Wednesday, January 21, 2009
2008 Law Prof Blog Traffic 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 (January 1, 2008 - December 31, 2008) [click on chart to enlarge]:
- 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 (146,795 visitors and/or 197,853 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, Harvard Law School Corporate Governance Blog, Legal Theory, Point of Law.
- 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, one of the Top 10, five of the Top 20, and nine of the Top 35 blogs; and by page views, one of the Top 10, five of the Top 20, and ten of the Top 35 blogs.
- These rankings reflect 11.0% growth in visitors (148,557,893 v. 133,809,690) and 7.7% growth in page views (176,493,186 v. 163,841,443) from the last quarterly rankings (October 1, 2007 - September 30, 2008).
I realize you have only limited publicly available data to work with, but I'm wondering: in the age of RSS readers and aggregators, what you think measuring blogs by visitors and pageviews really tells us. For example, at the Chicago Faculty Blog (which I support in my capacity as Manager of Electronic Communications there) I've noticed a steady decrease in visitors and page views over the last year, as indicated in your rankings -- but a steady INCREASE in subscribers (as tracked via FeedBurner). I chalk this up to our audience becoming more and more RSS-savvy and using tools other than their web browsers to read our material (iGoogle, etc), as well as the increased distribution of our content via our Facebook page and other methods. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on the subject, as well as those of your readers.
Posted by: Aaron Rester | Jan 21, 2009 9:45:33 AM