A buddy of mine just asked now much traffic ldsblogs.org and ldselect.org actually drive to my site. I thought I’d share:

For all of 2006, here’s the breakdown:

  • ldsblogs.org: 2492 referrals, which represents 9.2% of my total referrals.
  • ldselect.org: 2244 referrals, for 8.3% of the total.

However, if you consider the “long tail” of all the blogs that find out about my postings from either of the aggregators, and then refer to my blog from there–the number gets significantly larger.

For July 2006, here are the data:

  • ldsblogs.org: 1067 pages or 22.1%
  • ldselect.org: 943 pages or 15.9%

Anyway, just thought I’d share the info. FWIW.


  1. Clark Goble August 28, 2006 at 9:34 pm

    Out of curiosity how are you calculating this “long tail”? It sounds difficult to figure out that other blogs are discovering you from one of the two aggregators and then referring to you.

  2. John Dehlin August 28, 2006 at 9:37 pm

    It’s just a guess, really (gut?). But to me it makes sense. I guess it’s based on my own behavior. I really do use the web aggregators as my way to browse the ‘nacle, so I’m assuming that others do this too.

    I could be totally off, of course.

  3. Clark Goble August 28, 2006 at 10:08 pm

    I admit that 9/10 I use the links on my own blog. Although I have to admit that I find MA useful for finding stories I find interesting. I hate to say it but 95% of the posts at Mormon blogs I don’t read. I’m getting to the point where I suspect what could be said has been said. (Which isn’t to knock all the discussions for the newcomers)

  4. DKL August 28, 2006 at 11:30 pm

    Thanks for posting the numbers. It’s an interesting comparison, and (I believe) information and transparency are good things.

    I don’t know how much difference it makes, but it may be worth noting that LDSelect went live in mid-February of 2006. Thus, the first 1.5 months of the date range you use for comparison.

    During January and early February, you’d have received no hits whatever (or negligible hits from a small pool of beta-testers) from LDSelect. I don’t know at what point you were listed on MA, or when your 2006 range begins for them.

  5. DKL August 28, 2006 at 11:35 pm

    I apologize that the preceding comment seems to lapse into illiteracy. I won’t litter this thread further with a correction, because I think you can deduce the gist of my point in spite of it’s nearly nonsensical expression.

    Suffice it to say, John, I think you’re doing a good job.

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