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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Top Blog Posts of 2006, or How to Make It Big in the Blogosphere

Nielsen BuzzMetrics did a study on the most popular blog posts of 2006, and surprisingly, the usual suspects didn't make it. I'm looking at you, Mike Arrington, Scoble, and Om Malik. None of them were on the list. In fact, politics and blogging on blogs were the hottest items.

The top post was a petition against changes in Livejournal's interface. Four posts were from Crooks and Liars, and three were Technorati's Dave Sifry's posts on the State of the Blogosphere. There's definitely a liberal bias with the conservative Michelle Malkin getting affirmative action treatment at number 6. So, how do you make it big in the blogosphere?

Apparently, writing about politics, complaining about change, and writing about change are the best ways. I guess having a huge readership like TechCrunch and getting the concomitant number of linkbacks are two very different things. Certainly, TechCrunch's audience is likely dominated by business types who either don't blog, won't blog, or can't blog.

Update: A possible explanation here for why political blogs dominate tech blogs.

The top 10 posts of 2006:
  1. 2006 Petition Against Changes in the Livejournal Interface from mother.livejournal.com, 801 links.
  2. Colbert Does the White House Correspondents Dinner from Crooks and Liars, 622 links.
  3. Keith Olbermann Delivers One Hell Of a Commentary on Rumsfeld from Crooks and Liars, 359 links.
  4. State of the Blogosphere, August 2006 from Sifry.com, 339 links.
  5. Keith Olbermann's Special Comment on Bush: Who has left this hole in the ground? We have not forgotten, Mr. President. You have. May this country forgive you. from Crooks and Liars, 330 links.
  6. Support Denmark: Why The Forbidden Cartoons Matter from MichelleMalkin.com, 307 links.
  7. SNL: If Al Gore were President from Crooks and Liars, 286 posts.
  8. Milking it? from EU Referendum, 284 posts.
  9. State of the Blogosphere, February 2006 Part 1: On Blogosphere Growth from Sifry.com, 282 links.
  10. State of the Blogosphere, April 2006 Part 1: On Blogosphere Growth from Sifry.com, 269 links.
Read the press release here.

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