How to find popular game sites?

alexa.com can help you estimate site traffic. You can check out the popularity of many different sites like video games, developers and publishers, etc. etc.

How to use this:
– You can find popular download portals (for example: check out “Most Popular in Video Games”)
– Find popular developers to exchange links or banners
– Pick potential game publishers: check how much traffic they receive

Juuso Hietalahti


  1. Another way is to check the google page rank of the site and link popularity which show the people linking to the site. Is not very accurate in my oppinion but it helps a little.

    check http://www.pagerank.net/

  2. Yes, that makes sense. The Alexa toolbar generates much more data for the most popular sites, so the accuracy increases the further up you get on the list. I think Alexa has it’s use as a “what’s some of the most popular sites on the web” ranking, but it isn’t recommended for looking up specific gaming websites (which usually have rankings in the thousands). Just thought I’d point that out :)

  3. Thank you for your comment. I started digging deeper (I got the Alexa link from some other guy who recommended it) and found the following:

    It’s true that Alexa ranking can be modified with that toolbar, so it can be true that the rankings are not accurate.

    Although, if you compare the TOP sites according to Alexa ( http://www.alexa.com/site/ds/top_500 ) and Google ( http://www.google.com/search?q=.com ) you’ll find that the TOP sites are pretty much the same (Amazon, Google etc.)

    Some person there said: “Alexa is not very accurate, but it can be used as a guide.”

    More discussion

    Thanks Marek for sheding some more light into this.

  4. Alexa is a very poor tool and I encourage game industry professionals to avoid it entirely.

    It extrapolates its numbers based on data gathered through the “Alexa Toolbar”, something very few people have installed, and if they do, they’re most likely webmasters or PR managers interested in knowing other sites’ Alexa ranking.

    I own a gaming website and partially own another. Comparing our own server stats against Alexa’s graphs showed NO similarities at all. Also, 40% of the Alexa hits came from our own webmail client, i.e. a few webmasters doing their daily routine at the site with the Alexa toolbar installed could up the numbers by 40%. If you actually tried, the Alexa ranking could be influenced to an even greater degree.

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