Blog Count for July: 70 million blogs

Filed as General on July 19, 2005 9:23 am

by Duncan

Duncan Riley> A little late this month with the monthly blog count due to the overwhelming responses of many readers with contributions of figures, coupled with emerging reports in the press to compile. As always I’ll qualify that the Blog Count is about counting blogs, not active blogs or bloggers. There a lots of new countries this month but I’ve limited the list to get it published, it’s going to take me a few more weeks to get a bigger list together yet again. Tomorrow I start next months list and there are plenty of extra countries to survey and some good leads I need to run through the online translator. As always if anyone has any stats they’d like me to add email me, phone me (if I’m not online voice mail is always on) (347)427-9299 or leave a comment.

Conclusion for July: there are now at least 70 million blogs in existence with 63 million blogs having been created on 8 leading blog hosting sites that host 1 million or more blogs alone.

By country:

Australia: approx 400,000
based on report in the Australian Newspaper 19 May 05 and allowing for growth since. Like other members of the Anglosphere though its hard to quantify blog numbers due to the dominance of US blogging firms

Austria: approx 20,000
Ref: Loic Le Meur

Belgium: approx 100,000
Skynet: 60,000, Loic suggests more again. There are problems with a definite Belgium count because of the split between French and Dutch speakers. It’s likely that some Belgium bloggers use services in the Netherlands and France, + naturally the Anglosphere offerings.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: less than 3,000
LJ: 1200. Rest unknown

Brunei: less than 3,000
LJ, Blogshares and others.

Canada: approx 700,000
approximation, difficult to ascertain due to the Anglosphere problem, LJ shows 260,000

China: 5 million and growing
ref: South China Morning Post.

Croatia: approx 40,000
Hugo Martin points to which now has just short of 30,000 blogs + a little more for other sites.

Czech Republic: approx 5,000
LJ and others.

Denmark: approx 5,000
Loic Le Meur

Finland: approx 100,000

France: approx 3 million
Loic and others. Skyblog has nearly 2.5 million alone.

Germany: 280,000
Hugo Martin

India: approx 100,000
Financial Express

Ireland: approx 75,000
Loic says 9,000, I don’t believe the figure could be low considering the “Irish economic miracle” of the 1990’s and Irelands continued status of growth and IT friendliness, although the population of just over 4 million people is always going to produce a fairly low figure. Problem again that most Irish bloggers would use Anglosphere blogging sites.

Israel: approx 100,000
thanks Jariv

Italy: approx 200,000
Loic Le Meur, Hugo

Japan: approx 4 million
Original link lost but as per my report here + allowed for some growth. Joi Ito has some interesting general stats here.

Malaysia: approx 10,000
The Star (thanks Colbert)

The Netherlands: approx 600,000
Loic Le Meur + comments to previous blog counts here indicating similar figures on Marketing Facts (although there is some suggestion that it may be closer to 750,000 but I’m going with Loic’s figure for now)

Philippines: approx 75,000
LJ + Pinoy (thanks Vix)

Poland: approx 1.4 million
I started at Loic but a quick look at the leading Polish blogging sites (700k+), Tenbit (200k+) , (100k+) and Mylog (100k+) gives at least 1.1 million (Loics figure) + ad in minor services and Anglosphere services to 1.4m. The figures also indicates Poland is one of the fastest growing blog markets in Europe

Russia: approx 300,000
source: Mosnews refers to LJ as the most popular Russian service with around 185,000 users. Add figures from other sources. Loic claims 800,000 then provides evidence for 250,000. There is probably more than 300,000 but I’m yet to find some decent evidence.

South Korea: approx 15 million
There is little dispute that there is at least 15 million blog like sites in South Korea, the only question is whether they all count as blogs: Joi Ito doesn’t think they do, and states that there are 10 million “hompy” sites which “are personal home pages with photo albums, guest books, avatars, background skins, and background music” and 5-6 million blogs. However The Korea Herald reports (no longer available) have previously included these “hompy” sites as blogs. reports on the same Korea Herald report here back in January but calculates 11.9 million blogs. The IHT refers to the Cyworld service as hosting “mini-blogs” in December. I’m siding with the MSM on this one, but have decided to note that there may be some doubt to the figure based on format. It should also be noted that at least 3 million are hosted on Yahoo! Blogs Korea and another 6 million on Planet Weblog Service (as at Jan 05)

Spain: 1.5 million reports 1 million MSN Spaces blogs in Spain alone, but no figures are available for Blogger. Loic reports 1.1 million but you’d have to think there would be blogs of Spanish origins on Blogger and other sites as well.

