NZ Blog ranks – April ’09

This presents another attempt to rate NZ blogs. Again I used the methods described in Ranking methods for NZ blogs. Besides an overall aggregate rating using 11 statistical measures I have also provided aggregate ranks for three criteria:

Ranking statistics

Linking statistics

RSS feed subscriptions

Alexa Rank Alexa Links Google Reader
Alexa NZ Rank Google Blog Links Bloglines
Technorati Rank Google Web links
Google Page Rank Yahoo Links
All the Web Links

The new feature is that I have included Bloglines subscription numbers in the RSS subscription ratings (Thanks to homepaddock for requesting this and david w for helping me work out how to get the data).

Relationship to stat counter data

I also compared the March ’09 data with actual March stat counter data for 27 blogs which make this available. I did this because of speculation about how reliable Alexa Rank is for indicating visits.

Statistical analysis shows that Alexa Rank only explains about 30% of the variation in visits and page views. Not surprising because it really is lemons and apples – Alexa rank is a 3 month average and derived from more than just visits.

On the other hand there doesn’t appear to be any relationship of stat counter data to Google Page Rank or Technorati rank. Interestingly, though, is that link figures (Google Web, Google Blog and All the Web) are similar to Alexa Rank in explaining the stat counter data).

Google Reader Subscription numbers are actually a better predictor, explaining 40% of the variation in stat counter visits.

All this underlines to me that including link ranking and RSS subscription ranking together with the usual page rank statistics should give a more objective assessment of blog “popularity” rank.

April blog rank list

At this stage I have included only 149 blogs (taken from those rating in first 100 of Tumeke and Half Done lists, plus a few extra of personal interest). I am also only reporting here the top 100 of these. The change figures (+ or -) relate to the March ranking (NZ blog ranks – March β€˜09) redone to include Bloglines (see Revised NZ Blog Rankings March 09.pdf.).

For a full list and full ranking details for each of the 11 statistical measures download NZ Blog Rankings April 09.pdf.

So have fun comparing your rank below with those determined by by Tumeke and Halfdone. Don’t forget each survey uses different methods so results will differ and should be interpreted intelligently. (Perhaps some people might prefer to use rankings for Links or RSS subscription (or page ranks) instead of the total aggregate ranks).

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Rating NZ blogs
Masturbatory Blogging
NZ Bloggers Badge

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Total Rank

Change

Name

Rank

Links

RSS Subs

1

0

Kiwiblog

1

1

1

2

0

Public Address

2

2

1

3

+5

frogblog

4

3

10

4

-1

The Standard 2.02

3

5

15

5

-1

No Right Turn

8

8

3

6

-1

Not PC

5

10

9

7

0

The Inquiring Mind

12

13

31

8

-2

Whale Oil Beef Hooked

25

6

50

9

+1

Silent running

58

4

19

10

+6

The Dim-Post

6

31

12

11

+1

New Zeal

19

20

24

12

-1

TUMEKE!

