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No longer profiting from the illegal marijuana industry, is Weedmaps still a viable business?

No longer profiting from the illegal marijuana industry, is Weedmaps still a viable business?

If you haven’t heard already, Weedmaps is making major changes to how they do business by no longer allowing illegal marijuana dispensaries and mail order marijuana sites to list companies on their business directory.

Now Weedmaps didn’t do this out of any sense of morality.. Founded in 2008, Weedmaps has ignored cease-and-desist orders in the past and now feeling the pressure from state regulators and licensed businesses to stop profiting from untaxed and unregulated dispensaries.

Weedmaps no longer doing business with black market pot shops

This is what happens when cannabis is legalized, when real tax revenues are realized… The marijuana black market is now under attack from all angles.

Weedmaps put out a really lame press release, now the champions of social justice for minorities.

“Minorities make up the majority of the unlicensed business owners in the cannabis industry–and the overwhelming majority of them want to operate out of the shadows,” noted Julian Canete, president and CEO of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce.

The best way to address the unlicensed cannabis problem, promote small, minority-owned businesses, and correct social injustice is simple: give more cannabis business licenses to the people who deserve them. The Weedmaps initiative will provide minority entrepreneurs with the skills, tools and resources they need to compete for those licenses. And get them.”

Weedmaps isn’t serving the best interests of minorities, they’ve been making money from criminal enterprises that profit from the illegal sales of marijuana. There is nothing noble about that.

No longer profiting from the illegal marijuana industry, is Weedmaps still a viable business?

Is Weedmaps dead? Do they still have a viable business model?

This is more than simply listing illegal dispensaries on their directory, they’ll no longer offer other services such as POS systems, online order support, and delivery logistics unless you have a state license number. That will be the case for Canadian companies as well.

I’ve talked to people that have paid Weedmaps before to promote their services. Now I don’t know the current rate card, but one person said they paid $1200 a month to list their website and others said they coughed up a lot more depending on the number of service areas they bought.

Legal dispensaries won’t pay this type of money for placement on a directory every month, and they have multiple options available to them at a fraction of the cost when it comes to software and other services required to support the operations side of their businesses.

Weedmaps might not be dead in the water, but with 550 employees listed on Linkedin, you can eventually expect major layoffs coming up…

No longer profiting from the illegal marijuana industry, is Weedmaps still a viable business?

Can Weedmaps survive without their best paying customers and now competing in the new legal cannabis era? Maybe their SEO will be a major success factor moving forward. Let’s find out…

SEO audit for Weedmaps (

DR Rank – 81
DR stands for Domain Rank, it’s a score used to determine the authority of your website in search engine rankings. This is also commonly referred to as DA (Domain Authority) depending on the SEO tool you are using.

Referring Domains – 8888
This is the total number of domains or websites that link back to

Referring Pages – 1,009,951
This is the total number of pages that link back to

Backlinks – 1,724,031
This is the number of actual links back to

Dofollow Backlinks – 1,631,099
DoFollow links are powerful because these types of links tell Google to pay attention to the site they are linking to and increases the authority score of that website

Nofollow Backlinks –  67,804
NoFollow backlinks are still important, but tells Google to essentially ignore them and doesn’t pass link juice that increases the authority rank of the website they’re linking to

Search Keywords by Position Rank
Search keywords by position are the search terms people use when searching on Google and link back to Weedmaps. Being #1 on Google is huge, but the value also depends on how often people search for those keywords.

michigan organic1150
lush dispensary1200
dispensaries in md170
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where to buy medical marijuanas120
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marijuana dispensaries in canada130
recreational marijuana delivery near me1150
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west michigan dispensaries120
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oregon grown cannabis160
cookies club sf1100
tulsa marijuana dispensary130
can a non california resident get a medical card130
primo sf1250
aloha green apothecary1250
ocean grown collective1150
buddha vape cartridge170
walk in dispensary190
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dispensary in arkansas1100
montclair dispensary1450
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portland dispensary map160
cookies sacramento dispensary140
texas pot dispensaries130
medical weed dispensaries120
kingpen 7101800
weed delivery nyc1800
alpine vape11,100
grape ape soda190

Search Keywords By Volume
Search keywords by volume is the actual number of searches for a specific keyword or term on Google. You don’t need to be ranked #1 for a keyword with big search volumes for huge SEO wins and can often be more valuable than ranking #1 if more people are coming to your website with that search volume.

how many grams in an ounce212,00051
dispensary near me135,00073
vape pen133,00014
how many grams in a pound129,00011
indica vs sativa77,00081
sativa vs indica65,0008
blue dream53,00032
purple haze48,000181
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og kush39,0003
cbd oil for sale38,000161
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vape pens35,00015
how long does marijuana stay in your system29,00051
marijuana dispensary near me28,0003
girl scout cookies strain28,000111
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rosin press27,000164
blue dream strain26,00071
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dab rigs25,000192
grape ape24,0007
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what is hemp23,00051
marijuana dispensary22,0004
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bubba kush20,000101
wedding cake strain20,00091
pax vaporizer20,000185
harborside oakland17,00011
how to make cannabutter17,0001717
pineapple express strain17,0004
cherry pie strain17,00031
bong appetit17,000204
florida medical marijuana17,00018
cbd vs thc17,0008
hindu kush17,00051
super lemon haze14,0006
purple kush14,00062
how long does thc stay in your system14,00061
where to buy cbd oil14,00091
how long does weed stay in your urine14,0005
brass knuckles vape14,0005
cbd capsules14,000168
girl scout cookies weed13,000192
weed dispensary12,0002
weed plant12,00010
weed pen12,00023
bruce banner strain11,00092
tahoe og11,00021
kosher kush8,4004
gelato weed8,2003
buy weed online8,10031
indica and sativa8,10061
maryland medical marijuana8,10017
lemon kush7,90096
og kush strain7,9005
how long does thc stay in your urine7,80062
hotbox farms7,7004
vaporizer pen7,600141

So where does WeedMaps get their backlinks? We’ve listed a few to find out how they get their traffic every month..

Referring page - BacklinksDomain RankReferring DomainsLinked Domains
‎Weedmaps: Marijuana & Cannabis on the Apple App Store96721
Weedmaps - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia95N/A21
Weedmaps Marijuana Cannabis and Weed Reviews - Apps on Google Play952817
Want To Minor In Cannabis? This SUNY Program Could Be For You - Forbes93429
Robert Dear, Suspect in Colorado Killings, ‘Preferred to Be Left Alone’ - The New York Times9316415
Canada's legal weed struggles to light up as smokers stick to black market | World news | The Guardian93708
BBC News | EUROPE | 'Millions have tried heroin in EU'9326
WeedMaps Wants To Be A Yelp For Cannabis Clubs - Washington Post9208
The FBI Says It Can't Find Hackers to Hire Because They All Smoke Pot - VICE9116325
Would this California town have become so pro-cannabis if not for a councilwoman's pot industry ties? - Los Angeles Times913111
Website Offers Groupon-Style Daily Coupons -- for Marijuana | Fox News91412
High as balls: live from the Cannabis Cup | The Verge91149
As it grows, marijuana business becomes more tech savvy - CBS News911519
T-Mobile 'pot censorship' case goes up in smoke - CNET91013
Afroman Releases ‘Because I Got High’ Remake for Pot Legalization – Rolling Stone904529
Without easy retail access to cannabis, the black market will thrive - The Globe and Mail90719

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