Ukraine: 50,000

United Kingdom: 2.5 million
difficult to count because of the Anglosphere problem with tracking country of original but we know there are 1.5 million UK residents using Spaces as of the end of June ( ). We know there are 200,000+ UK users on Live Journal. Traditionally Anglosphere blogs have flocked to Blogger as well so lets say at least 200-300,000. Thats 2 million. Then there’s the DIY bloggers and those using smaller services including Xanga, MySpace….could be more again. I also don’t think the British will like being beat by the French so expect more growth here.

United States: approx 15-30 million
Its impossible to put an exact figure on the number of US based bloggers because, lets face it, US based blogging services have members from all around the world, and there are thousands of them at that. There are 3.7 million on Live Journal, and other sites would be dominated by US blogs. US bloggers would also be more likely to have multiple blogs and abandoned blogs as well mainly due to the length of time the US has been blogging.

By host (over 1 million)
Note: these are based on known and rough figures based on media reports and other sources. If you are a blog hosting company and are not included here please send me your user data and I’m happy to add it.

Xanga: 40 million
see note at the bottom

MSN Spaces: 15 million including 1 million users in Spain, at least 2.5 million US and approx 1.5 million in the UK

Blogger: 14 million +
total registered blogs: Blogger gives a unique indexed number for every new blog, the latest one I’ve observed is over 14 million.

Cyworld: 11 million

SixApart (Live Journal/ TypePad, MT): 9.5 million
I reported 8.7 million at the end of May and LJ has grown by 0.5 million in that time. I’m guessing again on the final figure because MT installs are hard to track, and SixApart haven’t release user numbers on TypePad as far as I’m aware

Planet Weblog Service: 6 million
Leading South Korean blogging provider

Yahoo Blogs Korea: 3 million

Skyblog: 2.5 million

Greatest Journal: 1 million

Other US Live Journal clones: 1 million
ref: Perseus

Update 22 July: I now have a report that has 40 million users. Given that Xanga is a “Weblog Community” it would be safe to presume that most, if not all of the 40 million users has blogs. I’ve updated the list to reflect these figures.

This post was written by

You can visit the for a short bio, more posts, and other information about the author.

Submissions & Subscriptions

Submit the post to Reddit, StumbleUpon, Digg or

Did you like it? Then subscribe to our RSS feed!

  1. le blog à Ollie » 70 millions de blogsJuly 19, 2005 at 3:52 pm
  2. Phoenixrealm » Blog Archive » Blog Count for July: 70 Million BlogsJuly 19, 2005 at 8:09 pm
  3. By KOB posted on July 20, 2005 at 11:29 am
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    They’re aren’t 70 million blogs. Not even close and you know that. At the bare minimum, if you’re going to report these inflated figures, you owe it your readers a string of *notes. How many blogs are active? What makes a blog active? What’s the frequency of updates? How many blogs are junk blogs? How many are multiple blogs? How many blogs (granted, this is subjective) actually product content that’s worth sharing? Yes, I know, you’ll say you covered these things before. But, I’ll tell you, I think if you’re going to try to be serious blog news source then you owe it to your readers to show some healthy skepticism.

  4. By Duncan posted on July 20, 2005 at 9:26 pm
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    Sorry KOB
    These are the best referenced figures I’ve put out yet, and there’s still a string of countries to get on the list yet I haven’t managed to sort out yet. Here’s something for you: the numbers is most likely bigger again.

    The debate on active, abondoned etc… is not something I cover in the blog count, it is, after all, a count of how many blogs are in existence. Sure, a lot of blogs on say Blogger and similar services would be abondoned, but take a look at some of the French and Polish services for example with big active figures. I’d point out as well that Technorati and similar services don’t give an active figure, they give a total tracked figure. The whole blog count concept came out of MSM using the tracked blogs of services such as Technorati and others as being representative of the whole of the blogosphere, and they are simply not. The blogosphere extends beyond the borders of the United States, and its good to remember that.

