How I increased my Alexa rank

…and what I did with my blogging knowledge

This is a continuation of yesterday’s post:  What’s your blogging story?

I’ll get right to the point – when I finally began posting everyday, that’s when I started seeing immediate improvement in traffic and reader engagement. To add to the effect, I also did a few guest posts on high traffic sites and made my rounds to leave authentic comments on popular blogs. My Alexa ranking began to soar. Everyday I was excited to discover lower and lower numbers.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not simple enough to think that a high Alexa ranking is the sole judger of blog quality and traffic. Because I’ve visited seven digit blogs that clearly had tons of visitors and reader engagement. I know Alexa ranking isn’t everything, but it is an indicator that your blog is moving in the right direction.

Once I learned how to make a difference with my blog, people began to notice. I told an acquaintance about my blogs and how well things were going and she asked me if I help her get more people to her website. I gave her a few links to the usual social media sites and gave her some very basic seo tips. When she returned a few weeks later with an astounding report, a light bulb went off in my head, and I decided that if I could help her, a person whose site couldn’t even be found if you typed in her name and the name of her blog, maybe there were others that I could help.

What I did with my blogging knowledge to create new streams of income

I didn’t begin consulting right away. Instead, I began the seeding process. Whenever I spoke to people who had a business or a website, I told them about the results I was seeing on my blog and with my friend’s.

No sales pitch, no “let me help you” speeches, just information about what I was doing and the result I was seeing. Then one day, I got an email from a woman who needed help with her website. Then she referred a friend, and they referred a friend of a friend who referred another friend and I think you get the point.

I had no clue when I started out a year ago simply trying to make some Adsense revenue that I’d end up in a whole other place than I could ever have imagined; one that would never have been possible otherwise.

Although my experience was a bit rocky in the beginning and in some areas I’ve experienced failure, I also learned that wonderful things come when you rely on your God-given talents and passions. Apparently writing is my gift and ever since I’ve decided to make the most of it by blogging, writing for others and consulting I’ve been getting closer to my dreams everyday. Whatever your gifts are, look to those because that’s where you’ll experience true success.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m not writing as if I’ve arrived. There is still a long road ahead of me, but that fact that I’m headed in the right direction gives me great comfort. I could’ve given up after the second month that I didn’t make any money, or the six month, but I decided that before I could quit, I actually had to act on everything I’d learned first – that’s when I’d be able to safely say that I’d given it my all.

Since I haven’t done that even as of yet, I’m not allowed to quit. There’s still too many adjustments to be made and too many actions yet to be taken. So until then, here I am world!

So what unique income opportunities have you created for yourself since you started blogging? If you haven’t created any, why not? I believe it for myself that anything is possible in the blogosphere, have you experienced your share of the impossible yet?

About Linda Hewett

Linda is a writer, blogger and confidence coach.
Her blog is Positive Spin – Helping You Face Life Full On without Fear – And Feel Great About It!

In her blog, Linda looks for the ‘positive spin’ in our daily lives and encourages you to look for the ‘small stuff’ that’s easy to miss, or even dismiss.She believes that confidence comes in many disguises. All you have to do is…look.
You can follow her on Twitter @LindaMHewett

Comments

  1. Hey Kiesha,

    I haven’t started earning from my blog just yet but I’m trying to find the best strategy that will work best for me. Maybe you could take a look and give me a few pointers there.

    I use the alexa toolbar and it really does serve as an inspiration for improving my blog as my rank gets better and better. I do have some issues with it though, particularly of the fact that the rankings are sometimes way off. However, I still use it as a guide.

    Take a look at this article I wrote on alexa and its tracking method and leave a comment to let me know what you think: http://samswebguide.com/2010/03/02/alexa-traffic-rankings-inaccurate-room-for-improvement/
    .-= Robyn from Sam’s Web Guide´s last blog ..Is Your Blog User-Friendly? Avoid Deadly Mistakes Many Bloggers Make =-.

    • kieshaeasley says:

      Hi Robyn!
      I will definitely take a look – however, patience is probably the best quality for a blogger, it make take you more or less time depending on your niche and what you can offer.

  2. Always follow your passion, never chase dollars.

    By following your passion you honor what God placed you here to do.

