A short while ago, I found myself speaking immediately before Twitter. When he started talking scale, I realized that Majestic had been understating the level of scale it has achieved. I think some of these stats will surprise a few people…

Just think about that for a second… Majestic crawls at a speed four times faster than the combined population of Twitter Tweets.

That’s “big” data.


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  • James

    This is why I prefer Majestic data over any other source. Great graphic, Dixon – it really puts things in perspective!

    February 27, 2014 at 10:26 am
    • Dixon Jones

      Thanks James. I hear it isn’t rendering very well on some Android phones… but I think it tells a cool story doesn’t it?

      February 27, 2014 at 11:41 am
  • Jack Britton

    Its incredible to think how much is covered per day – what surprised me the most was that the UK is responsible for nearly twice the amount when compared to the US over the last 30 days.

    Im not even going to mention Finland, thats a crazy amount of URLs crawled within 30 days.

    February 27, 2014 at 10:47 am
    • Dixon Jones

      To be fair – being a British company – the UK was lways going to be a stronghold for crawling. However – the Fins are impressive aren’t they?

      February 27, 2014 at 11:38 am
  • MIchael

    That is impressive. It would be interesting to know, how many servers Majestic deploys to crawl in such a high volume.

    And the numbers are believable – how else could Majestic show links only 2-3 days after we build them. Even with minor websites. They show up faster here than on Moz or AHrefs regularly.

    February 27, 2014 at 11:27 am
    • Dixon Jones

      Well – rumour has it that we stared with an Apple Macintosh… 😉

      OK – that’s not true. The only Macs in the office are mine for travelling and one for UX testing. See how I cleverly avoided that question?

      February 27, 2014 at 11:40 am
  • Bradley Griffin

    That truly is ‘BIG DATA!’
    The speed in which links appear is what swayed me to sign up with you instead of moz.
    Great graphic Dixon

    February 27, 2014 at 12:11 pm
    • Dixon Jones

      Thanks. The Development team at Majestic sent me on a one day info-graphics course at the Guardian. Thought I had better make use of the lesson!

      February 27, 2014 at 12:35 pm
  • Laurent Bourrelly

    Hi Dixon,

    Hope all is well.
    This is not Big Data, it’s Humongous Data !!!
    btw I have to show you something…

    February 27, 2014 at 1:02 pm
    • Dixon Jones

      Laurent… put it away. 🙂
      I’ll be in Paris in two weeks I think. Look forward to seeing you then?

      February 27, 2014 at 1:04 pm
  • Club Mate

    Oh, Yeah ! Thats really BIG! Data 😉 Love it!

    February 27, 2014 at 10:32 pm
  • Kevin

    This is just WOW..

    February 28, 2014 at 4:26 pm
  • paul

    Yes, this is clearly wow !!!

    the milky way comparaison just killed me 😉

    Just one question,

    what does reflect “Crawled from: Top 30 countries in 30 days”
    majestic interest for that country ?
    country total web pages ?

    I am french, so be carrefull on the answer 😉
    (in other words, why France has less pages crawled than belgium)

    February 28, 2014 at 5:24 pm
    • Dixon Jones

      It is OK… we are not ignoring France (or anywhere else). This is where we crawl FROM (Where the crawlers are physically located). We have more bandwidth in Belgium than France it would seem. But we will of course still crawl more pages on servers hosted in France than in Belgium. I only listed the first 30 countries because that data was easy for me to get, that is all.

      February 28, 2014 at 5:31 pm
  • chris vos

    It looks like you crawl about 2x ahrefs and 4x moz. Any idea why this is?

    Keep doing infographics, they are such a nice break from regular text blog posts!

    March 2, 2014 at 12:33 am
    • Dixon

      There are many reasons. We are not Always bigger than both. Moz has a more expensive (but ultimately more versatile) crawl infrastructure. Ahrefs maintain their index differently… Building it up over time, then rebuilding from scratch (I think) so when they start a rebuild they are small and accurate… At the end they are large and have more dead wood. We always maintain 90 days crawl data in Fresh and leave the deadwood in Historic.>

      March 3, 2014 at 10:54 am
  • Jonathan Cross

    Now I understand exactly why we have been so pleased with the data accuracy we receive from Majestic. Impressive work, Dixon. Very impressive…

    March 2, 2014 at 11:58 pm

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