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NZ’s largest science blog network goes live

sciblogs adYou will notice a rash of new science blogs based in New Zealand. Maybe you have already.

This press release explains it all.

The Science Media Centre today launches a major new science communication effort with the arrival of Sciblogs, a network of science blogs covering everything from clinical health to climate change.

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NZ blogs sitemeter ranking – September ’09

Currently I have found 113 NZ blogs with publicly accessible sitemeter stats. This is about 20% of the total on my database.

The blogs are listed in the table below, together with daily visits and page view numbers averaged over the previous 7 days. The data was that given by by the NZ blog ranking tool on September 26th.

This can be seen at NZ blogs average daily visits

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NZ blog ranks – July ’09

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My latest attempt to rank New Zealand blogs in the tables below.

The methods used are outlined in Ranking methods for NZ blogs. The change is the change in ranking compared with May 09 (NZ blog ranks – June ‘09).

This time I have removed the Alexa NZ rank – with about 400 blogs I find that only around 30% actually have a Alexa NZ rank. I have also removed All the Web link count as it was producing some unrealistically high numbers (over a million links!). This has produced big changes in some cases.

So, briefly the current method involves ranking the blogs according to 9 different ranking indices – 3 page ranking (Google Pagerank, Alexa 3 month rank and Technorati rank), 4 linking indices (Alexa links, Google web links, Google blog links and Yahoo links) and 2 RSS subscription counts (Google reader and Bloglines). The average rankings for the 9 indices are then ranked to produce a final rank.

I also include a separate ranking for each of the 3 broad classes – Page ranking, Links and RSS subscription counts.

If you want a more immediate measure of blog performance have a look at the NZ blog ranking tool. This lists the performance of over about 90 NZ blogs based on actual sitemeter visit statistics. The data is for average visits/day over the previous 7 days. Obviously only the blogs which allow public access to the statistics are included. Data changes daily and one can watch blogs moving up and down the list on a daily basis. Continue reading

NZ blog sitemeter ranking – June ‘09

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There are now about 60 NZ blogs with public sitemeter stats. these are ranked in the table below. The change is with respect to the equivalent May ranking (NZ blog sitemeter ranking – May ‘09).

StatcounterI have also included a snapshot of the daily ranking on the NZ blog ranking tool. This can be seen at NZ blogs average daily visits. This is based on the visits/day averaged over the previous 7 days. The data is for July 12. Because I have only managed to automate the spreadsheet for StatCounter, Sitemeter and ShinyStat the number of blogs is, at this stage, slightly smaller.

logo-shinystatAlways interested in hearing about NZ blogs with public sitemeter stats that I have missed. For those bloggers who don’t use sitemeters but are interested have a look at sitemeter, StatCounter, ShinyStat or search for other sitemeters.

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A NZ blog ranking tool

blogcartoon2I have had a couple of goes at ranking NZ blogs according to the visits recorded by the public sitemeter or statcounters. There are now about 50 blogs I which have data I can access.

This time I have put together a web-based spreadsheet which automatically uploads this data to provide up-to-date rankings – based on Google Docs. It displays the rank and average daily visit numbers for the previous 7 days. At this stage only data from Sitemeter and Statcounter are shown – that’s all I have been able to get it to work for. However, these are the most frequently used methods.

Below is a table displaying results for the morning of Friday 19th June. You can load the current page here: NZ blogs average daily visits.

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NZ blog sitemeter ranking – May ’09

I  have managed to find 47 NZ blogs with public sitemeter stats. these are ranked in the table below. The April data was re-ranked from the previous post (Ranking NZ blogs with sitemeter data) to accommodate extra blogs and enable a proper indication of change between April and May.

There may be a few changes as self-reporting blogs post their May data.
Update: The list has been updated to include 53 blogs.

Always interested in hearing about NZ blogs with public sitemeter stats that I have missed. For those bloggers who don’t use sitemeters but are interested have a look at sitemeter, StatCounter, ShinyStat or search for other sitemeters.

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NZ entries in science blog awards

There are a total of 171 nominations for the 3 Quarks daily 2009 Science Prize for science blog posts (see Science blogging prize). Its now open for voting (until midnight June 8 NYC time)

So go along and have a look at the nominees, even vote for the ones you like. If you have a nationalistic interest be aware that two New Zealand bloggers (that I am aware of) submitted posts. Hot Topic’s post Monckton & The Case Of The Missing Curry (#63). And Open Parachute’s series on Human Morality (I: Religious confusion, II: Objective morality, III: Moral intuition, IV: Role of religion and V: The secular conscience)(#94-#98).

NZ Blog ranks – May ‘09

I have again ranked New Zealand blogs using the methods described previously (see Ranking methods for NZ blogs). Briefly this involves ranking each blog using four ranking indices (Alexa Rank, Alexa NZ Rank, Technorati Rank and Google Page Rank), five link counts (Google Web Links, Google Blog Links, Yahoo Links, All the Web Links and Alexa Links) and two RSS Subscription Counts (Google Readers Subscriptions and Bloglines Subscriptions). Aggregate ranks are then calculated for each category (Ranking index. Links and RSS Subscriptions) and a total rank combining all eleven indices.

The aggregate ranks are given in the table below. Ranking for the individual indices is available as a pdf document. This time I included 246 New Zealand blogs but details for only the top 100 are given and the rest groups in alphabetical order. The full ranking data for each of the 11 indices is available as a pdf document.

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Ranking NZ blogs with sitemeter data

There’s a school of thought that the only reliable way to rank blogs is by using actual sitemeter data for visits. Unfortunately, most blogs don’t make this information public. Perhaps if more did bloggers could compare their statistics with those for other sites or have a listed ranking. This would help their interpretation.

I have managed to identify 37 New Zealand blogs with public sitemeter stats, or who self report this information – mostly from Tumeke’s blog ranking reports (see nz blogosphere rankings : March 2009). So how do these sites rank amongst themselves? Have a look at the table below for the April ’09 data. And for those interested in comparing sitemeter data with the traditional blog ranking indices, and with the rankings of Tumeke, Halfdone and Open Parachute – look at my analysis below the table.

Update: Homepaddock has passed on (see Naked Stats) that her stats are also public so we now have 38 blogs on the list.

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