Today is the one-year anniversary of the Federated Search Blog. Here is a link to the very first post. The blog has hosted 182 posts and 137 comments during its first year. I would love to reminisce about what it took to build a federated search blog from zero to 570 RSS subscribers in a year but I’m going to save that for an article to be published in January in a different venue.

Today I’ll share some fun blog facts that I hope will be of as much interest to you as they are to me.

  • The most popular post “of all time” is Proxy servers and federated search. It’s been viewed 1,227 times.

  • The least popular post is A call to federated search conference attendees, with only two views.

  • Twenty unique blogs have linked to us in the last six months and we’ve received 133 total “blog reactions” since the blog’s inception, according to Technorati. That’s 2.5 or so reactions per week.

  • The blog’s rank is 313,608, also according to Technorati, which means that 313,607 blogs have more links from unique blogs in the last six months than we do. In April of last year, BusinessWeek reported that there were 15.5 million active blogs, i.e. blogs that had been updated in the last 90 days. If the number is about the same today then perhaps this blog is in the top 2% of all blogs, activity-wise. (Yes, the logic here is very sketchy!)

  • As of today, the blog has 570 RSS/email subscribers. If you divide that number by 365 days you get a rate of roughly 1.5 new subscribers per day.

  • 63 of the 570 subscribers (11%) get posts via email.

  • According to Google Analytics, there have been 27,577 visits and 59,056 page views in the last year from 18,838 unique visitors.

  • 43.51% of the traffic to the blog came from search engines, and 33.86% of traffic came from referring sites.

  • Most visits came from the U.S. Other major sources of visitors (in order of number of visits) include the UK, Canada, Australia, India, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Sweden, and Norway.

  • 68.30% of visitors were new while 31.70% of visitors were returning visitors.

Well, there you have it. Thank you for indulging me in this “stat-fest.” But, more importantly, thank you for being a member of this blog community in 2008. I’m looking forward to more blogging and more relationship-building in 2009..

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008 at 12:35 pm and is filed under viewpoints. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or TrackBack URI from your own site.

2 Responses so far to "Has it been a year already?"

  1. 1 Hope Leman
    December 3rd, 2008 at 5:26 pm  

    Pretty impressive for such a young blog! Many happy returns of the day.

  2. 2 Abe Lederman
    December 3rd, 2008 at 8:00 pm  

    Sol forgot to mention that the blog ranks #2 on Google searches for “federated search” and has been consistently in this position for several months.

    Happy birthday, blog.

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