I was searching all over the internet and I still can't really understand how pages like www.trafficestimate.com works.
Is there an easy way to get traffic information of any web page? I assume I need to use some kind of analytics API but still not sure. Google Analytics seems to provide GAPI API for getting info from your own page only.
I wrote a script with cURL that gets traffic info from pages like trafficestimate.com, etc. But sometimes I need to get traffic info from like 4-5k of webpages and they start blocking me. :-)
Can someone help me with this? I don't really care about the programming language or platform I would need to use.
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I don't know trafficestimate specifically, but I know similar services that have toolbars installed in the browsers of a population sample - they offer small perks or a little money if you let them record your traffic and search keywords. Based on the data from that sample they do statistical calculations to guesstimate the total numbers.
I have compared numbers for clients that I track via GA with the numbers from such a service and traffic numbers where off by some 300%. So I'm not convinced this approach works particularly well, and I would put even less trust in www.trafficestimate.com as they do not disclose how they arrive at their numbers.
There is no feasible/legal way to get at the traffic numbers of sites that belong to other people (after all this is sensitive and closely guarded company information; for many online properties the visitors base determines the value of the company).