Back in January, Matt Dabbs posted a list of the top 25 Church of Christ blogs. I’ve been home fighting a virus, got bored but was too tired for real writing, so I thought I’d see where the rankings were 6 months later. I discovered that Matt was ranked 6, and so I figured I should send him the list and compliment him on his high ranking.
He cleaned it up, added several sites that I hadn’t thought of, and at my suggestion, posted it on his site.
I thought I’d make a few observations.
Here the results:
|Alexa Rank||Rank (Jan 09)||Rank (July 09)|
|John Mark Hicks||1,726,067||unranked||8|
|Phil Ware||2.7 mil||unranked||12|
|Patrick Mead||3 mil||17||14|
|Bobby Valentine||3.1 mil||24||15|
|Milton Stanley||3.2 mil||9||16|
|Alan Rouse||3.4 mil||unranked||17|
|Dallas Burdette||3.5 mil||unranked||18|
|Phil Sanders||3.57 mil||unranked||19|
|Tim Archer||4.7 mil||unranked||20|
|Wade Hodges||5 mil||6||21|
|Matt Clifton||5.3 mil||unranked||22|
|Nick Gill||5.4 mil||unranked||23|
|Ocular Fusion||5.7 mil||15||24|
|Brandon S Thomas||5.72 mil||10||25|
|Keith Brenton||5.73 mil||unranked||26|
|Bill Williams||6 mil||20||27|
|Jim McGuiggan||6.4 mil||18||28|
|Todd Deaver||7 mil||unranked||29|
|Political Cartel||8.2 mil||12||30|
|Gil Yoder||8.6 mil||unranked||31|
|Royce Ogle||8.775 mil||unranked||32|
|Kinney Mabry||8.785 mil||19||33|
|James Nored||8.8 mil||unranked||34|
|Zane Petty||9 mil||16||35|
|Terry Rush||9 mil||25||36|
|Terry Laudette||9.8 mil||unranked||38|
|Chris Guin||10.6 mil||unranked||39|
|Seth Simmons||11.7 mil||unranked||40|
|Tim Spivey||11.7 mil||unranked||41|
|Wes Woodell||13 mil||unranked||42|
|Jonathan Storment||14 mil||unranked||43|
|Rex Butts||17.8 mil||23||44|
|John Dobbs||19 mil||21||45|
|Matthew Morine||20 mil||unranked||46|
|Mitchell Skelton||20 mil||unranked||47|
* Mark Elrod hosts a very popular blog, but it’s no longer publicly available and so not rankable.
* It’s remarkable that Edward Fudge’s and Al Maxey’s rank at the top given how much of their readership comes via email, which is likely not measured by Alexa. Several other sites likely lose ranking for that reason.
* It’s truly remarkable that Cecil Hook’s Freedom’s Ring remains a top 10 site well after his death. (May his work continue to bless the Lord’s church.)
* Alexa in one of several blog ranking services out there. I tried Technorati, Altavista, All the Web, and even the Google Page Rank, but none were close enough to reality to be worth messing with. For example, the Christian Chronicle’s web site would rank between OneInJesus and GraceConversation on Alexa, but Technorati ranks it number 48, which just can’t be right. (However, it does closely parallel the rankings of the blogs ranked 1 through 25 or so.)
* I’m looking for some more conservative blogs. Phil Sanders (19), Matt Clifton (22), and Gil Yoder (31) are all ranked, but I figure surely there are several more conservative sites that ought to be mentioned.
* I wonder why the listings are so dominated by progressive writers? Is this evidence of the progressive movement’s openness to new methods? Or does it show that the computer-literate world is heavily progressive? Or have we just overlooked a whole bunch of conservative blogs?
* Alexa’s traffic methodology is described at http://alexa.com/help/traffic_learn_more. The higher the ranking, the less certain the figures are. Therefore, the lower down the chart a site appears, the less certain it is to be in the right place. However, I should say that I’ve compared the Technorati rankings and they roughly parallel through the first 25 positions or so. After that, I think rankings are significantly less reliable. And, for that matter, the numbers compress, meaning a slight increase in Alexa ranking could dramatically change your position on the chart, whereas in the top 10, it would take a massive shift to change positions. I’m really not sure that the rankings below 25 should be given much consideration, just because the data is so scattered. You should be just as proud of a 45 as a 30, because a 45 might really be a 30.
* Several blogs have fallen in the rankings more because of additional blogs showing up rather than declining readership. There are a number of relatively new blogs near the top, such as GraceConversation and John Mark Hicks. And Matt Dabbs didn’t rank his own blog in January, although it was a top 10 blog back then, too.
* One way to help your Alexa rank is to add the Alexa toolbar to your browser. This way your own viewing habits will be logged — which should include a lot of views of your own blog! http://www.alexa.com/toolbar There is no toolbar for Chrome.
* Alexa, like Google, tracks links between sites. And so, by posting this chart, I’ve just added a whole bunch of links to my site! And this encourages my readers to click on the links and visit the other sites, which helps them out. And maybe they’ll be so grateful, they’ll link to mine!