Who does it best? Ranking the Proudly Made in DC Startups by Web Traffic Volume

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The nation’s capitol is home to a very robust community of entrepreneurs, engineers, developers, designers, technologists and, of course, a lot of startups. In fact, D.C.’s tech scene is one of the best in the world (or the very best, depending on who you ask).

Since the community is so active, so supportive, and so enthusiastic, it often seems like all of the startups are doing well. But the fact is, even under the best of circumstances, the statistical likelihood of massive success for startups is a fairly remote possibility, even in #dctech.

To check-up on the relative health of DC startups, I decided to see how the companies are doing. There are lots of hard ways to investigate, but there are some accessible ways too, and evaluating web traffic is one of them.  Although far from perfect, the Alexa ranking is a powerful tool for discovering which startups are receiving the most traffic. In Alexa land, a low numerical ranking indicates popularity by comparison to other websites, which can be an accessible proxy of how interesting the company and/or its offering are to the world.

For my experiment, I consulted the most thorough (but, unfortunately, still not exhaustive) list of D.C. Startups, which is maintained on Proudly Made in D.C. Then, I checked the Alexa rankings for all 166 of the startups listed there and found that there are clearly outliers in the community in terms of high-volume web traffic.  Whether it be because of an excellent offering, powerful marketing, or by sheer dint of force, these startups are clearly doing something right when it comes to attracting attention:

The 10 DC Startups With The Most Web Traffic

1. Add This

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Regional Ranking (US): No. 206

Global Ranking: No. 145

Ranking change over last quarter: Traffic rose, ranking improved by 19 places.

At number one, Add This focuses on providing powerful, easy-to-use consumer engagement tools and services for advertisers, publishers and brands looking to inform paid, owned and earned media strategies with web-wide search, site, social and sales data.

2. Webs

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Regional Ranking (IN): No. 109

Global Ranking: No. 352

Ranking change over last quarter: Traffic rose, ranking improved by 51 places.

Webs has become the world’s largest do-it-yourself website-creation solution. 40 million sites have been built with Webs and, together, these sites receive 300 million page views each month. In addition, Webs proclaims itself as easy to use, innovative, reliable and offers the best tools.

3. LivingSocial

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Regional Ranking (US): No. 162

Global Ranking: No. 740

Range change over last quarter: Traffic dipped, ranking dropped by 104 places.

With more than 70 million members worldwide, LivingSocial helps local businesses grow by introducing them to high quality new customers. LivingSocial’s products include Daily Deals, Events & Enterprises, Escapes, Shop, and Takeout & Delivery. LivingSocial offers their products in hundreds of markets across six continents as well.

4. SB Nation

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Regional Ranking (US): No. 412

Global Ranking: No. 2,025

Ranking change over last quarter: Traffic rose, ranking improved by 1,097 places.

SB Nation’s platform is a modern media stack focused on empowering rapid publishing, effective distribution and quality community in equal parts. SB Nation designed it from the ground-up with the direct involvement of SB Nation bloggers and members, enabling a new way to cover sports and foster intelligent conversation. Writers and communities can focus on writing, publishing and discussing the topics they’re passionate about.

5. Wedding Wire

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Regional Ranking (US):  No. 1,482

Global Ranking: No. 4,501

Ranking change over last quarter: Traffic rose, ranking improved by 2,664 places.

WeddingWire.com, the nation’s leading technology company serving the $70 billion wedding industry, is the only online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding professionals. WeddingWire has helped over 8 million people plan their wedding through its cutting-edge planning tools and directory of over 200,000 local wedding pros.

Note: There’s quite significant variation of rankings between the top 5 and the 6 through 10th “best” ranked Alexa companies on our list.

6. Twicsy

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Regional Ranking (US): No. 6,606

Global Ranking: No. 5,899

Ranking change over last quarter: Traffic rose, ranking improved by 788 places.

Twicsy is a Twitter picture search engine with more than 750 million pictures indexed and adds more than 2 million per day. Twicsy has more than 1 million visitors per month and is growing fast.

7. Opower

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Regional Ranking (US): No. 9,693

Global Ranking: No. 50,690

Ranking change over last quarter: Traffic rose, ranking improved by 7,666 places. 

Opower is an energy efficiency and Smart Grid software company that helps utilities meet their efficiency goals through effective customer engagement.  Using cutting edge behavioral science and patent-pending data analytics, the Opower platform enables utilities to connect with their customers in a highly targeted fashion, motivating reductions in energy use, increased program participation and overall customer satisfaction.

8. Natural Insight

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Regional Ranking (US): No. 16,334

Global Ranking: No. 103,995

Ranking change over last quarter: Traffic rose, ranking improved by 2,272 places.

Natural Insight provides a web-based platform for real-time task management to retailers and merchandisers.  The company’s hosted solution has extensive tools for workforce communication, remote data collection, and execution management, to get the right person, in the right place, at the right time.

9. SnagFilms

SnagFilmsRegional Ranking (US): No. 19,215

Global Ranking: No. 57,921

Ranking change over last quarter: Traffic dropped, ranking dropped by 8,119 places.

SnagFilms is a website that offers advertising-supported independent,  documentary and narrative films. Films are streamed directly on the website, which contains a library of around 4,000 titlesSnagFilms also host films on virtually all devices and cable/VOD platforms.

10. Koofers

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Regional Ranking (US): No. 19,317

Global Ranking: No. 94,781

Ranking change over last quarter: Traffic dropped, ranking dropped by 1,915 places.

Koofers, Inc. is a social learning company transforming higher education through student-driven, intercollegiate collaboration. Founded in 2008, Koofers empowers students to help each other learn by providing open and free access to: course materials, class and professor ratings, study aids and more.

*The ranking information was acquired from alexa.com on 4/2/13. Note that the ranking information varies daily*

What The Alexa Ranking Means For These DC Startups

Based on traffic rankings, these DC startups are doing something right. Seven out of the top ten in #dctech have something more to be proud of, which is that they’ve gotten better at pulling traffic than they were last quarter. In a future post, I’ll describe techniques the top 10 use for driving traffic. Stay tuned for that one, and meanwhile, if you have any thoughts about Alexa or DC Tech, please espouse them in the comments below!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Seline/506663980 Chris Seline

    Alexa’s stats are heavily biased towards the US, and also I think they stopped trying a few years ago. Some of these properties have their actual stats exposed on Quantcast, but they are similarly terrible at quantifying sites for which they don’t have direct measurements. Also, the numbers reported by Quantcast differ from Google Analytics.

    We are proud to have Twicsy on the list!

    • http://www.facebook.com/bilaal Bilaal Ahmed

      True. We ended up using Alexa for our own list of the most popular think tanks. However, from a relativity standpoint, it works out pretty well.

  • Marisela Montenegro

    I agree Alexa might not provide exact numbers but the numbers are proportionally accurate, so it’s a good tool to get a feel on where your company ranks in the market.

    We checked, and YaSabe falls into the 8th space of this ranking, Woohoo! Unfortunately Mr Bilog left out of the article -maybe next time, Isamer?

    Check us out here http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/yasabe.com

    • Isamer Bilog


      I got the initial list of DC startups from proudlymadeindc.com. I am assuming YaSabe is not on the site, but yes maybe next time!



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