I was curious to see how Hackernoon compares to most crypto news sites, considering more and more people are posting articles on cryptocurrencies, and blockchain technology in general.For this comparison we utilize the fresh index from Majestic, simply because it shows us the most recent data.Let me explain the metrics that we cover here:TF / CFThis stands for trust flow & citation flow, indicators of strength and quantity, ideally you would like those to be 1:1. If the CF is twice the TF it indicates the domain has a ton of spam.Referring domains / IP’s / sub netsThe amount of websites that link to you, and the IP addressses and sub nets they are hosted on. Some websites like to game this by hosting 1000 websites on the same server.TTF — Topical Trust FlowA measure of how close you are to the most trusted websites in almost one thousand categories — cited from Majestic itself.Site ageWhen the domain was first registered, CCN.com was registered in 1992, long before cryptocurrencies existed so without doubt, this domain has been repurposed.DofollowWhen a link is placed its automatically dofollow, which means that Google passes the juice / strength from that backlink. Spammy domains tend to have a high amount of no-follow links, such links are most often ignored by Google.Comparison according to metrics provided by Majestic.comLet’s look at the resultsThe first thing we notice is that most of the crypto news sites score very poor in terms of the TF/CF ratio, while Hackernoon is doing amazingly well, same for bitcoin.com and bitcoin.org In terms of referring domains, IP’s, and sub nets they all score pretty well, as in that it looks rather natural.Most of the sites have a large amount of dofollow links, as you would expect, while the smaller sites score worse, no surprise there either as due to lower budgets its probably harder for them to acquire links.You can clearly see that Hackernoon is doing extremely well, especially for a site that didn’t even exist 2 years ago, kudos for that.There is one thing that bothers me about this comparison, and that is the topical trust flow category: Science, or better said “Social Sciences” according to Majestic.How can it be that Coindesk, NewsBTC, CoinTelegraph, and the both Bitcoin domains score extremely high there?While CCN that’s the exact same type of site scores extremely low here.Is there a conspiracy going on between those sites or is it because CCN is using a repurposed domain with a much older pre-existing backlink profile while Majestic still shows the old stats?You tell me.Another thing that’s interesting to note is that all those crypto sites aren’t related to News at all, or hardly, almost like most legit news sites don’t want anything to do with them.Still Google shows them In The News so they clearly know what those sites are about. When we talk about legitimize you could say Hackernoon is a lot more legitimate in the regular news world.Now lets take a look at traffic stats provided by SimilarWeb:Traffic stats provided by SimilarWeb.comHackernoon clearly beats its crypto competitors at all fronts, you could say its not a fair comparison as Hackernoon is about much more than crypto currencies and blockchain technology, still amazing for such a young site to make such a dent.This comparison also clearly shows that Trust Flow isn’t everything in terms of traffic, considering bitcoin dot com and org are much stronger in terms of link strength.As for traffic, all the crypto sites have seen their traffic almost been halved in the past six months while Hackernoon has been quite stable. I have to admit that SimilarWeb isn’t always 100% reliable in reporting traffic but for a comparison like this it works good enough.Well done Hackernoon!A Comparison of Hackernoon vs Crypto (News) Sites! was originally published in Hacker Noon on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.