Compete.com Doesn’t Compete
I can’t take it any more. For years I’ve suffered in (relative) silence, while we’ve continued to use a tool that doesn’t seem to reflect any form of reality, yet no-one seems to say anything about it. I need to ask:
Why do people still use Compete.com?
Case in point
Let’s take a look at my site – davefleet.com.
I’m not going to lie — I’ve neglected this poor thing recently, so traffic numbers have dropped… but Compete makes it look as though someone dropped a bomb on my server.
Let’s compare a few stats between Compete and Google Analytics, and see how things look.
- Google Analytics: 14,972
- Compete: 1,579 – an 89% variance
- Google Analytics: 17,186
- Compete: 1,900 – again, an 89% variance
“Ah but Dave, perhaps those Google numbers included bots,” I hear you say. Well, I heard myself say it too, so I thought I’d take a closer look.
That’s 97% of visits from browsers – from IE, Firefox, Chrome or Safari. My analytics also tell me that nearly 60% of traffic to the site comes from search engines.
So, where does that leave Compete. Maybe if I gave them access to my site, they’d be able to give more accurate numbers, right?
I have the Compete.com analytics code installed on my site, yet it still spills-out this garbage.
If I can’t trust Compete to get the numbers right when its own code is installed, how can I trust it to get it right when I’m looking at other sites? The numbers it reports border on bizarre, yet we just nod and keep on using it.
I think I need to lie down now.
What tools do you use to estimate traffic on third party sites?