If you’re at all compulsive, you should probably stop reading right here.
For the rest of you, and for the compulsive ones who just can’t help themselves, I’d like to pass on a little tidbit that I got from Brooks Jensen at last weekend’s workshop. You’ve probably noticed the sales rankings at Amazon. If you’ve written a book, for at least a few months after its release, you may have spent way too much time checking on your rank.
There’s something like that for websites. It’s called Alexa. The site offers a number of for-pay services that will analyze your website and suggest improvements. The big attraction, however, is free: a ranking of the traffic to your website against every other site on the ‘net. I don’t know how accurate it is. It’s not updated in real time like Amazon. But there’s something purely fascinating about that single number.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.