Arabian Business / Accenture Web Index - May 2001 Report

Summer months in this region are known to be quieter but not, it seems, with regards to the Web index. This month sees the regular inflows and outflows of companies’ traffic, with no overall loss in the total number of index entries.

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By  Peter Conmy Published  July 3, 2001

This month's results|~||~||~|Click here to view the Arabian Business/Accenture Web Index for May 2001"

Summer months in this region are known to be quieter but not, it seems, with regards to the Web index. This month sees the regular inflows and outflows of companies’ traffic, with no overall loss in the total number of index entries.

Unfortunately, though, we have not received data from the Tunisian portal, Babnet.com, which made quite an impression in the ‘publisher’s own’ portal category last month with its two million page impressions. We’ve also sadly lost Middleeastdirectory.com, Emiratesautotrader.com and Banateen.com, with the latter currently in the midst of a site overhaul. We should see it back soon along with its usually impressive figures.

A great shame, too, at the disappearance of Dubaicityguide.com. This month it will be reviewing main events at the Dubai Summer Surprises 2001 and hopefully, therefore, will be increasing its visitor traffic. We hope to see its progress published in the next issue.

The main thing to note this month, and we’re delighted to be able to do so, is the fact that more and more verified results are coming through overall. There are now only thirteen publisher’s own entries — Does this mean companies are starting to get the message about the benefits of supplying verified data?

The main newcomer in the verified data section is Ajeeb.com, which we are delighted to welcome. Its previously impressive figures remain so, and it has knocked several high flyers down a space in the top five verified listing.

Going from second place in the publisher’s own rankings last month to second place in the verified rankings is a great achievement for Ajeeb and must leave Arabia.com feeling lonely as it becomes a standout amongst major portals in the ‘publisher’s own’ portal category. The pressure is on it to come over to the verified side. Come on Arabia.com.

It’s also becoming more apparent that the verified leaders tend to be portal sites. Because of the diminishing number of publisher’s own entries, the publisher’s own top five really offers a far more mixed bag of Web site categories.

Congratulations must also be offered to Libanis.com, which has taken a mighty leap from fourth place to second in the publisher’s own top five. The same also to Bayt.com in the verified top five, which, although moving down a place, has actually increased its impressions from nearly three million to over four million.
||**||Curious Figures|~||~||~|Slightly more curious is the data from El-shella.com. Increasing its impressions from under 100,000 in April to almost 700,000 in May certainly raised our eyebrows. You decide for yourself.

New entries (including the return of the ‘News Sites’ category with Arabnews.com’s publisher’s own data) are the outlandishly named Yeaharabia.com, Xtreme-stuff.com and Mazadmak-toob.com. Rather encouragingly, there’s also been keen interest from companies waiting to sort out their Web tracking systems so that they can join the index. We could be seeing even more new entrants next month, so watch this space.

The Web Index is continuing to grow and evolve and we welcome your feedback. Site owners wanting to participate in the Index should visit www.itp.net/webindex.

If you simply want to comment, on the Index, e-mail charlotte.mcdonald@itp.net.

Click here to view the Arabian Business/Accenture Web Index for May 2001"
||**||Web Index: Glossary of Terms|~||~||~|Ranking in category by page views: Web sites are ranked according to the total number of page views reported in the sample period.

URL: Internet address of the Web site.

Site description: Web site owners have submitted their own descriptions. These have been edited by Arabian Business due to space constraints.

Site category: Categories have been formed by Arabian Business for the purpose of comparing Web sites in a like-with-like environment.

Total number of visits in period: The cummulative total of visits to a site in the specified period. A person visiting more than once in the sample period will be counted every time that person visits. Visitors to a site for a prolonged period, i.e. opens a Web site and leaves that site open on his machine all day, can count as several visitor sessions in that day. Web tracking software can effectively call a visitor session closed if it remains inactive for a predefined period.

Average duration of visitor session in period: The time taken between entering a site and leaving a site.

No. of new visitors in period: A count of visitors who have not at any time been logged by the Web tracking software.

No. of unique visitors per month: Unique visitors are counted using the visitor's IP address, domain name, or cookie.

No. of page impressions in period: A count of hits to pages defined as documents or forms by the Web tracking software. In most, but not all cases, a cick to a new page within a Web site will count as a single additional page impression. The supporting graphics on pages are not counted.

Sample period: The dates during which the log data was generated.

Verified by: Note of whether the visitor data has been checked by Arabian Business and Accenture or whether the site owner has supplied data without independent verification.

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