Climate Conversation v. Hot Topic et al.Richard Treadgold | April 11, 2012
Alexa world-wide rankings
I bow to you, my reader.
As measured informally on my Alexa toolbar, you’ve raised this humble blog into a leading Kiwi site for sceptical discussion of global warming. Though many of you are silent and your participation limited to quiet reading, you’ve achieved a remarkable thing with your frequent loyal visits (I’ll be sure to keep the kettle hot).
It shows that north of sixty thousand visitors per month prefer a moderate tone over stridency and a restrained view of climate data better than a doomsday clamour. Large numbers! MSM, are you noticing?
In June last year there was a bit of a fuss over climate blog rankings and whether the numbers were reliable. Nothing to do with climate, of course.
Then a while back I reinstalled the Alexa toolbar, just out of interest. Apparently you have to give Alexa time to get settled information on your traffic, so I waited. Just now I noticed our world ranking is up to 844,719, having started at over 1.3 million. The NZ rank is under 900. Wow! So it’s time to tell you.
A few New Zealand climate-related blogs and their recent rankings according to Alexa. Lower numbers are better.
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Seems the Climate Conversation is twice as popular as Renowden’s Hot Topic, although Sciblogs, as befits their professional home in the Science Media Centre, their access to lots of scientists and indirect government sponsorship, are twice as good again.
I call the sponsorship indirect because the gov doesn’t pay for the blog, just for the media centre. But that’s manager Peter Griffin’s salary paid for, so he’s a professional journalist on site even in the quiet times. Can’t hurt.
I’m surprised to see that even Open Parachute outranks Hot Topic. I wonder if the extraordinary intolerance — even malice — over there, which seems so close to the surface under Renowden’s feisty rule, drive readers away? I wouldn’t be a bit surprised — it’s uniquely tasteless.
To put all this, and even the superior Sciblogs, into a sobering perspective, Watt’s Up With That’s world ranking today is 17,083 — in the stratosphere!
UPDATE 23 May
After some six weeks under the spell of the Alexa toolbar, our Climate Conversation weblog has risen in the world rankings to 518,763, fallen a little in the NZ rankings to 1076 and reports 147 sites linking in. The more people who install the Alexa toolbar, the more accurate this method of finding the rankings will become.