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bragerz
04-29-2005, 02:36 PM
I've been watching some major sites on alexa this past week, and it seems that overall internet traffic has dropped substantially (according to alexa at least) over the past couple weeks:

google:
http://traffic.alexa.com/graph?w=379&h=216&r=3m&y=r&u=google.com/&u=

aol:
http://traffic.alexa.com/graph?w=379&h=216&r=3m&y=r&u=aol.com/&u=

msn:
http://traffic.alexa.com/graph?w=379&h=216&r=3m&y=r&u=msn.com/&u=

expedia:
http://traffic.alexa.com/graph?w=379&h=216&r=3m&y=r&u=expedia.com/&u=

Is alexa broken, or is this a real trend ?

Webvisitor
04-29-2005, 09:51 PM
From Alexa main page--


"Q: What's wrong with the traffic stats?
A: Everything.

Please be patient. We've had an internal network problem that caused a bad data build on the 18th and we haven't had a build since. This is a high priority for us and rest assured we won't rest until it is fixed. Thanks for your patience."

KLCC
06-04-2005, 12:16 PM
These problems have been going on for past 6 months now. For my site one day it shows 80,000 next day -- no traffic -- (although traffic is the same). I think Alexa is in serious trouble :(

Really bad for such a good idea that was!

mick g
06-05-2005, 04:44 AM
I use alexa as a "guide" to monitor about 20 sites on a weekly basis, this I have done for a few years and the last 2 google updates the alexa data has been spot on showing sites I monitor plunging out of the top 100,000 while others have appeared from no where

The data is collected by downloading the alexa toolbar to your PC so if you set your browser to start on your homepage or install an alexa booster program these will increase your ranking quite considerably over a period in time.

Use it as a guide only but don't forget there are only a small handful of sites you can get this type of data from in the first place and all of them rely on site visitors to collate the figures, these figures can be manipulated

andrewgoodman
06-06-2005, 03:03 PM
Could the number of live Alexa toolbar installs in play be falling off? Perhaps fairly significantly? With the advent of spyware removers and that type of hysteria, plus the fact that many have other toolbars installed, I would guess so.