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The State of the Blogosphere 2006

Dave Sifry’s State of the Blogosphere for February 2006 is out, and making a cute pun, he says that the state of the blogosphere is “strong”.

…but the truth is that the blogosphere continues to grow at a quickening pace. Technorati currently tracks 27.2 Million weblogs, and the blogosphere we track continues to double about every 5.5 months…The blogosphere is over 60 times bigger than it was only 3 years ago.

New blog creation continues to grow. We currently track over 75,000 new weblogs created every day, which means that on average, a new weblog is created every second of every day – and 13.7 million bloggers are still posting 3 months after their blogs are created. In other words, even though there’s a reasonable amount of tire-kicking going on, blogging is growing as a habitual activity. In October of 2005, when Technorati was only tracking 19 million blogs, about 10.4 million bloggers were still posting 3 months after the creation of their blogs.

In addition to that, about 2.7 million bloggers update their blogs at least weekly.

Wow. Unfortunately, as with all good things there is an evil side and according to Technorati’s Sifry:

There has been an increase in the overall noise level in the blogosphere, most notably in the number of spam and fake pings that are sent – what I call “spings”. These spam pings are fake or bogus notifications that a blog has been updated; in some cases, these spings can amount to a denial-of-service attack, and can sometimes account for as much as 60% of the total pings Technorati receives.

Technorati is working on putting a stop to spings, but also reports that “about 9% of new blogs are spam or machine generated, or are attempts to create link farms or click fraud.” That’s sad.

Tagging is growing by huge leaps and bounds as every blogger seems to want to get into the tagging fun. According to the report, “Today, we have tracked over 81 Million posts with tags or categories – and over 400,000 new tagged posts are created every day.” Still, tags are new and while it is up to the blogger to tag their own posts, they’ve had some problems with what they are calling “critical mass of tags”:

Over 2,500 categories have already attracted a critical mass of influential bloggers writing about them, from Politics and Technology to Gardening or Erotica. And more are created every day, making it easier for people to find the most interesting blogs in the topics they care about.

So if you are blogging about those critical mass tags, your competition for attracting readers based upon tag searches is huge. If you are blogging about collecting Armenian coins or planting corn in Saudi Arabia, then you will have little competition in the tag search results.

There are usually several parts of Sifry’s State of the Blogosphere report so stay tuned.

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