  5. Our Social WorldJuly 21, 2005 at 8:12 am
  6. Electric Desert » Blog Archive » Blog WondermentJuly 21, 2005 at 9:21 pm
  7. » South Korean numbers up: at least 20 million blogs in South Korea The Blog Herald: more blog news more oftenJuly 21, 2005 at 9:46 pm
  8. Prinsea » Blog Archive » Care este dimensiunea blogosferei?July 23, 2005 at 2:16 am
  9. Global Voices Online » Blog Archive » News from the Chinese BlogosphereJuly 23, 2005 at 9:34 pm
  10. Amazon Pollyanna » Blog Archive » Blogging on a CNN dayJuly 23, 2005 at 10:36 pm
  11. By jozef imrich posted on July 24, 2005 at 3:56 am
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    Bloglines might be online, but Blog Herald seems to be back on Google News …

    70 million blogs in the world and counting: The Blog Herald
    Blog Herald, Australia – Jul 22, 2005 …

    Real PVR reviews and news from someone who has built their own … Blog Herald
    all 2 related »

  12. Peat Bog » 70 Million BloggersAugust 4, 2005 at 6:29 pm
  13. Say Anything » 70 Million BloggersAugust 4, 2005 at 6:42 pm
  14. » Archiv » Jede Webseite ist ein WeblogAugust 5, 2005 at 3:28 pm
  15. :Punktlog // » Blog EvolutionAugust 6, 2005 at 5:12 am
  16. Wortfeld » Keine 70 Millionen BlogsAugust 7, 2005 at 5:28 pm
  17. » 19.4 million South Koreans have blogged: survey The Blog Herald: more blog news more oftenAugust 10, 2005 at 10:45 pm
  18. » Blogs starting to make an impression in German Elections The Blog Herald: more blog news more oftenSeptember 2, 2005 at 5:28 am
  19. By lepensky posted on September 3, 2005 at 6:02 pm
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    Serbia: One and only:

  20. » World wide blog count for May: now over 60 million blogs The Blog Herald: more blog news more oftenSeptember 27, 2005 at 9:19 pm
  21. We Media 2.0 » Executive SummaryOctober 2, 2005 at 7:31 pm
  22. Uli.Iserloh.Blog » Blogs Spreading Like WildfireOctober 15, 2005 at 12:12 pm
  23. By Glenn Fannick posted on October 28, 2005 at 11:45 am
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    The biggest issue with reporting numbers of reported blogs is the growing number of spam blogs that are being created very efficiently by folks doing such things as tapping into APIs allowing them to create 1000s of spam blogs a minute. Until the number of spam blogs are contained, reduced, controlled, or something, these numbers are useless.

