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Popular price comparison sites – June 2008

This is June 2008 revision of the Popular Price Comparison web sites list. You can find the last month revision of the list here.

The best gainer today is shopwiki.com (21.6%) followed by like.com (18.02%). On the down side jellyfish.com (-17.97%) and mpire.com (-17.9%) have the worst numbers, both have a very good explanation. Mpire team has moved efforts to their shopping widget, while Jellyfish got bought by Microsoft.

Overall numbers are mixed (average Alexa gain is -1.40%) and I don’t expect things to pick up until August or September when the school season starts.

# Web Site Alexa Rank Page Rank Online Since
1 shopping.yahoo.com 1 (*) 8 18-Jan-1995
2 froogle.google.com 2 (*) 8 11-Sep-2001
3 shopping.msn.com 6 (*) 8 10-Nov-1994
4 shopping.aol.com 21 (*) 8 22-Jun-1995
5 shopper.cnet.com (info) 128 (*) 7 05-Jul-1996
6 shopping.com 394 (-5.07%) 7 03-Jul-1997
7 dealtime.com 457 (4.79%) 7 07-Oct-1998
8 nextag.com 543 (-0.74%) 7 15-Oct-1998
9 bizrate.com 644 (-1.42%) 7 24-Apr-1996
10 (1) shoplocal.com 856 (-0.71%) 8 24-Sep-1998
11 (1) pricegrabber.com (info) 900 (-6.26%) 8 10-Mar-1999
12 shopzilla.com 1244 (-6.14%) 7 04-Jul-2002
13 epinions.com 1402 (4.17%) 7 12-Feb-1999
14 pronto.com 1801 (2.6%) 7 01-Jan-2006
15 smarter.com 2047 (-6.45%) 6 28-Apr-1998
16 become.com 2894 (-4.67%) 6 20-Jan-2004
17 pricerunner.com 4257 (8.55%) 7 19-May-1999
18 calibex.com 5581 (-8.94%) 4 02-Oct-2000
19 (2) like.com 6267 (18.02%) 5 22-Feb-1995
20 (1) mysimon.com 6682 (-6.5%) 8 15-Apr-1998
21 (1) thefind.com (info) 7094 (-0.97%) 6 19-Oct-2006
22 retrevo.com 8205 (6.47%) 6 10-May-2006
23 pricewatch.com 12037 (-3.85%) 6 26-Sep-1995
24 ebates.com 12125 (-2.6%) 6 29-Dec-1998
25 dealighted.com (info) 18371 (8.91%) 6 09-Oct-2006
26 (2) shopwiki.com 20638 (21.6%) 5 15-Dec-2004
27 (1) sortprice.com 21808 (-3.66%) 6 15-Jan-2004
28 (1) bestwebbuys.com 27305 (-4.93%) 7 06-Jan-1998
29 (1) pricescan.com 37828 (-1.61%) 6 03-Sep-1997
30 (1) jellyfish.com 40130 (-17.97%) 5 26-Jun-2006
31 mpire.com 49433 (-17.9%) 6 01-Jun-2006
32 hawkee.com 67973 (-0.96%) 5 02-Jan-1997
33 bottomdollar.com 70912 (5.42%) 4 04-Jul-1997
34 streetprices.com 89305 (-7.26%) 5 16-Oct-1997
35 salescircular.com 98691 (-0.83%) 5 09-Jun-1998

(*) Note: traffic stats for these sites is an aggregate of all traffic to the top domain (e.g. Yahoo.com or Google.com) and thus cannot be used to judge how popular this particular price comparison service is.

Does online visual shopping work?

It doesn’t

Computer memory selection at Mpire’s ShopWave (info)

RAM selection at ShopWave

It does

Selection of t-shirts at Like.com (info)

T-Shirt selection at Like.com

It doesn’t

Sci-fi magazines at CoverPop (info)

Sci-fi magazines at CoverPop

It does

TV’s selection at CrispyShop (info)

TV's selection at CrispyShop

What is your answer?

Popular price comparison sites – February 2007

This is February 2007 revision of the Popular Price Comparison web sites list. You can find the last month revision of the list here.

