We’re Number One! I mean, #1,029,545.
I recently ran global popularity ranking statistics from Alexa.com for some of my favorite and least favorite Mormon websites. (I’m not going to name which is which.)
(But you can probably guess.)
This is by no means a comprehensive list of Mormon websites because, in spite of evidence to the contrary, I don’t spend all my time on the Internet and so I am not familiar with every website in existence. Also, websites with very small followings are not ranked by Alexa. The rankings are constantly changing, so if anyone wants to check my work today, you are likely to find different results. Alexa rankings are based on web popularity over three months. I happened to test them on a date which did not include a General Conference within the previous three months, which may make Mormon websites appear less popular in general. The most popular websites have low rankings.
Meridian Magazine and Ordain Women were neck and neck, with Meridian coming out ahead. (Darn it!) Although they have about the same readership, I am pretty confident that their readers are completely distinct cohorts.
When Wheat and Tares conducts its annual Wheaties contest, By Common Consent and Feminist Mormon Housewives compete against each other one-on-one in the “Big Blogs” category. From these stats, it is apparent why. But make room for Rational Faiths! Wow, has this newbie got readership! Hey, Barker brothers, how did you get so many readers so fast?
Here at the Exponent, we could use some tips. Our little sister, Young Mormon Feminists, is already more popular than us! Fortunately, I am used to reining in my jealousy because my biological little sisters are more popular than me, too.
Our other Mormon feminist sister blog, Zelophehad’s Daughters, is at the bottom of the chart, which makes sense, because ZD posts less often than the other Mormon feminist bogs, most of which post something new almost daily. When I created this chart, ZD’s newest post was three days old! That is like 75 in Internet years. Also, their URL is too hard to spell if you don’t happen to be one of the geniuses that blogs over there. Yet, their overall awesomeness compensates enough that they still made the Alexa rankings.
So, Exponent readers, what do you think of our status near the middle of this chart? Do you think we are reaching all the people who would be interested in what we have to offer here? What do you think we could do to grow our audience? Do you have any suggestions for us?