Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Anyone remember geocities?

No? What about Angelfire?

Wired draws our attention to Compete's analysis of how 2001's internet star sites are doing today. By internet stars, they mean those sites with most US traffic.

It's a quite interesting list.

What I noticed first of all, is that it looks like no site on the list has the same kind of two digits traffic as they had back then, not even the rising stars like Google. This made me curious, and I took a look at the current top-200 list.

When looking at the current list, it becomes clear that there is MySpace, and then there is everything else. MySpace gets 12.75% of the traffic - more than no. 2 and 3 put together. Interestingly enough, no 2 and 3 on the current list, is Yahoo.com and Msn.com, no. 2 and 1 on the 2001 list.

What do these list tells us? Well, for one thing, they tell us that more sites are sharing the traffic now, which makes sense when you consider how much the internet has grown in the last six years. They also tells us that entertainment (including social networks) is the king - and searching is the queen. Other than that, we can only conclude that past success does not guarantee future success - so we can hope that MySpace eventually will become a thing of the past....

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2 Comments:

Blogger Kaethe said...

Just out of curiosity: I have a Google widgit to search from my browser. I rarely go to google.com. How much does that affect their ranking, do you think?

October 09, 2007 9:09 PM  
Blogger Kristjan Wager said...

Well, that entirely depends on the methodology - if they somehow meassure server traffic, it shouldn't make any difference, as you still use the google servers.

I do think however, that it's more likely that they use some kind of tracking tool connected to the browser, adn then widgits would have a negative effect on their ranking.

As would all those sites that uses the google search engine.

October 10, 2007 8:47 AM  

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