One of the unfortunate things about a domain name change is that the Alexa ranking is going to be impacted. As of the day after switching urls, my blog (ElliotsBlog.com) currently has an Alexa ranking of 17,063, which I think is fairly strong. On the other hand, DomainInvesting.com, my new url, has an Alexa ranking of over 1.7 million.
Because of the way Alexa calculates its rank, I don’t believe I can tell Alexa that I switched domain names and have the former url’s ranking be combined with the current ranking. Most likely, Alexa will detect the traffic to the new url over time, and then it will begin ranking this new website.
Alexa’s main ranking system seems to report the three month moving average rank instead of a daily, weekly, or monthly capture. What this means is that it’s likely going to take 3 or more months for Alexa to register an accruate ranking for this new site, especially because DomainInvesting.com wasn’t really developed before and didn’t have a ranking prior to my development.
I don’t rely on the Alexa ranking for anything more than pride, but it will still be tough to see the ElliotsBlog.com ranking get worse while the DomainInvesting.com ranking slowly improves. I wish there was a way to notify Alexa about a url change for my website, but apparently there isn’t much I can do.