Personally, I place very little credibility in these entities which supposedly provide accurate blog traffic data, including Alexa. You may think Alexa is offering an accurate ranking for your blog one day, only to see your blog inexplicably fall off the radar the next day, wiping out your entire blog history on the site. There are developer tips all over the Internet explaining how you can manipulate the web traffic data gathered by web traffic sites like Alexa. At one point, you could purchase an Alexa traffic ranking in the top 10,000 by paying $300 a month for Alexa booster. The most reliable way to monitor traffic on your blog is through Site Meter. I've used this tool since I first started blogging, and it has provided a constant reassurance to me that old readers are returning daily and new readers are arriving, boosting annual web traffic significantly in each of the more than three years of existence.
It is interesting to note that when I first started blogging, Bil Browning repeatedly pestered me to fold up my blog and become a part of his blog. He seems obsessed with what other bloggers are doing, and when he is unable to control or manipulate them, he engages in incessant personal attacks against them. It seems a rather odd approach for someone to deliberately disseminate misleading information to his readers on his blog the same day he decided to go begging to his readers to finance his trip to the Democratic National Convention in Denver ala Larry Sinclair.
While I'm on the subject of bad actors, the campaign website of Barack Obama has been busted for spamming anti-Obama blogs in an effort to squelch free speech. Macsmind explains:
On July 22-25 Macsmind was DOS’d (Denial of Service) that originated from three IP addresses that are assigned to Barack Obama’s website. This isn’t a theory but was confirmed via law enforcement through an inspection of the site logs from those dates. The IP address in question; 220.127.116.11 18.104.22.168 22.214.171.124, are all registered via “Go Daddy” under the name barackobama.com.
On those dates, beginning at At 5:48PM Central on the 22nd, the hosted server that contained our site was hit by a 1.6 gigabyte flood of illegitimate traffic. The attacks never abated and only stopped when our host provider took us off line.
Speculation is one thing, but facts are another. This time however we’ve taken protective measures to prevent this from happening again. Additionally the investigation will continue and appropriate interstate authorities have been notified.