February 28, 2005

Top 55 European Blogs, February 28

55 English-language European blogs ranked by daily visits. That's daily visits as defined by SiteMeter, which of course excludes many blogs, including some of the most popular. Crooked Timber, Harry's Place and Normblog would all place in the top five. Still, fairly inteesting. Note that this time I did the work myself. It turns out TTLB is a bit unreliable.

I'm sure there are blogs with public sitemeters that I'm not aware of. Comments are open.

I will do this again next Monday, and after that every other Monday.

1. MemeFirst: 13 357
2. A Welsh View: 7 149
3. No PasarŠn: 2 174
4. Gavin's Blog.com: 2 009
5. Sadly, No!: 1 800
6. No Rock and Roll Fun: 1 507
7. Tim Worstall: 1 503
8. Biased BBC: 1 436
9. Across the Atlantic: 1 255
10. The Policeman's Blog : 1 190

11. My Boyfriend is a Twat: 953
12. Daily Ablution: 911
13. Secular Blasphemy: 883
14. Chase Me Ladies: 865
15. A Fistful of Euros: 810
16. Petite Anglaise: 810
17. Nick Denton: 780
18. Leninís Tomb: 739
19. Foreign Dispatches: 701
20. Blissblog: 620

21. Tokyo Times: 611
22. Le Sabot Post-Moderne: 601
23. Troubled Diva: 573
24. An Englishmanís Castle: 564
25. Law West of Ealing Broadway: 528
26. Edge of England's Sword: 525
27. JonnyBís Private Secret Diary: 488
28. Cabalamat Journal: 463
29. Edinburgh Dinner Party: 442
30. Live from Brussels: 437

31. Naked Blog: 433
32. Call Centre Confidential: 427
33. British Blogs Top Ten: 422
34. Blithering Bunny: 413
35. Conservative Commentary: 395
36. New York London Paris Munich: 394
37. DutchReport: 377
38. UK Polling Report: 346
39. Shot By Both Sides: 324
40. Virtual Stoa: 324

41. Registan.net: 319
42. Eric the Unread: 299
43. What You Can Get Away With:: 298
44. Pedantry: 277
45. Flogging the Simian @ WeBlog.ro: 271
46. USS Neverdock: 265
47. Inside Europe: Iberian Notes: 261
49. OrdinaryGweilo.com: 234
50. Public Interest: 235
51. Plep: 223
52. Horst Prillinger: 206
53. Blimpish: 193
54. Emerald Bile: 178
55. Mischievous Constructions: 179

...Next time I'll include Peaktalk (545) and Pestiside (558)

Posted by David Weman at February 28, 2005 08:10 AM | TrackBack

Why only SiteMeter? I understand that counters can disagree, but if you think your counter is missing visitors and letting you down, then you really should change counters.

I use StatCounter, which is streets ahead of SiteMeter and wouldn't want to put two counters on the site. However, based on the last week I'm on 724 daily visitors.

Would you be prepared to receive e-mails re my stats direct from StatCounter each week?

Posted by: Stephen Newton at February 28, 2005 10:46 AM

I don't have Sitemeter either but I do anywhere between 4,000 and 6,500 according to Extreme Tracking.

Posted by: arseblogger at February 28, 2005 02:17 PM

Dodgeblogium would be in the top ten as well, based on our Sunday stats. Another European based blog is Samizdata which would probably close to number one if not on top.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge at February 28, 2005 03:10 PM

I'm on StatCounter too and, like Stephen, wouldn't change it for the decidedly inferior SiteMeter even if you paid me. It gives you exactly the figures being used from SiteMeter too - unique visitor.

Stephen - you can make your StatCounter stats public so an email wouldn't even be necessary.

Posted by: mmChronic at February 28, 2005 03:18 PM

Different stat tools use different definitions of visits. Apples and oranges.

If yu care about my silly list, SiteMeter is free, and easy to get. Many people use more than one stat tool.

Posted by: David Weman at February 28, 2005 04:44 PM

Different stat tools use different definitions of visits. Apples and oranges.

If yu care about my silly list, SiteMeter is free, and easy to get. Many people use more than one stat tool.

Posted by: David Weman at February 28, 2005 04:47 PM

We just use one good stat tool - we don't use anything rubbish enough that we need another method to double check.

Care about this list? Not enough to downgrade our site or the tools we use to run it. Looks like we'll have to give up on our dreams of Euro fame! ;)

Posted by: mmchronic at February 28, 2005 05:40 PM

Hmmm. Me too.

Posted by: ILuvNUFC at February 28, 2005 08:55 PM

I've just installed sitemeter

hoping to make the top 20 next Monday...

Posted by: Robin Grant at March 1, 2005 12:05 AM

David says using different counters would be like comparing apples with oranges, but SiteMeter averages are calculated over radically different time periods, so it's apples and pears as it is.

SiteMeter offers an average over the lifetime of the counter, so it might be worth reseting it to remove data from the early days when you weren't so popular.

In other words, SiteMeter averages are only comparable if the counters are installed (or reset) simultaneously.

(They do offer rolling seven and thirty day averages, but you have to pay for that. StatCounter offers it free, of course.)

Posted by: Stephen Newton at March 1, 2005 10:44 AM

No, the SiteMeter average per day is a rolling 7 day average. I've checked with a calulator on a bunch of reports.

Posted by: David Weman at March 1, 2005 04:46 PM

Minus search engine hits (which add another 1369 hits) we got 3360 in the last 24 hours.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge at March 1, 2005 05:41 PM

Where's http://lvb.net/english.php ? ;-)

Maybe because my sitemeter.com stats are the total of the Dutch part ( http://lvb.net ) and the English part of my blog?

I'll put up a seperate counter for my English blog soon.

Posted by: LVB at March 1, 2005 09:05 PM

Oh, I didn't realize ou had an English blog. Sorry.

Posted by: David Weman at March 1, 2005 10:16 PM

I was wrong re. how SiteMeter calculates... sorry!

Posted by: Stephen Newton at March 2, 2005 12:43 PM

you could also include Vitriolica Webb's ite (http://unkemptwomen.blogspot.com)

Posted by: petite at March 2, 2005 08:52 PM

You should check out what BritBlog is doing here...

Looks like the best solution.

Also I checked out your No 1 MemeFirst, just to see how they've got it so right. And a nice blog it is too.

They've got a few counters. NetSat says their busiest day got 586 page views; ExtremeTraking says their average is 221 visitors; Webaliser (which should be best as it's server side) says 5762 visits on average in Feb (will include bots etc); SiteMeter says 1565 on average.

Europundit says 13357...

Posted by: Stephen Newton at March 4, 2005 05:09 PM

That looks like a bit of human error there - maybe it was a week's total rather than a daily average for the week. Robert over at A Welsh View must be grinding his teeth at being knocked into second by a clerical error.

The automated BritBlog charts would stop that happening.

Posted by: mmChronic at March 8, 2005 11:27 AM

Er, no there's no human error. Obviously the average for feb 28 will be different from the March 4 average. For chrissake!

Posted by: David Weman at March 8, 2005 03:36 PM