Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The Lobotomist's Dream Needs You!

I have a request for everyone.

One of my favorite resources on the Internet is the Alexa database. If you're ever interested in information on how popular a website is, there's no better resource. It tells you overall rank,
what percentage of people it reaches, how fast the website is, the number of page views, etc. It's really a fascinating thing to look at.

However, there's a slight problem with it.

Now, I love looking at the information for my own page. However, for the longest time, it told me I had no data, and I am currently situated at a rank of 8,225,107. Now, I know for a fact that there aren't a full 8,000,000 sites visited more than mine.

Therein lies the problem. In order to gather information for their rankings, Alexa is dependent on its users. They have a toolbar that you have to download which allows you to not only see the site traffic information on a whim, but also sends your current browsing data to Alexa to be added to their banks. In fact, it wasn't until I downloaded the toolbar that I was even placed at rank 8,000,000+. So it's definitely vital to the process.

Hence, the request.

I'm going to ask that you all download the Alexa toolbar. It will take only a minute of your time, almost assuredly cannot negatively affect your browsing experience (I think it can only make it more interesting), and it will absolutely help my ranking. I think that if every single one of my daily readers gets the toolbar, I'll be within the top million, at least. The default download page is set for Firefox, but there's also a link on there for Internet Explorer. I don't think there is a toolbar for Opera, but God help you if you use Opera anyway. (If you do happen to use Opera, I recommend opening a toolbar-enabled side-browser for looking at The Lobotomist's Dream. Or there might even be a way to open IE/FF pages in Opera using some sort of add-on).

My fate is in your hands. Please, help a brotha out!


Anonymous said...

Very Interesting! I downloaded the toolbar and went on to find out our ranking. I was surprized that it was at a little over a million in ranking. I also looked at a lot of other websites from companies I know and they were ranking much higher, up to over ten million, so don't worry about a ranking of 8 million as there are a lot of commercial websites that are above you.

Anonymous said...

You and your anti-Opera tirades. Tell me, what is one thing wrong with Opera? It's more secure than Firefox (Secuna currently says Firefox has 6 security holes, while Opera has zero! God save you and your swiss cheese internet browser.) One day, Andrew, you will submit to the browser of the Norse gods!

With that said, good luck with your quest. Maybe one day, you'll be beating the likes of MySpace, Facebook, Wikipedia and Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooogle.

-Comrade Chavez

Anonymous said...

P.S. Your rank went down from 8,225,107 to 8,231,933...That's what you get from dissin' the O!


-Comrade Chavez

Andrew Schnorr said...

What's wrong with Opera? Well, for one thing, it doesn't support the Alexa toolbar!