Since releasing noodlies’ list of Top 30 Food Blogs earlier this month, I’ve had great feedback from the blogging community. The initial list was compiled from only 68 blogs (see the post for more details). Obviously, the community wanted that list to be expanded.
In response, I’ve researched additional blogs and asked the community to add to the list. Many thanks everyone for your contribution.
I’m really pleased to say the list has now grown to 329 and is ranked below.
Top Sydney Food Blogs as at 21 July 2013.
Congratulations to popular blogger and cook book author, Lorraine Elliott of Not Quite Nigella.
Given blogs do not publicly publish traffic details, noodlies has used Alexadata. Alexa is a data company owned by Amazon. Alexa traffic estimates are based on a panel of millions of internet users using one of over 25,000 different browser extensions. From the panel each website in the world is given an Alexa Traffic Rank, it’s a measure of how a website is doing relative to all other sites on the web over the past 3 months. The lower the ranking the higher the estimated traffic.
According to Alexa: “The rank is calculated using a combination of the estimated average daily unique visitors to the site and the estimated number of pageviews on the site over the past 3 months. The site with the highest combination of unique visitors and pageviews is ranked #1″. Facebook currently holds the #1 Alexa rank, followed by Google.
Of course, Alexa only estimates website traffic and while there are limitations, even detractors concede it “is the most widely known website-traffic tracking site on the Internet” and while traffic estimates may be in question, there is general agreement that as a raking tool, it has merit “Many people get confused as to the true purpose of Alexa, it is primarily a COMPARISON tool, it does an OK job of comparing how your websites are measuring up against your web competitors sites”.
Alexa ranking is relative number, if the ranking for one website is 500,000 it doesn’t mean that it has double the internet traffic when compared to a site ranked at 1,000,000.
There are a few reasons why some blogs don’t have a rank:
Newer blogs will not have an Alexa ranking
Livejournal: Alexa doesn’t support this blogging platform regardless of traffic. This affects three blogs: absolute ayana, does my bomb look big in this and oh ayana. Which is a pity because, for example, noodlies reckons does my bomb look big in this is an established and popular blog .
Your blog isn’t listed?
Leave a comment with your blog name and address and I will add for the next update.
Let’s be realistic
The objective of this project is to list as many Sydney food blogs as possible to give readers an opportunity to check out our diverse community. It also attempts to rank them by traffic as one way to make sense of these 329 blogs. In looking at the Top Sydney Food Blogs list, you should also consider:
It’s an estimate: While Alexa is probably the best available resource to rank blogs, it’s important to remember, it’s only an estimate of traffic for a blog or website.
Content: traffic is just one measure, people read blogs for content: if you’re a vegetarian, then blogs with vegetarian content is probably the most relevant and interesting to you, if you love cooking and recipe then you may like the recipe based blogs more, if you love food photography then there’s some fantastic food photography blogs to check out. During this project, noodlies has discovered some great recipe based food blogs with high traffic and a loyal readership.
While it’s easy to check a blog’s Alex rank, updating it for 329 blogs takes a bit of effort. There were a few blogs which were missed this round so Noodlies intends to publish the next list on 1 September 2013, 1 December 2013 and then the first Sunday every three months after that in three month intervals after that. So the schedule at this stage is:
1 December, then the first Sunday each three months after that (resources depending!)