The Most Popular Excel Websites Based on Alexa Ranking

by Matthew Kuo on November 15, 2015

in Blogging, Excel

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When I started rusinfomos.ru, I never really gave much thought to Excel’s broader web community, which I was implicitly joining.  At the time, I was really just posting Excel tips and tricks because I thought they were interesting and would be useful to fellow MBA students.  While my engagement and capacity to contribute to this website has flexed up and down over the years, my involvement and understanding of the Excel community has gradually increased.  This has mainly been through one off comments on blog posts, or just me reading up on an Excel topics through another Excel expert’s website.

I thought it would interesting to take a step back, look at the broader Excel web community, and see what the most popular Excel websites really were.  In going through this process, I knew there would be a lot of affirmation; the Excel websites I visited the most were likely going to rank very high.  But the real benefit to me was content discovery, in this case, finding a really popular Excel website that I had not heard of before.

For anyone viewing this list as an Excel learner, take this as a point of social proof.  It’s always nice to get a recommendation for an Excel website, but the ones listed below are definitely worth your time.  The websites listed are all related to Excel from a topic perspective, but have a wide range of specialties, including bloggers, trainers and course providers, plug-in developers, book authors, and Excel forum moderators.

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RankWebsite NameAuthorURLGlobal Rank
1MrExcelBill Jelen6,429
2Excel EasyExcel Easy10,108
3Excel TipsAllen Wyatt12,429
4Excel ForumExcel Forum15,187
5ChandooPurna Duggirala17,692
6ExceljetDave and Lisa Bruns21,200
7OzgridDave and Raina Hawley28,277
8ContexturesDebra Dalgleish35,700
9Trump ExcelSumit Bansal95,455
10Peltier TechJon Peltier100,212
11Spreadsheet PageJohn Walkenbach104,540
12Excel UserCharley Kyd106,148
13VBA ExpressZack Barresse116,121
14Excel AutomationRon de Bruin117,156
15Pearson SoftwareChip Pearson118,598
16PowerPivotProPowerPivotPro132,746
17Excel CentralThe Smart Method140,383
18Excel TipExcel Tip152,969
19Excel CampusJon Acampora155,633
20Spreadsheet GuruChris Newman176,056
21Data Pig TechnologiesMike Alexander212,393
22Experiments in FinanceExperiments in Finance228,465
23My Online Training HubMynda Treacy235,020
24Daily Dose of ExcelDick Kusleika267,139
25rusinfomos.ruMatthew Kuorusinfomos.ru273,672
26The Ken Puls (Excelguru) BlogKen Puls306,646
27Excel ExposureBenjamin Currier343,998
28JKP Application DevelopmentJan Karel Pieterse393,329
29Tushar MehtaTushar Mehta404,126
30Excel ExpertsNick Vivian432,400
31AJP Excel InformationAndy Pope484,094
32Excel ChartsJorge Camoes504,727
33Add-Ins.comAdd-ins.com547,820
34Excel Expert TrainingSomkiat Foongkiat634,932
35Yoda LearningYoda Learning693,331
36Atlas ProgrammingTom Urtis717,195
37Application ProfessionalsRob Bovey719,664
38My Excel OnlineJohn Michaloudis742,254
39Decision ModelsCharles Williams762,751
40Excel EnthusiastsAshish Mathur843,286
41Spreadsheet1Petros Chatzipantazis850,313

The Process

  • Inclusion criteria was probably the most difficult part of the process, as I wanted to keep this list focused on Excel.  I’ve included websites that are related to Excel but are focused on more advanced topics, such as PowerPivot and VBA, however, this list will obviously not cover those ancillary topics in detail
  • In terms of getting the websites, the overall process was somewhat unscientific.   Many websites I knew off the top of my head.  Additionally, and both have very good “Who’s Who of Excel” type lists that I was able to refer to.  Beyond that, I just supplemented with various Google searches on the topic.
  • For the list, I’ve only included websites with a ranking less than 1,000,000 and for the chart, I’ve only included the Top 20 to keep it clean
  • There’s little doubt in my mind that I’ve missed some websites, so if there are some notable omissions, please let me know

Analysis Caveats

  • rankings change over time, and therefore, by the time you’re reading this, the specific rankings shown in the chart and table are probably out of date; the rankings shown were captured on November 15th, 2015
  • Alexa rankings are based on an estimate of overall traffic and popularity, and therefore these figures do have a margin of error
  • The list represents “relative” differences in traffic, not absolute; the difference between two ranks could be 10 unique visitors, or 1,000 unique visitors, which you can’t determine with Alexa unless you sign up for their premium plan
  • There are other websites that actually provide traffic estimates for free, but the intent of this post was just to get a sense of relative popularity
  • Subdomains, pages within larger domains, and blog hosted websites are all a little tricky to account for using Alexa; for example, the ranking is actually the ranking for tips.net, but it I included it because it would have felt weird to leave out Allen Wyatt
  • Because this list was created by someone in the US, it definitely has a US bias, as I only have a handful of non-English websites listed
  • The rank used is the Alexa global rank, not the country rank

