Just thought I'd post these results. Up until yesterday - my newish site has been doing OKish in Alexa - rank about 50K - but I've had 0 PR from Google.
Yesterday I added a robots.txt - and also Google analytics to see what happens.
This morning I see an instant Google PR of 4. Alexa is around 46K. Could be coincidence - as I did add some changes to some pages last week - or is this due to the robots.txt and/or adding analytics.
In the past I have always had both of these - but I have my own theories on analytics - so up until now was avoiding their use. As the site was getting naturally listed in the SE's I hadn't bothered with the robots either.
I know your feelings on this - but I'm still pretty chuffed - yesterday - rank of 23K - halved over night!!!! As this site is more for computer-type bods - I can understand why the rank is changing - as my traffic has significantly increased over the last week. I've had the feeling that I've been sandboxed for a while - and now am getting the traffic I would have hoped for.
When my site was serving 30k daily uniques, it ranked 2,500, now my site serves 40k daily uniques it is ranking little over 4k in Alexa, I used to think it got more accurate the higher you are, but it is not.
I've no doubt that the Alexa data is not accurate.
However, I would guess that it is not totally random either. My belief is that significant improvement in Alexa ratings (as with Google PR) would be indicative (although not absolute proof) of movement in the right direction.
Noooooo. Stop...... Your shattering my delusions !!!!
I know exactly what you guys are saying - but there is little to keep my chin up at the moment - so forgot what you know about Alexa - and just pretend for one minute that its great - so I can feel a bit better about things.....
Hey Troi, congratulations on being the top 23,000 viewed web sites in the world, you know this is measured against over 50 Million web sites? Yep, you are one of the few successful one. Another plus side is that many direct advertisers seem to put big weight to Alexa, so you are in for a lot of money too, you'll be rolling in green soon.
Well I won't bother confirming the latter of those two - but chocolate I can live without. Still got most of an easter egg in the cupboard. Don't dislike it - just would rather have cheese than chocolate. Alchol goes without saying.......
Recently had my first try of burrat (no idea how to spell it - but thats what the word sounds like) which is the juice of the first wine pressing. Not readily available to buy - need to know someone on the sly. Absolutely fantastic stuff - if you ever get the chance to try it - go for it. Only available for about 6 weeks - and you have to treat it with caution - as the wine is still fermenting, the bottles are liable to explode..... I've also heard said that is has the effect of a laxative - but didn't notice any effect in that direction - thankfully!!!!