Alexa Chart

It is interesting to look at the 5-year Alexa chart of–a web site that was a high-flying pioneer in user generated content, photo sharing, free voice chat, and viral marketing; but which has been neglected in both development and marketing for nearly 5 years. Now that has opened an office in Seattle and is recruiting web 2.0 developers and experienced internet marketers, you wonder if this web site will make a resurgence.

While we\’re at it, here is the chart for, the chart for, the chart for, and the chart for from the LDS (Mormon) Church.

It would seem that people are losing interest in genealogy. 😉

I hope not, because launched its subscription web site today. Starting with several dozen databases, is seeking to become a significant player in the genealogy industry over the new few years. We add at least one new database to our web site every day. The subscription fee is only $49.95 per year; but since we are just getting started, we are offering a 2-year subscription for $49.95 during the month of October.

We have a wonderful content acquisition team and advisors who are finding databases around the world that we can digitize or license. We also have on our team the two engineers that wrote the original search engine at and prepared the first 3 billion records that has online. We are excited to re-introduce many of the original ideas and practices of and to see if we can help people worldwide connect with their families.

Our current effort is small, but with the support of customers who believe in what we are trying to do, and of partners who want to provide access to their content to our customers, we hope we can make a mark.

We will be starting our search engine marketing and affiliate marketing programs in the coming weeks, and launching some incredible new databases and features — so stay tuned.

Please check out our vital records databases, tell us how you like the online mapping features that we have associated with most of our databases, and let us know what you\’d like to see us do next. We have hundreds of ideas that we hope to implement in the future, but your input matters most to us. So please tell us what you want to see!

Note: I have not been associated with in any official capacity since leaving the company in February 2002.

5 thoughts on “ Alexa Chart

  1. As an almost 10-year employee of Banner Blue/ and now an Apple employee, those two worlds came into close contact earlier this week.

    I was at a sales conference for Apple employees who work inside CompUSA stores. The number one request for the CompUSA software buyers was for genealogy software for the Macintosh. I was surprised that many of those sales people knew about at least 2 titles available for the Mac.

    –>Paul B.

  2. I wasn’t real happy to read this:
    “excited to re-introduce many of the original ideas and practices of,” especially regarding the search engine. I can’t think of another big search engine that consistently yields as much junk. If, for example, I specify the years 1800-1850 in Tennessee, I get the 1930 census in Montana. I hope the “new” search engine will be a big improvement over what is available now on genealogy sites. If so, the new site will be worth its weight in gold!

  3. My observation also is that people are losing interest in genealogy. I believe this is partly because most of those interested have exhausted what they can find on the web and now have to continue their research the old fashoined way and also because all the erroneous information on the web has given Internet Research a bad name.

    I notice that Rootsweb is doing well while Ancestry is losing. In my opinion, a system that would allow people to pay a small amount for specific information (perhaps with Paypal) rather than pay for a subscription would encourage people to use services like Ancestry more.

  4. Paul knows that I have watched the web usage stats for genealogy sites closer than anyone for years (more often Nielsen NetRatings), but same topic. The one key observation that Paul leaves out is that online genealogy is NOT on the decline – quite the contrary. It’s just that there are now so many more very strong niche sites serving the interests of family historians. And, general search engines now play a much more dominant role than they did 5 years ago in helping many quickly locate pages dedicated to their topics of interest. Many of these small niche sites will never garner enough traffic to peek into the Alexa or Nielsen numbers, but don’t be fooled into thinking that – together – they are providing a lot of content for interested researchers.

  5. People in general may be losing interest in genealogy, because it became a fad, but many of us were deeply interested for very personal reasons well before the fad, and we’ll continue to be after the fad. Anyone that had adequate experience can tell you that only the tip of the proverbial iceberg has been seen as far as information that can and will become available online, and that includes generalogical information. I am making gains today that I could only dream of 10 years ago. I still hold to one thing in the end, however – sourcing, sourcing, sourcing – never accept information on face value…

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