After recently reading comments about WordPress plugins boosting your Alexa rating using the
http://redirect.alexa.com/redirect? URL, I got curious and decided to check it out. It turned out that what I read at this address is true: the plug-in I picked up indeed alters the output HTML and cooks your links by adding the Alexa Redirect URL as prefix. I totally agree at the statement read at that blog:
Is this a good idea?
I certainly don’t think so. Although this sounds really promising on boosting Alexa, but will this affects google indexing? How will Google treat links that starts with redirect.alexa.com? I’ll leave the question to you…
I’m not writing to encourage the installation of this plugin, but rather creating awareness of such.
The Better “Alexa Redirect” WordPress Plugin
version 0.1 (Aug 19th 2007)
version 0.2 (Aug 25th 2007)
version 0.3 (Sept 18th 2007)
(Kudos to Ariah Fine for the original idea to do such a plugin)
Here’s what you need to know about it.
How it Works:
http://www.yourblog.com/page/2, but when the user clicks on it, it will transform into
- Download the Better “Alexa Redirect” WordPress Plugin
(wp-alexa-redirect-0.3.zip 3.0 KB)
- Upload Better “Alexa Redirect” WordPress Plugin to your WordPress plugins folder
- Activate the Better “Alexa Redirect” WordPress Plugin
- You are Done!
You are not required to do anything: once you have activated the Better “Alexa Redirect” WordPress Plugin there is really nothing more to do. All you can do is I would however recommend that you keep an eye on your Alexa rating and monitor if the Better “Alexa Redirect” WordPress Plugin is proving to be of any use at all :)
Here’s a tip to all Windows Vista + Internet Explorer 7 users (kudos to Frank for finding this solution): in order to make the Alexa Redirect work, you have to add redirect.alexa.com to the list of trusted sites.
You can download it from this URL: wp-alexa-redirect-0.3.zip 3.0 KB
Here’s what you can expect in the next release:
- Options page in the administration panel for fine-tunning the Better “Alexa Redirect” WordPress Plugin (done as of v0.2)
- List of white-listed domains, for which to apply the Alexa Redirect technique (not just your blog, but probably your other sites too, and your friends’ sites too) (done as of v0.2)
- The ability to apply the Alexa Redirect technique to the images posted on your blog (?)
- Adding a link on the Options page to your Alexa Ranking page (done as of v0.2)
- Detecting if redirect.alexa.com is a trusted site, and skip the “redirect-voodoo” if it is not (generally because of Windows Vista + Internet Explorer 7) (as of v0.2, the plugin gets disabled itself if IE7+Vista is detected … still looking how to detect if redirect.alexa.com is a trusted site)
- Offer a somewhat fair alternative solution to bloggers using Blogger, Typepad, WordPress.com, etc.
- (August 25, 2007) The new version 0.2 is out!
All the promised updates and fixes applied, except for the image-redirect,which so far seems senseless, and the detection if redirect.alexa.com is a trusted site (so for IE7+Vista this plugin will automatically disable itself).
- (September 9, 2007) Non-WordPress solution is out!
As I promised here it is the solution for all of you non-WordPress bloggers! You need to download this little snippet:
</body></html>tags. The rest is simple – follow the instructions inside the snippet to learn where to put the domains you want prefixed with the Alexa-Redirect technique.
- (September 18, 2007) Bogomil’s idea – let’s give him a friendly push!
One of the coolest guys in Bulgarian Open-Source Community, Programming Community, Nerd Community, Geek Community, IT Community, etc. – Bogomil Shopov – decided to win a SEO contest and give the prize for charity. Let’s give him a hand by placing this little link here: Яицазимитпо лъгуг
- (September 18, 2007) The new version 0.3 is out!
This version features minor bug fixes.
Submit all your comments and bitter remarks in the comments form below. Good luck with the Better “Alexa Redirect” WordPress Plugin! If you think you can handle Google Code, go and submit the bugs you’ve found (if any), and the ideas you have about improving this WordPress plugin at the Issue Tracker: