Blogspot gains popularity in New Zealand

Two years ago I asked why New Zealanders prefer Blogspot to WordPress.

At the time Google’s blog software was twice as popular as the hosted version of WordPress with New Zealand bloggers. There were many more bloggers using a self-hosted version of WordPress, but Blogspot was still a long way ahead.

Since then the numbers have changed.

I counted the top 200 NZ blogs listed at Open Parachute. Of the sites where the host’s name appears in the URL:

  • Blogspot accounted for 116 or 58%. That’s up from 50% two years ago.
  • WordPress had 27 sites. It has fallen from around 20% to a 13.5% share.
  • TypePad had 3 or a 1.5% share which is down from 4% two years ago.

These numbers surprised me. WordPress has grown in strength internationally in the last two years while Blogspot has fallen behind.

This site is a self-hosted WordPress site.

One thought on “Blogspot gains popularity in New Zealand

  1. Bill – I did a quick calculation using my database of NZ blogs I have collected over the last few years. These are generally all I come across, with or without sitemeters. There is a total of 1576 blogs (some of course may be expired and there will proibably be a few duplicates).

    Of these 241 were wordpress.com and 591 blogspot.com (total 832).

    That makes the percentage of each for that wordpress.com + blogspot.com group:

    29% WordPress.com and

    71% Blogspot.com.

    Alternativley 15.3% of the total blogs are WordPress.com and 37.5% Blogspot.com.

    Sort of supports you calculations.

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