International Cat Speculators Since 2006


This month’s rankings are over the break.

Alexa = Alexa ranking

NZ ranking = Alexa NZ ranking

Technorati.com authority score (1 if none)

HD Score calculated Alexa*AlexaNZ/Authority/10000. Greens blog multiplied by 80.

All data was downloaded this evening.

Notes:

1. The criteria here are looser than Tumeke! Generally we are more relaxed, and include all blogs that post items interesting to the general public. This is pretty much most things outside of strictly “this is what I did today” style blogs. We also include blogs that are defunct, as many still are read for months after closing.

2. If you have asked and have not been included, or know of a blog that’s not here please feel free to let me know – politely! I keep thinking I have lost things but not finding them… so if I’ve missed you let me know. Ditto for classifications.

3. There are no prizes for asking why frog blog is “out of place”. Because the blog is only part of that site, I cannot justify calculation on the same basis as blogs that are the sole feature of their site. Strictly speaking, it should be on the “cannot calculate” list. Update: The Frog score is now multiplied by 7, ans this appears more fair, based on their Tumeke! score and Authority.

4. I’ve updated which blogs are defunct

5. The “can’t calculate” list has now caught up with the rest and now formats the same – previously only colours and christian blogs showed properly.

6. Finally, we have a key!!

7. Update: I noted some issues with the authority score last month, and it was pointed out that The Standard’s score was wrong this month. I have checked the blogs with higher Alexa numbers and a authority of manually, and corrected both TS and Catus Kate. Some rankings are now different because of this and the update on No. 3.

8. Update: I have noticed that Christian blogs have risen up these rankings over the last few months. I don’t know why. The data here gathered as objectively as possible and is posted promptly, and can be verified by anyone who wishes to (and corrected by myself). I suspect that the MandM Christian rankings have played a part in encouraging christian blogs to link to each other, and encouraged christians who read one of these blogs to read others, and this has helped push up scores.

9. Update: Tumeke! rankings updated to the latest numbers, which were late this month.

Key

Right Leaning Political Blog
Left Leaning Political Blog
Libertarian Political Blog
Green Political Blog
Anarchist Blog
Christian Issues and/or AuthorChristian Issues and/or Author
Economic Issues and Analysis Economic Issues and Analysis
Rural Issues and Lifestyle Rural Issues and Lifestyle
Feminist IssuesFeminist Issues
Green/Environmental IssuesEnvironmental/Green Issues
Queer Issuesqueer (Icon corrected!)
Defunct Blog

Note: Original Blog list, and original concept from Tumeke, who have a more considered ranking of the NZ blogosphere here. No Hamsters were harmed in the compiling of these statistics, just egos!

