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Blog Readers Up 45% in Q1 (Free Republic #1)
Red Herring ^ | Monday, August 8, 2005

Posted on 08/08/2005 4:13:34 PM PDT by kristinn

U.S. blog readership in the first quarter jumped 45 percent to 49.5 million people, or one-sixth of the total U.S. population, a report said Monday, suggesting the blogosphere is becoming increasingly alluring to online advertisers.

  The increase means 30 percent of U.S. Internet users visited blog sites in the quarter, according to the comScore Media Metrix report.

  In the quarter, Google’s Blogspot had 19 million unique visitors, which comScore noted was more than big mainstream media sites NYTimes.com, USAToday.com, and WashingtonPost.com. However, these visitors were spread around Blogspot’s millions of individual sites.

  As far as advertisers are concerned, blog readers are a desirable demographic—young, wealthy, likely to shop online, and with high-speed Internet connections. They visit 77 percent more web pages than the average Internet user.

  The most popular blogs were Free Republic with 3.6 million visitors, Drudge Report with 2.3 million, Fleshbot (a Gawker Media blog) with 1.2 million, followed by Gawker and Fark, both with 1.1 million. Regularly updated blogs won a huge portion of the overall visits. Drudge Report alone had 44.3 million visits.

  Most popular were political blogs followed by “hipster” lifestyle blogs, tech blogs, and blogs written by women, comScore noted.

  However, blog readership tails off rather quickly, with the majority of blogs having under 100 visitors a day, according to Rick Bruner, director of research for DoubleClick, who co-authored the comScore report.

  The comScore data does not address these smaller blogs as many are merged with all the other blogs hosted by the same domain, as in the case of Six Apart’s TypePad. Others simply did not make the cut, as the list was limited to the Top 400 most-trafficked blog domains. All but one of the blog domains used in the report had more than 1,000 unique visitors.

  Down the Food Chain
In Mr. Bruner’s opinion, the high price of advertising on top sites will lead companies to “start looking deeper down the food chain for more affordable advertising.” He estimated that about half of total page views on the Internet are to small sites.

  Last week, Technorati announced that it had measured 14.2 million blogs, 55 percent of them active, about double the amount in March. The company counted 900,000 new posts per day in July, nearly double the amount in January (see Blogs: 900,000 Posts a Day).

  Mr. Bruner said that the Technorati numbers give credence to comScore’s report. But, he said, “They’re not really comparable. Technorati can spider links, but they can’t actually look at traffic.”

  An international report that combines blog creation with blog readerships of all sizes has yet to be completed.

  The comScore report was sponsored by Six Apart and blog network Gawker Media.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Free Republic; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: congrats; fr; freerepublic; freerepublic1; topten; weblogs
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To: kristinn

Bump for later reading. Congratulations, freepers. Keep up the good work.


251 posted on 08/08/2005 6:30:12 PM PDT by Kevin OMalley (No, not Freeper#95235, Freeper #1165: Charter member, What Was My Login Club.)
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To: JerseyHighlander

Sorry, didn't even look at the dates on that page. Guess they're a bit old after all


252 posted on 08/08/2005 6:30:29 PM PDT by Vermonter
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To: cmsgop

See what you did.


253 posted on 08/08/2005 6:31:19 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: kristinn; WestCoastGal

Ping a ling...


254 posted on 08/08/2005 6:31:38 PM PDT by tubebender (Growing old is mandatory...Growing up is optional)
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To: kristinn; Jim Robinson; John Robinson

CONGRATULATIONS INDEED.

AND TONS AND TONS OF THANKS.


255 posted on 08/08/2005 6:36:18 PM PDT by Quix (GOD'S LOVE IS INCREDIBLE . . . BUT MUST BE RECEIVED TO . . .)
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To: kristinn

Congratulations are in order!!

This is the place to be for fast breaking news!

I've noticed more and more that I'm seeing things on my local TV news station that I've already read here two, three, four days earlier.

Again, Congratulations!!!!


256 posted on 08/08/2005 6:39:31 PM PDT by GloriaJane (http://music.download.com/gloriajane "Seems Like Our Press Has Turned Against Our Country")
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To: tubebender

Wow that's fabulous. Thank you for the ping, I might have missed this otherwise.

And yes this fits me to a T......oops(well 3 out of 4 ain't bad)

As far as advertisers are concerned, blog readers are a desirable demographic—young, wealthy, likely to shop online, and with high-speed Internet connections. They visit 77 percent more web pages than the average Internet user.


257 posted on 08/08/2005 6:40:06 PM PDT by WestCoastGal (Junebugism: "There is definitely a lot to it that will be understood down the road as it unfolds")
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To: Jim Robinson; MurryMom

LOL----When I saw that you were posting to ME, and MurryMom together, I wondered what in heck WE had is common, to be posted to simultaneously...

