For a Sunstone Presentation I’m giving in August at the 2006 SLC Sunstone Symposium, I gathered together the rankings of all the prominent Mormon-themed web sites and blogs that I could find. The data comes from The ranking represents world ranking on the Internet.

If there are any major web sites or blogs that I have omitted, please advise. Also, I’d love to hear thoughts/analysis on this list from anyone who is interested in sharing.

Top Mormon-Related Web Sites Worldwide Web Rank 2,387 2,890 8,832 (dating) 31,226 (dating) 31,493
deseretbook 35,363 (mission info) 38,435 58,593 (anti) 84,451
meridianmagazine 126,633
timesandseasons (blog) 131,802 (anti) 160,918 185,505 (apologetic) 191,282
bycommonconsent (blog) 226,907 (anti) 235,480 380,659
millenialstar (blog) 383,210 (anti) 387,997 (apologetic) 446,237 (gay & lesbian) 463,066
feministmormonhousewives (blog) 533,133 — -rethinking mormonism (anti) 544,305 565,339 661,052 (anti) 684,130 (anti) 752,494 (blog) 816,374 845,282 (blog & podcast) 852,648
Dave’s Mormon Inquiry (blog) 869,570 (blog) 988,707 (anti) 1,037,302 1,120,534 1,235,567 (anti) 1,280,959 (blog) 1,356,045
Nine Moons (blog) 1,769,563 (blog) 1,810,189 (blog) 1,815,089 (apologetic) 2,194,342 (anti) 2,202,643
Mormon Wasp (blog) 2,359,379 (blog) 2,406,301 3,098,061
snarkernacle (blog) 3,454,312 (blog & podcast) 3,533,691 4,131,484 4,709,599 (blog) 6,041,039


  1. Just for Quix June 27, 2006 at 4:38 pm

    A couple more data points:

    Google Trends: Noticeably “LDS” and “Mormon” related searches appears to be erractically searched with a long term declining trend over the last two years. These terms significantly outweigh other terms relating to LDS dating, Desert Book, et al. (However many of those show, if they have volume enough to show up on the charts, demonstrate increasing trends or seasonal trends.)

    Conversely, Keyword Selection ( in May 06: “LDS dating” owns the category with 153,580. (Add another 10K if you add derivatives of this.) “LDS” combined with “LDS Church” and “CoJCof LDS” –even adding “LDS family search” accounts for only 47105 searches.

  2. Dallas Robbins June 27, 2006 at 7:28 pm

    Geez, I’m at the bottom, huh? Just another item to mess with my head. Thanks a bunch, John! :-)

  3. John Dehlin June 27, 2006 at 8:15 pm

    Dallas! Dude! I’m sure it’s messed up. I know a ton of people who listen to your podcast. It’s a statistical aberration…I’d bet good money on it.

    You are still the man.

  4. Johnna June 28, 2006 at 11:46 am

    What? Someone tracked the fact I’ve been to NewCoolThang six million times?

  5. Kim Siever June 28, 2006 at 12:28 pm

    Our Thoughts is ranked 1,865,373, for the record. :)

  6. Eric James Stone June 28, 2006 at 12:50 pm

    For high-traffic sites that pull a wide number of visitors, Alexa gives a fair approximation of rank.

    But the less traffic a site gets, the more likely its ranking can be dramatically changed by even a single visitor who is running Alexa’s browser toolbar.

    My personal website,, has an Alexa traffic rank of 71,539 — which would put my site in the top ten on your list above if I blogged more about LDS issues.

    There is no way my site gets more traffic than Times and Seasons, for example. But since I have Alexa’s toolbar installed in my browser, it counts all my visits to my own site, including when I check my email through the web interface. It then takes my visits to my own site and extrapolates that a percentage of visitors to my site are visiting it just as often and seeing just as many page views as I do, even though no one else does.

    That gives my site a disproportionately high traffic rank.

    I’ve looked at Alexa traffic rank on small sites that I start to visit frequently, and their rank often spikes after I start coming. The sample size is so small that I can have an impact.

