Today we are proud to announce the Majestic Million. This is a new way to rank websites based on how other sites see them.

Majestic Million is useful as:

* An easy way to quickly assess the relative importance of a website
* An international metric, as we crawl from all over the world
* A sign of trust
* A way to see changing patterns over time.

How it works

We have provided an easy to use interface which lets you simply add a website to see where it ranks in the Majestic Million, as well as who is above and below it in the list. You can see important metrics in an up to date table. Take the screenshot below. We can see that the BBC is one place above the New York Times. A very mildly great thing for Britain, but Interestingly, BOTH traditional media outlets are slightly behind the modern technology of technorati.com – a site that tracks the world’s blogosphere:

BBC Chart for the Majestic Million

Majestic ranks the top million websites based on the sites that link to them

The winners and the losers are listed in the left hand column – where we can see that taobao.com (a far eastern shopping portal) rose up one place to 95 in the world (and up to position 74 for all .com websites) on the date this snapshot was taken.

The data is updated more than once a day.

The two right hand columns show the number of domains found linking to the site over the last 30 days of crawling and the combined links from within those domains found within 30 days respectively. The fact that so many are red could signify one of two things, either that in general the world’s largest sites are slowly losing prominence on the web to other upstarts further down the food chain, or that the crawlers were more aggressive on the day that just dropped out of the 30 day index. Like the stock markets, numbers will go up and down over short periods, but over time there should be a sustained signal from a site it it is gaining market share.

Buzz Tables: A commercial application

We have also given users the ability to compare up to 10 sites side by side. You are not limited to analysing one site at a time. You can choose ten and compare. So we saw that the BBC was JUST beating the New York Times by chance as they were beside each other in the list, but let’s compare: the BBC, CNN, the New York Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post, Technorati and the Huffington post. The data may change from day to day – but right now you can see that comparison below in a screenshot of this link.

Buzz Tables are ways to compare sites side by side

Buzz Tables let you easily compare sites in a vertical side by side.

What ELSE can you do with the Majestic Million?

Badges of honour

Everyone wants to show the world they matter, right? So we have created a little set of badges that anyone in the Majestic Million can use on their own websites to give their reader an idea of how important they are:

Simple point and click code to have your own Majestic Million badge.

With the press of just a few buttons, you can grab the code. Majestic SEO’s badges are at this link.

Who might use the Majestic Millions?

* PR agencies to highlight the success of campaigns
* Business analysts to analyse market penetration and share
* Site owners to establish trust with their audience

We hope that the Majestic Million list is used by companies on a daily basis as a key performance indicator on how websites are faring on the internet. We hope you like it.

Go and try the Majestic Million for yourself now.

Comments

  • Chris Rand

    Cool idea and well implemented. Now you just need to extend it to Ten Million so I can see more of my clients appear ;-)

    One quick edit: the “?” information popup over “External Backlinks” says “The number of External Domains found for this domain in the Fresh Index.” when it should say “External Links”, right?

    May 19, 2011 at 9:40 am
  • Steve

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for that – we will look at the “?” Information now – can’t promise anything on the 10 million front though… ;)

    May 19, 2011 at 10:30 am
  • Blake Winthorp

    Maybe you could offer another filter per country so you can be in the top million club per country? Either way great new tool and badges!

    May 19, 2011 at 2:36 pm
  • Tom

    Pretty cool idea – good work.
    On a slightly pedantic note, should it be ‘fewer’ rather than ‘less’?

    “Found x less Referring Domains since the Last Index Build”

    May 19, 2011 at 5:11 pm
    • Dixon

      Oh I am not sure. Do you think?

      I am certainly glad that people are looking that hard to spot grammatical errors :)

      May 19, 2011 at 5:49 pm
  • Aiya Popajia

    If many people embed this then it will bring many High Quality Backlinks for Majesticseo. Very good idea ;)

    Will Majestic offer acces to fulltext api in the future ? I Bet there are many companies who are very interested to use it for deep marketing and speech analysis on products, services and so on.

    May 19, 2011 at 6:59 pm
    • Dixon

      Thanks Aiya,
      We of course hope the badge will be used and that we get an increase in brand recognition, although the web site owner gets to choose whether the link is nofollowed or not.

      We can’t tell you about our roadmap I am afraid. For now I am just glad this seems to be popular.

      May 20, 2011 at 6:34 am
  • Jeff Larose

    I like the idea of comparing 10 websites. I would love even more if you could find the links those 10 sites had in common (so I could target the same links if I had a related website) It would help me figure out what links google values.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:12 am
    • Dixon

      Jeff,

      We do! It is at http://www.majesticseo.com/reports/cliquehunter

      It’s called Clique Hunter and it rocks! We also have video tutorials on how to use it at http://blog.majesticseo.com/how-to-videos/ .

      Enjoy :)

      May 20, 2011 at 6:40 am
      • Jeff Larose

        > Very cool! It didn’t realize that’s what Clique Hunter was. I’ve only seen one similar tool but it scrapes yahoo explorer which has the 1000 link limit so the data wasn’t really that good if you were comparing sites with backlinks over 1000 and eking extra data out of it was painful. Thanks for the info Dixon.

        May 21, 2011 at 7:05 am
      • Dixon

        Heh – you are welcome. The more you dig into Majestic, the more you’ll see just how advanced we are. If you have enough resources, we’ll give you every link we have found for a site over the last five years, whether it still exists or not.

        If you subscribe, silver is where the full power starts to take hold.

        May 21, 2011 at 7:42 pm
  • PUA Forum

    Nice to see my site is in the majestic million! Cheers!

    Bill Preston

    May 20, 2011 at 4:35 am
  • Tasman Hayes

    Thanks for the great technology!

    It’s really good to see an independent company really innovating, with the enormous resources of a company like Google or Yahoo.

    How do you build such a huge index? How do you update it so often? How much data are you pumping through a day? What tech are you using? I’d love to hear, if you tell without giving away secrets.

    I had a look at the top 10.

    No surprises with Google, Facebook and Twitter, but adhood.com? How have they got so many referring domains. The mind boggles…

    May 24, 2011 at 9:03 am
  • websitesoptimizations

    Its lovely to see an independent company innovating, with the immense resources of a company like Google or Yahoo.

    May 24, 2011 at 12:27 pm
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