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 6:48 pm on Aug 9, 2001 (gmt 0)

How much traffic does Netscape.com receive compared to other major SE's.




 12:07 pm on Aug 21, 2001 (gmt 0)

That is a hard one, but it has fallen way down the links Micheal. I would imagine it is down to 8+ now for raw searches.


 3:33 pm on Aug 21, 2001 (gmt 0)

Interestingly enough, I recently read (can't remember the source) that Netscape was going to concentrate on the portal end of things and give up on the browser wars.

If they are in fact looking at concentrating on their portal and SE then we may see their importance rise in regards to this.

jeremy goodrich

 5:30 pm on Aug 21, 2001 (gmt 0)

A mistake, I believe, to revamp their portal as they said in that press release. What compelling reason is there to visit? Hmm....

I can't think of one. Perhaps to check your position in their search in case other people use it?

They mentioned they were going to expand their search to include full text data from DMOZ, and not just a title and description search. But even with that added bonus, I don't see how John Q. Surfer will be convinced, when he hasn't figured out how to change his MSN or Excite homepage, or that AOL doesn't have to be his default browser, that he'll switch to Netscape just for some more "portal" features.

How many portals do you need? How many free email accounts? I'm convinced some companies just won't give up on a vision, once they've got it, no matter how many times the business model is proven flawed.

Or do other people have good reasons to check out Netscape? Can't remember the last time I thought, Wow! I need to check them out.

As for the original question, in the log files I watch, they have yet to come up as a referrer. AOL will, and so will DMOZ, but not Netscape. I think that is saying something, but then, I might be the odd one out.


 6:53 pm on Aug 21, 2001 (gmt 0)

I get some referals from Netscape on one site I have. But I can't say it's anything to brag about. Still, I am surprised that Netscape generates any traffic at all. I don't see much use in it.

But, I'm certainly not complaining since the DMOZ listing was free to begin with every hit is just frosting on the cake for me.


 7:46 pm on Aug 21, 2001 (gmt 0)

The power of the Open Directory Project is in the number of portals that uses its data. [dmoz.org ]

Part of the reason that your DMOZ listing is free is the fact that Netscape foots the bill for it. However according to the social contract [dmoz.org] it will remain 100% free.

So whatever happens with Netscape, the ODP will still be around one way or another.


 1:24 am on Aug 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

In July, NS accounted for 0.4% of my traffic. So far this month, it accounts for 0.7%. I'm not too concerned with a referrer that accounts for less than 1% of my traffic.


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