Is that traffic real?

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Hello!

A website is selling me advertising spots.

The Manager told me the site receives more than 10.000 visits per day.

How can I know if that number is real?

Is there any way to check the traffic a website receives?

I need to know this before I invest any amount of money.

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Post 3+ Months Ago

I doubt there is anything "you" can do to know if it's real traffic or not.
Can you post the link? Maybe try investigate a bit. If they have a forum, check it out. See how active it is. Have a look around and see what you can find.
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Like funny fuzz says, a forum can be a good way to get a guestimate of traffic on a site, although it is by no means conclusive.

I run one site that gets between 500-2000 visitors per day at the moment. Traffic's fairly erratic, but it is real. But, VERY VERY few posts in the forum.

I've another site that gets around 300-500 visitors per day, but gets posts daily in the forum.

If the forum's busy, it's generally a good indication that it gets good traffic, but if the forum's quiet, that doesn't necessarily mean people aren't visiting.

You could check Alexa too, that may give you some idea. It only shows visitors using the Alexa toolbar, but when you workout the % of people that have the toolbar installed, again you can get a good guestimate of traffic level.
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Thanks for your responses.

I can't check through the Forum because the site doesn't have a Forum. It is a news site.
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Do they have some kind of membership system on the main area of the website? If they do, check how many members have signed-up. But, like Axe said, you musn't jump to conclusions.
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How's their name/reputation in their particular industry?

Are they advertised well? When you say that website's name to a person in that industry, do they know who you're talking about?
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Post 3+ Months Ago

look at stats on http://www.alexa.com
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Didn't I already mention the Alexa toolbar? and the fact that it may give you some idea but not always very accurate results?
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Axe wrote:
Didn't I already mention the Alexa toolbar? and the fact that it may give you some idea but not always very accurate results?

sorry I havent seen really :)

I believe alexa is the best way to measure a website traffic , probably only too without reaching the traffic logs.
It is also accurate because its ranking based.
Ie. if a website have rank between 80.000-120.00. means it have daily 200-400 unique visitors. If a website more than 1k daily visitors then it must be sure below 70.000 rank at alexa.
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I think Alexa is far from the best way. Most people aren't even running Alexa toolbar any more. With all the others that are forced down peoples' throats for every other application you install (Yahoo, Google, random custom spyware, etc), people aren't running the sluggish, buggy, make-your-browser-crash Alexa toolbar any more.

I've a site that currently ranks around 117K on Alexa, but gets over 3,000 unique daily visitors. But that's because almost none of the users going to that site have even heard of Alexa toolbar, let alone are actually using it.
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are there anywhere except alexa to check any web-site traffic?
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Post 3+ Months Ago

check its google page rank,
find its rank for various keywords it may get traffic from
if possible contact those who have already advertised with that site.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

aleguia wrote:
Thanks for your responses.

I can't check through the Forum because the site doesn't have a Forum. It is a news site.


if the site is a news site can have the news submitet to google news

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