About a week ago we wrote about Google Trends and their new addition to the service which adds a numeric scale for better comparisons. Now this week they’ve added yet another new feature, but this time it’s called Trends for Websites. It officially launched on Friday, and it’s a nice way to track how popular websites are over time.
When you go to Google Trends (trends.google.com), just look towards the bottom of the page where it says “new” in red and then says “Explore the audiences of specific websites with Trends for Websites.” Clicking on that will take you to the new section of the site just for websites. They’ll automatically display wikipedia.org as an example, but you can enter in your own choice of sites separating them by commas.
In the example below, you’ll see the comparison of trends between Digg.com and Reddit.com. Notice that below the graph, they also show trends by region, “also visited” sites, as well as “also searched for” terms:
These types of tools (like Alexa and Compete) can prove to be beneficial because they provide people with a general idea of how a site is doing. While Google Trends for Websites is very basic, we think people will use it, at least just for fun to compare their favorite sites.