HD Rank Tumeke Blog Alexa Alexa NZ Authority HD Score
1 #1 Kiwiblog 77280 129 220 4
2 #4 Public Address 169576 275 174 26
3 #2 The Standard 2.02 163469 235 105 36
4 #8 Whale Oil Beef Hooked – Comments 163164 249 67 60
5 #26 MandM Christian Issues and/or Author 247912 514 59 215
6 #5 No Minister 326995 614 54 371
7 #22 New Zealand Conservative Christian Issues and/or Author 299236 602 41 439
8 #9 The Dim-Post 380266 712 49 552
9 #10 TUMEKE! 475960 1105 84 626
10 #7 frogblog 152757 611 96 97
11 #6 No Right Turn 620151 1987 123 1001
12 #3 Not PC 299163 2978 82 1086
13 #15 Homepaddock Rural Issues and Lifestyle 526552 1319 57 1218
14 #11 The Inquiring Mind 526015 1548 55 1480
15 #25 Barnsley Bill 549056 1266 44 1579
16 #14 The visible hand in economics Economic Issues and Analysis 387220 1688 37 1766
17 #46 Knowledge Workers 790106 902 40 1781
18 #20 Cactus Kate 588429 1793 57 1850
19 #43 Big News 649891 1106 38 1891
20 #32 Something should go here, maybe later. Christian Issues and/or Author 501737 1412 37 1914
21 #19 Open Parachute 401535 1782 37 1933
22 #16 MacDoctor Moments Christian Issues and/or Author 642153 1616 47 2207
23 #21 Kiwipolitico 801684 1571 51 2469
24 #37 Ethical Martini 686825 987 25 2711
25 #13 roarprawn 675603 1638 40 2766
26 #12 The Hand Mirror Feminist Issues 724056 3933 82 3472
27 #29 Jack Yan: The Persuader 527268 2125 29 3863
28 #58 The Humanitarian Chronicle Christian Issues and/or Author 653171 973 15 4236
29 #35 Keeping Stock Christian Issues and/or Author 786131 1802 32 4426
30 #27 Poneke’s Weblog 1268276 3552 65 6930
31 - Policy Blog – Chris Trotter & Matthew Hooton 1130879 4121 66 7061
32 #30 Liberty Scott 790470 2879 32 7111
33 #47 Say Hello to my Little Friend: Shooting from the lip Christian Issues and/or Author 978921 1482 18 8059
34 #17 Hot Topic Enviromental/Green Issues 1207363 3334 37 10879
35 #24 Anti-Dismal Economic Issues and Analysis 1167614 4366 46 11082
36 #55 Just Left 1472627 4590 52 12998
37 #51 Mulholland Drive 1402162 2881 26 15537
38 #50 Clint Heine and Friends 1262373 3911 31 15926
39 #49 Oswald Bastable’s Ranting 1133753 4831 32 17116
40 #52 MonkeyWithTypewriter 1008615 3064 17 18178
41 #93 Samuel Dennis Christian Issues and/or Author 810315 3290 13 20507
42 #31 New Zeal 731987 25851 91 20794
43 - Being Frank Christian Issues and/or Author 802911 1968 7 22573
44 #64 TBR.cc Christian Issues and/or Author 1594563 4461 23 30927
45 #23 Offsetting Behaviour Economic Issues and Analysis 843872 14081 37 32115
46 #63 Dave Gee: Life from Right Field 1077732 2471 8 33288
47 - the wellingtonista – a blog about wellington, new zealand 1627815 10563 50 34389
48 #69 g.blog 1847836 4132 21 36358
49 #65 Muzzerino Blog 1.3 1215620 2495 7 43328
50 #48 Lindsay Mitchell 1362965 12218 36 46257
51 - The Evolving Newsroom 694786 4071 6 47141
51 #45 The Evolving Newsroom 694786 4071 6 47141
53 - And Slaters Go Plop 1243747 3648 8 56714
54 #54 Liberation 2497994 7231 30 60209
55 #33 Radical Cross Stitch 1089443 45000 76 64506
56 #57 Hitting Metal With A Hammer 1939979 8327 25 64616
57 #72 PM of NZ 2025415 4435 12 74855
58 #61 John Key 1860786 9245 20 86014
59 #75 Contra Celsum Christian Issues and/or Author 1523240 6463 11 89497
60 #56 RobiNZ Personal Blog 424672 15020 7 91122
61 #18 In a strange land Feminist Issues 1828015 29689 51 106415
62 #83 Greenpeace New Zealand Weblog Enviromental/Green Issues 1702220 11157 16 118697
63 #84 goNZo Freakpower Brains Trust 2423838 11049 21 127528
64 #79 Auckland Blog 2133791 9387 13 154076
