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    Verifying traffic stats for another site?

    Is there anyway to verify traffic stats for a site that isn't yours?

    I've been looking in the "sell your site" section, but how do people verify the traffic stats? I know people post the cpanel stats and things, but if I'm spending $20k on a site, I want to verify the stats myself.

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    It's tough, yea. I guess the best thing is to use escrow, and see for yourself. I think most people are honest, but screenshots are.. well, screenshots!
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    You could ask if you could get live access to the stats. That is sometimes possible...

    Sagewing's suggestion to use Escrow.com is a good one. I wouldn't ever transfer a sum that large without using some sort of escrow service. It's a good idea to get on the phone with the person you're trying to buy from as well. Scammers are less likely to give out their phone number and spend time talking to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bleys
    It's a good idea to get on the phone with the person you're trying to buy from as well. Scammers are less likely to give out their phone number and spend time talking to you.
    Oh boy is that ever true. I'll go out even farther...scammer wil NEVER give out their phone number. They will say that they will call you, but then never do.

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    I guess if it sells for 20 grand, it must be pretty big and Alexa.com is a little more accurate with high traffic sites, so you can go there

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    If I was spending that kind of money on a site, I'd want some serious proof of traffic. Ideally, they would have a Google Analytics account and they could give me limited access to the stats. I wouldn't trust junk Webaliser stats, even if they gave me direct access to the stats on the server, they are far too inaccurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr.pita
    I guess if it sells for 20 grand, it must be pretty big and Alexa.com is a little more accurate with high traffic sites, so you can go there
    Alexa isn't even close to accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadowbox
    If I was spending that kind of money on a site, I'd want some serious proof of traffic. Ideally, they would have a Google Analytics account and they could give me limited access to the stats. I wouldn't trust junk Webaliser stats, even if they gave me direct access to the stats on the server, they are far too inaccurate.
    That is what I would also suggest, site that serious to be sold should have some independent statistic.
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    To see the current sistuation, ask them to include in their footer something like:

    img src=www.yoursite.com/image.jpg width=1 height=1

    then, wait for a couple of days and carefully read your logs (incl. rerefers, etc.)

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    A little too inaccurate for me

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    Those two sites are very inaccurate.


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