Improving Your Alexa Ranking

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alexalogoAlexa rank is measurement based on the traffic to a website. The lower the number, the better. Highly visited websites get lower numbers. Every website in the world is included so the Alexa rank of a site varies constantly in relation to other website on the Internet. Anything below 100,000 is considered very good. Just recently, it appears Alexa has created a new algorithm, as things have appeared to change with regards to improving your score.

Alexa is one of the leading internet statistics engines. It keeps a “top billion” chart, where every webpage on the planet has its place. Beginning with Google and Facebook, it goes all the way down to the gazillionth site no one knows about.

Why Improve Alexa Ranking?

You may want to increase your Alexa rank because advertisers, ad networkers use it as a gauge to determine the popularity of your blog. So if you are someone who is making money from advertising, you would definitely want to increase your alexa rank as it helps you bargain for an ad price. Alexa rating determines your blog’s status. The higher the ranking of a blog, a growing number of “jobs / tasks” that you will receive, and the more money that flows to your account.

How To Improve Alexa Ranking?

1. Install Alexa Toolbar: It may seem to you as a tried-and-tested tactic to increase your ranking, however, it isn’t. Installing Alexa Toolbar would only track my visits, as the tool bar is installed on my browsers not on my visitor’s browser and it would even make my browsing speed slower. So, logically it doesn’t make sense.

2. Write About Alexa: Write a post related to Alexa. Many bloggers love to learn the tips for improving Alexa rank. They’ll link to you and send you targeted traffic. It will not only help the bloggers who are looking for ways to increase Alexa rank but also it alerts Alexa and their bots will crawl your content as the keyword “Alexa” will repeat up in your blog.

3. Use Alexa Rank Widget: Many blog owners found this tip useful. Placing Alexa Rank Widget in your blog helps a lot as the javascript in the widget should be able to track your visitors, page views etc.

4. Update Your Blog Regularly: Alexa rank automatically improves if you update your blog frequently with good contents. But always remember, it’s not only about quantity, what matters is the quality of the posts you put up on your blog.

5. Get Reviewed On Alexa: Recently, Alexa ended their review section, so this actually no longer an important piece of the puzzle. So, if anyone tells you to get reviews, it will be impossible to accomplish. Below is what many people used to put on their sites to get reviews, but as stated, it no longer exists.

Review http://yourhealthjournal.com on alexa.com

6. Claim Your Blog: Create an Alexa account or use your existing Facebook account and claim your blog. It helps the Alexa guys to recognize your website and makes you a trusted source of information for the readers.

7. Write your own site reviews on the top 100 rated Alexa sites. The top 500 domains, according to Alexa can be found at: http://www.alexa.com/topsites

8. Take an inexpensive ad out on the ExactSeek search directory at ExactSeek. Search engine results are directly correlated with Alexa rankings. You’ll notice that if a website is highly ranked on ExactSeek, chances are that it will be highly ranked on Alexa.

9. Get listed on as many search engines as possible by placing a free listing in DMOZ. This is the largest human edited directory on the web and is co-branded among hundreds of thousands of sites. Be patient though, it often takes up to 5 months before you see your website listed after submission. Even though it takes longer than it should, you have little say in the matter because it’s so widely used across the Internet.

Tech Tools – Brandon M. Dennis

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Tech Tips From The Experts:

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Alexa rankings are questionable. For very popular websites, Alexa rankings tend to show similar results to Google Analytics data, which is far more trusted. However, for websites that have less traffic, Alexa results tend to be wildly different from your actual traffic. Having a great Alexa traffic score these days is really just vanity, as it doesn’t mean much. If you want to increase your score, you need to increase your website traffic–the actual eyeballs going to your site and staying for a few minutes. The best way to do this is to create and promote compelling content.

