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Blogs Grew by Almost Three Million
in the Third Quarter of 2006
NOVEMBER 25, 2006
New State of the Blogosphere report by
Technorati's latest State of the Blogosphere report shows
continuing growth in the number of active blogs, with over 57 million blogs
currently being tracked.
However, growth in blog numbers has slowed slightly since the last quarter,
something Technorati put down to more effective measures at limiting the
number of spam blogs (aka 'splogs') listed. This is a good thing.
The figures, excluding the splogs Technorati claims it has reduced, indexed at
around 4%, from 8% in last quarter's figures. This reduction has impacted on
overall blog growth, which is down from an average of 160,000 new blogs per day
in July to 100,000 new blogs at the end of September.
The question we have is this: how much of the massive blog growth reported by
Technorati in the past was due to splogs? And will Technorati a) restate old
figures / growth, and, b) remove splogs already indexed, to clean up its
Technorati CEO Dave Sifry acknowledges the splog problem and promises a more
detailed analysis of the issue next quarter. Just as with web sites, there are
good blogs, not-so-good ones, and terrible ones. Blogs are popular. There were
100,000 blogs in 2002, according to Technorati. In 2004, the figure jumped to
4.8 million. In 2005 there were 13,200,000. Today, there are 57 million blogs.
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