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  1. For a site with only 13 reported backlinks from Alexa, the traffic pattern looks like it was created with bots.

    http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/richjanitor.com#

    • Hi Michael,

      It’s most likely real traffic – however a fair percentage may be of poorer quality than Organic SEO traffic.

      One thing to keep in mind about Alexa is that they get their backlink data from Google – and Google only reports a VERY small percentage of a sites backlink profile. And the less “important” the site is, the less backlinks even Google will report. In fact you’ll find that a lot of really popular ClickBank products show very few or even NO backlinks at Alexa.

      That’s why SEO backlink analysis tools use Yahoo’s backlink information.

      Here’s Yahoo’s BackLink information for the Rich Janitor site:
      RichJanitor.com’s backlink profile at Yahoo

      which currently shows 19,846 links from external domains.

      It is true that Alexa data is typically easier to manipulate than data from other sources (such as Compete) – but even Compete is showing a significant amount of traffic:
      Compete data for RichJanitor.com

  2. Brilliant, Paul!!
    I kept receiving e-mails from 2 different marketers encouraging me to check out the amazing “Rich Janitor!” It just really seemed too slick and sleezy, so I promptly unsubscribed from their mailing lists…but one always wonders, what if? Thanks for all your good work!

  3. Michael, I think I’ll do a write-up on reverse-engineering both SEO and Non-SEO traffic – and maybe even a separate write-up on reverse engineering JV traffic which can get trickier because so much of that traffic often comes from email campaigns which are harder to reverse engineer than SEO, PPC, and other forms of paid traffic.

    This is an interesting read as well:
    SEO friendly affiliate links might not be so friendly

    • I would very much like to see that. The rich janitor alexa picture, in which the site rapidly approaches in terms of traffic the FTC traffic, is one of a fraud.

      The FTC should have warning signals flashing when a biz op site approaches their level of traffic.

  4. Paul,
    you are the best.
    How We can help you ?
    Donate money for your hard work ?
    What Else ?
    thanks

  5. Hturtemohtakrow says:

    peace & more kudos & karma your way sir Paul! i’ve been feeding all in my peer circle to your site for ‘Paul’s sites FIRST! re all work at home research info’ for months now mate..

    @iacopo

    methinks feeding as many netizens here #1 should help his site’s resulting revenue no?

    THANKS Paul…

  6. Hturtemohtakrow says:

    mea culpa Paul; re your..

    ”’..write-up on reverse-engineering both SEO and Non-SEO traffic – and maybe even a separate write-up on reverse engineering JV traffic which can get trickier because so much of that traffic often comes from email campaigns which are harder to reverse engineer than SEO, PPC, and other forms of paid traffic..”’

    ..may i encourage such positive behavior sir! ;]]]]

    ciao4now Paul & as always.. THANKS..

  7. Whoa! .. nice analysis. Just crazy and unfortunate for all those folks who fall into their trap door..

    Keep up the great work Paul! You’re performing a great service. :)

    -Matt

  8. OK. Obviously I’m way behind on doing the reverse engineering traffic sources, but it’s still coming.

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