January 15, 2006

Traffic From Some Article Mentions

There's a popular article "One-stop site for blogs offered" about yet another startup trying to make a business of freelance writers, I mean, blogs ("Gather.com"). Happily, there's also skeptical takes. However, rather than repeat myself shouting to the wind, the relevant data for this post is that right in the middle of that webpage is a link for Boston.com's page on Greater Boston blogs and podcasts. Where this blog is listed on the page's "Computers and technology" section. All such links gratefully accepted, thanks. However, given all the attention that Gather.com article has received, it's interesting the Boston.com blog page (i.e. a click from the main article), has sent me a burst of total traffic of *SIX* (6) referers. Six. Those are the numbers.

Related Lis Riba was included in a NYTimes "Blogger Roundup" on the Alito hearings, and it produced "only one hit referred ... in the over eighteen hours since it was posted." (n.b. I believe the explanation in that post isn't correct - I suspect that inclusion had more to do with linking to a law A-list'er, not Technorati keyword search).

Bottom line: There's a tiny set of sources of significant attention, with all this implies (business who want to be that set, shifts in that set, sources favored by that set, etc.).

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in statistics | on January 15, 2006 04:48 PM (Infothought permalink)
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I saw that Globe article. It smacks of a paid front page advertisement, which I have never seen before in the Globe, but they didn't even mark it as such. Every day the Globe's standards get worse and worse.

Posted by: anonymous at January 15, 2006 10:17 PM

Interesting thoughts, Seth, I very much agree.

There's a small group of players, it seems, capable of creating that "wave of traffic" you hear about. Would be great to see someone address that topic definitively for 2006.

Eric Berlin
Executive Producer

Posted by: Eric Berlin at January 16, 2006 04:29 AM

I interpreted the front-page placement as yet another sign of pro journalists' status-anxiety-based obsession with blogs.

Posted by: Seth Gordon at January 16, 2006 09:46 AM