65 #38 The Fairfacts Media Show 823674 2327 1 191668
66 - NZ Blogosphere 824292 2373 1 195604
67 #53 Kotare 1913995 45000 43 200301
68 #66 En Avant 1648150 35284 25 232613
69 #70 Aotearoa: a wider perspective 1500764 45000 27 250127
70 #28 Reading the Maps 3272916 32240 39 270561
71 #41 The Fundy Post 2508262 45000 40 282179
72 - Semper Vita Christian Issues and/or Author 1993688 15707 11 284680
73 - Put up thy Sword! Christian Issues and/or Author 2141822 13621 10 291737
74 - sustain:if:able kiwi Christian Issues and/or Author 4018682 45000 58 311794
75 - developing the mind of Christ Christian Issues and/or Author 844417 3775 1 318767
76 #67 StephenFranks.co.nz 1933138 45000 27 322189
77 #44 Workers Party (NZ) 2840273 27045 23 333979
78 #95 LudditeJourno 4190087 16204 20 339480
79 #81 dad4justice 2821287 14605 12 343374
80 #76 Kiwi Polemicist Christian Issues and/or Author 3213333 19836 17 374939
81 #96 Alliance Party of New Zealand 3740930 22338 21 397928
82 #74 Silent Running 3862983 45000 40 434585
83 #100 GavinKnight.com Christian Issues and/or Author 2990543 21561 13 495993
84 - I See Red 4799325 27149 26 501141
85 #85 AGAINST THE CURRENT 3961194 22864 18 503159
86 #80 Star Studded Super Step Christian Issues and/or Author 1742900 9087 3 527924
87 #34 whoar.co.nz 1670779 45000 14 537036
88 - Rubbish Free Year 2159551 45000 17 571645
89 #82 Object Dart 2997464 45000 23 586460
90 #91 Christian News Christian Issues and/or Author 2060813 25831 9 591476
91 - The Hive 7261541 45000 52 628402
92 #42 Put ‘em all on an island Queer Issues 2650228 45000 18 662557
93 #78 Ideologically Impure 3481745 45000 23 681210
94 - stargazer Feminist Issues 5776790 22506 18 722291
95 - Cr!key Creek 6377355 45000 37 775624
96 #94 Pacific Empire 2623007 35705 12 780453
97 #60 Pundit 1305253 6004 1 783673
98 - Jafapete’s Weblog 6870937 45000 39 792800
99 #90 Media Law Journal 3585572 45000 20 806753
100 #99 True Paradigm Christian Issues and/or Author 3126091 29069 11 826112
101 #86 WebWeaver’s World Enviromental/Green Issues 1757257 45000 9 878628
102 #88 Website.net.nz 1422915 45000 7 914731
103 - ACT New Zealand blogs 1334126 7132 1 951498
104 - Watching Brief 12070085 45000 57 952901
105 - Micky’s Muses Economic Issues and Analysis 4734207 45000 21 1014472
106 - Get the Skinny from Skinny 5578023 13600 7 1083730
107 - Café Pacific 4579221 45000 18 1144805
108 #77 kaiwai’s blog Queer Issues 1960177 17751 3 1159836
109 #59 Media Fetish 3728422 25751 8 1200132
110 - cbmilne33 3747495 38713 12 1208973
111 #40 Canterbury Atheist 1574897 9616 1 1514420
112 #98 Brian Edwards Media 2422627 6506 1 1576161
113 - Ozymandias Warning 2643491 45000 7 1699387
114 - Robyn’s Secret Passage 6492438 45000 17 1718586
115 - NZBC 4266704 45000 11 1745469
116 - LAWS 179: Elephants and the law 6869183 45000 17 1818313
117 - Grant Robertson – Wellington Central 6173020 45000 15 1851906
118 - This is half-pie. 3722255 45000 9 1861127
119 #87 Eye of the Fish 6099820 45000 14 1960656
120 - Save the Humans Enviromental/Green Issues 5281606 45000 11 2160657
121 #97 Blessed Economist Christian Issues and/or AuthorEconomic Issues and Analysis 4373177 45000 9 2186588
122 - earth is my favourite planet Christian Issues and/or Author 3411383 45000 7 2193031
123 - NewZblog 9560946 45000 19 2264434
124 #68 Bowalley Road 2230573 10221 1 2279868
125 - Neil Stockley 6787473 45000 13 2349509
126 - Genius 4712774 45000 9 2356387
127 - Still Truckin’ Feminist Issues 7800673 21411 7 2386002
