Top 100 Knitting Blogs With Public Traffic Stats
Hello. My name is Kathryn, and I’m still a blog stat junkie.
You can have all the links in the world, but if no one actually visits, what’s the point?
Peeking behind the traffic curtain of knitting blogs is totally addictive. I love researching how sites build and retain viewership.
- Are they growing traffic, why or why not?
- Do they offer beautiful patterns?
- Do they tap into a new web trend?
- Do they tell a story like there’s no tomorrow?
- Do they crank out finished projects?
- Do they take great photographs?
- What percentage of daily traffic comes from Free Knitting Pattern Sites? Google? Links?
I could spend hours dinking around site stats under the guise of blog research.
Everyone Gets Lots Of Traffic Except Me
So not true.
New bloggers, struggling for visitors, view established, high traffic blogs as the norm. It is actually the complete opposite.
In my sample of 236 blogs with a total of 37,144 daily uniques:
- The top site (Yarn Harlot) got 9402 visits, the bottom site had 1
- The average site gets 157 visits
- Remove the top 5 and bottom 5 sites, and the average drops to 80
- Half of all sites get fewer than 30 visits a day
- 80% of knitting blogs get fewer than 100 daily uniques
It’s very easy to fall into a false emotional trap that everyone gets thousands of hits but me. The reality is if you have 30+ regular readers then you are in the top half of all knitting blogs.
How To Interpret The List
Are there other sites with lots of traffic? Yes. Are their stats public? Not yet.
For every well known knitting blog with large private stats, there are easily 10 smaller sites struggling to get a foot hold in cyberspace. Though not scientific, my sample is large enough to give us a good feel for how the average knitting blog is doing.
All blogs were visited and ranked on February 4, 2009. Please note as you revisit these sites that their Average Per Day unique visitors will fluctuate, sometimes significantly. The Top 100 list is a snapshot in time. Rather than an absolute ranking, think of the list as representing percentile groups. In my sample of 236 sites, if you are number 1-20 on the Top 100, you are easily in the top 10% of all knitting blogs ranked by traffic.
How To Join The List
Want to play? Make your stats publicly available on your blog and then drop me a note in the comments or contact page, and I’ll add you to the database for the next quarterly roundup.
Want to play but don’t have a stat counter? I recommend Sitemeter. It’s free and the overwhelming choice among knitting blogs.
You do not have to have any Technorati rank or authority. I’m also not concerned if you’ve posted regularly. If you are getting great traffic, yet last blogged in 2007, that still has merit to me. You are obviously offering something readers want.
The nice thing about using the 7 day rolling average for Daily Uniques is that a new blog is not theoretically disadvantaged compared to more established blogs. If you’ve got great traffic, you will make the Top 100 regardless of your blog’s age.
If your stats don’t make the quarterly traffic cut off for the Top 100, I’ll include you alphabetically below in the Up and Coming Knitting Blogs – Traffic. Here you can let others know your stats are public and get some linkage and visibility. And, you will be in the database so as your traffic grows, you could make the Top 100 next time.
It’s OK. They’ve made their stats public on purpose. Go peek. You know you want to.
Top 100 Knitting Blogs – Traffic
Up And Coming Knitting Blogs – Traffic
February 6, 2009