Tim Selwyn at Tumeke! and Scrubone at Halfdone both do a great job of providing useful lists of New Zealand blog stats. So, in a way I’m standing on the shoulders of giants producing a new list focused exclusively on New Zealand-based WordPress.com sites. My aim is to learn more about the way WordPress.com is used by New Zealanders (and WordPress.org as well but that’s another story).
Tumeke and Halfdone update their lists each month. I haven’t decided yet, how often this list will be updated. Stay tuned.
The two general lists use different formulae to rank sites in order of popularity. Tumeke’s list shorter, but more comprehensive and can be considered as much as a directory as a popularity list. The Halfdone rankings are based on traffic rankings.
Both use data from Alexa. I’m slightly dubious about Alexa because my understanding is it measures traffic using a toolbar which some people install as a browser add-on. Given the number of Alexa toolbar users is only a tiny fraction of all internet users, this make for a small sample size. A small sample size isn’t an issue for measuring the major web sites — and possibly the top half dozen or so New Zealand blogs — but Alexa is a crude instrument for measuring sites where the weekly traffic is measured in the hundreds or low-thousands. I could be wrong about this, let me know in the comments if I’ve misunderstood how it works.
Here I’ve taken the Halfdone list and extracted the sites that have recognisable WordPress.com addresses. Halfdone ranks 199 sites. Of these 99 use Blogspot, 38 use WordPress.com, eight use Typepad and 54 either use a different technology or have domain name redirection (see the pie chart). I suspect at least some of these use either WordPress.com or WordPress.org technology.
As you can see, Blogspot dominates the New Zealand scene. I’ve got some ideas about why this is the case. In my opinion it is inferior to both WordPress.com and Typepad; I’ve used all three at some time or other. For my money WordPress.com is easier to use and the results always look better than Blogspot. We’ll look more at this issue later.
New Zealand’s top WordPress.com blogs:
Here’s the raw list with rankings taken from Halfdone’s list. If you operate a New Zealand-based or New Zealand-focused WordPress.com blog, leave a message in the comments and I’ll add your site to the list. I’m planning to reorganise the ranking system by the time I publish an updated version of this list.
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