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Analyze Traffic with the Alexa Toolbar

February 1, 2012

By Carol Amato

Analyze Traffic with the Alexa Toolbar

Analyze Traffic with the Alexa Toolbar

It’s important for website owners to know as much about their site’s visitors as possible.  You need to know who is visiting your site, how old the people are, and other information so you can provide your traffic with the best experience possible.  While there are several ways to analyze traffic, the Alexa toolbar is one of my favorites.  It’s also one of the easiest traffic analysis tools available.

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Alexa Toolbar Basics

The Alexa Toolbar is a plug-in that can be used with Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.  Once installed, the plug-in allows users to access detailed statistics about their (and their competitor’s) websites.  The statistics include:

  • Traffic rank
  • Reach
  • Page views
  • Page views per users
  • Audience (i.e.  demographics)
  • Search analysis

As you can imagine, this type of information is incredibly helpful to Internet marketers.  First, of course, you can use it to determine your visitors’ demographics.  Then, you can use that information to tailor your marketing message to that demographic.  For instance, if you find out that your traffic mainly consists of men between the ages of 24 and 35, you’ll know to write copy that will appeal to men of that age.

Analyze Traffic with the Alexa Toolbar imagesAt the same time, this information might show you that your marketing message isn’t reaching the right people.  For instance, if you sell women’s shoes and your traffic mainly consists of men, you’ll now you have to make some changes to your marketing campaign so you can reach your target.

Along with giving marketers great information about their site’s traffic, the Alexa toolbar will also show you what keywords people search for when they find your site. 

You can use this information to improve your SEO campaign.  For instance, if you discover that most of your traffic comes from people who are searching for “Internet marketing tips,” you can create more blog posts with that key phrase.  You can also include the key phrase in articles you write for other sites, and so on.

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Additionally, you can find out which websites also bring in traffic for those keywords.  That will give you an idea of who your competition is.  You can use that information to work toward outranking your top competitors.

Additional Information About the Toolbar

While the Alexa toolbar has lots of benefits, there are a couple of issues that need to be addressed.  First, the toolbar doesn’t provide accurate information for sites that don’t get a lot of traffic.  For instance, if your site only gets 100 visitors a month, the Alexa toolbar won’t be able to provide an accurate representation of your traffic. 

Second, there’s some debate over the accuracy of the toolbar.  Some marketers don’t feel the toolbar provides the best traffic statistics.  However, it’s important to note that Alexa has made improvements to their ranking system in recent years.  At one time, users had to have the Alexa toolbar plug-in installed on their web browsers in order to be counted in web results.  Now, though, Alexa pulls information from several sources, so it provides more accurate statistics than it did in the past.

The Bottom Line

The Alexa toolbar is a good addition to your internet marketing arsenal.  However, you should not live and die by the toolbar.  Use other tools, such as Quantcast, when analyzing your traffic.  That way, you’ll get information from different sources, which will help you get accurate results.

Installing the Toolbar

If you want to start using the Alexa Toolbar, go to www.alexa.com and click on the “Toolbar” tab.  Follow the instructions to install the toolbar.  Once you’re done, a toolbar icon will appear on the top right hand side of your web browser.  You can click on the toolbar when you visit a website you want to analyze.  Then, you’ll get some data about the site.  You can get additional data by clicking on the website name after you click on the toolbar icon.

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At that point, you’ll be redirected to Alexa’s website, where you’ll see all of the information related to the website.  What do you think?  Are you going to use the Alexa toolbar?  Let me know in the comment section below.

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  • http://randwbc.blogspot.com/ Ruth

    Funny thing…I was thinking of getting the Alexa Toolbar a couple days ago. I wasn’t sure about it, but this gives me food for thought. Thanks, Carol.

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Hi Ruth,
      I normally don’t like “toolbars” but this is interesting and helpful. You can disable and remove any time.
      Have a great day. :)
      - Carol

  • Fred E. Thompson Jr.

    AS USUAL GREAT ADVICE, I’ll hook a.s.a.p.
    Fred

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Hi Fred,
      Glad you found it helpful – Have a good evening.
      - Carol

  • Thomas Gene Vickery

    Hey Thanks Carol!

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      You’re welcome, Thomas – Thanks for stopping by. – Carol

  • http://quick-click-commissions.com/secret.php?n=rmp76 Rhonda

    Carol,
    Thanks for all the informative material you give. I follow you closely and admire you greatly. Since I’m a newbie to all of this, if you have any info for newbies who are interested in IM, PLEASE let me know. Thanks for all you do! Rhonda

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Hi Rhonda,

      Use the Search feature on the right side of my blog, to type in any term that you are wondering about. For example, type in “squeeze page” and hit Enter on your keyboard. You will see all the posts on my blog about squeeze pages…

      Hope to help. :)
      - Carol

  • Raymond

    you are the greatest god bless you

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Hi Ray!
      Thanks for the encouragement – glad you like the blog post. Let me know how you like the Alexa toolbar…hope everything is smoothing out for you. :)
      Take Care,
      - Carol

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