I had just noticed that the quotation in the upper right corner of Technorati’s SERPs had changed from “55 million blogs and some of them have to be good” to “71 million blogs…”
I was getting ready to type up a nice recap of the post when I got to the end of the article, and David had already summed it all up for me. Sigh. Here’s David’s summary of the findings:
- 70 million weblogs
- About 120,000 new weblogs each day, or…
- 1.4 new blogs every second
- 3000-7000 new splogs (fake, or spam blogs) created every day
- Peak of 11,000 splogs per day last December
- 1.5 million posts per day, or…
- 17 posts per second
- Growing from 35 to 75 million blogs took 320 days
- 22 blogs among . . . the top 100 sources linked to in Q4 2006 – up from 12 in the prior quarter
- Japanese the #1 blogging language at 37%
- English second at 33%
- Chinese third at 8%
- Italian fourth at 3%
- Farsi a newcomer in the top 10 at 1%
- English the most even in postings around-the-clock
- Tracking 230 million posts with tags or categories
- 35% of all February 2007 posts used tags
- 2.5 million blogs posted at least one tagged post in February
Let’s play with these numbers a moment, eh? 120,000 new blogs a day sounds impressive. Clearly, however, they’re not counting the “blogs” of the 230,000 new MySpace registrations per day (that number’s from Aug 2006, so it may very well be higher now).
Of those 120,000, only 3000-7000 of them are splogs? How are we defining splogs?
And finally, if there are 1.5 million posts per day, and 70 million blogs total, what does that say about abandonment? We know that popular blogs can post multiple times per day, anywhere from 5 to 20â€”and other active blogs may post only once every few days or once a week. If we took a stab in the dark and said that the average was once every three days (skewed to the right by the high number of “less active” blogs), that would mean that only 4.5 million of the 70 million blogs out there are “active,” or 6%. Seems a bit low, wouldn’t you say?