Your Blog Host

by Michael Berry on November 3, 2013

A few years ago I had to create a new blog because of my blog host’s (Blog.com) poor performance. In the process I discovered something interesting.Your Alexa ranking is determined by your blog host and has little to do with your actual blog if they’re placing it as their sub-domain name.

If you have a host provider for your primary website, such as I do with Host Gator why not boast your ranking of both sites by using a sub-domain name yourself. For me my primary website is http://www.prosperyourmind.com and my blog site (sub-domain) is http://blog.prosperyourmind.com. So if you go to Alexa you will find my new blog site already has the ranking of my website. It beats starting from scratch and also makes a very nice bond in the rankings for me for both.

Let me explain that Alexa shows your ranking against all blog sites and does not have anything to do with your keywords, but it is a good indicator off the progress you are making with the popularity of your site.

Though you might find that interesting.


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Anonymous September 21, 2010 at 5:08 am

Michael, My blog is a subdomain of my web site and my Alexa ranking has increased exponentially since joining TSA. Other people coming to the site and posting comments and syndicating posts also increases your ranking. Thanks for sharing your insights about this process.
Erica

Anonymous September 21, 2010 at 10:46 pm

I was amazed to discover this myself. I’m just glad I found out about it now and glad I had problems with my old blog provider. It just goes to show that behind every adversity there is a silver lining.

Thanks for your comments Erica,

Michael

Deborah Ten Brink September 21, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Michael:

Isn’t it amazing that some of the smallest simplest things can make all the difference? I find that the more online marketing you do, the less it seems you “know” because technology and trends are like moving targets! Thanks to “in-the-know” people like you that are willing to give value to their blog readers, we can keep up!

Thank you for all the value you give!

Deborah

Anonymous September 21, 2010 at 10:43 pm

You’re welcome Deborah. I’m just sharing what I discover along the way the same as I’ve learned so much from the people in the community.

Thanks for your comments,

Michael

Paulreimers September 22, 2010 at 4:25 am

Hey Michael,

That’s a cool tip! I have my hands full with my current blog, but will definitely keep that in mind when I start another one. Definitely beats starting from scratch…especially if I can reach Alexa awesomeness with my current one!

Anonymous September 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm

I’m glad you found it useful for a future use Paul. I’m always amazed at all the interesting things to discover about blogging.

Thanks for your comments,

Michael

Rob Franta September 22, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Hey Mike, I like you new blog looks good very professional and the speed is worlds better. Nice tip on the Alexa ranking. Thanks for sharing!

Rob

Anonymous September 23, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Thanks Rob for your comment on my blog. I also use a Plugin now W3 Total Cache that you might want to take a look at, It improves the loading speed of a blog.

Thanks again,

Michael

social bookmarking September 23, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Hi Mike, your are correct about the Alexa rankings. But it actually goes even further than that. Because what you have been doing by being a subdomain is build THEIR traffic not yours! So all the effort you put into getting traffic to your blog has benefited them. Now, I am not saying it did not help you. However, it benefits them a lot more. If all users do that for their sub-domains, than they create a top website at all your expense. Not a very good situation, as you found out. I am glad you moved your blog. It looks great!

Anonymous September 23, 2010 at 9:35 pm

I did not add that, but you’re absolutely correct. It’s interesting I helped a blog company with poor service. Thanks for your comment about my blog as well.

Michael

Kiaran finn September 24, 2010 at 1:32 am

Hi Michael congrats on the new blog looks great neat crisp and sharp!

Must admit to not taking Alexa rank too seriously – it throws up some weird results occasionally. I’ve had sites with pathetic ranking show up on page 1 google and top 500k sites lost in cyberworld somewhere – I have found TSA and similar reciprocal comment linking networks impact ranking quite dramatically though

Cheers kiaran

Anonymous September 24, 2010 at 2:38 pm

You’re right Kiaran not to take them too seriously but they are an good indication over the long term. Yes TSA has already improved my rankings for my new site thanks to people like you and your comments. Much appreciated.

Michael

Scott Pollov September 24, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Hi Mike. Great point. An entrepreneur’s business goal must always be to build their own brand. Moving a blog to your own domain builds value in your company and is something that can be sold down the road. Thanks! Scott Pollov

Anonymous September 24, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Yes it is so very important. Thanks for your comment Scott.

Michael

China Sourcing Gary September 24, 2010 at 7:51 pm

I had no idea about Alexa. And I have no idea why it is important. I have hear of google of course but not Alexa. And I went to the site and am confused. Another learning curve I guess.It says “Avela.com is ranked #1,004,742 in the world according to the three-month Alexa traffic rankings.” How can that be when I am page 5 of Google for “China Sourcing”. Is that a good or horrible number? I have a ranking of “8”. Is that good?

I don’t expect answers but it just another thing I have to learn I guess. How to tweak Alexa. Or is it not that big a deal?

Anonymous September 25, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Remember Gary it’s a worldwide ranking for all sites and all search terms. You should use it as just a guide as to whether your site is improving from month to month. I hope that helps.

Thanks for your comments,

Michael

China Sourcing Gary September 26, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Michael,

Thanks, That helps a lot. I am calmer now that I know there is nothing else I
have to chase.

Gary

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Anonymous September 27, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Good Gary I’m glad I was able to clear that up for you.
Michael

Rebeccajorussell September 25, 2010 at 1:10 am

Hi Michael,
Thanks for the tip on duplicating your website and address on the host carrier. I had and still have some problems with my blog because I used an inferior host at the beginning, and could not get the ip address to transfer, it was transfer as best possible but it still has some issues.
Talk later,
rebecca

Anonymous September 25, 2010 at 3:48 pm

I’m not sure about IP transfers Rebecca. Not my area of knowledge.

Thanks for your comments,

Michael

Dr. Adam Sheck September 25, 2010 at 5:21 am

Michael,
This is so interesting, thanks so much. I do my blog as a “folder” within my main website, so not sure if that has similar benefits as you’re suggesting. I just got the domain “thepassiondoctor.com” and am considering changing my “www.passion101.com” blog to that, but am definitely concerned that I will lose all of the directory history and rankings that I’ve accumulated over the past two years. Any thoughts?
Thanks,
Adam

Anonymous September 25, 2010 at 3:51 pm

It should be Adam but you can check it out by putting both your main site in and look at the rankings then put in your blog address and they should be exactly the same ranking. Hope that helps. See some of my other replies to see what that really means and how to utilize it.

Thanks for your comments,

Michael

Tim Somers September 25, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Good luck with the new blog Michael – seems to load very quickly. Is an Alexa rating important? Haven’t really given it much thought. But will jump over an see how my blog stacks up.

Anonymous September 25, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Yes Tim it’s a worldwide ranking for all sites and all search terms. You should use it as just a guide as to whether your site is improving from month to month. I hope that helps. Thanks for your comments especially on the loading of my website, Michael

Mandee Widrick September 25, 2010 at 11:45 pm

That’s interesting about subdomains…didn’t know that! I’ve been following my Alexa ranking for a while so it’s been a great learning process for me as a blogger.

Anonymous September 26, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Glad I brought it to your attention Mandee. Thanks for your comment.
Michael

Michael Berry October 4, 2010 at 5:08 pm

I’m not sure Shari. I think it may be in my theme setup. I’ll do some research.

Michael

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