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I do understand the problem with Nielsen and others. Maybe this sample weblog helps to rank the finnish search services a little bit:
web log 1.Jan 2003 - 19. Jan 2003
Referring search engines, total 16412
split from this thread on finnish search engines [webmasterworld.com]
[edited by: heini at 5:33 pm (utc) on Jan. 20, 2003]
Real stats on search engine reach are nowhere to get on the web. Nielsen et al only cover the overall reach, which unfortunately says nothing about the traffic the engines generate for web promoters.
What we need is real life stats, which can only be derived from real life logfiles.
We do have some stuff scattered accross the forum already, lets bring it together.
So dear members from Scandinavia: look at your logfiles, share your stats - lets do the Great Scandinavian Survey!
kolumbus.fi is not a search service anymore. They are an ISP. I guess that your Kolumbus referrers are links from somebodys pages under kolumbus domain, something like kolumbus.fi/webpromotion. The url of kolumbus directory and portal is: [elisa.net...] and they only have a not_so_very_good directory with google search opening in a new window.
info on Estonia outsourced:
[edited by: heini at 9:32 am (utc) on Jan. 21, 2003]
Jubii - 73%
SOL - 14%
Yahoo - 12%
ATW - 1%
AV.dk - 1%
MSN - 37%
Evreka - 21%
Yahoo - 16%
AV.se - 13%
AV.com - 13%
Kvasir - 75%
MSN - 22%
Yahoo - 3%
ATW - 1%
AV - 1%
If we did include Google, it would probably hit the #1 spot in most countries. In Norway however, Kvasir and Startsiden (if you get in) are larger than Google. How about that?
In Denmark they come in #1 above Jubii. Sweden I'm not so sure about as the above numbers reflect sites in a nice market not huge in Sweden.
What about it fellow Scandinavians? Show us your stuff ;)
Kvasir : 55%
Google : 22%
MSN : 10%
AV : 2%
The Kvasir figures is the total number of refferals from Kvasir. This figure is made up of results from the directory part of Kvasir (the first 5 results) and the search engine part of the results. ("frisøk" from Fast)
So what we get from Kvasir is a mixture of directory results and Fast results.
The one with the J-name, I hope? ;)
I cannot give you any numbers because of the way my statistics are generated.
But Google and Jubii are generally fighting about being the main supplier of visitors for my websites. It differs somewhat from site to site. Some of my sites have strong positions in Jubii with well chosen keywords and significant descriptions and with titles high in the alphabeth. Others have not. Such factors may have a high impact in directories and are difficult to change. And it is just a fact that sometimes a directory simply does not have a category where your website would fit naturally.
Yahoo are a clear third. The directory gives a decent number of visitors, but their Google search gives more. And this number shows a significant growth.
As my sites are getting stronger positions in Fast I am getting more referrals from Sol. But I sure wish they would build a good directory again.
One of our largest portals in Denmark is Ofir, but it is common knowledge among webmasters that they don't generate any significant traffic from their directory. To my surprise I am now getting a really strong growth in referrals form Ofir.
Msn send a decent number of guests from Inktomi-searches. Next to nothing from their directory.
There are a few visitors from Kvasir and Evreka/Passagen. I surely would like to see the directories and search engines do something seriously about inter-scandinavian traffic. The potential ought to be enormous.
67% of the search engine referrals to my finnish site come from Google. 25% come from engines powered by Inktomi and about 5% from Altavista. My site is not in the Fast database, so I get zero traffic from suomi24.
What do you think, is Finland the most googlized country in Europe?
Google - 62.69%
Yahoo - 16.67%
SOL Søg - 6.26%
TDConline - 5.47%
MSNSearch - 4.93%
Jubii Verden - 1.50%
Altavista - 0.21%
Troels you mention Ofir.dk and I agree there's a very long time between seeing referrers from them in my logs. However you seem to see them picking up? How much?
The mentioned domain contains a number of websites that all may be called "cultural". This may be of some importance as I believe that Ofir have a larger number of intellectual users than the other large danish portals.
I might also add that these websites have good and relevant listings in the directory in categories where they fit well. This is rather important. Some of the websites are not listed in MSN, and in Jubii a couple of them have really bad listings.