20

25

16

13

+5

No Minister

17

19

26

14

new

Auckland Daily Photo

53

7

28

15

-6

Jack Yan: The Persuader

31

12

33

16

+8

Halfdone

21

15

49

17

-4

The Hand Mirror

14

41

14

18

-1

Open Parachute

10

36

28

19

new

Liturgy

18

21

46

20

+3

The Wellingtonista

29

30

3

21

new

Wellington Daily Photo

36

14

32

22

new

Nelson Daily Photo

52

9

55

23

-2

New Zealand Conservative

6

32

57

24

-4

The Fundy Post

56

16

19

25

-3

In a stange land

50

18

22

26

+6

The visible hand in economics

11

22

81

27

-12

Cactus Kate

30

43

8

28

-14

Capitalism is bad

102

11

18

29

new

Derek’s blog

65

28

7

30

-1

MandM

15

50

45

31

new

Kiwipolitico

22

42

57

32

-13

Poneke’s Weblog

26

66

5

33

-8

Homepaddock

9

73

28

34

+20

Hitting Metal With A Hammer

48

24

52

35

-2

Liberty Scott

42

32

40

36

+1

MacDoctor Moments

33

38

42

37

-11

Radical Cross Stitch

35

60

6

38

+1

Keeping Stock

23

54

47

39

-5

Hot Topic

28

40

64

40

+6

Barnsley Bill

13

67

47

41

-9

Lindsay Mitchell

34

39

59

42

new

Ethical Martini

36

46

52

43

new

Christchurch Daily Photo

67

23

63

44

-1

Pundit

61

26

70

45

-9

Clint Heine and Friends

46

47

44

46

new

sustain:if:able kiwi

76

17

70

47

-8

Anti-Dismal

27

65

50

48

-18

Just Left

53

70

12

49

new

Object dart

76

37

34

50

-15

Kotare

76

51

17

51

-20

The Hive

71

56

22

52

-7

Big News

16

68

82

53

new

Media Law Journal

72

57

25

54

new

Pacific Empire

83

27

68

55

-14

Reading the Maps

64

49

42

56

-14

Oswald Bastable’s Ranting

43

61

55

57

-19

roarprawn

24

82

65

58

new

En Avant

81

47

34

59

-9

John Key

45

55

83

60

-4

ACT New Zealand blogs

60

28

124

61

+15

Greenpeace New Zealand Weblog

51

44

110

62

-14

Bioblog

38

59

114

63

-35

Policy Blog

79

34

95

64

-12

Evolving Newsroom

62

90

21

65

new

Greg’s Blog

113

45

27

66

+2

Offsetting Behaviour

41

96

34

67

new

Knowledge Workers

58

64

86

68

new

Prodigal Kiwi(s) Blog

92

84

10

69

-22

RobiNZ Personal Blog

46

76

85

70

-10

Monkey with typewriter

31

100

62

71

new

NewZblog

94

58

65

72

-10

TBR.cc

63

93

38

73

-22

Henry

112

62

37

74

new

Greenflame

105

51

70

75

-26

Put ’em all on an island

74

63

91

76

-21

Being Frank

57

85

83

77

-19

Bowalley Road

87

68

60

78

-14

Samuel Dennis

44

87

102

79

-13

g.blog

55

99

54

80

-27

Webweaver’s world

101

74

41

81

-18

NZ Blogosphere

40

89

120

82

-27

Physics Stop

38

80

136

83

-18

Aotearoa: a wider perspective

67

74

105

84

-25

Workers Party

73

71

107

85

-24

Alliance Party of New Zealand

80

53

147

86

new

Hamilton Daily Photo

130

35

103

87

-18

goNZo Freakpower Brains Trust

75

83

110

88

-17

Mulholland Drive

85

111

39

89

-7

Humanitarian Chronicle

49

103

118

90

-20

Dave Gee: Life from Right Field

95

80

100

91

-18

Christian News NZ

104

88

76

92

-24

whoar.co.nz

82

79

129

93

new

Tauranga Daily Photo

96

78

117

94

new

Developing the mind of Christ

66

107

101

95

new

Eye of the Fish

117

86

75

96

-21

Say Hello

100

94

86

97

-20

Liberation

84

98

104

98

-26

Put up thy Sword!

88

108

77

99

new

Stargazer

92

103

79

100

-19

Canterbury Atheists

86

106

94

The remaining 49 blogs ranking below 100 are given below in alphabetical order. Anyone with a blog not in these lists but who wants to be included – -please send details:

Against the current NZ Skeptic
And Slaters go Plop Ozymandias Warning
Auckland Blog Paul Long’s Ramblings
Author of confusion Planet NZ Tech
B K Drinkwater PM of NZ
Brian Edward’s Media Reporter Girl
cbmilne33 Room 10 @ Morrinsville Intermediate school
Climate Kiwi SageNZ
Contra Celsum Scepticon
Crikey Creek Science Media Centre Blog
dad4justice Semper Vita
Dear John Socialist Aotearoa
Dr Sapna Star Studded Super Step
Earth is my Favourite Planet TCTV
fruitful faith The Home Office
GavinKnight.com The Positive Atheist
Half-Geek Theology GeeK
I see red Thinking Matters Talk
Jesus was a titman Thoughtspurs
Jews, Christians and Muslims Working Together True Paradigm
Joey Hill Truth Seeker
Kerre Woodham’s World Web Help NZ – SEO Blog
Lefthandpalm Website.net.nz
Manaiakalani What’s a simple man to do
Maungaturoto Daily Photo

24 responses to “NZ Blog ranks – April ’09

  1. Oh please, you are ahead of us? Our Alexa ranking is higher than yours. Our NZ ranking is higher than yours. Our page rank is higher than yours. We have more Technorati Links than you do. More readers subscribed than you do and our daily uniques are higher than yours.

    As such, any formula that then places us below you if a flawed formula.

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  2. Madeleine – the process I have used is transparent and described in detail in linked postings. If you have found a flaw – please let me know.

    But read my reasons for the selection of criteria (eg. I don’t use
    Technorati “link” or reactions because they are very closely correlated with Technorati Rank and would overemphasise Technorati).

    Madeleine – my ranking exercise is not about “your” or “our”. It is an objective exercise based purely on the downloaded data for 4 ranking procedures, 5 link numbers and 2 RSS subscription counts (11 measures in total). I am not in it to inflate my own ranking (or downplay others). (I think Damian had the right attitude towards this sort of competitiveness –
    humour – in his post Masturbatory Blogging)

    Now, of course one can select any criteria one wants to get the result one wants. I have chosen to aggregate 11 measures to attempt to balance out the quirks inherent in each individual count. As I said in my post – you, or any other interested person, are welcome to select the figures they wish. I have made this easy by providing separate rankings for Page Rank, Links and RSS Subscription Counts. If you download the pdf you can get the rankings I found for each individual measure – and use them. All I ask is that you honestly attribute them according to the actual measures used.

