The TTLB Weblogs by Average Daily Traffic system is again working and becoming a better metric as more sites add SiteMeter so that they can participate. As of today, 977 sites are ranked, compared to 3555 on the main Ecosystem. Still, relatively few of the “major” blogs are excluded, so it provides an interesting point of comparison:

  • The bottom 660 sites (67.6% of the list) had fewer than 100 daily visitors over the past week.
  • 100 blogs had 500 or more.
  • 51 had 1000 or more.
  • 33 had 2000 or more.
  • 20 had 3000 or more.
  • 14/13 had 4000 or more.*
  • 10 had 5000 or more.
  • 6 had 10,000 or more.
  • 3 had 20,000 or more.
  • 1 had over 25,000–indeed, 66,886.

This is an amazing concentration of traffic:

  • InstaPundit had more traffic than the next five sites combined.
  • Blogs #7-100** combined have essentially the same traffic as the top six: 148,644 to 147,352.
  • Indeed, I don’t have an easy way to upload the numbers, but it’s not inconceivable that InstaPundit has more traffic than all the blogs after the top ten combined, given that blogs #700-977 had fewer than 20 daily visitors and #858-977 had under 10.

Update (1254): Kevin makes a valid point in the comments. Indeed, while most of the major blogs have SiteMeter stats available, the highly linked blogs missing are rather important:

4.Talking Points Memo (900) details
5.Andrew Sullivan (897) details
8.USS Clueless (770) details
9.James Lileks (745) details
10.Little Green Footballs (725) details

Indeed, it’s conceivable that Andrew Sullivan’s traffic rivals Glenn’s.

*Command Post, with 4018, is listed twice.
**The duplicate Command Post listing is excluded.

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  1. Kevin Drum says:

    It’s probably even more concentrated than your stats show. After all, 5 of the top 10 blogs don’t use Sitemeter. Add those in and it would look even worse.

  2. Paul says:

    It just is not fair.

    The top 5 percent of the sites keep getting all the hits and the lower sites keep getting none. Glenn has more hits then he could ever use. He should give some of those hits to sites that need it more.

    The average bloggers spends hours working on a site trying to make ends meet and fat cats like Glenn and all his greedy friends get all the hits.

    The big sites get bigger and the smaller sites get smaller.

    We have teachers with sites all across America that don’t get that many hits on their web sites. That is just not right. Teachers are the most noble of all creatures except maybe the dolphin. The teachers should be getting as many hits as the popular bloggers.

    AND where does Glenn get all those hits from???? The little guys! All those small bloggers out there toiling away and then people follow links to Glenn and his pals. It just is not right!

    From now on the blogosphere should institute the Little Ignorant Blogger Equality, Reparation and Leveling Plan. (AKA the LIBERAL Plan)

    Under the LIBERAL plan, larger bloggers would have to redirect 70% of their hits to smaller blogs until every blog in the blogosphere got the same amount of hits. This would be called fairness.

    Any of the larger bloggers who refuse to do this should have their blogs taken away.

    And I deserve to get some of those hits. I don’t have a blog so therefore I don’t get any hits at all. How fair is that? Glenn gets thousands of hits a month and I get none for my blog that does not exist. Glenn should mail me 400 hits for each of my dependent children even though I don’t have a blog.

    I was counting on those hits and in an evil trick, the bigger bloggers took them away. Evil Bastards!

    So my blogger friends, support the LIBERAL Plan. Only under the LIBERAL plan can we have a fair and equal blogosphere. Say NO to the evil bloggers with their link hoarding and hitmongering.

    The blogosphere would be a better place for everyone if only we had such a plan!


  3. Ursula says:

    I’m not really surprised by the results. Plus, isn’t this how it is in real life? The rich get richer, and the poor well, they manage to eak out a living.

  4. Kevin Drum says:

    For what it’s worth, based on come comments here and there, my guess is:

    Sullivan: 80K
    Den Beste: 15K
    Lileks: 30K
    LGF: 20K
    Marshall: 20K

  5. StarBanker says:

    I think the disparities between rankings of Sitemeter and TLB shows that there is a serious problem somewhere. My website has a counter that is based at the host that simply records how many times it was accessed. That counter includes my own accessing. I have WebStats also, that depends on having the viewer’s browser accepting cookies, that shows a wide disparity of hits. I exclude the entire Cableone domain from WebStats because I don’t want to know how many times I visit my homepage. Since I have a dynamic address that changes on a regular basis I have to exclude a range of possible addresses that I may have. Therefore I exclude many local people that need a reason for living. One thing that WebStats does do, is let me know how many times Nigerians visit the page to get my e-mail address to send important information on my investments, primarily trying to get money from the ex-Finance Minister out of the country. When I collect I will drop a bundle in every bloggers PayPal account.
    The StarBanker of the “Intergalactic Capitalist”

  6. Kevin says:

    In my sleep deprived stupor last night I recall saying something similar, but who knows… Thank goodness for the non sleep deprived, who can write clearly. 🙂