I'm a B-list blogger

Dave Pollard, on January 4, wrote a very interesting post in his blog about the blogosphere.

He took a lot of the recent survey results and reports and information from a variety of online sources and blogs to come up with some very interesting statistics that he then rendered graphically (above and below).

Here are a few fun facts from his post:

• There are 100 "A-list" bloggers — they get an average of 150,000 hits/day

• There are 2,000 "B-list" bloggers — 2,500 hits/day average

• "C-list" bloggers number 18,000, with 500 hits/day average

• Up-and-coming bloggers number 80,000, averaging 100 hits/day

• The other 5 million bloggers average 3 hits/day

I find it interesting that to move up to "Up-and-coming" status you have to have over a 30-fold increase in traffic.

The next two steps require multiples of 5 each.

The final push to major-league status requires a 60-fold increase in traffic.

Pollard went on to calculate that the average B-list blogger, with an average 90-seconds-per-visit, gets 62 hours/day total of reader attention.

He compared that to a total of 170 reader-hours/day for the average newspaper article.

Thus, the average B-list blogger gets about one-third the total reader attention/day as the average newspaper story.

But look at it another way, as Pollard did: no matter how many hours a day you're putting in on your blog, it can't exceed 24; if you make it onto the B-list, then you're getting several times more hours worth of attention being paid than you invested.

With the rapid increase in blog readership that's occurring (top), Pollard estimated that in less than three years (conservatively) the average B-list blogger will get significantly more reader attention than the average US unsyndicated newspaper article or column.

As for the A-list, he projectd daily reader attention about equal to that of the average US daily paper.

Pretty impressive for a bunch of girls and guys sitting around in their pajamas, he wrote.

Sitting here in my PJs, it's hard not to agree, what?

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• 1 - Eric Olsen

Feb 28, 2005 at 1:13 pm

yeay, we are A

• 2 - Eric Berlin

Feb 28, 2005 at 1:25 pm

Interesting/good post. I'll be very curious to see the numbers for A, B, etc. one and two and three years out.

Sucks that my home blog is not even considered up-and-coming (average about 30-40 visitors a day) but, alas, I only set up shop last November.

I get the feeling that if a blogger is consistent, friendly and engaging to new readers, puts out decent content that serves some (or any) kind of need, and sticks around for a period of time, that readership will rise.

I'm curious to hear others thoughts on this.

• 3 - RJ

Feb 28, 2005 at 2:01 pm

I'm a Z-List blogger! Yea!

Feb 28, 2005 at 2:47 pm

Cool article. But why does he base everything on hits instead of page requests/page views? I thought the latter had become the standard measurement.

• 5 - Eric Berlin

Feb 28, 2005 at 2:53 pm

I think unique visitors is the best ways to gague how a site is doing. Pair that with return visitors, and you get a pretty good measure.

Feb 28, 2005 at 3:45 pm

i'm right down there at the bottom. But then, my blog is more of an archive of almost all of the articles i've posted to BC. I currently don't really have time to do much more on it (and even if I did, I'm not sure I could consistently write that much)

• 7 - Dave Nalle

Feb 28, 2005 at 3:49 pm

Hey, am I supposed to be counting hits on my blog? Cool idea!

BTW, I just bought some cool new Pajamas.

Dave

• 8 - Shark

Feb 28, 2005 at 3:51 pm

"Blogging: pissing graffitti on the walls of some back alley off the information highway." --- Definition by Shark, ca. 2000

"Don't overestimate the importance of an "art" with the shelf-life of warm buttermilk." -- Shark on bloggers egos, ca. 2001

• 9 - Dave Nalle

Feb 28, 2005 at 3:55 pm

Dave

Mar 01, 2005 at 12:01 am

I've been holding 100-125hpd for nearly 2 years, now.

Am I still 'up and coming'?

(Sigh)

• 11 - Shark

Mar 01, 2005 at 1:26 pm

Well, yer lucky, Dave; I stopped short of posting a shameless, egotistical "plea" for the phone number of a film director who used a font I designed.

• 12 - Dave Nalle

Mar 01, 2005 at 1:57 pm

>>Well, yer lucky, Dave; I stopped short of posting a shameless, egotistical "plea" for the phone number of a film director who used a font I designed.<<

Actually, I would have preferred an email address for someone on his staff, but he's bizarrely reclusive. There's now a lot more to that story, but it will have to be told another day.

Dave

• 13 - Tim Giangiobbe

Jan 27, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Interesting
I average about 500 hits a day.
When I have more comments on various blogs and news blogs it works.I have boosted it to 1000 hits and better.The best day was 1600 hits.I am getting better.

• 14 - Marta Apple

Apr 03, 2011 at 10:16 am

So close to being a C-list blogger! After 3 months, I easily clear 150-450 hits a day (weekends are lower).

Looking for tips to take things to the next level--but the response has been great.

• 15 - Tim Giangiobbe

Oct 24, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I find that disasters gave me a lot of hits when I wrote about them.I average about 800 hits a day lately and some good days I hit 1,500 hits the Occupy Wall Street is giving me traffic.I went over 2500 hits when the Japan tsunami hit and it tapered down from there. I feel the Latest traffic will taper Up.
Occupy Wall Street
PEACEFULLY
PEACE

• 16 - Tim Giangiobbe

Oct 24, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Yeah Marta weekends are lower HUH

• 17 - Tim Giangiobbe

Oct 24, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Shark has an point that is years old and maybe he has about ten times more hits IF HE STUCK TO IT.I peaked over 3,500 hits for three days after the Tsunami and was over 2000 for a three weeks It was the pits to go from 2,500 hits a day under a 1000 and then I frigging went without a computer for two and a half weeks and it effected traffic BIG TIME that is when I realized some fool is reading me !! When the posts stopped so do the hits with a quicknss because after not blogging for 3 weeks I had only 400 hits and less on weekends.
And it dawned on me that some of them Actually Read me as long as I post regularly.I'll be Damned if I don't have about 500 regular readers from the USA and about 200 foreign. Then depending on situations I have more hits like Earthquakes and Tsunamis and now Occupy Wall Street has been giving me over 1200 hits a week day.
600 on weekends
This is after about almost two years.
The YOUTUBES and Picture Slideshows help IMMENSELY they too give me spurts of hits as long as they are current
It is fun working it.
So go for it and add the stuff that catches the eye like slideshows and YOUTUBE.
Damn near a B Blog and less than two years isn't easy I had another blog less interesting I suppose so I killed it.
DogEatDogma.blogspot is doing alright.
I figure to have a decent B Blog in about a year and a half as long as I stay at it.

Personal attacks are NOT allowed.

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