Pansee Site Valuation – Rubbish
False Valuation by Pansee.com
Ever had a site valuation by pansee.com – I got sent a mail informing me ‘someone’ had conducted a valuation of my website graphicline.co.za using pansee.com valuation tools, with a link to the valuation report. Interested to see what the report contained, I checked if Google had any information about malware on the site, then visited the page.
The valuation report had some interesting data. From the country where most of the website traffic is derived from, to number of daily visitors. And a claim to the value of advertising on the front page.
France is the Biggest Source of Traffic
This amused me… According to pansee.com, 12.2 percent of my traffic comes from France, while the USA only accounts for 8.1%
Strange then how my actual server log shows South Africa is the largest source of traffic, with the USA second. France is actually in 9th place this month with less than 2% of total traffic – and most of that came from a spambot that tried to post over 100 comments in 5 minutes a few days ago, before being banned from my domain. Another 50 or so visits seemed to be generated by the ‘valuation’ tool – my logs showed near simultaneous visits from this number of French IP’s with the same time stamp (within a second or so) of the pansee.com user agent
Usually France doesn’t come in the top 75!
Pansee.com Misleading Customers and Tool Users
Whether pansee.com is trying to get me to sign-up for their services, or a genuinely interested person used the service – their report is highly misleading. In fact it’s total rubbish. Their page visit report bears no resemblance to the actual page visits… Maybe if search bots are included, and all my sub-domains are included too, the stats quoted may get close to the real traffic levels.
The valuation provided by pansee must be considered false, and based on very strange statistics… Pansee seems geared to providing a value for advertising on the front page of a website – at least that’s what their report stated – a daily advertising rate, and an overall annual advertising value for the front page…
Website Valuation Tools are pretty Valueless
I have seen some really weird and wonderful valuations for my websites, ranging from the sublime to the totally ridiculous. One evaluator (not Pansee) gave graphicline.co.za an US Dollar valuation of about $125 000.00 – when the site was less than nine months old, consisted of about 75 static HTML pages, and was getting fewer than 100 visits a day. Really! If the site had that value then or now – I’d sell it, immediately! That’s R1M in our local currency – and would buy a darn decent small fishing boat!
Take these online valuation websites with a pinch of salt. They are amusing, nothing more. If you need a proper valuation for your site, as part of a business asset for example at the time of putting a business up for sale – there are accredited professionals who will audit the site, and give a realistic valuation.