Page Rank

Page Rank means much less than it did a few years ago. It is more of a vanity thing, a ‘nice-to-have’, and doesn’t mean much in terms of how healthy your on-page SEO is. The best way to increase your page rank is to get backlinks. Make partnerships with local businesses and exchange links with them. Get written up by local newspapers and magazines, which can link to you. Start a blog on your website, and produce quality content that other people will link to. Write ‘guest blogs’ for other websites with tips and tricks from your profession, and include links back to your website.

Also, every link on your website dilutes your domain authority or page authority. Remove unnecessary links from your website, and attach all links that point to other websites with a rel=’nofollow’ attribute. This will instruct Google not to grant other websites some of your page or domain authority. Using this method may make other people angry with you, if they are counting on a link from you.

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The most important thing for your SEO is to create compelling content. Write more than 500 words for each page, and make each article you write completely unique, written by you. No one knows your product better than you, so only you are qualified to write about it. Make sure everything you write is spell-checked and has as few grammatical mistakes as possible. Make sure the meta titles and descriptions are complete for every page, and include the keywords you are trying to rank for within them. Make sure to include those same keywords in the actual content on your web page–but don’t stuff keywords, or Google may penalize you.

– Brandon Dennis, the technical marketing manager for buuteeq.com

Tech Tools – Diana Barsan

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4 Ways To Get More Likes On Your Practice’s Facebook

By Diana Barsan

A Facebook company page for your practice builds strong and meaningful relationships with your patients. It makes you accessible and approachable to your current and potential patients and gives other businesses and potential patients the opportunity to get to “know” you in an informal setting. It will give your practice a “human face” that will help build empathy and trust. But to do that you need to build your audience and get as many “likes” as possible.

Here are a few ways to do it:

1. Share Original Content

facebookYou need to share valuable content for your patients; think about what interests and what challenges them. Stop selling and start engaging! This will generate more comments and likes in no time. But be patient, it is not a competition. It takes time to build trust and to get to know your audience.
Here are some examples of original content:

• Share pictures of your dedicated staff, thanking them for all their hard work

• Talk about a healthcare conference or study club you are attending

• Let your audience know what works best for your practice, share your experience, show how you solve problems in a creative way, establish yourself as an expert that can also connect with his/her patients

• Share an article that inspired you and explain how it’s affecting your practice

• Encourage opinion sharing, and request feedback

2. Suggest your practice Facebook Page to your friends

socialnetworkPeople you’ve recently become friends with on Facebook may not know that you have a page set up specifically for your practice. Although this is one of the most effective ways to build an audience, it’s important not to use it too often, because people will see it as spam advertising. My advice is to use it once every two months.

3. Email signature

Every email you send is an opportunity to link to your Facebook page and other social media tools that you use. Make sure you add a Facebook button to your email signature. For some help, check out the email signature tool “WiseStamp” for a creative way to link to your social profiles.

4. Check-ins

Encourage your patients to check-in and like your practice Facebook page while they are in your office. This is a fantastic way to boost your visibility and acquire new Facebook likes and feedback in an easy way. Sometimes offering a giveaway (everything from gum to a gift card) will help prod people into checking-in.

5. Share Photos

We live in a visual marketing world, and we have to admit that a picture attracts our attention more than plain blocks of text. The impact of photo sharing on generating Facebook engagement is tremendous. A recent study showed that photos on Facebook Pages received 53% more “likes” than the average post.

– For more examples on how to generate more “likeable” content, visit the Facebook page of Green Valley Kids!

Tech Tools – Jason Taic

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Many health and wellness web sites are always looking for ways to improve their Alexa ranking, Google ranking, social media skills, and SEO. The Tech Tools section of this web site will have basic tips from experts and non-experts alike who will share their successes with the audience of this blog. Hopefully, they will help anyone who has their own web site improve the sites popularity.

If you have a tip, use the contact link above to send it along.

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Simple Tips To Improve Your Alexa Rank, Google Page Rank, Social Media Skills, And SEO.

1. Actually register your site with Alexa, and provide a validated metrics code into your site. They normally provide the code for you and then you implement the code into the header.