Takeaways

  • Having a popular Excel website is just one way to influence the Excel community.  Many people do it through writing books, teaching live courses, or answering questions in forums and through email.
  • Many of the Excel rockstars I’ve heard of unsurprisingly rank near the top (, , , etc).  After Contextures, however, there does seem to be a bit of a drop off in popularity before we get to the “rest of the Excel world.”
  • Traffic is a fickle subject to deal with and there’s no vanilla method to differentiate a popular website from less popular ones.  What I can say about the top sites in the Excel world is that they are clearly prolific with their content and extremely passionate about the subject matter.  (I doubt Alexa rankings are a top concern of theirs)  If you have these two qualities, then your website definitely has a chance to succeed.
  • Of the top 20 websites, about half have the word “Excel” in their URLs.  I’ve personally felt that from an SEO perspective, the importance of having your keyword in your URL has gone down over time, but it’s still a very popular marketing approach.
  • Most of the websites listed are by current or former Excel MVPs (I guess I’m part of the minority here, and maybe should look into that certification)
  • Lastly, the fact that this site made the list, in the company of people I’ve admired for years, is a surprise and definitely an honor

As I mentioned before, if there are any major Excel websites I’ve missed, let me know.  Going through this has provided me insight to a lot of great Excel websites that I didn’t even know existed before.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

November 16, 2015 at 10:45 am

So many great Excel sites on this list! Nice work, Matthew. Also want to say that you have great tutorials on your site, with some of the best and clearest illustrations anywhere. I know that takes *a lot* of work.

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Matthew Kuo November 16, 2015 at 4:29 pm

Thanks Dave, appreciate the feedback – your site was one of the ones I “discovered” and I’ve definitely been missing out. 😉 Thanks for providing such great Excel resources.

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November 16, 2015 at 9:34 pm

Thanks for sharing this Matthew. There are so many good resources in this list. I have been visiting your site for some time now and have found a lot of good Excel Tips 🙂

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Matthew Kuo November 17, 2015 at 10:33 am

Thanks Sumit – I love the Excel tips, tutorials, templates you provide and will definitely be forwarding people to your course.

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December 4, 2015 at 10:04 am

A month or so ago I was under 1mm worldwide for a while. Now I’ve disappeared off the charts.

I hadn’t seen your site before. It looks great – clear instructions and clean layout.. I like the histogram post. It’s a similar solution to the question you see asked by teachers for fitting test scores into grade ranges.

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March 8, 2016 at 5:01 pm

Very cool analysis you were able to put together Matthew! And the inner-competitor in me relishes in making your top 20 chart 🙂

It’s interesting, when I first started TheSpreadsheetGuru website I was on Google Analytics every day analyzing my traffic (it truly can become an addiction). But I feel with a couple years now under my belt, I have a firm grasp on how traffic really isn’t as important as your audience and your ability to help others solve their problems in the most effective way possible.

I absolutely love getting comments from people who were searching forever to find an answer to their question but were able to find the solution within an article I wrote. And I think that is what drives most of us to continue to write down our 2 cents and share it with the world.

Keep up the great work!

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Matthew Kuo March 8, 2016 at 7:51 pm

Hi Chris,

Thanks for the comment and definitely agree with you. I too probably spend too much time on Google Analytics. But like you said, for any successful website, that shouldn’t be the main goal. For anyone starting a website out there, focus on your passion and creating great, helpful content – you’ll have an impact and the traffic will come eventually.

Best,
Matthew

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March 19, 2016 at 9:18 am

Matthew-

Thank you for mentioning my Excel Resources page. In the last week, moved the page over to a site I own that is more Excel-based – Excel.TV. Your link is automatically redirecting.

Your alexa-ranking of sites is eye-opening. I will bookmark it. It really great to see how some of the younger blogs have gotten so much traction.

Rick Grantham

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Matthew Kuo March 26, 2016 at 3:44 pm

Thanks Rick,

Your videos about the Excel community are awesome and really add a level of humanity to the rows & columns world we work in. Keep up the great work!

Best,
Matthew

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November 19, 2016 at 12:14 am

Interesting post! Matthew.
Good to see a list of top Excel sties by Alexa Global Rank. It drove me to check the rank of my blog… Although it’s far away from the top 20, I am glad that my blog seems to be able to earn a place in the table. 🙂
Cheers,

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