Alexa.com “Take with a pinch of salt”
Category: Webmaster Tools
It’s something i have come accross frequently, but now more and more people are doing it! Buying a domain name because the alexa ranking looks good.
A lot of people think a website/domain name with a strong alexa ranking looks good, yes it does but it just looks pretty on the eyes. A lot of people fake their traffic stats using various programs on the market, i will not give the names to these programs as i will just be influencing people.
These programs load a proxy list or a list of working i.p’s, they send fake hits from these i.p’s to the website you input. This in turn boosts your alexa ranking. You need to be carefull when purchasing a domain name, especially if the price is high. Theres two methods/ways to find out if the traffic is fake and if someone is trying to burn you.
Method Number One: If the alexa ranking is very low, do some queries on search engines, you wont believe how many domain names that are for sale on the web have an alexa less than 100k but have 0 incoming links, and 0 indexed pages!
Method Number Two If the person will not provide accurate screenshots of the traffic from Google or Awstats. Ask them where the traffic comes from, and say you want proof. If they cannot provide you with this information, ask them what keywords on search engines they rank high for. That will catch them out, if they provide some keywords do some research on google and other search engines they do provide tools that allow you to check how many people search for certain keywords a month. If that does not add up, then do not buy the domain/website.
A lot of people would normally stay away from sellers that fail to provide accurate screenshots and information regarding the traffic, but i’m afraid innocent people that are new in the webmaster world are often mislead.
Before i end this post, i would also like to add that Alexa favour webmaster websites, so if you own a webmaster related website, your ranking will be lower than it should be. I have seen webmaster websites recieving 500 unique visitors a day, with not that many page views ranking less than 60k.
I hope this information was usefull, keep your money safe! Do not buy if something smells fishy.
NamePros.com – Expanding Community
Category: Webmaster Forums
NamePros.com is an active domaining community with thousands of registered users. They basically allow a place for fellow webmasters and domainers to hang out and share ideas, creations, and show off their prize domain names.
Some of the most premium domain name auctions occur at NamePros, the forums provide a breading ground of domain opportunities, including premium LLL domain sale’s, developed websites, and domain’s with traffic.
They are currently going through a re-design of the entire forums/website.
Check your website worth and domain value online
Category: Webmaster Tools
Website worth and domain value are issues that webmasters around the world seem to obsess about constantly. There is no true way to truly name a specific value to a website – ultimately, a site is worth what someone else is willing to pay for the URL and/or content.
Typically experts say a good estimate is to multiply the annual revenue from your website by two or three years, and that is the approximate value.
However now there are tons of online website worth calculator sites popping up offering to give you an estimate based on other factors, such as Google Pagerank, Alexa Rank, DMOZ and Yahoo directory information, domain indexing statistics, and other SEO types of helpful data.
If you are willing to take the information with a grain of salt, then it might be worth using these tools to check domain worth etc. Just remember not to consider the output a professional appraisal! It’s kinda worthless to post it on webmaster forums for proof of anything other than Pagerank calculator or pages indexed types of statistics for informational purposes.
Ultimately the best way to improve your website worth is to get more backlinks and listings on trustworthy directories and blogs. Good luck!