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Live.com Crushing All Comers?

Richard McManus notes that Microsoft’s Live.com has exploded with traffic in just the four months they’ve been, uh, live. Now, this is based on Alexa data (insert standard Alexa disclaimer here), but it is still very interesting to note.

I’ve done a comparison of Live.com against other popular websites, namely Bloglines, digg, Slashdot and Memeorandum. Besides the surprising (or not so much, if you think about it) news that Memeorandum gets practically no traffic, you can see Live.com beating all comers, with almost triple the traffic of Bloglines.

Now, its hard to compare Live.com with Google’s Personalized Homepage or MyYahoo, since Alexa only lets you compare by whole domains. Its also made harder by the fact the Live.com hosts lots of services, including Windows Live Mail and now Live Expo, some of which account for a lot of that traffic. Still, that a brand new domain can pull into the top 400 of sites in Alexa just since November shows that a lot of people have found something to like about Live.

Can’t blame them, either. Of all the personalized (or AJAX) homepages, Live.com is certainly the most polished graphically. It just looks good.
(via TechCrunch)

March 1st, 2006 Posted by | General, Live, Windows | 6 comments



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  1. It’s just cooler if it’s live, take Opie and Anthony as an example.

    Comment by Jeeb Jeeb | March 1, 2006

  2. I have no idea what you just said.

    Comment by Nathan Weinberg | March 2, 2006

  3. I don’t trust Alexa web ranking. How is it calculated? By all of the people that have got their “privacy sensitive” software installed? That probably also implies that the rankings show the popularity among less computer literate people.

    I’ve been wondering about this for a while, ever since noticing some unexpected trends in Alexa.

    Comment by Tim | March 2, 2006

  4. Yes, Alexa rankings are calculated by use of their toolbar. That makes it woefully innacurate. However, short of major sites putting a Sitemeter button on their pages, Alexa remains the best way to track web trends, and while inaccurate for numbers, it is usually very accurate for comparing websites and tracking traffic trends. Its the best we got.

    Comment by Nathan Weinberg | March 2, 2006

  5. Hey, memeorandum is just a news page for tech insiders / rabid political junkies. Kind of niche, not a portal.

    If it’s getting “practically no traffic”, well, you don’t want to find out what blognewschannel.com is getting… :)

    Comment by Gabe | March 3, 2006

  6. Gabe, it wasn’t a dig against memeorandum, just that I was kind of surprised that, what with all the major buzz around memeorandum, it wasn’t getting the traffic I expected.

    And yes, I get less traffic than memeorandum, but not much less. And I’m doing it while not being plugged by Scoble et al on a near-daily basis. That might be the most surprising fact of all.

    Comment by Nathan Weinberg | March 4, 2006

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