The change in rating shows the difference compared to January results. The list has a total of 34 web sites. There are 10 more in my database that didn’t meet the Alexa Rank < 100,000 requirement.

Sites that dropped out of the list this month are ugenie.com and pricefight.com

The biggest rating drop this month comes from like.com (-185.86%). This is expected since the site was just launched a few months ago. Alexa rank is a 3 month average and as the initial spike comes out of the 3 months window, the rank sharply decreases. Here is how the trend looks over the past 6 months.

Like.com Rank

The top gainer is again smarter.com (13.44%). I have found this repost of Nielsen/Netratings January report which says that smarter.com is in the top 25 internet companies by the number of sponsored link impressions. To be exact they had 266.0 millions impressions, 27% up compared to December 2006. If they kept pouring money into advertisement this month then it explains their February rating increase.

From the same list sorted by number of sponsored clicks, bizrate.com is #10 with 398.3 millions impressions (down 2.31%) and shopzilla.com is #9 with 435.3 millions impressions (up 10.36%).

# Web Site Alexa Rank Page Rank Online Since
1 shopping.yahoo.com 1(*) 8 18-Jan-1995
2 shopping.msn.com 2(*) 8 10-Nov-1994
3 froogle.google.com 3(*) 8 11-Sep-2001
4 shopping.aol.com 50(*) (-2.04%) 8 22-Jun-1995
5 shopper.cnet.com 112(*) (-4.67%) 8 05-Jul-1996
6 nextag.com 430 (-4.37%) 7 15-Oct-1998
7 shopping.com 434 (-1.17%) 8 03-Jul-1997
8 bizrate.com 578 (-11.37%) 8 24-Apr-1996
9 pricegrabber.com 589 (-15.49%) 8 10-Mar-1999
10 dealtime.com 771 (2.41%) 8 07-Oct-1998
11 shoplocal.com 942 (-27.64%) 8 24-Sep-1998
12 epinions.com 1167 (-9.07%) 8 12-Feb-1999
13 shopzilla.com 1260 (-11.5%) 7 04-Jul-2002
14 smarter.com 2711 (13.44%) 6 28-Apr-1998
15 pricerunner.com 3655 (-2.9%) 7 19-May-1999
16 mysimon.com 4697 (-1.14%) 9 15-Apr-1998
17 pricewatch.com 5983 (-13.01%) 7 26-Sep-1995
18 become.com 7455 (-13.14%) 6 20-Jan-2004
19 ebates.com 7554 (-24.47%) 6 29-Dec-1998
20 like.com 14742 (-185.86%) 4 22-Feb-1995
21 thefind.com 18214 (-18.32%) 5 19-Oct-2006
22 jellyfish.com 18421 (-66.62%) 5 26-Jun-2006
23 mpire.com 18930 (-38.14%) 6 01-Jun-2006
24 pricescan.com 20527 (-13.26%) 6 03-Sep-1997
25 activeshopper.com 27495 (4.1%) 5 12-Jan-1999
26 sortprice.com 27552 (7.43%) 6 15-Jan-2004
27 pronto.com 28719 (-13.72%) 8 01-Jan-2006
28 shopwiki.com 36809 (-45%) 5 15-Dec-2004
29 hawkee.com 44121 (**) (-2.08%) 6 02-Jan-1997
30 retrevo.com 46171 (6.8%) 5 10-May-2006
31 mytriggers.com 51878 (-9.78%) 4 09-May-2005
32 streetprices.com 55841 (-30.63%) 5 16-Oct-1997
33 bottomdollar.com 76469 (-11.05%) 8 04-Jul-1997
34 salescircular.com 89041 (-15.63%) 6 09-Jun-1998

(*) Note: traffic stats for these sites is the aggregate of all traffic to the top domain (e.g. Yahoo.com or Google.com) and thus cannot be used to judge how popular this particular price comparison service is.

(**) Note: the web site is a portal with price comparison engine being one of the offered web services. Alexa rank cannot be used to judge how popular this price comparison engine is.




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