I would like to think I am unique, but in a "nice" way, thank you! lol


258 posted on 08/08/2005 6:40:21 PM PDT by Txsleuth (Free Republic is #1!!!!!)
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To: GloriaJane
"I've noticed more and more that I'm seeing things on my local TV news station that I've already read here two, three, four days earlier."

My mother will call on the phone to talk politics on some breaking issue she saw on TV and I'll tell her I already knew about that subject.

It is scary, lol

And good!

259 posted on 08/08/2005 6:45:57 PM PDT by A message (RINOs and Democrats must be voted out of office for the safety of our nation.)
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To: AliVeritas
Hmmm...didn't see Dirty Underpants on the list. Pity.



GO FR!!
260 posted on 08/08/2005 6:47:41 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Islam is war)
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To: tiredoflaundry; Jim Robinson
Thanks for this site! It's an honor to be a FReeper!

Double what he said!

261 posted on 08/08/2005 6:48:04 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: MurryMom; Jim Robinson
Hey MurryMom, WHO'S YOUR DADDY????

Thank you Jim Robinson for creating a superb place to gather and exchange ideas and wit in this ever witless world outside FR.

I would also like to thank MurryMom. Without your posts it would be difficult to gauge just how close to empty the left is running.

262 posted on 08/08/2005 6:50:43 PM PDT by small voice in the wilderness (Quick, act casual. If they sense scorn and ridicule, they'll flee..)
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To: kristinn
"The most popular blogs were Free Republic with 3.6 million visitors"

Wasn't that the margin of victory for Bush over Kerry?

The RNC owes FR a lot of money or at least a lot of gratitude..
263 posted on 08/08/2005 6:51:25 PM PDT by adorno (The democrats are the best recruiting tool the terrorists could ever have.)
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To: kristinn

As good as this is, I still am annoyed that the MSM is too retarded to tell the difference between a forum and a blog.


264 posted on 08/08/2005 6:54:00 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: jdm

No, but blog is evolving into a catch-all phrase for any sort of online interactivity unfortunately.

Kind of like BBS' are gone the way of the dinosaurs.


265 posted on 08/08/2005 6:55:04 PM PDT by rwfromkansas (http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=rwfromkansas)
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To: kristinn; jimrob

Way to go, Jim. It's amazing what you can do when you follow your principles and the things you feel strongly about! We are all indebred to you, Jim.


266 posted on 08/08/2005 6:56:32 PM PDT by expatpat
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To: kristinn

Congratulations to you Jim.


267 posted on 08/08/2005 6:57:06 PM PDT by Artemis Webb
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To: Normal4me

We aren't a blog technically, but I guess I could see the similarity with blogs that allow replies.

But still, we are a news discussion forum. Most posts are actual articles from news sources first. That is not what most blogs are......they may link to an article, but many are just commentaries.


268 posted on 08/08/2005 7:03:27 PM PDT by rwfromkansas (http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=rwfromkansas)
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To: ken5050; Grampa Dave; Dog Gone; Southack; BOBTHENAILER
"IPO next month...LOL"

Sold AMERICAN!!!

Now send me my shares!!!

269 posted on 08/08/2005 7:08:32 PM PDT by SierraWasp (Iraq! Our exit strategy is... VICTORY!!!)
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To: kristinn

We've come a long way since the early days, haven't we? Memories of the "awakening" of the Silent Majority still give me goosebumps! Then we picked up thousands more during the recount debacle. Who knows where we'll be in another couple of years!

WOOOO-HOOOO FOR SURE!


270 posted on 08/08/2005 7:09:21 PM PDT by Humidston (No Racial Profiles = Proof liberalism is a mental disorder)
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To: JerseyHighlander

LOL


271 posted on 08/08/2005 7:10:42 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Plutarch

There is a free search, but it is obviously limited. Still, it gets the job done for me in most cases.


272 posted on 08/08/2005 7:10:45 PM PDT by rwfromkansas (http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=rwfromkansas)
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To: Dog

Ooooooh! What is "a dark and stromy night" ..??


273 posted on 08/08/2005 7:14:23 PM PDT by CyberAnt (President Bush: "America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth")
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To: Humidston
"Then we picked up thousands more during the recount debacle."

I'm one of those.

274 posted on 08/08/2005 7:18:24 PM PDT by A message (RINOs and Democrats must be voted out of office for the safety of our nation.)
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To: jimbo123

That puts an entirely different perspective on things. People go back to Drudge (but his is news, not just chat.)


275 posted on 08/08/2005 7:20:09 PM PDT by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch is der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: Nita Nupress

The last time you changed your name, I couldn't stop laughing all day.

It was such a clever twist.


276 posted on 08/08/2005 7:20:40 PM PDT by GEC
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To: cripplecreek

I see a deep dip in DU's visits in mid may.
I wonder: anything to do with school cycles?