In addition, Google Page Rank has to do a lot with the amount of traffic that you receive as well as other variables, but does take hints from Alexa, so by registering with Alexa you are not only helping out your site, but your Google Page Rank.

a. The reason to do this is because a site that actually verifies itself with Alexa will usually get better Alexa Rankings. This is not to say that you are going to jump to the top 10 websites in your country, but it will provide you a more accurate measurement of your traffic. In addition, Google Page Rank has to do a lot with the amount of traffic that you receive as well as other variables, but does take hints from Alexa, so by registering with Alexa you are not only helping out your site, but your Google Page Rank.

2. People talk about you needing back links to rank, and while that is true, your onsite SEO still helps you maintain your rankings, and sometimes gives you rankings to keywords you didn’t even think about.

a. Just a few simple things to consider is to keep your titles below 70 characters, and your descriptions at or below 156 characters. These two things will make your site easier to view in a Search Engine Rankings Page (SERP). In addition, make sure the images on your site have their “alt tags” set up, so that they can be indexed properly as well. By doing a few onsite things, you greatly increase the chances of your website going higher in the rankings.

Jason Taic, SEO Specialist, LGD Communications

Tech Tools – Alex Peerenboom

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Many health and wellness web sites are always looking for ways to improve their Alexa ranking, Google ranking, social media skills, and SEO. The Tech Tools section of this web site will have basic tips from experts and non-experts alike who will share their successes with the audience of this blog. Hopefully, they will help anyone who has their own web site improve the sites popularity.

If you have a tip, use the contact link above to send it along.

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Simple Tips To Improve Your Alexa Rank, Google Page Rank, Social Media Skills, And SEO.

1. Don’t base all of your success (and resulting strategies) solely on metrics like organic ranking, Alexa or PageRank. Having the #1 ranking and a PageRank of 10 doesn’t mean anything if nobody purchases your product or service (or completes whatever your goal is on your site). Set up free Google Analytics to measure how many visitors are coming to your site, watch how they behave, and see if they are converting as well. Plus, PageRank itself is tricky and misleading.

2. So then, if you’re focus & strategies aren’t based on things metrics like PageRank, what do you base it on? You should be focused on building your site (whether that’s blog posts, social media, etc) with the idea of creating the best possible content that will drive engaged, qualified traffic to your site. Blog posts, surveys, videos, images, and even giving out love to other websites online can all help.

– Alex Peerenboom, Account Executive at www.formicmedia.com, a search engine marketing agency specializing in search and social media marketing for a variety of clients.

Tech Tools – Michael Forgie

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Many health and wellness web sites are always looking for ways to improve their Alexa ranking, Google ranking, social media skills, and SEO. The Tech Tools section of this web site will have basic tips from experts and non-experts alike who will share their successes with the audience of this blog. Hopefully, they will help anyone who has their own web site improve the sites popularity.

If you have a tip, use the contact link above to send it along.

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Simple Tips To Improve Your Alexa Rank, Google Page Rank, Social Media Skills, And SEO.

My name is Michael Forgie and I work at PCG Digital Marketing. For SEO purposes a health and fitness website should become “influencer” in its field. Owners can do this by adding daily tips on their blog, promoting these on social media sites by following hashtags like #health #workout #loseweight #exercise and replying to the users, and even posting pictures of healthy meals with recipes attached to Pinterest and Facebook.

Tech Tools – Dan Hurley

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Many health and wellness web sites are always looking for ways to improve their Alexa ranking, Google ranking, social media skills, and SEO. The Tech Tools section of this web site will have basic tips from experts and non-experts alike who will share their successes with the audience of this blog. Hopefully, they will help anyone who has their own web site improve the sites popularity.

If you have a tip, use the contact link above to send it along.

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Simple Tips To Improve Your Alexa Rank, Google Page Rank, Social Media Skills, And SEO.

