I just wanted to post a heads up. Izearanks.com went into test on Friday with a handful of external users. Those users have been dilligently banging away on the site and have found a couple of bugs that we’ll have fixed in short order. At this point it looks very likely we’ll be opening the site up to everyone the first week of January.
Izearanks.com is a new site that lets users not only see the stats we have gathered to produce their RealRank, but also compare their site against any other in the system. You can drill down to see the detail traffic and rank information for a week, zoom out to see months of data at a time, and even view the realranks top 100. There’s even an API attached for people to start producing their own applications that make use of izearanks data.
As expected, there are a handful of people gaming the system, and so the next phase of the project for us will be to start building out solutions to identify cheating and stop it. We don’t expect this to have a specific end date but rather will be an ongoing exercise for quite some time. Given the nature of RealRank in particular (that’s its an open formula, and that we want it to be adopted far and wide) we’re even asking for people that find ways of gaming the system to let us know what they did. We’ll then use the data those people provide to help extend the system and ultimately move towards our goal of having RealRank be the definitive traffic based ranking system on the Internet.