128 - agridata.co.nz Rural Issues and Lifestyle 2068140 12673 1 2620953
129 - Socialist Democracy 7259060 45000 12 2722147
130 - Dr Michael Bassett 3338030 8318 1 2776573
131 - 100 Word Blog 7460823 45000 12 2797808
132 - Canvassing for Opinion 4354097 45000 7 2799062
133 - section59 blog – A loving smack is not child abuse Christian Issues and/or Author 6325306 45000 10 2846387
134 - Political Animal 5654760 40127 7 3241550
135 - ACT on Campus blogs 4773467 13959 2 3331641
136 - lefthandpalm 8267097 45000 10 3720193
137 - John Minto 4262787 45000 5 3836508
138 - Ellis in Wellyland 5264595 45000 6 3948446
139 - backin15 10625143 45000 12 3984428
140 - NZ Conservative 11068511 45000 11 4528027
141 - Courage to tremble Christian Issues and/or Author 4151756 45000 4 4670725
142 - Stu’s a-Musings Christian Issues and/or Author 8327021 45000 8 4683949
143 - Gman inc. 14013878 45000 13 4850957
144 #73 Republican Movement 1649437 29948 1 4939733
145 - Contradiction 16384241 45000 14 5266363
146 - Joe Hendren 19147723 45000 16 5385297
147 - Brain Stab 13322080 45000 11 5449941
148 - Douglas to Dancing – ACT Watch 6163747 45000 5 5547372
149 - Craig Foss MP 11508623 45000 9 5754311
150 - Nevermind 8974788 45000 7 5769506
151 #92 Anarchia 27067339 45000 21 5800144
152 - HIGH WINDOWS 9585273 45000 7 6161961
153 - redrave 7189645 45000 5 6470680
154 #36 The Optimus Prime Experiment 2784743 25666 1 7147321
155 - Prog Blog 14311054 45000 9 7155527
156 - …the gossip 6537528 45000 4 7354719
157 #89 Alf Grumble Rural Issues and Lifestyle 2614516 29692 1 7763020
158 - Distractions 20866824 45000 12 7825059
159 - Stranded In Reality 30000000 45000 17 7941176
160 - All Embracing But Underwhelming 16066545 45000 9 8033272
161 - Fighting Talk 19280179 45000 10 8676080
162 - Three Point Turn 9741075 45000 5 8766967
163 - Christian Theist Christian Issues and/or Author 9760129 45000 5 8784116
164 - maoriparty.org 4880292 18326 1 8943623
165 - Tuckr 7979652 45000 4 8977108
166 - Grim Planet 6225806 45000 3 9338709
167 - Cicero on Politics 16670719 45000 8 9377279
168 - Sus’s Sound-Bites 2657412 35596 1 9459323
169 #71 Truth Seeker 2255498 45000 1 10149741
170 - Oliver Woods 30000000 45000 13 10384615
170 - Quest For Security – Politics, economics and culture in NZ Economic Issues and Analysis 30000000 45000 13 10384615
172 - Bill English MP 11586694 45000 5 10428024
173 - Lolly Scramble 11985872 45000 5 10787284
174 - Fickle Cycle 9663138 45000 4 10871030
175 - Thesproutandthebean 30000000 45000 12 11250000
176 - Born on State Highway One 20866568 45000 8 11737444
177 - UNITYblogNZ.com 30000000 45000 11 12272727
178 - stanselen~ (to sparkle + & spark) 28479980 45000 10 12815991
179 #62 Socialist Aotearoa 3343358 39087 1 13068183
180 - 2 B Sophora Rural Issues and Lifestyle 20871719 45000 7 13417533
181 - Kiwi back in Sydney! 15432608 45000 5 13889347
182 - Dear John 3113121 45000 1 14009044
183 - NZ Media and Other Stuff 13121225 45000 4 14761378
184 - Rural Network.co.nz Rural Issues and Lifestyle 10012670 45000 3 15019005
185 - Spleen 4450887 36529 1 16258645
186 #39 Capitalism Bad; Tree Pretty Feminist Issues 3638707 45000 1 16374181
187 - Renascent Exegete 30000000 45000 8 16875000
188 - The Tailor of Panama Street 3991976 45000 1 17963892
189 - Whenua Fenua Enua Vanua 4008400 45000 1 18037800
190 - Pordigal Kiwi(s) Blog Christian Issues and/or Author 4865613 37599 1 18294218
191 - NZ Debate Christian Issues and/or Author 24413604 45000 6 18310203
