Alexa Website Ranking: A Biased, Fraudulent and Crazy Ranking System

My research and observation over the last couple of years found that Alexa is a very biased and dishonest ranking system, which is now becoming more crazy everyday. But they are still trying to impose the fact that their ranking matters in business, which seriously got a very negative impact in many ways in the less internet-aware countries like Bangladesh. In this post I’m gonna show a few examples that will clearly indicate how fraudulent ranking they do/did for websites.

Before going into the detail, I would like to share a personal experience on Alexa ranking from some of my experiments in 2016. A site of mine which almost had no visitors (as it has only some password protected backend panels) got a rank of 600 in the country crossing many popular sites, all from my own visits using some techniques that Alexa seemed care about. That was just an experiment ahead of being able of writing an article like this one.

Alexa basically has two type of rankings in their business logic – one that pays them handsome money every month and the other that does not pay a penny. There is definitely a third hidden category that naturally gets enormous amount of visitors on their own capacity and does not need to care about Alexa or any sort of ranking.

Paid ones get an abrupt positive change in their ranking (of course upon payment) no matter what their previous ranking was or how many visitors they really have. Alexa checks no parameters to list them as a top ranked site. I found that even domains that were only booked a few months ago were also placed on top of high traffic sites without a doubt or calculation.

My picked sites for the current comparison/examples are here (just for technical analysis, no offense please) –

Alexa Sites to Compare
(Sites to Compare Alexa Ranking)

A few facts before more detail:

  • The first two are the most popular online news portals in Bangladesh, while the latter two are still unknown.
  • The first two have a Google Page Rank of 4 and 5 respectively, while the latter two both have 0 (zero).
  • The first two domains were registered in 2006 and 2004 respectively (more than 10 years age), while the latter two were registered at the end of 2016 (only a few months age).

Now lets see how much Google, the biggest search engine, has resources to show for them in search results:

  • The first one has about 1.2 millions (1280K) pages indexed with Google.
First One's Google Indexing
(First One’s Google Indexing)
  • The 2nd one has 819K pages indexed with Google.
2nd One's Google Indexing
(2nd One’s Google Indexing)
  • The 3rd one has only 168 pages indexed with Google and most of them are broken (returned me 404 during my tests).
3rd One's Google Indexing
(3rd One’s Google Indexing)
  • The 4th one has 3600 pages indexed with Google.
4th One's Google Indexing
(4th One’s Google Indexing)

Now lets see what Alexa ranking they each has at this moment (June 4th, 2017). This is simply shocking:

Example Sites and their Alexa Ranks
(Example Sites and their Alexa Ranks)

Now lets see how abrupt their ranks (the 3rd and 4th sites) were changed in Alexa ranking system:

Abrupt change in Alexa ranking, example # 1
(Abrupt change in Alexa ranking, example # 1)


Abrupt change in Alexa ranking, example # 2
(Abrupt change in Alexa ranking, example # 2)

This shows how their rankings climbed up over night. The red circled points are the dates when they were taken from one point to another abruptly. In other words, these are the dates when their paid money took the targeted effects (green tick marks beside the line “Alexa Traffic Ranks” indicate a paid & hence verified site). However, in real situation, change like this is very impossible.

I have many other points to mention here in this regard, but I guess this topic got enough already.

Anyway, these 4 sites used in the current analysis are not the only sites of this kind. There are many more where the similar discrimination was found.

The purpose of this technical analysis is not to humiliate/undermine these 4 sites or publicize them in any way, but to let the decision makers and/or business people who are still considering Alexa a metric to differentiate popularity of a site know that the real fact is really different than just the number shown in rank.

If this helps a single person or an event, the purpose of this post will find its meaning.

Thanks very much for reading this.

Grand launch of Deshi Tender – the best source of tender and procurement information in Bangladesh

It’s a pleasure to announce that today we have released the first online product, Deshi Tender, of our company. Please find it here:

Deshi Tender is the best source of all tender and procurement information in Bangladesh. We collect tender information from various sources – newspapers, websites and sometimes directly from companies.

The purpose of this website is to ease the life of the (1) contractors who collect tender notices from many sources everyday, (2) company executives who publish their tender and/or procurement information to many newspapers, and (3) individuals who keep track of their desired tender information from various places. Deshi Tender works for all of them above.

Deshi Tender is different than other tender service providers in Bangladesh. We classify tender information by category, organization and city/region/division. It’s easy to find and filter your expected tender information. We tried to use the latest web technology so visitors experience never go negative. It is a very sophisticated website with easy navigation, easy to understand & use features,  etc.

We collect all tender and procurement information from national dailies, websites, and all possible tender sources and then publish those to our website. And then we notify our customers (by email) about the latest tender information – once/twice a day.

If you are contractor or a company, please join Deshi Tender today and enjoy maximum facilities in the occasion of inauguration.

Please visit the site. Your comments and feedback are most welcome.

Election in Bangladesh – Getting a secular democratic government

I’m back again after a long time. I always wanted to write but it didn’t happen. Today I want to share the most important and memorable incident of 2008 happened in our Bangladesh. It’s actually something we were expecting for long.

December 29 of 2008 was a very important day for the nation.  It’s the anchor point for something new for us – as the country was being ruled by a military backed governemt since 2007. I don’t want to elaborate the reason for military-backed governemt – but it has a backend history. The country was in a democracy-less condition in 2007 and 2008.

However, the 29th december election was a turning point for the nation – from a military-backed ruling to democracy. There were two major alliances fighting to win the election. One was the Awami League led grand alliance and another was the BNP led four party alliance. The Awami League led grand alliance pledged for the trial of the war criminals those who killed 3 millions of Bangladeshi in 1971 (of the then East Pakistan) and a digital Bangladesh. It’s important to mention that a big number of people of the BNP led fourt party alliance are war criminals – that’s why they never wanted to start the trial for the war criminals. People compared the pledges offered by both alliances and placed their right to the Awami League led grand alliance. They won in more than 3/4 of the seats in the parliament. People rejected the war criminals and corrupted leaders’ alliance. And thus Awami League – which is known as the secular political party in this country – and its alliance entered into power.

We believe Awami League can fulfill the pledges they offered to win the election. So far so good – they already started initial processing for war criminals’ trial.

We really need a digital Bangladesh.

Lets hope for better!