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Show Alexa Ranking in Firefox

Up until now, there’s been no way to show the Alexa rankings directly in Firefox… if you wanted to see them you had to either use the really great About This Site extension, or use the toolbar for Internet Explorer.

Note: while the quality of the Alexa traffic rankings might be somewhat useless, they are still somewhat useful to see general trends or get a rough idea of how much traffic a site actually gets. (this site is ranked very poorly in Alexa compared to other sites that receive less pageviews, but you can see the spikes from when How-To Geek was featured on digg)

Once you install the new Alexa Sparky toolbar, you’ll see a new toolbar in the status area:

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You can right-click the toolbar to change what is actually displayed. I don’t use the related links at all, so I disabled that.

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There’s also some evidence that says you’ll get a boost in your Alexa rankings if you use the toolbar yourself, since you are browsing your own site every day. I haven’t tried that myself, but it would be interesting to see.

Download Alexa Sparky from Mozilla Add-ons

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  • Published 07/20/07

Comments (3)

  1. Lisaweb

    I saw this new extension listed on Firefox RSS just the other day, and was excited about installing it – but after reading the attached “privacy policy” I decided to opt out. It states:

    “ALEXA’S TOOLBAR SERVICE COLLECTS AND STORES INFORMATION ABOUT THE WEB PAGES YOU VIEW, THE DATA YOU ENTER IN ONLINE FORMS AND SEARCH FIELDS, AND, WITH VERSIONS 5.0 AND HIGHER, THE PRODUCTS YOU PURCHASE ONLINE WHILE USING THE TOOLBAR SERVICE. ALTHOUGH ALEXA DOES NOT ATTEMPT TO ANALYZE WEB USAGE DATA TO DETERMINE THE IDENTITY OF ANY ALEXA USER, SOME INFORMATION COLLECTED BY THE TOOLBAR SERVICE IS PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE. ALEXA AGGREGATES AND ANALYZES THE INFORMATION IT COLLECTS TO IMPROVE ITS SERVICE AND TO PREPARE REPORTS ABOUT AGGREGATE WEB USAGE AND SHOPPING HABITS.

    IN ADDITION, WHEN YOU PERFORM SEARCHES USING THE SEARCH FUNCTION AVAILABLE ON ALEXA’S TOOLBAR SERVICE SOFTWARE VERSION 6.5 AND HIGHER OR ON THE ALEXA WEBSITE, YOU OFTEN WILL BE TAKEN TO A WEBSITE DETAIL PAGE AT AMAZON.COM. IF YOU HAVE AN ACCOUNT ON AMAZON.COM AND AN AMAZON.COM COOKIE ENABLED, YOUR SEARCH RESULTS WILL BE TRANSMITTED TO AND LOGGED BY AMAZON.COM AND MAY BE CORRELATED BY AMAZON.COM WITH ANY PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION YOU MAY HAVE PREVIOUSLY PROVIDED TO AMAZON.COM.”

    Now all that, is just way too scary for me. Soo, that bring said, if you, like me, are looking for Alexa ranking and don’t want to use this toolbar, you may want to try the Firefox extension called “Search Status”. It lets you view Alexa popularity ranking, as well as Alexa incoming links, Alexa related links, Google PageRank, Google Category, Compete.com ranking, and backward links from Google, Yahoo! and MSN. It’s worked very well for me.

  2. The Geek

    Lisaweb,

    The search status toolbar was completely new to me…. I just installed it now and it seems awesome.

    For anybody else out there, here’s a link to it: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/321

    Thanks!

  3. Xavier

    The installation is awesome! Thanks!

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