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Web Site Popularity
Ever wondered how popular your site is and how your site compares with other sites on the net? The following resources are intended to help you assess just popular your web site is (or its ranking):
One obvious measure of popularity is how many visitors your web site gets. If you don't already have a web site tracker then there are a number of free and commercial ones available. For a comprehensive list of free and commercial web site trackers take a look at www.cryer.co.uk/resources/websitetracking.htm. Web site tracking will tell you how many visitors your web site gets, but won't of itself allow you to compare your popularity (or ranking) with other sites.
Some "service providers" keep a track of the number of times their service (or one of their services) has been either been displayed on your web site or has referred visitors to your "target" web site. These services are then able to give a comparative ranking for a site against other sites based on their own usage. Results can therefore be used as a general guide or indication but should not be treated as 100% reliable.
Some search engines record the number of people who clicked through to your web site. In this way they are able to provide a ranking of how frequently a site is visited, however I do not know of any that make this information public.
There are a number of sites that given a web site address will return you with the number of other sites on the internet contain a link to your web site. These work by interrogating search engines to obtain the number of pages in their indexes which link to your site. Most of these in turn will then allow you to track back to the search engine to list all of those pages:
In addition to the above some sites offer software that performs a very similar function. The above list is intentionally restricted to those sites offering an on-line indication of site ranking and does not include downloadable software solutions.
What can be a little disconcerting is that these resources can return different results for a given page for the same search engine. Sometimes this can be explained away by one service requesting links to the specific page whereas another might be for any pages belonging to your website. It may also be that they use different regional versions of the same search engine.
The only way to improve your link popularity (i.e. the number of inbound links to your site from other people's sites) is to get other sites to link to you. Ideas to consider:
If you might also find the following SEO tip useful: www.cryer.co.uk/resources/seo/seo_tip_8.htm, as it covers the above and more.
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