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Does Opera GX talk to Alexa Internet (Traffic Rank)?

  • Since making Opera GX my default in January (switching from Vivaldi), I noticed the Alexa rank to my work site (jyanet.com) drop steadily. It’s a site that’s not really high on traffic (the rank is in the seven figures, so pretty low) and I was likely to be the only person visiting it to check stuff. Before that it was pretty steady. I noticed the same pattern on my personal blog (jackyan.com), which has quite a few visitors, but despite increasing my posts, the rank has also dropped, again beginning to when I made Opera GX my default. I’ve allowed GX to send data to Alexa with its extension, but nothing appears to be going through. Is this to do with the browser ID, a native privacy setting, or something else? (Or is it Alexa not counting GX because it doesn’t recognize something in the browser ID string—in which case I really need to be asking them?)

  • If it is due to the browser user agent you can change it by using an extension like (https://mybrowseraddon.com/useragent-switcher.html) or (https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/user-agent-switcher-5/).

    You can verify by using this URL (https://www.esolutions.se/whatsmyinfo)

  • Thank you, Peter. I’ll need to experiment for a period to see what happens. I found a flag inside Opera (Chromium UA compatibility, #chromium-ua-compatibility) that changes the Opera user agent to a standard Chrome one. I’ve enabled it and I’ll see what happens over a couple of weeks. If nothing changes then it’ll be something else.

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