Traffic Travis on Linux

Recently, a friend told me about this program called Traffic Travis that could help with SEO.  It has some free features and you can pay for PRO features.  Since it had a free version, I decided to try to see if I could get it running under Linux.

Here’s the description from Traffic Travis:

Best Free SEO Software for all your SEO & PPC Management needs. Use Traffic Travis for both on and off page analysis as well as spying on your competitors.

Traffic Travis doesn’t support Linux as far as I could see, so this is an exercise in Wine.  Here’s what I did to get it installed:

First, I created a new Wine Prefix for it.  This will keep it separate from the other programs that I have running under Wine (MS Office).

env WINEPREFIX=~/.local/share/wineprefixes/traffictravis winecfg

This both creates the Wine Prefix file system and opens the Wine Configuration dialog.  Then, I set the Windows Version to Windows XP (just took a guess).

Next, I downloaded Traffic Travis from their website.

Before I could download, the site forced me to verify and get a registration number.

The file I downloaded was an executable file (exe).  So, I opened a terminal window and changed directories to where I downloaded it.  I launched it with this command:

env WINEPREFIX=~/.local/share/wineprefixes/traffictravis wine traffic_travis_v4.exe

And, the Traffic Travis installer begins…

First step is to agree to the license:

Next, it asks how many shortcuts you want.  I just took the Start Menu shortcut so I can launch it from the menu.  I am not sure the rest of the options make as much sense on Linux.

Then, it should finish installing…

Since I have the Launch Traffic Travis option selected, it launches the program and wants to register first thing:

The first window was a little mixed up.  I think the issue it is referring to has to do with flash.

The first window mentions the error message about Flash.

For me, Traffic Travis seems to work.  At least, I get “warnings” and it sees that I have an XML Sitemap.

The movies don’t display, but I can view them in the browser with the “Open in Default Browser” button.

I feel a little uneasy about the numbers because it reports 0 backlinks.  Maybe it’s just because I don’t have the pro version, and many of the rows have “-” instead of “0”.  I know I do have at least one or two links to my homepage.

Just for comparison, I did a report on ahrefs.com.  It shows more backlinks:

So, in conclusion, it works, but I am not sure how accurate the data is.  I am not sure if that is a Linux issue or if it is because I haven’t bought the pro version.

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