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Q: How do I compare traffic with my competitors?
by Mike Slocombe
Q: My site is growing at a rate of 12 per
cent a month, based on the average individual user session per day,
month on month. Is there a way to compare this with competitor sites?
It would be useful to track progress. I now get in the region of 7,000
impressions a day. Is that any good, and how could I turn them into
you're blessed with a truly immense hit rate, your chances of
generating meaningful revenue from things like banner ads and branding
deals are very slim indeed.
Ever since the 'dotbomb' crash, banner ads have been shunned by
advertisers, with investors adopting a far more pragmatic approach to
Web site investment.
Put simply, unless your site offers a unique and
truly useful service, supports a bricks and mortar business, sells
goods that people really need, or attracts a highly targeted and
lucrative audience, you're going to find it hard to turn your traffic
into major profit.
See: Webmonkey Online Advertising 101.
There's no easy way to find out how your site traffic rates
against competitors, but you can check to see how it compares in search
engine rankings using the Visibility Index at Marketleap.com.
Simply type in your own URL and those of your competitors, and you'll get a detailed report showing how they compare, along with a selection of well-known names in related areas of business.
For more details on measuring link popularity check out Searchenginewatch.internet.com/ or Linkpopularity.com.
If you find smaller competitors ranked higher than you, it's worth taking a look at their pages to see what they're doing right.
With big search engines like Google factoring link popularity into their rankings, it's also worth approaching related sites and
requesting reciprocal links.
You can also see which pages are linking to your site by typing the following into Google:
This will return all pages that have hyperlinks linking to the my_web_site.com web site. This would include links such as: