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According to Compete, overtakes to become the #1 ranked web property in the United States

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

I just noticed this on

According to Compete, Google now (since March ’08) has more “reach” than any other web property in the United States. While Yahoo is ahead on every other metric that Compete reports on, Google is catching up slowly, but steadily.

note: stats do not include Google/Yahoo owned properties that may be hosted on their own domains ex. YouTube, Flickr, etc.

With over 1 million monthly unique visitors, races past Alexa

Friday, June 6th, 2008

On November 1st, 2006 we launched

Less than a year later, in September 2007 for the first time more people visited than Alexa (a Amazon owned online audience measurement company). It’s been a closely fought (& monitored) battle for supremacy since then.

In April 2008, 18 months after launch, broke through, and is now clearly ahead of Alexa. It used to be a close battle. No longer. continues to make me proud :)

Watch out for more great stuff to come from the Compete team in the near future. I hear they have a pretty big release cookin’ races past Alexa with over 1 million monthly unique visitors

My Last Week at Compete

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

After an incredible three and a half years at Compete, I have decided to do it all over again, and go work for a very small start-up. I “graduate” from Compete (now a TNS company) this Friday.

At Compete, I had the privilege to work with the most incredible, talented, and fun group of people I have ever met — together we worked hard, played hard, believed in and executed on our vision for, achieved what some thought impossible, delighted clients, pulled all-nighters, and during all that developed special friendships. I learned A LOT, and had a lot of fun. Most of all, I am very proud of the teams accomplishment and what we were able to achieve in a very short duration of time. You can expect a lot of great stuff from Compete in the very near future.

As you can tell, it was a very hard decision for me personally to leave my fellow Competers, but they are all excited for me and understand that my next opportunity is a big one. Thank you Team Compete for an incredible experience — I love you guys.

what’s next?

I will soon be joining David Cancel (founder and former CTO of Compete), Scott Rafer, and the rest of the crew at Lookery, leading Product Development & Strategy.

About Lookery (blog):

Lookery provides demographic marketing services in and around social networks. Lookery is in the process of assembling anonymous profiles on 100+ million people. Using this data and Lookery’s 1.5 billion+ page-per-month Facebook ad network, we will raise the price paid for billions of remnant Internet ad impressions each day. Part of that course is becoming the anonymous user data king and expose that via APIs, widgets for site owners, etc. Lookery collects profiles from and with the permission of social networks, dating sites, ISPs, and e-commerce sites.

A whole new adventure is just about to start, and I am very excited by all the possibilities that lie ahead! …and in case you’re wondering… for now, I am going to be based out of Cambridge, MA.

A look at traffic to… have you filed your taxes yet?

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Published on the blog on 17 March 2008

Every single year that I have prepared my own tax return (yes, I still do my own taxes), I’ve prepared them the weekend before they have been due. Examining traffic to for the past few years, it looks like my tax filing behavior may not be the norm!! —

Unique Visitors to

My observations:

  • Traffic to peaks in February each year (and not in April :)
  • After several, mostly flat years, more people are visiting this year. However, my guess is that some of this increase was likely driven by people curious about the Economic Stimulus Payments. Compared to February ’07, traffic is up 27% this year. According to Compete data, the 24.4 million unique visitors in Feb ’08 was also the biggest month ever for (data goes back to 2001).

POLL: When do you plan to file your taxes this year?

Compete acquired by Taylor Nelson Softres (TNS).

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

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