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Other Web Traffic Tracking Sites?
« on: December 19, 2007, 10:20:08 pm »

At times for some, it can be interesting to see how web traffic is affected during major decisions and changes. When looking at web traffic in general, I usually use Alexa . . . here are the links for Prosper.com and Prospers.org data at Alexa:

http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/prosper.com

http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/prospers.org

Do you know of or use a different site to look at traffic data? Bonus: Provide link to Prosper.com / Prospers.org traffic data from the site(s) you like.

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Re: Other Web Traffic Tracking Sites?
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2007, 10:45:35 pm »

At times for some, it can be interesting to see how web traffic is affected during major decisions and changes. When looking at web traffic in general, I usually use Alexa . . . here are the links for Prosper.com and Prospers.org data at Alexa:

http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/prosper.com

http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/prospers.org

Do you know of or use a different site to look at traffic data? Bonus: Provide link to Prosper.com / Prospers.org traffic data from the site(s) you like.



I dont have an answer to your query, but I love looking at these kinds of stats too. 

Look at the 3 year graph for Prosper.  In decline since Nov. 2006; below half of its total then.  Prosper Days in Feb. 07 was less of a boost than I thought, even with it, they fell short of Nov 06.

It is a classic portrait of a company in trouble.  Hope for their sake theres a surprise in store, because thats one steady, almost incessant decline.  And second loans aint helping...

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Re: Other Web Traffic Tracking Sites?
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2007, 11:45:55 pm »

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Re: Other Web Traffic Tracking Sites?
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2007, 11:56:54 pm »

If everyone here who visits often downloaded the Alexa tool bar, you could raise Prosper.orgs Alexa Rank significantly.  Alexa simply ranks page view of people who have the Alexa toolbar installed.  Download here:  http://www.alexa.com/site/download  (Note that there are privacy issues to using the toolbar)

There is a similar service http://www.compete.com/ although it is not as well known as Alexa.


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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2007, 06:08:33 am »

If everyone here who visits often downloaded the Alexa tool bar, you could raise Prosper.orgs Alexa Rank significantly.  Alexa simply ranks page view of people who have the Alexa toolbar installed.  Download here:  http://www.alexa.com/site/download  (Note that there are privacy issues to using the toolbar)

There is a similar service http://www.compete.com/ although it is not as well known as Alexa.

I think a lot of us (me included) rank Alexa as intrusive spyware.
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Re: Other Web Traffic Tracking Sites?
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2007, 07:20:19 am »

Ill fess up - the only time I had Alexa installed was for about a week, three computers ago, in California.
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Re: Other Web Traffic Tracking Sites?
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2007, 07:57:18 am »

I think a lot of us (me included) rank Alexa as intrusive spyware.
Me too, but a group of people deciding to use it who frequent a particular site can move a sites Alexa ranking. So each person should decide for themselves. 

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« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2007, 08:35:57 am »

Which is exactly why I hold zero stock in Alexas site rankings - theyre almost exclusively tied to the Alexa toolbar.
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« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2007, 09:09:55 pm »

Which brings us full circle to the OPs question...  Anyone know any other outfits besides Alexa who tracks sites?

I did check out Prosper.com at www.compete.com (thanks, personalloanportfolio)

Interestingly, Compete.com offers a completely different story than Alexa:



Here, we do not have a portrait of a company (or company site, I should say) in trouble.  Just stagnation.

Connect.com doesnt have a 3 year graph for easy comparison, one year Nov. 06 to Nov. 07 to compare.

Instead of starting at a peak and trending down like a dying stock, like Alexas graph, this one starts low, and trends up (although it shows fairly flat growth since July 07.

Prosper Days is the hump towards the left, and does appear to be the traffic high point.

Im not sure which stats are more accurate, or tell a truer story, but one trends down, and one is flat and hasnt quite managed to surpass its peak.  Neither down or flat are good signs for a growing companys website.  I bet eBay wasnt flat or trending down back in the early days... (dont know for sure, though)
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« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2007, 09:17:16 pm »

Here is the wacky roller coaster that was prospers.org in the days the Prosper.com original forums existed.



Note how attendance was tanking (according to compete.com) until Prosper decided to nuke its community there.  December will almost assuredly surpass July by a sizable margin here, if compete.com is counting right...
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« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2007, 09:19:20 pm »

Where does that site get its tracking data?

Fact is, no one but the server admins themselves can actually track unique hits on a website.
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« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2007, 09:29:12 pm »

Where does that site get its tracking data?

Fact is, no one but the server admins themselves can actually track unique hits on a website.

Im assuming its a taskbar or snareware of some sort.  They offer a toolkit download, which Im skipping.

The fact is youre right, there is no way to get real data.  Alexa and Compete are skewed towards the type of people who would download that junk onto their computer, which may not accurately resemble the lenders at large (but may closely resemble many borrowers, who may be more prone to internet gimmickry)

The numbers themselves are just projections, with huge margins of error.  Like on the Prosper.org one; I really dont think we went from 2700 people to 200 in a month.

But there probably was a dip; the posting statistics at .org reflect it.

So its all we got, kinda...
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Re: Other Web Traffic Tracking Sites?
« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2007, 09:38:55 pm »

Ive been looking at QuantCast.com quite often lately..

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Re: Other Web Traffic Tracking Sites?
« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2007, 09:51:13 pm »

Im assuming its a taskbar or snareware of some sort.  They offer a toolkit download, which Im skipping.

The fact is youre right, there is no way to get real data.  Alexa and Compete are skewed towards the type of people who would download that junk onto their computer, which may not accurately resemble the lenders at large (but may closely resemble many borrowers, who may be more prone to internet gimmickry)


It is a tool bar. I often hear that the Alexa data is also skewed towards webmasters because many of them download it to 1) know the alexa rank of the site that they are visiting easily (shows up in toolbar) and 2) want to raise the ranking of their own site.

Obviously it would be way off for people who are super secretive.  :ninja:
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