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State of the Blogosphere, August 2006

State of the Blogosphere, August 2006

Dave Sifry, CEO of Technorati, has published his quarterly State of the Blogosphere report for August 2006. And boy does it show some growth.

The numbers deserve some more attention and digging, but just for starters:

  • The blogosphere is 100 times bigger than it was just 3 years ago
  • Today, the blogosphere is doubling in size every 200 days, or about once every 6 and a half months.
  • About 175,000 new weblogs were created each day, which means that on average, there are more than 2 blogs created each second of each day.
  • Total posting volume of the blogosphere continues to rise, showing about 1.6 Million postings per day, or about 18.6 posts per second.
  • This is about double the volume of about a year ago.

There’s also some pretty interesting notes about the rise of spam blogs:

  • About 8% of new blogs get past Technorati’s filters, even if it is only for a few hours or days.
  • About 70% of the pings Technorati receives are from known spam sources, but we drop them before we have to send out a spider to go and index the splog.

Perhaps a more interesting analysis of links is later on in Sifry’s post showing that #2 blog Boing Boing brings in more link-love than NPR, Topix, Fox News, CBS News, and Business Week.

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Or that #1 blog xijingei brings in more linkage than such mainstream media as the San Fransicso Chronicle, ABC News, the LA Times, Google News, Wired, Reuters, and the list goes on and on…

We live in interesting times…

View Comments (5)
  • Thanks for the kind words. But just to be clear, while there is a strong correlation between inbound links and traffic, I’m not making any claims about traffic differences here, it could be very possible (and probably is true) that these large MSM sites get disproportionately larger traffic than their inbound links would show. What I’m showing however, is that based on inbound blogs linking to a site, you can get a measure of a site’s influence in the blogosphere…

    Dave

  • Ack! more coffee please.

    Thanks for the feedback and the correction. I’ve updated the post to refer to linkage…

    Thanks!

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