Arabian Business / Accenture Web Index - June 2001 Report

This month has taken an interesting turn with Arabia.com joining the ranks of the verified companies. And what a close competition! Maktoob.com has scraped the lead by only 400,000 impressions, having increased its total by three million from last month. For now, Maktoob.com’s comments in a recent press release are proving to be true, for the time being.

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By  Peter Conmy Published  July 31, 2001

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This month has taken an interesting turn with Arabia.com joining the ranks of the verified companies. And what a close competition!

Maktoob.com has scraped the lead by only 400,000 impressions, having increased its total by three million from last month. For now, Maktoob.com’s comments in a recent press release are proving to be true, for the time being: “…The latest achievement comes close on the heels of its recent ranking as the most popular Arab Web service by two independent surveys conduced separately, one by Arabian Business in association with Accenture…” But will it last?

With such an exciting shift, Arabian Business has decided to now only feature the top ten verified companies and exclude the ‘Publishers Own’ top five, further emphasising the encouragement to have all companies featured as verified. A shame for newcomer kabbar.com, which has leapt to the top of the publishers ‘Community Sites’ category with a massive eight million impressions.

Generally, figures are down this month, which is probably accounted for by the slow progression of the summer months — the lack of chat room usage and people away on holiday as two possible reasons. Tejari.com had problems with one of its trackers this month, hence the reason for its lower figures and in the publisher’s section, three categories have dropped out due to lack of figures.

However, it’s good to see Yallabina.com and Babnet.com are back with us, proving to be more popular than ever. Both have increased their figures immensely since their last appearances.
||**||Web Index: Glossary of Terms|~||~||~|Banateen.com is also back but due to a move to a new server, could only provide us with a week’s worth of data. Next month should prove to be more fruitful for it.

Not wanting to lag behind, Ajeeb.com has increased its impressions by five million since May. This 16% increase is down to two reasons, according to Moatasem Mohaisen, technology manager of the popular portal.

“First, we launched our new directory listing service (Al Dalil) at the end of May, which is a tremendous enhancement in terms of performance and the numbers of listed sites,” he informed Arabian Business.com. “Secondly, Ajeeb.com has added three new servers for the translation service and shifted eight servers from KSA to the USA which has given room for more requests to take place,” added Mohaisen. Ajeeb.com is continuously adding servers to meet with customer demands.

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.

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||**|||~||~||~|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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