    Madeleine, it’s up to you how your feel about the data I have presented – but if you are going to claim it is flawed (or that I have rigged it) – please do this with evidence.

    I am open to proper criticism (that can only help) but really can’t do
    anything about groundless aspersions.

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  4. Oh please, you are ahead of us? M

    Yes! Atheism is finally being Christianity in the the One Way of measuring Truth! (Also, I’m pretty sure our Dad could be up their Dad)

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  5. (that should be beat up their dad, as I’m sure you guessed)

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  6. and it should also say “beating” Christianity in the first sentence. In my defence I have (human) flu atm, brain not work so good.

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  7. Wonderful blogs! US should have one, and in NYC too.
    Dan Howitt

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  8. 123rd! Woohoo!
    (Not sarcasm.)

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  9. Ah, a happy customer. I wish everyone was able to accept reality in this way.

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  10. Scepticon, you are soooooo below me. I’m whopping yer ass from the lofty heights of position #121!

    Now, I invite you to write a response along the lines of Madeleine’s at the top of this page. “Oh puhleeze!..” πŸ˜‰

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  11. It’s rigged I tell you, this is a travesty!

    Honestly, with an average output of one entry a week and a loyal readership made up of (as far as I can tell) my Dad, I’m happy to even be ranked.

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  12. As with Scepticon, I’m just grateful to be included, regardless of ranking. Thank you.

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  13. I wish everyone was able to accept reality in this way.

    Your reality, or mine?

    (I still think – however transparent and replicable your result – that you need to get some actual traffic figures to get a meaningful ranking. Tim Selwyn goes to some lengths to do that, and that’s why his list is the best. Not just because it puts me 20 places higher… πŸ˜‰ )

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  14. Gareth, the reality I was referring to was the data – not anyone’s particular interpretation (there is only one reality, after all). I felt Madeleine was denying the data because it didn’t suite her (or was bullying me into changing that data?).

    However, I agree actual traffic figures would be useful as none of the criteria I have found explain more than about 40% of total visits or page views. However, I don’t know of an easy way of getting those stats. Tim relies on what he gets from sites who allow public access (about 28 of the 150 I have looked at), what data people send him and estimates the rest from Alexa rank figures (which only explain 30-40% of the variation in the stats).

    Gareth, if you know of, or can suggest any other (convenient for me) way of getting better estimates of visit stats I am all ears (and would be very thankful).

    I don’t want to go to the lengths Tim does – but would certainly appreciate it (and do something with the data) if more people made their stat counter data available (at least to me).

    Currently I am making available the ranking for all the separate measures I have used, as well as the total overall aggregate rank. This will enable Madeleine, for example, to use my data to show that her site ranks 7th for Alexa NZ rank, 10th for Alexa overall Rank, 15th for overall page ranking, 45th for subscription counts, 50th for overall linking stats – or just 30th for overall aggregate rank. If she just used the Alexa or page rank aggregate figures the result is basically the same as for the Halfdone ranking (which after all uses the same Alexa, Alexa NZ and Technorati data).

    However, I would think that if she wants to intelligently access the progress of her blog then at least the RSS subscription count data could be useful.

    Personally, while I think a ranking based purely on visit stats would be very useful (probably more useful than Alexa and Technorati data), I would also be interested in monitoring, for example, RSS subscription counts as well. The link stats would be less useful to me, but may be to others.

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  15. Hi Ken,

    I wasn’t employing snark… I respect the effort you put in. I’m happy to copy you into the mails I send Tim every month so that you can see the Statcounter figures for Hot Topic. What has struck me, however, is that over a period (the last six months) when my daily visitors have more or less doubled, things like the Technorati rating haven’t moved…

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  16. Thanks for the offer, Gareth. I think I will have another go to see what correlation there is between stat counter data and the different ranking methods for April.

    I also found that there was no correlation between Technorati ranking and stat counter data. A bit surprising, but I am not clear what time period their ranking data refers to. It may take some time for changes in visitor figures to be represented.

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  17. adamsmith1922
  18. adamsmith1922

    Gareth

    Technorati seems to rank less on traffic as such, it takes account of links and references to your blog elsewhere in the blogosphere

    Hope this helps

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  19. adamsmith1922

    again re Technorati it does not always pick up references and there is a timelag

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  20. Thanks adamsmith – this gives me one more number to play with. I should actually check out other blogs which may be posting monthly stats but don’t allow public access to the sitemeters.

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  21. Hi,

    I could not find where to add our blog. So hope the comments box will serve this purpose.
    Can you please add our blog at Right to Life New Zealand
    http://www.righttolife.org.nz

    Thanking you,

    Chris O’Brien
    for RTLNZ
    admin@righttolife.org.nz

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  22. I have included the site for next months survey, Chris.

    You don’t make you stat counter stats for visits. etc., public do you? I’m just trying to put together an analysis of how these compare with commonly used page rating criteria.

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  23. Very interesting bloglist,rankings,etc.

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