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NamePros Alexa Rank predictions for year-end

Labeled as poll in NamePros Comments and Feedback started by Rob Monster, Sep 3, 2019.

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Where will NamePros end 2019 for traffic?

Poll closed Sep 30, 2019.
  1. Better than 10,000

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. Between 10,000 and 15,000

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Between 15,000 and 20,000

    5.9%
  4. Between 20,000 and 25,000

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Between 25,000 and 30,000

    11.8%
  6. Between 30,000 and 35,000

    23.5%
  7. Between 35,000 and 40,000

    11.8%
  8. Between 40,000 and 45,000

    5.9%
  9. Between 45,000 and 50,000

    5.9%
  10. Between 50,000 and 55,000

    11.8%
  11. Between 55,000 and 60,000

    5.9%
  12. Between 60,000 and 65,000

    11.8%
  13. Worse than 65,000

    5.9%
Total: 17 vote(s)
  1. Rob Monster

    Rob Monster CEO, Epik Epik.com Staff PRO Gold Account VIP

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    In case you were not paying attention, the Alexa rank of NamePros is going through the roof. This place is rocking with great content and great community. It is quite a thing!

    upload_2019-9-3_14-16-41.png https://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/namepros.com

    Earlier today, I made a private prediction that NamePros will continue to grow in popularity. Just for giggles, I thought I would share my prediction.

    I predict that NamePros will end 2019 with an Alexa rank of better than 25,000.

    What's your prediction?

    Cast you ballot before September 30,2019.
     
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  2. Mister Funsky

    Mister Funsky Top Member VIP

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    Breaking the 50,000 ceiling would be tough but I think they may do it...I voted 35 to 40.
     
  3. Rob Monster

    Rob Monster CEO, Epik Epik.com Staff PRO Gold Account VIP

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    You might be wondering where I think the growth will come from. I will tell you. I think domaining is about to go big-time in emerging markets like India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Philippines, etc.

    In short, people are finding out that you can bootstrap a living by buying cheap names on promo and selling/leasing them to end-users on either inbound or outbound basis. The industry is mature in the US, but is very nascent in most places.

    For calibration, on a daily basis, I am seeing people make life-changing income by buying domains for $5 and selling for $100, and then moving up the value chain with more and buy-and-hold names that they can patiently sell for big money.

    As it is, NamePros loads quickly pretty much everywhere:

    http://ping.pe/namepros.com

    The mobile version of NamePros is also quite decent and does not even really need a mobile app to be effective. The email alerts work very well for viral engagement.

    Google is also indexing the site nicely:

    upload_2019-9-3_14-38-22.png

    My main feedback for @Paul Buonopane is that the search has to improve.

    As a few folks know, Epik is building a search aggregation engine. It is pulling in content from sites like Reddit. It can easily add NamePros and many other sites. See here for preview of that engine in case not seen:

    The easy solution is to install Google Custom Search on NamePros. I don't know about others but right now it is easier to use external Google to search a term like:

    upload_2019-9-3_14-42-28.png
     
  4. Kassey Lee

    Kassey Lee 域名世界 VIP

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    I also find it easier to use Google to search NP contents. Often I can't find what I want when using the NP search function.
     
  5. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes formerly MetBob NameTalent Gold Account VIP Trusted Blogger

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    Interesting data - thanks for the thread and information @Rob Monster I remember looking a year or so ago, but had not looked at it and was somewhat surprised at the really sharp increase of late.

    I agree with your reflections that we will see significant growth in domain investment in some markets that have not been dominant in the past (although USA, China and Europe will continue to play big role of course).

    It is truly a marvel that NamePros works technically as well as it does, and thank you to all the staff that are responsible for that.

    We have seen a lot of discussions on topics somewhat tangential to domain names :xf.wink: but it is truly amazing how easy it is to get an authoritative answer, or reasoned opinion, on almost anything in the world of domains here. I see possibilities of growth in more discussions on clearly related topics but not exactly domains, such as privacy issues, government policy, branding, marketing, website and app development, etc.

    Thanks again,

    Bob
     
  6. Kassey Lee

    Kassey Lee 域名世界 VIP

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    Well said Bob. I'm grateful to NP for its tremendous value in educating domain investors.
     
  7. oldtimer

    oldtimer Do some good for humanity and the environment VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    NamePros is now a World Class Forum that provides a platform for Free Speech in addition to being the best resource and hub for domainers. :)

    The admins just have to be careful about a few bullies who don't want to let go of their grip over the forum and who might turn thousands of potential new readers off from participating in the forum by their underhanded tactics and personal attacks on others.

