Alexa is my go-to place to get a first impression on how much traffic a website gets.
I have never looked into how they get their data, I always assumed they get it from internet providers?
Is there an alternative? SimilarWeb publishes their data with a huge delay, so it is not of much use for me. From my experience, it is also less reliable.
It is crazy how valuable internet properties get closed down when they are owned by giant companies. According to Alexa, Alexa is still a top-5000 site:
It seems insane to just close it down.
For a pretty small sum, you could approach illegal download or porn sites to embed an iframe of your site or do a pop-under ad, and instantly be in the top 10. People aren't actually visiting your site, you're just getting "shadow traffic". Then you'd go tell advertisers "look, we are one of the biggest sites in the country".
We didn't play that game but our competitors did and it was really frustrating.
Anyway, the point is their rankings weren't very reliable (this was 8+ years ago, maybe they've gotten better at detecting traffic fraud).
Not the prettiest, but I use it a fair amount myself for researching domains.
I spend quite a lot of time looking at new MacBooks :)
Though I suppose it's the sewer of the internet so it has to be everywhere.
You can make the same comment about YouTube or Twitter, but it all depends on what content you ingest. TikTok's algorithm actually serves me incredible content that is both educational and entertaining and I thoroughly enjoy using the app.
(And I don't consider myself some sort of floozy - I've been using the Net since before the first commercial web sites appeared)
Quickly looked them up, some sort of anti-fraud company, working with TikTok apparently. There website doesn't load for me, I'm wondering if they are target of DDOS attack which might actually move them up the rankings haha
Or they had a meeting where the founders asked "what domain sounds twice as good as verify.com?"
Right, this is a problem with all sorts of data sources that provide numbers (and use lots of SEO) but don't talk much about their methodology. CelebrityNetWorth is another example of this.
That’s how I increased my net worth to 100 million USD. Now I’m using rolling out an unstable coin trading under the symbol UCCT (UCrayCrayToken) backed by my CelebrityNetWorth.com value. I’m going to burn half the tokens soon, so now is a great time to buy tokens from me before they double in value.
Alexa hasn't been a reliable source of traffic data for many years. It's gotten worse as mobile devices, private browsers, VPNs, and tight-fisted companies (like Facebook) have become more widespread.
If you own a high-traffic site and check Alexa, it's not even close. One of my sites wasn't in the order of magnitude.
After that, they've paid other browser add-ons to add their script and some websites voluntarily gave them their data by adding their tracker.
It says so right on the about page (warning: unusable on mobile): https://www.alexa.com/about
Ah, the good old days.
I think they moved on to more broad data sources, possibly purchasing data from ISPs.
1. What is Umbrella? See http://info.opendns.com/rs/033-OMP-861/images/OpenDNS-Global...
2. What is Passive DNS? See https://docs.umbrella.com/investigate-ui/docs/passive-dns
Translation: trust us
Bought a website ranking company, used the company's name as the name of a consumer electronics assistant, and then shuttered the company 22 years later to (presumably) be able to use the domain name for more consumer electronics.
Wonder why they used the Alexa name for their home assistant.
It is what drives A-lex-a under the hood.
In addition it uses another AWS service called Polly that generates speech from text.
Source: I worked for Alexa at the time.
IMO, picking one of the most common US names for a voice assistant and then skipping the wake up phrase is dumb.
With ~125k total names since the 1940's, it's not really close to one of the most common in the US; just one that was in the top 100 for 2 decades.
"Alexandra" seems way more common than "Alexa".
All Apple devices interpret "Hey Sarah" as "Hey Siri" and then start shooting their stupid mouths off, bugs the hell out of Sarah
She said "Why? Have I done something wrong? If so, yes this is Siri!"
I'm not even kidding. She's also said "That might get confusing" before or something like that.
Also bad that it won't check your email etc without an iPhone.. Not very happy with it in general but I love the yellow colour and I trust Apple a bit more for privacy.
One thing that is great is that it matches your own volume. If I ask a question quietly at night Siri responds in a very low volume whereas the echo dot just booms like it's daytime.