    So, while I’d like to think that my personal site gets more traffic than, I’m afraid it isn’t so.

  7. Eric James Stone June 28, 2006 at 12:54 pm

    One more note: Despite its limitations, Alexa is still the best source for traffic information that I know of. You might want to try ranking by their “Reach” statistic rather than “Traffic Ranking,” though, because the “Reach” stats aren’t influenced as much by a single user repeatedly visiting a site.

  8. John Dehlin June 28, 2006 at 1:25 pm

    This is all very good feedback. Thanks, Eric!

    I use Firefox (personally), and there’s no Alexa toolbar for that.

    I wonder who in the world actually installs the toolbar? That’s what I’m wondering.

    Anyway, thanks again for the thoughts.

  9. John Dehlin June 28, 2006 at 1:27 pm

    P.S. Cool blog, by the way!!!

  10. Eric James Stone June 28, 2006 at 1:47 pm

    > I wonder who in the world actually installs the
    > toolbar? That’s what I’m wondering.

    You mean, other than me? :)

    Other than buffing up my Alexa stats, I use it because it shows the traffic rank of the site I’m on and lists related sites.

  11. DKL June 28, 2006 at 4:48 pm

    Another data point, Eric. The toolbar only runs on Internet Explorer on Windows. It is therefore biased against sites whose users are disproportionately using non-Windows operating systems or browsers based on Mozilla or Konqueror.

    Using LDSelect visitors as an example, 62% of them use Internet Explorer, which is a rate of usage quite a bit lower than IE’s actual market share. Moreover, only 86% of them use Windows based machines, the rest is split evenly between Mac and Linux (I use a Mac myself, but I filter log entries containing my own IP addresses from the activity reports.)

  12. John Dehlin June 28, 2006 at 5:37 pm

    Makes me wonder how valuable the stats are. Totally worthless? Kinda decent indicators? Pretty valuable?


  13. DKL June 28, 2006 at 5:58 pm

    Well, I’m going to put a link to the Alexa toolbar on my site, and we’ll see if that improves the ratings.

  14. paula June 28, 2006 at 6:00 pm

    I’d be very surprised if is really that much higher than gets a great deal of non-LDS visitors, looking for genealogy information. I suppose that more lds visitors might go to, since we’re notoriously bad at getting around to genealogy, but I would have expected the genealogy hobbyists to put familysearch about So I’d question that stats too.

  15. Sheldon June 28, 2006 at 6:56 pm

    Let Your Mind Alone ranks 1,820,970… putting it right after Sunstone Blog :)

  16. Stephen M (Ethesis) June 28, 2006 at 9:02 pm

    bycommonconsent (blog) 226,907 (anti) 235,480 380,659
    millenialstar (blog) 383,210 (anti) 387,997 (apologetic) 446,237 (gay & lesbian) 463,066
    feministmormonhousewives (blog) 533,133

    Hmm … 454,442

    That is at about 70k hits a week.

    Traffic Rank for 685,551

    At about 200 hits a day right now.

    I’d think they would be a lot further apart. They are in google page rank.

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    I’m amazed that people who visit my blog spend a lot of time at wordpress.

  17. Stephen M (Ethesis) June 28, 2006 at 9:05 pm

    Wait a moment. At 685,551 … 565,339 661,052 (anti) 684,130 (anti) 752,494 (blog) 816,374

    I’m ahead of

    Dave’s Mormon Inquiry (blog) 869,570 (blog) 988,707


    Gee, wonder what would happen if I dropped firefox for something that supported Alexa?

  18. Stephen M (Ethesis) June 28, 2006 at 9:13 pm

    BTW, would you be interested in exchanging blogroll links?

  19. Stephen M (Ethesis) July 4, 2006 at 2:32 pm

    Guess not. If you change your mind and are interested in exchanging blogroll links, let me know.

  20. annegb July 5, 2006 at 10:31 am

    Stephen, I would give them a few weeks, I bet you’ll hear from them. Summer is awful and a lot of people don’t check their e-mail regularly.

    They would certainly benefit from your suggestion.

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