192 - Scalia 8364188 45000 2 18819423
193 - Consumist 4197528 45000 1 18888876
194 - Jimmy Jangles presents: The Optimus Prime Experiment 30000000 45000 7 19285714
194 - Rob Good in LA 30000000 45000 7 19285714
196 - wine enhanced metacognitions 8642073 45000 2 19444664
197 - NZ right wing Leftie 13156362 45000 3 19734543
198 - Dread Times Enviromental/Green Issues 4526188 45000 1 20367846
199 - United Future Blogs | Peter’s Position 4894857 45000 1 22026856
200 - Red Confectionery 30000000 45000 6 22500000
201 - Daktari’s World 5017845 45000 1 22580302
202 - Karl du Fresne 5296752 45000 1 23835384
203 - Quote Unquote 5447711 45000 1 24514699
204 - The Clunking Fist 5449043 45000 1 24520693
205 - Winston says… 5832298 45000 1 26245341
206 - Global Peace and Justice Auckland – Global Peace and Justice Auckland 5843427 45000 1 26295421
207 - The Home Office 5844149 45000 1 26298670
208 - Loco Burro Politics – NZ 6412058 45000 1 28854261
209 - Farmgirl Rural Issues and Lifestyle 6412201 45000 1 28854904
210 - i am jonny king Christian Issues and/or Author 6558432 45000 1 29512944
211 - Brendon Burns 30000000 45000 4 33750000
211 - The Tomahawk Kid 30000000 45000 4 33750000
211 - Too Right – Moving at the Speed of Life 30000000 45000 4 33750000
214 - Green is Good! Economic Issues and Analysis 7755271 45000 1 34898719
215 - 15 Lampton Quay 7808366 45000 1 35137647
216 - Jim Benson 24395219 45000 3 36592828
217 - Mr. Public’s Organ of Electric Intercourse 8279746 45000 1 37258857
218 - The Re[mixed]baptist Christian Issues and/or Author 30000000 45000 3 45000000
219 - Rob’s Blockhead Blog 10279522 45000 1 46257849
220 - Zackarate Island 10373556 45000 1 46681002
221 - sagenz 10622718 45000 1 47802231
222 - Adding Noughts in Vain 10830014 45000 1 48735063
223 - korero 24307523 45000 2 54691926
224 - Si Quando Dubium, Illic Est Scilicet 24323431 45000 2 54727719
225 - Policy Matters 24358505 45000 2 54806636
226 - Blogging it real 24676838 45000 2 55522885
227 - anarchafairy 12962758 45000 1 58332411
228 - Reporter Girl 13476621 45000 1 60644794
229 - Writeups 14091341 45000 1 63411034
230 - Opposable thumb 14293206 45000 1 64319427
231 - Frank Observations 30000000 45000 2 67500000
231 - Linda Reid 30000000 45000 2 67500000
231 - maidennz 30000000 45000 2 67500000
231 - the Nicholas O’Kane blog 30000000 45000 2 67500000
231 - The Right Times 30000000 45000 2 67500000
236 - Chris Hipkins – Candidate’s Blog 15347886 45000 1 69065487
237 - Concerned of Linwood 15517523 45000 1 69828853
238 - Libertycaroline 15895650 45000 1 71530425
239 - Watchblog 16512396 45000 1 74305782
240 - Notes from the Grey Lynn Singles Club 17016625 45000 1 76574812
241 - His Name Is Freedom Christian Issues and/or Author 17085637 45000 1 76885366
242 - Wallisra’s Weblog 17380590 45000 1 78212655
243 - The Bull Pen Rural Issues and Lifestyle 17548757 45000 1 78969406
244 - The Linesman 17687760 45000 1 79594920
245 - Backchat Cafe 17876608 45000 1 80444736
246 - Barber’s Meaty Issues Rural Issues and Lifestyle 18338933 45000 1 82525198
247 - Over the fence Rural Issues and Lifestyle 19141437 45000 1 86136466
248 - Mike’s View 21123234 45000 1 95054553
249 - The Libertarian Front-New Zealand’s Youngest Libertarian 23295356 45000 1 104829102
250 - National Blog of New Zealand 24170515 45000 1 108767317
251 - The Irascible Curmudgeon 24396651 45000 1 109784929
252 - New Zealand Crime Watch 24550122 45000 1 110475549
253 - Long Ago and Not True Anyway 29291671 45000 1 131812519

