How to Submit & Verify Website on Alexa?

2017 Update: Alexa is no more the same. So there is no point using Alexa widget or paying for Alexa services. You should rather focus on improving domain authority.  Learn everything about domain authority here. This article is just for the archiving purpose. Soon, we will remove all instances of Alexa ranking from ShoutMeLoud.

We have talked a lot about Alexa in the past, and I realized I have missed out the most basic tutorial here, and that is how you can submit website to Alexa. Usually, Alexa picks a new domain itself but it’s always a good idea to submit your site yourself and claim your ownership. This way, you can add more details to your Website Alexa profile and make it look more professional.

There is always a controversy behind Alexa ranking, but I believe like many other website ranking tool, Alexa is one of the standards and we have to make sure that we get a good listing and ranking on Alexa. So this, beginner guide will help you to get started with submission and to claim your site.

Step by step guide to Submit Website/Blog to Alexa:

Before we move ahead, for newbies: Alexa is one of the top websites which rank Websites globally and shows various ranking factors like Global rank, country based rank, search term query and many more details that are quite informative and important to judge a website.

So, let’s get started with this tutorial and the very step is to create an Alexa account by going to Alexa.com.

You can either create a custom login or simply login using your Facebook account. I prefer creating a new custom account, as I manage multiple websites and it will be much easier to remember the login.

Alexa Submit the site
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When you click on certify your site metrics, it will open a pop-up which says:

Certified Site Metrics is metrics that are directly-measured from the website instead of estimated. The website owner has installed an Alexa Certify Code on the pages of their site and chosen to show the metrics publicly.

For the website owner Certified Metrics provides:
  • A more accurate Alexa Rank
  • A private Metrics Dashboard for On-Site Analytics
  • The ability to publish unique visitor and pageview counts if desired

Click on plans and pricing page and below plans and pricing you will see an option that says

Click on create free Alexa account and repeat the above process and click on claim a site. You will see three option to verify your site ownership:

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This step is to claim your domain in Alexa and edit its listing. Alexa offers many plans and pricing offer, but for a normal Blog, a free plan is good to start with. For a serious business site, I won’t mind opting for their monthly subscription plan for more exposure. You can get a complete plans and pricing details here. Click on “Certify this site” and it will take you to Alexa Pro plan page, click on Sign up under free plan.

Claiming site in Alexa:

Similarly we do Google domain verification, in Alexa we can upload a file or add a meta tag to claim our domain. You can pick any of the method, (Upload a verification file to root of your domain or add meta tag in head section of your site. If you are using Thesis theme, simply go to Site Options > Additional scripts and add the complete verification code with meta name there.

For example: <meta name=”alexaVerifyID” content=”xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx” />

Make sure to clear your cache if you are using any cache plugin, and click on verify the claim. BlogSpot Bloggers can add the code in their template and follow the same steps, if you have done everything right here, click on verify the claim and a successfully claimed message will be shown.

Click on Continue and you can edit many important details regarding your site. You will notice many parts will be locked, as you need to get a premium Alexa account, for editing the complete listing. Something, which I will ignore for now:

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Once done, click on save and continue and your site details on Alexa will be updated. Though, in free Alexa account, there are many limitations like you can’t add a custom logo and get more details but for a simple site and Bloggers it’s good and I’m also uncertain if premium is listing on Alexa, will help to get more traffic or any major SEO advantage.

Though, it’s always a good idea to submit blog and Website to Alexa or any other similar popular sites. Additionally you can use IMT Website submitter tool, which is a free tool to submit your site to major site ranking websites. An easy way to grab free link juice, which will be beneficial. Here are some articles, which will help you to submit your site to other places:

The only reason for claiming your site in Alexa is to add your site contact details, which at times is beneficial when advertisers use Alexa to find a relevant site to advertise. Moreover, your site profile on Alexa look more professional and better from any other.

How many of you have submitted and claimed your Website on Alexa? Do you think Alexa matters or it’s just another Website?

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

90 thoughts on “How to Submit & Verify Website on Alexa?”

  1. Jaswinder Kaur

    Alexa free claim verification is no longer for Free!

    I submitted my Ease Bedding for Free couple of months ago, but now they changed to paid subscription. There is trail available to try and if you think, it’s not for you, you can cancel within the time period.

  2. Thank you Harsh, May I’m late to know this technique. When I tried to claim my website for free- “Claiming has been retired – May 2016”

  3. Thanks for the advice, just tried creating an account but they are no longer offering free accounts 🙁

      1. Krishna Ahire

        Yes they closed it. I recently started working on my weblog LifeHackerIndia.com and I got a rank of 21,754,869 within just 15 days. It’s not a great number but I am happy to see at least my weblog on alexa within a short time. Now the main topic Harsh, I am really a beginner and dont want to invest money to get alexa ranking verified, what are the other sources to make this weblog popular and to increase alexa rank as well.

  4. Unfortunately Alexa is now a paid-only service, thanks to Amazon’s takeover.

    I don’t think it’s worth $10/month, unfortunately.

    Time to find other options!

  5. Haren Nagdewani

    Hey Harsh!
    Currently, with the new Alexa I can’t see an option to claim my site. The basic plan starts at the cost of $9.9/month and I don’t think thats worth it.
    So, Am I mistaken that there is no way to claim site for free?
    Would love an answer from your side!

  6. This is a bad job by amazon. I just tried and failed to do it with free account. and in no way i think alexa worth $9.99 per month. good luck amazon

  7. Hi!
    This is a great article. Alexa is a worse step which is not offering free services. I think this is so bad step by alexa.

    -Humna Yousaf

  8. Hi Harsh, Thanks for giving such valuable information, but Alexa Site shows this message “Alexa claiming a site has been retired in may 2016”.

    1. Hey Wasekar,

      Yes, alexa ha retired claiming website because now alexa wants to spread equal information to all website’s owners. Before retirement, people used to claim website and took benefits from alexa rank which was not favorable according to SEO. Now, it will only convey real traffic data for website without any partiality.

  9. Does Alexa requires you to be a ‘paid’ member in order to submit site now (december 2016)? I tried to submit my site to Alexa but they required me to be a paid member.

  10. Arvinder Singh

    Hey Harsh,
    Really Nice Post but I am unable to add my website to Alexa as they are charging $9.99 to do so. Is there any other way to add my website to Alexa?

  11. Very nice post. Your blogging skills are superb. I want to know is there any other way to check site rank as alexa is not free now.

  12. Hey Harsh ,

    This seem very informative in understanding about how to submit our website to alexa and get our rank estimates. Thanks for the informative write up…

  13. Mohammed Ovesh

    Hi Harsh,

    Thanks for giving such valuable information, Unfortunately alexa retired the claim your site feature since May 2016. Free account users can not edit site details anymore.

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