    Great point about not trying to sell yourself too soon. When you offer enough value for “free” you become valuable in the eyes of others.
    .-= Ryan´s last blog ..What Are Your Thoughts On Cash Gifting? =-.

    • kieshaeasley says:

      Hi Ryan,
      Thanks for stopping by. Yes – eventually chasing dollars will become draining, it’s passion that will motivate when nothing else will.

  3. Great to see you finding different ways to monetize your blog, especially by helping others..

    Keep up the great work.. and I luv the green ;)
    .-= John Paul Aguiar´s last blog ..SEO Tips For Your Twitter and Facebook Page To Rank You Higher On Google =-.

  4. Adrienne says:

    I’ve made a little blogging. Definitely not enough to quit my day job.

    I’ve been working on developing relationships with people that comment or are in my niche to help create trust. It takes time but it’s working.

    I have some ideas of guest posts but haven’t reached out yet. That will be happening soon.
    .-= Adrienne´s last blog ..Omron HJ-112 Pedometer Review =-.

  5. I would have to agree with Ryan, passion is what drives you and the money is a great side benefit. I have not begun to make a lot of money from my site as of yet but I am planning for growth and enjoying the journey.

    My alexa ranking is getting lower and while that is quite exciting, I must admit I am more encouraged by the emails and feedback I receive that my site is helping people cope with a difficult time in their lives.
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..A Recipe for Christian Single Living =-.

  6. I wrote a similar post about improving my Alexa rank and I’m glad that people still find this number useful!

    It’s not the tell all of traffic, but many advertisers look at that number to determine how much they should pay for advertising.

    As for income streams, I’m getting a few trickles on my blog but then again it’s only about 3 months old. Still working hard on building content, and networking with other bloggers.
    .-= jack | Online Marketing Blog´s last blog ..Effective Niche Market Research Strategy With Ezinearticles =-.

  7. Hmmmm … I haven’t paid much attention to my Alexa ranking. Maybe I should …
    .-= Kevin M.´s last blog ..Charging at Giants =-.

  8. Hi Kiesha ~ Glad I stopped by. It’s been a busy week and I was going to skip posting tonight. But I hear ya! Daily posting is where it’s at. Thanks for the push.

    Liz
    .-= Centers and Squares´s last blog ..Local Luxury Home Builder Is Tough As Nails =-.

  9. Same with Kevin.M
    As a new blogger, i didn’t know about Alexa, i even just submitted my blog yesterday and now waiting for them to activate it. Hope it will be a result soon, thanks for sharing this post :)
    Greetings from Germany.
    .-= MrsMoody@Video Tutorial Blog´s last blog ..Add About Me or About Author in sidebar =-.

  10. Kiesha, thanks for such great tips! It’s good to know that I’m on the right track. I’ve actually set goals to the number of blog comments I would leave per day and the number of guest post I would submit per week.

    This gives me some direction and something to shoot for which in turn will allow me to gain a higher Alexa ranking.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Jarrod

  11. Although Alexa rating isn’t everything, it is satisfying to see that number drop. I’ve read up on improving Alexa rating a bit, and one common suggestion I got was to place the Alexa Widget somewhere on your blog. Out of curiosity I did that on two blogs that I run, and sure enough, it seemed to help a lot with the rating.

    Good post, and on an unrelated note, I love the design of your blog. Something a bit different than that of a typical WordPress blog.
    .-= Ryan Cowles´s last blog ..Amber Stevens New Website Launch =-.

  12. Since I have taken over the SEO duties on our site, the traffic has gone up. Most of the traffic is now coming from the search engines.

    I know Alexa isn’t everything but I love watching the numbers go down. Yours is now under 75,000. I’ll be excited when ours is less than 200,000. Keep up the great work!
    .-= Chuck Edwards´s last blog ..The Special K Diet and Challenge =-.

  13. What are the best brands of pedometer on the market?”.`

  14. Market research is always essential for the succes of any kind of business.`*”

  15. my pedometer is made by general electric and this is a long lasting pedometer:”‘

  16. digital pedometers are very accurate compared to those old designs which are mechanical based or something~::

  17. The alexa redirect didn’t work ever. It was only a myth for those who were desperate to improve their ranking. The tool bar does work to some extend.

  18. Good Tips. I could definitely use some of them even though I have really high traffic on my blog.

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