Hi. I am new here.
I got here via a link from hooperman on the sitepoint.com forum. I had posted a question there which this post goes a long way to clarify. Thanks! The descriptions above regarding multiples and the importance of historic site income really resonate.
I have one question, though, with regards to websiteoutlook.com and sites like that, your description above kind of goes into it, but still: Leaving aside the $ evaluation part of these sites, how reliable are the traffic numbers they output? You say that the page rank numbers etc. are worthwhile, and I agree, but what about the visits numbers? I ask because there are so many of these sites now, and they have fairly different numbers.
I came across a site called t*****.com that has a "smart average" which seems to be that they take data from a few of those sites and then calculate an average. I ask because the numbers they have are very close to some of the google analytics numbers I know to be accurate for some sites I own. Would you say that an average taken from those sites is a good range to work with when trying to find out the visitor numbers for a site?