. Since at the lower end of the scale many blogs will have the same Technorati Authority, hence the Technorati Rank will be shared.
Presently, I only managed to earn “Authority” of 27. I need to get more inbound links coming into my blog to improve my Authority and Technorati rank. According to Darion Carroll, the best way to increase Technorati Authority is to write things that are interesting to other so they’ll link to you. He added, “linking to source material when you blog is also a great way to engage in conversation and help others find what you find interesting.”
Despite some improvements in zakiyamani.com, I need to work smarter and harder to produce quality, entertaining and attractive post. By producing good and unique entries, first time visitors can convert to regular visitors. Fraction of them may consider subscribing to my content and get updated via email. Hopefully, the search engine will place my blog/post in better position and thus send more unique and new visitors. Besides that, I hope happy readers/bloggers like you can be kind enough to link to my blog or post. I would like to thank you in advance for that 🙂 … Good deed will be paid with good deed… 🙂
I’m not expecting anything special in my PageRank until the second quarter 2008. I’m hoping my Alexa and Technorati rank to improve at least 15% by that time. In the mean time, there are other blog performance indicators which I’m not going to cover now. I’ll do that in future entry. It will be rather more interesting to see and observe those tools, some of which are already established in the market and those which is brand new.
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