For the past three weeks since BlogNetNews.com came out with their first California Blog ranking some of us have been all a flutter here in the OC over the rankings of our local blogs.Ã‚Â The first week, Red/County/OCBlog took first place, the second, was Orange Juice,Ã‚Â this week it’s Orange Punch on top.Ã‚Â Here at TheLiberalOC I’m pleased to report that this week we moved up to Number 3.:smile:
On Thursday Dan Chmielewski on LiberalOC posted rankings from another site What Alexa Says that prompted Art Pedroza to post the site meter traffic numbers for Orange Juice and LiberalOC.
While your numbers are picking up of late (congrats!), here is where we are this week:
Liberal OC: 2,167 visits & 5,446 page views
Orange Juice!: 3,118 visits & 11,066 page views
No idea where Red County/OC Blog sits as they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t share their numbers with the public.
Matt/Jubal at OCBlog responded:
No, we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t.
But here are our numbers for this week so far:
Page views: 25,990
Impressive numbers no doubt, but the question and answer prompts a few interesting questions. How are those numbers determined? Do they represent unique visits the way Site Meter calculates them, or are they simply a total of every single visit? With numbers that good, why not show them all the time?
The point of these questions is not to push a debate about who’s Blog is bigger.Ã‚Â Rather, the fact that Matt at OCBlog and Jon over at Flash Report do not disclose their numbers publicly, or even use an independent and common measure to count these numbers, makes me wonder why not?
What’s the deal guys, why not place the free Site Meter counter on your main page andÃ‚Â let anyone find out the numbers, in a format that can be compared, at anytime and on any day?Ã‚Â Matt, you were proud toÃ‚Â display your BlogNetNews rankingÃ‚Â when it wasÃ‚Â “Number 1″, but took the ranking down when it changed?Ã‚Â Orange Juice and LiberalOC have no problem postingÃ‚Â our rankings no matter what our numbers are.Ã‚Â
So to Matt and Jon I issue this simple challenge…
Show everyone the numbers, every day, all the time.Ã‚Â Use a common independent service to calculate those numbers.Ã‚Â Heck guys, with the numbers you report, you certainly have nothing to hide. Right?
In the effort to be fair, I also issue the same challenge to the Orange County register to place a Site Meter calculator on you blog pages as well.