Please get me or Matt Dabbs your statistics so we can generate an updated, accurate ranking of progressive Church of Christ blogs. We are well into the process and have already learned a lot. For example —
* Alexa rankings can be WAY wrong. So can Google Page Ranks. Even if you average a bunch of these indicators together, the results have a very low correlation with reality.
* In other words, prior rankings are no indicator of where you really rank.
* Our very tentative, preliminary re-ranking has 6 people in it who weren’t previously ranked. I suspect there are a few more who deserve to be in there.
* At this point, number 26 is GraceConversation — which hasn’t put up a post in 9 months. It had 714 Page Views in March. If your site did better, it may well make it into the Top 25.
At this point, it seems the only people who distribute enough comments via email to affect their rankings are Al Maxey and Edward Fudge. They started their sites before blogging software worked with automatic email services, such as Feedburner, Feedblitz, and others — and they have truly massive mailing lists.
So all we really need from you are —
1. The number of posts you put up in March (I’m SO tired of counting posts!)
2. Your PageView count for March.
WordPress gives you this statistic automatically. Go to your Stats page. There’s a graph showing daily Page Views. Immediately above the graph are three tabs, for Days, Weeks, and Months. Click on Months. Wait for it to refigure. Hover cursor over the data point for March. Page Views for March will be displayed.
Failing that, give us the best you’ve got. We’ve pulled the numbers from ClusterMaps on several sites, although they under-report views because they only report viewers they can locate on their map.
Sitemeter is the best widget to add your page to generate this data. They’ll email you weekly reports. Forward them to me or Matt and we’ll do the math for you.
It seems to us that there are some excellent bloggers out who aren’t receiving the credit they deserve because it’s just so hard to get good data. Send us your data — even if you’re below GraceConversation. That way, when we check the data again in several months, we’ll know to check your place in the rankings.