  24. ISNMblog » Blog Seminar FlashbackNovember 28, 2005 at 8:40 am
  25. » Blog Archive » MSNBC BlogAds Buy.December 12, 2005 at 2:23 pm
  26. » The Blog Herald Blog Count February 2006: 200 million blogs in existence The Blog Herald: more blog news more oftenFebruary 2, 2006 at 11:42 pm
  27. Blogs » Small Business Marketing And Branding - by Yaro StarakFebruary 21, 2006 at 9:47 pm
  28. Freie Kultur » (We)blog - Freie Kreativität und das Web 2.0March 28, 2006 at 3:01 pm
  29. Meine Gedanken. » Blog Archive » Mein BlogApril 12, 2006 at 4:28 am
  30. Hardcopy » Blog Archive » Elke seconde een nieuwe weblogMay 1, 2006 at 1:17 pm
  31. - Who, Where, What, How, Why. Influencing The Media. » Who, Where, What, Why, How. The BlogAugust 3, 2006 at 7:02 pm
  32. Tecnorantes » El tamaño ¿real? de la blogosferaAugust 11, 2006 at 11:29 am
  33. Scott Corner » Recommended Blog: “Rounding 60″ by MCBSeptember 20, 2006 at 11:02 pm
  34. World wide count of bloggers « Simply WiredOctober 25, 2006 at 11:20 pm
  35. émergenceweb : blogue » Blog Archive » Y a-t-il un futur après MySpace ?December 8, 2006 at 10:57 am
  36. Meandering Passage » Blog Archive » Things learned in my first year of bloggingJanuary 2, 2007 at 8:19 pm
  37. » Why Blog?January 23, 2007 at 5:21 pm
  38. Hello world! « When IE meets SEJanuary 26, 2007 at 4:26 pm
  39. Daily ClerksMarch 20, 2007 at 6:36 am
  40. Be Read And Get Noticed By Andy Beal - Affiliate Marketing BloggerMarch 23, 2007 at 4:49 am
  41. testing coolness... and digital ethnography | Uncle BagelMay 26, 2007 at 10:09 pm
  42. Blogs | All about Google AdSenseJune 23, 2007 at 11:17 am
  43. Pencil shavings in the infosphere: Zines and libraries « Robotic LibrarianJune 30, 2007 at 5:15 pm
  44. TheLocoMono says » Blog Archive » About TheLocoMono BlogrollJuly 14, 2007 at 6:21 pm
  45. ביט תקשורת » ארכיון » 10 דברים שלא ידעתם על בלוגיםJuly 26, 2007 at 11:00 am
  46. Everyone’s a Journalist « The Capable Networks BlogAugust 20, 2007 at 8:26 am
  47. » Blog Archive » Pourquoi pas un blogue!?August 22, 2007 at 8:04 am
  48. matthew trevino’s » Blog Archive » blog?August 29, 2007 at 12:35 am
  49. To Blog or Not to Blog? | Word Sell, Inc.August 30, 2007 at 3:59 pm
  50. Raison d’etre « Blog For OneSeptember 24, 2007 at 11:52 pm
  51. coreythomas | design » Blog Archive » Showin’ the LoveOctober 1, 2007 at 1:35 pm
  52. A Geek From Kansas » Blog Archive » Blogs, Blogs, and More BlogsOctober 12, 2007 at 3:07 pm
  53. Journeys of a Rookie Worship Pastor » Finding my voice…November 23, 2007 at 2:54 pm
  54. Ralph’s Blog » Blog Archive » Die Welt braucht nicht noch einen Blog. Oder doch?November 27, 2007 at 2:44 pm
  55. { s } » Blog Archive » BlogDecember 7, 2007 at 7:24 am
  56. Pluskys » Me manifiestoDecember 9, 2007 at 9:11 am
  57. WordPress Zubehör » Blog Archive » A Very Special Post about Blogging - The Reasons Why Blogging Is Not PopularDecember 17, 2007 at 3:41 pm
  58. Can Live » Blog Archive » Macromedia developing a Blog Authoring ToolJanuary 13, 2008 at 6:09 pm
  59. Blogging Costs The World $82 Billion a YearJanuary 15, 2008 at 7:58 pm
  60. { s } » Blog (blog?)January 27, 2008 at 7:53 am
  61. Macromedia developing a Blog Authoring Tool | EtixetFebruary 9, 2008 at 4:26 pm
  62. How Many Blogs Are There? Is Someone Still Counting? : The Blog HeraldFebruary 11, 2008 at 2:45 pm
  63. Macromedia developing a Blog Authoring Tool | TechnologyFebruary 14, 2008 at 3:36 pm
  64. Wat ik vind! » Blog Archive » Hello world! Of zoiets toch?July 12, 2008 at 5:40 pm
  65. El Blog de Juan Vega » Blog ArchiveJuly 14, 2008 at 6:22 pm
  66. Dialogue with DailaAugust 26, 2008 at 5:21 pm
  67. blog about it « java riceAugust 31, 2008 at 1:49 am
  68. A Dilemma of Sorts | the way i see itSeptember 3, 2008 at 1:09 am
  69. You Should Not Post Daily. | Streamxy - The Next Internet RushSeptember 11, 2008 at 3:31 am
  70. The rule of the thumb… « Luis F. Ballesteros’ WeblogOctober 10, 2008 at 9:35 am
  71. HubPages: 8 million visitors looking at 200,000 hubs!November 17, 2008 at 8:31 pm
  72. An inspiration for blogging « Stormy Lake ConsultingFebruary 4, 2009 at 11:16 am
  73. Digital Solid: Marketing Technology ROI » Blog Archive » More answers and links for vet practice managersMarch 31, 2009 at 6:59 am
  74. Breaking out of the echo chamber « the road less traveledJune 10, 2009 at 8:18 am
  75. The #1 Factor For A Successful Blog: Consistent Frequency of Posts | Real Time MarketerSeptember 25, 2009 at 4:18 am
  76. Doug's Republic: Why Litter The Blogosphere With Yet One More Blog? | Doug's RepublicNovember 12, 2009 at 7:08 pm
  77. Vital-IT Blog: Live!December 4, 2009 at 6:09 pm
  78. Why Blogging Is Like Book Publishing | Tod ShuttleworthJanuary 3, 2010 at 1:37 am
  79. Gazillion | Weebles WobblogMay 17, 2010 at 4:05 am
  80. Blog Stats - [TBF] - Teen Business ForumJuly 10, 2010 at 9:05 pm