    Perhaps it's time to have a stronger Code of Conduct for the forum. Making a more professional environment for the forum might encourage a lot more people to participate here including
    some of the more famous personalities in the domain Industry who have been staying away from NamePros because of all the personal attacks and bullying that they have experienced here in the past.

    Moderation and Admin has to be taken to a whole new level in order to make more and more of the passive forum readers into active forum participates.
    IMO
     
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2019
  8. briguy

    briguy Guru In Remission! VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    I voted 30,000 to 35,000..
    Too bad, Page Rank been long gone, I figured 7+ today..
     
  9. I remember when Alexa Rank was in the low thousands for NamePros a few years ago. The Alexa Rank has been unpredictable over the years, but NamePros traffic has been steady.

    Examples:
    I like the uptrend on Alexa today though ;)


    Agreed, we know there is a lot of room for improvement with search. Search is very complicated and Google is the best at it in the world. We often recommend users to use Google with site:namepros.com when searching for things on NamePros because of how good it is, and that's why they're Google. ;) It's something we try to improve here and there but unless that's your business's main focus, there's no practical way to make your own in-house search anywhere near as good as Google's.

    The other option is the one you mentioned: integrate Google's search into our site. This was actually done before and while it worked well for most users, there were a few problems: (1) some users cannot access Google due to restrictions in their country or other reasons, (2) the Advanced Search on NamePros allows for certain specialized searches that can't be done on Google such as searching for posts by a specific user, and (3) search results on Google are not on NamePros. The third one is obvious but that brings up other downsides such as less opportunities for users to see content being posted on NamePros and discover things they weren't searching for.

    Your fedback is always appreciated.
     
  10. Rob Monster

    Rob Monster CEO, Epik Epik.com Staff PRO Gold Account VIP

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    ICYMI, NamePros is moving right along:

    upload_2019-9-10_6-30-36.png

    As for the topic of internal search on NamePros, as part of the Toki.com project, there may be a solution that could improve it. Details to follow.
     
  11. Paul Buonopane

    Paul Buonopane CTO, NamePros CTO VIP

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    This is easier said than done. We use Elasticsearch, the industry standard for faceted search. However, we have trouble indexing content in a meaningful way for a few reasons:
    1. XenForo's search was really designed for smaller forums that are indexing content directly in MySQL. Although they do offer an official Elasticsearch add-on, it's not nearly as robust as we'd like. Elasticsearch requires approach problems differently from MySQL, but this wasn't really taken into account when XenForo was designed.
    2. When we first migrated to XenForo, we recognized this limitation and chose to enhance XenForo's official add-on with a third-party commercial add-on. However, this add-on has numerous issues as a result of the way it attempts to work around XenForo's limitations. We've made some significant fixes to it, but we really need to rewrite it at this point.
    3. Even when we rewrite the third-party add-on, we're going to have a hard time analyzing content and scoring results in a way that makes sense. This is because domains have to be tokenized and analyzed very different from standard text, and when someone performs a search, we have to score differently depending on whether someone is searching for a domain or standard text. (And if we don't know for which of the two they're searching, the results are inevitably going to be mediocre.)
    We've already made significant progress toward developing better Elasticsearch analyzers and scoring algorithms, but it's still going to be some time before we're able to deploy the changes.

    Using a third-party search engine such as Google Custom Search Engine in the interim isn't an option:
    1. Search engines that rely on indexing will only be able to search public content. If someone wants to restrict their search to public content, they can already do this with standard search engines.
    2. We're not going to give a complete copy of all public and private content on NamePros to a third party for search purposes. This would be required if we wanted private content such as direct messages to be searchable.
    3. Any generic alternatives are going to offer limited improvement over what we already have unless they utilize privacy-invasive scoring (e.g., what Google does), in large part due to the differences between searching for a domain name versus searching for text.
     
  12. equity78

    equity78 Top Member TLDInvestors.com TheDomains Staff PRO Gold Account VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Exactly Eric I was going to say 63,000 is not rocking I remember when we were in the 5000's.
     
  13. Rob Monster

    Rob Monster CEO, Epik Epik.com Staff PRO Gold Account VIP

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    I think Alexa is ignoring Nigeria.....

    upload_2019-9-29_19-25-40.png

    Nigeria is becoming a Domaining Powerhouse. Somehow Alexa ignored them. Either that, or everyone in Nigeria is using a US VPN. Possible.
     
  14. Rob Monster

    Rob Monster CEO, Epik Epik.com Staff PRO Gold Account VIP

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    Moving right along folks:

    upload_2019-10-13_18-1-18.png

    Feeling bullish about this prediction.

    Thanks to the Moderators for continually improving the user experience as the industry works together to MAKE THE PIE BIGGER.
     

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