277 posted on 08/08/2005 7:24:51 PM PDT by King Prout (and the Clinton Legacy continues: like Herpes, it is a gift that keeps on giving.)
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To: kristinn

Makes my day, God Bless all the Freepers.


278 posted on 08/08/2005 7:27:02 PM PDT by wrathof59 ("to the Everlasting Glory of the Infantry".........Robert A Heinlein)
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To: A message

Dan Blather fake memos, lighted the path to FR, for me.


279 posted on 08/08/2005 7:30:07 PM PDT by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: OXENinFLA

How do you find that out?


280 posted on 08/08/2005 7:34:00 PM PDT by since1868
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To: leadpenny; Savage Beast

"FR is where you find smart, well educated people who think for themselves."

You obviously haven't been on the threads I've been on.





Na - He's been watching MY posts!! LOL!!!


281 posted on 08/08/2005 7:36:17 PM PDT by azhenfud (This tag line is currently experiencing technical difficulties. Please stand by.)
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To: kristinn

Wow!


282 posted on 08/08/2005 7:36:48 PM PDT by GOPJ (A person who will lie for you, will lie against you.)
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To: PatrickHenry

Obviously it's the crevo threads that bring 'em in.


283 posted on 08/08/2005 7:40:38 PM PDT by js1138 (e unum pluribus)
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To: Vermonter

Drudge get's his news from FR


284 posted on 08/08/2005 7:41:11 PM PDT by since1868
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To: js1138
Obviously it's the crevo threads that bring 'em in.

Obviously.

285 posted on 08/08/2005 7:45:01 PM PDT by PatrickHenry (Felix, qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas. The List-O-Links is at my homepage.)
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To: kristinn

Wow! Congratulations to JimRob and all of the Freepers who have made this possible! We're satisfying the public's thirst for real knowledge and information.


286 posted on 08/08/2005 7:47:52 PM PDT by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: A message

Welcome home, A. ;-)


287 posted on 08/08/2005 7:52:23 PM PDT by Humidston (No Racial Profiles = Proof liberalism is a mental disorder)
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To: kristinn
Good God! That means someone is actually reading the crap we post.



288 posted on 08/08/2005 7:53:27 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: reagan_fanatic
Hey, giving away Democratic Underground sweatshirts to the homeless is a great idea. Makes for a super visual.
289 posted on 08/08/2005 7:53:38 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: kristinn
Excellent! "Build it, and they will come".
290 posted on 08/08/2005 7:58:55 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("A people without a heritage are easily persuaded (deceived)" - Karl Marx)
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To: kristinn

FreeRepublic is a "blog"?


291 posted on 08/08/2005 8:04:12 PM PDT by Now_is_The_Time (Freedom!.... to comply)
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To: Jim Robinson

Thank you so much and a hearty congratulations, Jim and family. I love this place!


292 posted on 08/08/2005 8:09:53 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem!)
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To: kristinn; MeekOneGOP; Eaker; humblegunner; Flyer; Squantos; weegee; deport
Blog Readers Up 45% in Q1 (Free Republic #1)

Small wonder. A group photo of some of the hard chargers from the FR Texas contingent:

;^)

293 posted on 08/08/2005 8:20:08 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (ABCNNBCBS: An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.)
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To: FreedomSurge
Wow! Great research, I stand corrected.

Most excellent research.

How does one get ahold of Lexis-Nexis? (cheap)

Apparently you first need to register. Then you can search LexisNexis and pay of sliding access fee of $3 (news) - $9 (legal) per article.
294 posted on 08/08/2005 8:22:20 PM PDT by Milhous
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To: AliVeritas

Thanks for the ping!


295 posted on 08/08/2005 8:24:09 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Straight Vermonter

**Did you ever notice how often when googling a topic that you find what you were looking for on an FR thread?**

Has happened to me repeatedly. (Although I no longer use google.)


296 posted on 08/08/2005 8:25:08 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: expatpat

"We are all indebred to you, Jim."
***Is that a concatenation of indebted + inbred? Some of the most interesting words are derived from scarmabled posts.


scarmable
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1318595/posts?q=1&&page=1


297 posted on 08/08/2005 8:28:26 PM PDT by Kevin OMalley (No, not Freeper#95235, Freeper #1165: Charter member, What Was My Login Club.)
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To: Chickensoup

made me look these up...should read...

http://www.personaldemocracy.com/node/416

http://feingold.senate.gov/~feingold/statements/05/03/2005308652.html


298 posted on 08/08/2005 8:53:55 PM PDT by Zeppelin (If we lose the war on terror... http://www.ebaumsworld.com/waronterrorism.html)
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To: Zeppelin

Did read!

Those @#$%^^&&*(())_)(*&*&###s!!


299 posted on 08/08/2005 8:59:35 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Mmmmmmm! Mmmmmmm! Good!)
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To: kristinn

300 posted on 08/08/2005 8:59:41 PM PDT by timestax
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