I know of Alexa and some people find the information useful for ranking a website... as for me, no matter how big or small my sites are, none of them are registered with stats on them, and a few clients are disappointed with me over it.

  • How much influence does Alexa have on website's worth?
  • Why do people hold it's stats so highly over content of the actual site in question?
  • Should I actually worry about Alexa Ranking?

All of the stats which I do worry about is what Google Analytics, Webmasters Tools, and Piwiki on my server tells me. Usually I can gauge how good or bad I am doing with those alone for what sections of the site is active and which is not receiving traffic for the purpose of my content.

  • 4
    Forget Alexa, it's totally useless.
    – Zistoloen
    Commented May 22, 2014 at 7:35

1 Answer 1


We get this question quite a bit. Please allow me to wander a bit. I will get back to your question quickly- I promise.

One of the things I like about SE is that it is a fantastic window into what people are concerned about and what topics are important. Since this topic has come up several times and I answered this question with scant detail a few times, I decided to write a page in full detail on just this topic. I hesitate to link to my own site/pages here, but this page is a direct result of the SE posts. So here goes. (Please forgive me if this is taboo.)

If you want a good perspective on the value of Alexa, I suggest reading: http://www.closetnoc.org/?i=definitive-proof-that-alexa-sucks

You will see that this takes a more valued approach on the topic than most pages of it's ilk. This is because I prove my point using statistical analysis and not just another opinion. You will also see that this is not such an easy question to answer in just a few short and sweet paragraphs though it is a rather simple topic.

But if you want the short answer, here it is: Alexa is of no value at all. None.

This addresses your three points. To address your first point better, it is plain foolishness for a business to hang any investment or performance value on Alexa. Plain and simple. If my page is useful, please refer to it to help explain why Alexa is clouding the performance analysis market. I think I made a fairly clear case that can help. If I can tune this page at all, let me know.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.