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Windows Shareware Directories

Alphabetical Listing of Windows Shareware Directories

Rankings of Windows Shareware Directories

The following table contains a list of links to Windows shareware directories and download sites, ordered by descending SpaceTime Rank (STR).  The STR is derived from Google's Page Rank and Alexa's Traffic Ranking as of the indicated date.  See notes below for further explanation about each column, plus footnotes.

ID

Site

PAD

Google
Rank

Alexa
Rank

SpaceTime
Rank

Date
Ranked

ZDNSL ZDNet Software Library (see Note1) Y 8 49 13.31 2/24/03
GOOSW Google Directory - Shareware for Windows (see Note1) N 7 5 13.30 2/23/03
CWSAP Stroud's CWSApps (see Note1) N 8 450 12.35 3/01/03
TUCOW Tucows N 8 461 12.34 2/24/03
CNETD CNET Download.com (see Note1) Y 7 49 12.31 2/24/03
SIMTL Simtel Y 8 2,599 11.59 2/24/03
WINSI WinSite Y 8 4,462 11.35 2/24/03
JUMBO Jumbo N 8 6,716 11.17 2/24/03
OPESW Open Directory - Shareware for Windows (see Note1) N 6 152 10.82 2/24/03
LOOWS LookSmart - Windows Shareware (see Note1) N N/A 304 (see Note2) 2/23/03
WUGNT Windows Users Group Network N 8 20,064 10.70 3/01/03
SHAJU Shareware Junction Y 8 25,095 10.60 2/24/03
WEBAT WebAttack N 7 2,702 10.57 2/24/03
ZDNUD ZDNet UK Downloads (see Note1) N 7 3,510 10.45 3/01/03
MAJOR Major Geeks N 7 8,087 10.09 2/24/03
5STAR 5 Star Shareware N 7 8,344 10.08 2/24/03
GALTT Galt Technology N 7 9,411 10.03 2/24/03
SOFPI Softpile Y 7 10,626 9.97 2/24/03
SIMPB Simply the Best N 7 11,967 9.92 2/26/03
ROCKE Rocket Download N 7 12,403 9.91 3/02/03
PAULS Paul's Picks Y 8 126,482 9.90 3/04/03
NONAG Nonags N 7 22,649 9.64 2/24/03
FILBA Filebasket Y 7 28,678 9.54 2/24/03
FILTR File Transit Y 7 30,853 9.51 2/23/03
BLUCH Blue Chillies Y 7 33,991 9.47 2/23/03
PASSS Pass the Shareware N 7 37,511 9.43 2/24/03
ALLEN Allen's WinAppsList N 7 37,730 9.42 2/26/03
AFREE aFreeGo Y 7 42,534 9.37 3/02/03
BESTD Best Download N 7 43,757 9.36 3/02/03
BILLS Bill's Software Picks Y 7 46,236 9.34 2/26/03
SHAJK Shareware Junkies Y 7 50,717 9.29 2/24/03
SOFSE Software Seeker Y 7 52,623 9.28 2/24/03
FILHU File Hungry Software Library Y 7 66,684 9.18 2/26/03
32BIT 32 Bit - ServerFiles N 7 69,473 9.16 3/02/03
DOW32 Download32 Software Archive Y 7 74,476 9.13 2/26/03
QUASW Quality Shareware Y 7 101,263 8.99 2/24/03
VERTW Version Tracker - Windows Software (see Note1) N 6 10,718 8.97 2/24/03
SOFVA Software Vault Y 7 129,804 8.89 2/24/03
ASPDL Association of Shareware Professionals - Downloads (see Note1) Y 7 129,927 8.89 2/23/03
SMEDL SMEsource Downloads (aka Netdownload) (see Note1) N 6 17,448 8.76 3/02/03
ANYWS Any Windows Shareware N 7 193,155 8.71 2/26/03
PROGF Program Files Y 6 19,855 8.70 3/02/03
ZEAWS Zeal - Windows Shareware (see Note1) N 5 2,043 8.69 2/24/03
SHAUP Shareup Networks Y 7 210,361 8.68 2/26/03
ITPRO IT Pro Downloads N 6 22,429 8.65 3/02/03
FREWB FreewareWeb N 6 24,850 8.60 3/02/03
TOTAL Total Shareware Y 6 35,808 8.45 2/24/03
BHS32 BHS 32bit Downloads N 6 35,877 8.45 3/02/03
DOWOH Downloadoholic N 6 48,723 8.31 3/02/03
VERSI Versions N 7 507,447 8.29 3/02/03
WINPC Windows PC N 6 58,422 8.23 3/02/03
FIL32 Files 32 N 6 59,531 8.23 2/24/03
MYZIP MyZips N 6 62,224 8.21 3/02/03
TOPSH TopShareware Y 6 62,615 8.20 3/02/03
DOWSA Download Safari N 6 63,277 8.20 3/02/03
SOFAN Softandco Y 6 63,448 8.20 2/24/03
DOWNS Download Shareware N 6 72,345 8.14 2/24/03
WINAR WinArchives N 6 100,054 8.00 2/26/03
GRASS Grassheap Y 6 106,819 7.97 2/23/03
FILGU FileGuru Y 6 109,463 7.96 3/01/03
200SH 200 Shareware Links N 6 229,538 7.64 3/02/03
DOWPA Download Pal N 6 235,815 7.63 3/02/03
NEWES NewestShareware N 6 262,410 7.58 2/24/03
WIN95 Window95 N 6 340,137 7.47 3/02/03
SHALK Shareware Links N 6 1,004,891 7.00 3/02/03
1000F 1000 Files Y 5 142,149 6.85 3/02/03
GODOW Go-Download N 5 518,339 6.29 3/02/03
ABSFR Absolute Free Software N 4 683,315 5.17 2/24/03

Explanations of Columns in the Above Table

ID
A unique identifier for each row, corresponding to a bookmark within this page.

Site
The name of a shareware download site, with a hyperlink to the corresponding main page.  This is usually the site's home page, but in some cases of very broad directories, the link points to the top-level entry for the Windows shareware category.

PAD
Indicates whether this site supports PAD-based software submissions.  In cases that do support PAD, the extent of automation varies.

Google Rank
The value of the Google PageRank for the specified link, as obtained via the Google Toolbar.  This is Google's basic measure of the importance of the page, where 0 means of no importance and 10 is the maximum.

Alexa Rank
Alexa's site Traffic Ranking, which is a measure of the site's popularity.  1 is the most popular, with larger numbers sequentially assigned to successively less trafficked sites.

SpaceTime Rank
A Google-like ranking derived from the Google PageRank and the Alexa site Traffic Rank, to yield a single number that gives measure of the site's overall value.  The intention is that this should serve as a guide in prioritizing shareware sites for consideration.  We use the following formula:
        SpaceTimeRank = GoogleRank + (7 - log(AlexaRank))
Thus the SpaceTime Rank can range from 0 (worthless) to 17 (best possible).

Date Ranked
The date on with samplings of Google and Alexa rankings for this entry were obtained and used to compute a SpaceTime Rank.

Footnotes

  1. Alexa's traffic ranking for this URL corresponds to its broader parent site, so the SpaceTime Ranking for this page is inflated.

  2. No precise SpaceTime Ranking was computed because of the absence of either a Google page ranking or an accurate Alexa traffic ranking for this specific URL.  The approximate ranking is based on what data is available from Alexa for the broader parent site.

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