Is China Banning Alexa?

from the might-be dept

Juan Lopez-Valcarcel writes in noticing that, according to Alexa, "Baidu online traffic dropped 50% this week." He wonders if it's a sign that the Chinese dot com bubble may be popping, but that seems unlikely. In fact, he shows that some other Chinese sites have similar drops. He even checked to see if it was due to the expected loss in traffic after Baidu removed the ability to download unauthorized music and movies -- but that's not the case either. The drop is simply too fast for that to make sense. Combined with the similar drop in sohu.com (and a few other sites I checked, like 163.com), it certainly suggests that the problem has more to do with Alexa and China. It's pure speculation, obviously, but given China's tendency to block sites somewhat arbitrarily, it seems likely that China has put at least a partial ban on traffic from users of the Alexa toolbar. One more reason why Alexa stats are anything but reliable. Anyone else have any idea what else may be causing it?
Hide this

Thank you for reading this Techdirt post. With so many things competing for everyone’s attention these days, we really appreciate you giving us your time. We work hard every day to put quality content out there for our community.

Techdirt is one of the few remaining truly independent media outlets. We do not have a giant corporation behind us, and we rely heavily on our community to support us, in an age when advertisers are increasingly uninterested in sponsoring small, independent sites — especially a site like ours that is unwilling to pull punches in its reporting and analysis.

While other websites have resorted to paywalls, registration requirements, and increasingly annoying/intrusive advertising, we have always kept Techdirt open and available to anyone. But in order to continue doing so, we need your support. We offer a variety of ways for our readers to support us, from direct donations to special subscriptions and cool merchandise — and every little bit helps. Thank you.

–The Techdirt Team


Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread


  • identicon
    Alan Gray, 14 Sep 2005 @ 12:49pm

    It may be back soon

    As an email ISP, we often block senders and the sites advertised in spam email. Sometimes, we get it wrong and after one or more support requests, we review and possibly remove the blocks. This may be a similar case. Alexa should investigate more to see what they can discover, but I wouldn't be worried about it unless it lasts more than a week.

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

    • identicon
      Juan Lopez-Valcarcel, 14 Sep 2005 @ 11:30pm

      Re: It may be back soon

      I have sent a note to Alexa so that we get an official interpretation of the data. However, I don't think Alexa is blocking Baidu as the chinese site is listed in alexa.com. By the way, the drop in traffic is now almost 66% in one week... !!

      reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • identicon
    Juan Lopez-Valcarcel, 16 Sep 2005 @ 9:20pm

    Alexa is looking into it

    I just received this email from Alexa:
    ----
    We are looking into what's going on here. It's a lot of data to plod
    through, but I'm sure we'll get to the bottom of it. We don't think,
    actually, that any of the theories in the linked articles is correct,
    but I'm sure we'll figure it out.
    ----

    Looking forward to getting an official explanation from their side. Will keep you posted.

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]


Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here



Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter




Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Make this the First Word or Last Word. No thanks. (get credits or sign in to see balance)    
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Close

Add A Reply

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here



Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter




Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Make this the First Word or Last Word. No thanks. (get credits or sign in to see balance)    
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt
Special Affiliate Offer

Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Recent Stories

This site, like most other sites on the web, uses cookies. For more information, see our privacy policy. Got it
Close

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.