Computer Program Product and Method for Estimating Internet Traffic
4 Patents

US 7890451 B2
Issued 15 February 2011

Clickstream data collected from a panel of internet users is used to generate and present internet activity metrics. Data collected from a community of internet users may be augmented by clickstream data store content, third party content, search results, and other sources to form estimates of internet activity, such as traffic, that is structured and analyzed to produce metrics of nearly any internet web site or domain. The estimate of the panel’s Internet activity may be refined by applying a domain-specific bias adjustment to the estimate. Applying the domain-specific bias adjustment to the estimate may include applying a weight to a subset of the data that connotes a specific domain from the panel of Internet users.

US7979544 B2
Issued 12 July 2011

Taking a size and demographic composition of a target population; identifying a group of participants; determining demographic information for each member of the group; receiving clickstream data that connotes Internet activity of individual members of the group; producing an estimate of the target population’s Internet activity by scaling the data for each member of the group to the relative size and demographic composition of the target population and the group by applying a weight to the clickstream data in view of the demographic information; and refining the estimate of the population’s Internet activity by applying a weight to a subset of the data from the group of participants, wherein the bias adjustment is at least one of a domain-specific, page-specific, segment-specific, and user-specific adjustment

US8135833 B2
Issued 13 March 2012

US8356097 B2
Issued 15 January 2013

Site metrics are presented in association with search results. The site metrics are derived from site analytics that uses clickstream data collected from a panel of internet users to generate and present internet activity metrics. Data collected from a community of internet users may be augmented by clickstream data store content, third party content, search results, and other sources to form estimates of internet activity, such as traffic, that is structured and analyzed to produce metrics of nearly any internet web site or domain. The data may be further augmented with ratings, such as web site trust ratings, retail deals, and analysis of web site content to form a comprehensive set of data that is mined to formulate various metrics of internet activity about web sites. Metrics of internet activity, a.k.a. site analytics, provides analysis that represents aspects of internet user access to a web site. Such aspects may include activity related to visitors, engagement, growth, trust, deals, and the like.