July 15, 2009
Law Prof Blog Rankings
Below are the updated quarterly traffic rankings (visitors and page views) of the Top 35 blogs edited by law professors with publicly available SiteMeters for the most recent 12-month period (July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009):
- These Law Prof Blog Rankings are drawn from Dan Solove's comprehensive Law Professor Blogger Census. They include all blogs edited by law professors -- both law-related and non law-related.
- Please email me the names of any Law Prof Blogs with traffic over the past twelve months that would qualify for inclusion on the lists (136,966 visitors and/or 200,899 page views). If necessary, I will re-publish the list to include all qualifying blogs.
- Several popular Law Prof Blogs do not have publicly available SiteMeters and thus are not included on the list: e.g., BlackProf, California Appellate Report, Credit Slips, The Deal Professor, Dorf on Law, Feminist Law Professors, Legal Theory, Point of Law, ProfessorBainbridge.com.
- These rankings cover only those blogs edited by law professors. Other law-related blogs edited by practitioners, librarians, non-law school academics, and journalists are not included on this list: e.g., Above the Law, How Appealing, Law Librarian Blog, Wall Street Journal Law Blog.
- Members of our Law Professor Blogs Network comprise, by visitors, two of the Top 10, four of the Top 20, and ten of the Top 35 blogs; and by page views, two of the Top 10, four of the Top 20, and ten of the Top 35 blogs.
- These rankings reflect 6.7% growth in visitors (169,683,200 v. 159,028,769) and 5.7% growth in page views (197,833,997 v. 187,177,399) from the last quarterly rankings (April 1, 2008 - March 31, 2009).
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Very interesting that in a liberal conformist culture the most popular blogs are libertarian in nature (InstaPundit), iconoclastic (Althouse), or just plain conservative (Volokh). Maybe people are more free-spirited than they let on. Or maybe it's not lawyers reading them . . .
Posted by: mike livingston | Jul 15, 2009 10:46:51 PM
The higher-ranked blogs on this list have almost nothing to do with law. They're merely lumped into the "law blogs" category to boost the supposed visitors' stats to all law blogs. Caron does this regularly, it's quite a fraud.
Posted by: Mister Snitch | Jul 16, 2009 7:14:27 PM
Well, remember that the most popular among them consistently post on non-legal matters as well. Now, what really would have helped many of us would have been to link to the blogs, since I haven't even heard of or read 3/4 of them. But of course, it's easy to appropriate someone else's time. Thanks for the list.
Posted by: Joshua Sharf | Jul 16, 2009 8:04:12 PM
Of course. You virtually never find engaged discussion in leftist circles against the opposition. They scream and shout others down if they deign to disagree. That's why so many are attracted to the libertarian blogs - they seek an intellectual environment that they themselves do not foster.
Posted by: Billare | Jul 18, 2009 9:22:17 AM