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Sites that do not return meaningful data and cannot be calculated
Blog Bollocks
Comme il Faut
Elliot Who?
Howick Gazette
Owld Grumbleton
PETE’S KIWI FORUM – My place to rant.
Politics and Prose
Righto Chaps
The Ex-Expat
The Opinionated Diner
The Reluctant Botanist
The Voice Of Reason New Zealand Christian Issues and/or Author
VigesimalPundit
Thomas O’Neill’s Alliance blog
Confessions of an ex Labour Voter
John Ansell
Proletblog
NX-Files
Think Big
yet another politics blog
New Masses
Pete’s kiwi forum
Micro Party Watch
rivettingKateTaylor Rural Issues and Lifestyle
BioBlog
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Comments on: "May Halfdone New Zealand Blog Stats" (14)

  1. The Standard has a Technorati authority of 105, not 1 (http://technorati.com/blogs/www.thestandard.org.nz?reactions)
    Frogblog is a blog proper so should be counted like all the others. Why are you not excluding Catholic blogs becasue they belong to the Pope, if you want to be fair?

    Also, the queer symbol is upside down. The Nazis got it right, why can’t you?

  2. Hm, there were some problems with the a Technorati authority data last time – I clearly should have checked more carefully.

    This formula really only works if the data sources resolve for the blog alone. Frogblog resolves to the green party website. Common sense dictates that a lot of people visit the Greens site who are not interested in blogs, and this drives their ranking up. In other instances that doesn’t make much difference but in the Green’s case it puts them into the no.2 place usually, something that isn’t justified. Like I have said before, if someone has a better idea I’m all ears. I have to say that I don’t get you catholic dig – who writes frogblog or who it belongs to has nothing to do with it.

    As for the queer symbol, clearly I’m not a Nazi ;) I’ll look at fixing it now that the issue is pointed out.

  3. Technorati is majorly screwed at the moment. There is no way the Technorati score you have used for MandM is correct as it is lower than last months yet we have only just now crossed the 6 month mark so it cannot be drop offs and I am aware of at least half a dozen additional links that we picked up this month. The sooner Technorati sort out their colo move problems the better.

    BTW We too have noticed a lot of Christian blogs ranking higher – not just on your rankings but also on Tumeke’s. I think you are correct, I think that by gathering them together they are each getting more traffic and of course they are all discovering each other and linking to each other.

  4. Hi there,

    To use a cricket analogy, using Alexa to rank sites is like using ‘Duckworth Turner’ to decide a cricket match – every game.

    A team that scores more runs, can lose & frequently will.

    Here’s the deal, showing-you how flawed Alexa (which I don’t happen to subscribe to, by the way) is.

    1.)In May I had 5,907 visitors, up 24% from April – yet according to the marvels of Alexa, I’ve slipped down 25% odd.
    2.)I am ranked 111th with 5,907 visitors in May, yet the 41st blog got just 1,765.
    3.)In April I got 4,505 visitors and M+M got 4,535 – just 1 a day more. According to Alexa, they are a top ten blog-site in New Zealand, and I was a 70 some-thing.

    The bottom dollars is: I don’t care how I score my runs!

    I can snick-it-through the slips ten times, be dropped twenty times, on my way to making a century.

    The fact is I made the runs, as per the scoreboard & the only scoreboard worth publishing is the site numbers.

    I don’t care how people got to my blog, links, rss subscriptions, the incestuous Alexa or Technorati.

    Visitors can be naked when they read my blog, live in Sibeia, hate my guts (3 death threats and counting) – I don’t give a rats arse – the fact is they arrived at my site.

    All that counts is the statistics (runs) not this Alexa cobblers.

    If sites choose to hide their stats, just simply don’t include them, rather than come-up with a convoluted ranking systems which is frankly highly flawed.

    Cheers.

    Paul.

  5. Paul – I am posting my “NZ blog sitemeter ranking – May ‘09″ tomorrow am. This certainly shows that Canterbury Atheist has moved up dramatically – confirming your experience.

    Sitemeter stats really show that indices like Alexa & Technorati are really no good at rating blogs on a monthly basis. And we shouldn’t expect them to as they are averaged over 3 monthly or six monthly periods. Many people suspect their reliability on other grounds as well. That is why I have gone for an aggregate of 11 indices, to try and overcome the individual quirks.

    When I looked at the April sitemeter stats (see Ranking NZ blogs with sitemeter data) I found that the individual ranking indices only had a predictive power (for visit numbers) of 50% or less. Halfdone’s ranking predicted 52%, Tumeke’s 54% and Open Parachute total rank 60% (or 63% for the aggregate of 4 ranking indices – Alexa, Technorati, Alexa NZ and Google Pagerank).