- ok gool (but not hey gool)
I'm assuming part of it is that it's gotten very good at recognising who is speaking. E.g. my son and I tested the limits of it a while back by changing voices (it still correctly identified my son when he tried to change his voice), mixing and matching (I'd say "Alexa" and he would say "who am I?" and vice versa; Alexa would recognise whomever said "Alexa" irrespective of who spoke what followed). So it'll usually know if whomever is saying "Alexa" is a known member of the household, which would seem like a good indicator to increase the threshold for how clearly the phrase is spoken before activating.
It's one of the reasons you have to say "Hey Google" or "Hey Siri", but you're able to just say "Alexa"
I find Siri the worst one for that, it often triggers on "serious".
Which is close enough to make Google find my phone :D
Since it's a fricative, it sounds like the hissing noise produced by other kinds of turbulent flow.
I was on a zoom call the other day, both of us using speaker (no headsets) and something trigger both our watches to say, “sorry, I didn’t get that”, in each of our languages. At least we both laughed.
I don’t think it’s responding to a vocal ‘Hey, Siri!’ in this case.
I wonder if it’s a slow wake-from-sleep issue or something.
curl http://s3.amazonaws.com/alexa-static/top-1m.csv.zip --output ~/Downloads/alexa.zip
Today it contains the top 630779 records.
From the introduction summary: "e.g. only one HTTP request suffices to enter the widely used Alexa top million. We empirically validate that reaching a rank as good as 28 798 is easily achieved."
You can see this by looking at the "Items" graph on the Alexa Crawls collection 
(I am not associated with the Internet Archive - just a very happy user!)
Were they still providing value to the Wayback Machine at that point? Has their cessation had a significant impact on the Wayback Machine's crawling ability?
https://developers.cloudflare.com/188.8.131.52/privacy/public-dns... (CloudFlare stores aggregated data)
https://developers.google.com/speed/public-dns/privacy (well, it's Google)
To take a guess at why Apple is so high, I think bundling all of these together might help their rank:
- App store downloads
- iOS updates
- Apple TV+ streaming
- Services that iOS / tvOS / macOS devices utilize
- Apple Music / iTunes downloads
- iCloud (including Private Relay and related traffic)
Almost every Apple device is constantly connected to these servers.
184.108.40.206 is Cloudflare's public DNS service.
Cos it sure as feck wasn't skill, i refuse to believe it!
He paid decently, true, but givrn the way things developed (he had a couple of seriously toxic senior engineers) I'm happy to say that I went to 20-40% (depending on how you look at bonuses, in Norway that is a lot anyway) higher salary in my next job and have kept getting raises since :-)
Now the two problems have departed, he wanted me back twice and I wanted to go back but he couldn't afford my current price.
Sad for both parts.
Edit: in Norway taxable salary and taxable wealth used to be publicly available.
Previously, up until 2010-ish?, newspapers etc. could ask for the public tax records from the government and make them searchable.
Now that's not possible, but they are free to list the 10-50-100 richest people in each municipality, the sports people earning the most, the business mean with the highest wealth or lowest tax etc.
Everyone can still look up individuals, though, but they have to log in to a government portal to do it, _and_ the individual being looked up will be notified about it, and who did it.
Turns out there's no legal grounds for keeping the other list secret, so the media gets a copy of that list through some sort of transparency request. They then ask the tax office for the income information for each of these people. So now the yearly "jealousy lists" are published with all the names just as before, but some names have an asterisk next to them, pinpointing that these people didn't want to be on the list.
Before: anything. Everybody did it if they had the slightest reason if my observations were correct. Just like I remember Norwegians taking a sauna (those who had) with friends or family or showering before swimming or after exercise at school, nobody thought about the fact that they were naked between peers it seemed.
Today every kid complains about showering at school and everyone are very secretive about their income records.
This is just observation, not judgement. I think there are good reasons on both sides of both questions even if I am conservative as few (not American "conservative", I just think it is smart to change society slowly and thoughtfully).