Unfortunately, it’s still too easy to game the flow of PageRank to even an undeserving domain using malicious, black-hat SEO tactics. Google is aware of this, and is constantly monitoring not only that the fact that you have PR, but what you did to earn it. The best way to validate your PR and perform seocompetitively in search engines is through the curation of high-quality and truly-earned citations to your great content (links, mentions, social chatter, etc), which demonstrate an understanding of your users and trust in your web property. PageRank, as a ranking metric created by Google, is unlikely to ever go away completely, but it’s no longer simply a means to an end.

Dan Hurley, Terakeet Corporation

Tech Tools – Bryan Phelps

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Many health and wellness web sites are always looking for ways to improve their Alexa ranking, Google ranking, social media skills, and SEO. The Tech Tools section of this web site will have basic tips from experts and non-experts alike who will share their successes with the audience of this blog. Hopefully, they will help anyone who has their own web site improve the sites popularity.

If you have a tip, use the contact link above to send it along.

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Simple Tips To Improve Your Alexa Rank, Google Page Rank, Social Media Skills, And SEO.

I’ve been involved with SEO for about 7 years and worked with 1000’s of small businesses. Here is my #1 tip for improving your presence on Google.

“Many people talk about the “tricks” and “tactics” of getting ranked on Google. Some of the time they work, many times they don’t. The most important thing you can do to rank well is to avoid the temporary tricks that may work right now and focus your efforts on the things that will always work. Build a good website, add new and interesting content regularly, help others in your online community and build relationships.”

Bryan Phelps, Big Leap Web

New Health Rankings: Of 17 Nations, U.S. Is Dead Last

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From Your Health Journal…..”Please go visit The Atlantic for a great article about the new health rankings written by Grace Rubenstein. We’ve reported on this web site so many times how many Americans are obese or overweight….and that heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, joint trouble, and other health issues are on the rise. Now, a report has come out stating the hard facts that American citizens rank last in health. The report was prepared by a panel of doctors, epidemiologists, demographers, and other researchers charged by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine to better understand Americans’ comparative health. For three decades, Americans, particularly men, have had either the lowest or near the lowest likelihood of surviving to age 50. The most powerful reasons found for that were homicide, car accidents, other kinds of accidents, non-communicable diseases, and perinatal problems like low birth weight and premature birth, which contribute to high infant mortality. Please visit The Atlantic web site (link provided below) to read the complete article.”

From the article…..

We’ve known for years that Americans tend to be overweight and sedentary, and that our health care system, despite being the priciest in the world, produces some less-than-plum results. Health nerds who closely follow the news may even have known that we live shorter lives than people in other rich nations, and that infants in the U.S. die from various causes at far higher rates.

But a fresh report, out Wednesday, tapped vast stores of data to compare the health of affluent nations and delivered a worrisome new message: Americans’ health is even worse than we thought, ranking below 16 other developed nations.

“The news is that this is across the lifespan, and regardless of income,” said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, who was not an author of the study. “A lot of people thought it was underserved populations that were driving the statistics — the poor, the uninsured. They still are a big part of our challenge, but the fact that even if you’re fairly well-to-do you still have these problems shatters that myth.”

The question is: Will it make a difference?

The report was prepared by a panel of doctors, epidemiologists, demographers, and other researchers charged by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine to better understand Americans’ comparative health. They examined when and why people die in the U.S. and 16 other countries, including Australia, Japan, Canada, and nations in Western Europe. The data they pulled — from such bodies as the World Health Organization and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development — already existed, but no one had yet examined it this comprehensively.

The results surprised even the researchers. To their alarm, they said, they found a “strikingly consistent and pervasive” pattern of poorer health at all stages of life, from infancy to childhood to adolescence to young adulthood to middle and old age. Compared to people in other developed nations, Americans die far more often from injuries and homicides. We suffer more deaths from alcohol and other drugs, and endure some of the worst rates of heart disease, lung disease, obesity, and diabetes.

To read the full article…..Click here