    So, while I think there is some use for these aggregate rankings perhaps they should be seen more on a quarterly, six-monthly or even yearly-basis. And even then restriction to just a few ranking indices brings in more distortion. I suspect that monthly concentration on these rankings may just be bringing them into disrepute as the violate individual bloggers’ experiences.

    It would be much more useful if more blogs made their sitemeter stats available or public. The resulting monthly ranking would be more meaningful. But even for those who don’t wish to make their stats available to existence of a limited monthly list enables them to evaluate how well they are doing in the NZ blogosphere.

    I would be interested in feedback about the usefulness of a monthly sitemeter stats ranking list, and whether the current ranking lists may not be serving their purpose.

  6. Gidday there Ken,

    If you do a google on ‘Christian Music Sucks’, a blog I did last year comes-up near the top ( it’s been a popular page of mine for ages)

    By the way, the appeal of yours/my sites is largely universal, so we are not reliant on a New Zealand audience, but moving-on, and back to this vexed subject.

    Using my example, anyone who does/dosen’t think ‘Christian Music Sucks’ and mildly interested, is likely to at least read my article (one of my better ones in terms of employing satire to get my point across – even if, I do say so myself!)

    But according to Alexa, Technorati and similar, it’s HOW that person came to my site, that’s important – not why they came, or even the fact they arrived in the first place.

    I repeat my analogy using Cricket terms.

    A flowing off-drive to the boundary, results in a four.

    A lucky snick through slips, results in four runs.

    The scorer puts 4 in the book regardless of the circumstance, he doesn’t mark it down as say it worthy of just 1 because it was a false stroke, or in blog terms the viewer came from a source not related to the company like Alexa,who wants every blog to encompass their software.

    Measuring a batsman’s ability is done on their runs – not their strokes.

    Measuring blog stats is done on visitors – not their referrals or subscribers

    There’s no other way around it.

    If you believe Alexa and Teachnorati, rss subscriptions, links, system employed in this table(above), my blog is 111th – yet the fact remains it receives 3.3 times the visitors than the 41st site.

    So unequivocally this Alexa ‘system’ is highly inaccurate, to the point it is irrelevant, as it misses the single piece of statistical information that counts.

    The number of visitors.

    The true measure is the one you will be publishing shortly = sitemeter number of visitors.

    Cheers.

    Paul.

  7. Oh yeah, whilst eating my lunch, something else came to mind.

    Another reason why this ludicrous Alexa/Subscriptions/Colour of your under-pants, erroneous measuring-stick – should cease.

    Imagine if I did not have any site meter/counter on my site, and I relied on Tables like this the sole measuring-stick.

    With that in mind, I arrived here, only to find that (a.) I’m ranked 111th having fallen 40 places in the last 30 days (b.) 25 per cent less people in May viewed my site than in April.

    Disheartening stuff.

    When in reality the truth of the matter is both those statistics are not just false they are misleading and potentially damaging.

    Let’s not invent inaccurate systems (per above) to get around the fact some sites choose not to use site-meters.

    See ya.

    Paul.

  8. “Another reason why this ludicrous Alexa/Subscriptions/Colour of your under-pants, erroneous measuring-stick – should cease. ”

    Sorry, I need another 3 essay-length comments before I do that.

  9. “I found that the individual ranking indices only had a predictive power (for visit numbers) of 50% or less.”

    So?

    The point here isn’t that a blog is widely read – it’s that it’s a good blog according to various measures that are available.

  10. “it’s that it’s a good blog according to various measures that are available.” – I agree. But it does raise the question about what measure to use and some justification for the choice. A reason why I have tried to include separate ratings for links and RSS subscriptions – which I think the thoughtful blogger may actually be more interested in the Alexa/Technorati.

    I suspect most bloggers see a ranking and (especially if it is favourable to their blog) don’t give a stuff about what it really represents. But a couple are definitely complaining that they prefer to see something at least related to their visit stats.

  11. How you classify my blog is up to you, but might I suggest that, since I’m on record as favouring the legalisation of P, the abolition of the police, and an end to criminal law, “Libertarian” might be a more appropriate designation for Mulholland Drive than “Right Leaning”?

  12. Heh, will correct that one, cheers.

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