The Blogosphere’s 29 Most Influential Political Bloggers

In the past, I have ranked blogs based on their Alexa ranking. However, Alexa isn’t a perfect tool and it also is unable to evaluate certain types of websites, which makes it less than ideal way of establishing a blogger pecking order.

Therefore, I decided to try a different approach just to see how that compared — ranking political blogs based on how many links they’re receiving from their fellow bloggers. I went to Technorati, Daypop, Blogstreet, and the Truth Laid Bear Ecosystem on Tuesday and counted how many links went to the top 100 POLITICAL blogs listed. Then I went through and weeded out any blog that didn’t make the top 100 on at least 3 of the 4 measuring tools.

At that point, there were only 29 blogs left and I took their best 3 scores (or there only 3 scores if that was the case) and added them up. For example, if “Blog X” was the 3rd, 12th, 19th, & 26th, most linked to blog on the 4 top 100 pages I used, the 26th place finish would be dropped and “Blog X” would get a score of 34. Blogs with a score <34 would be ahead of "Blog X" and blogs with a score >34 would be ranked behind it. Understand the scoring? Good deal.

In that case, here are the blogosphere’s 29 most influential political bloggers based on the number of links they receive from other blogs…


















































































































































































































































Bloggers


Truth Laid
Bear Ecosystem

Technorati
Top 100

Daypop Citations

Blogstreet Top 100

Total

1) Instapundit

1

5

3

2

6

2) Andrew Sullivan

5

11

10

5

20

3) Eschaton

4

16

8

9

21

4) Talking Points Memo

3

13


7

23

5) Daily Kos

2

18

12

19

32

6) USS Clueless

8


14

18

40

7) CalPundit

14

30


26

70

8) The Volokh Conspiracy

6

36


31

73

9) James Lileks

11

44

63

20

75

10) Little
Green Footballs

7

25

51

73

83

11) Samizdata

31

67

26

33

90

12) VodkaPundit

33

74

29

32

94

13) Matthew Yglesias

17

86

44

42

103

14) Where is Raed?

68

23

16

24

108

15) Talk Left

38

90

30

44

112

16) Asymmetrical Information

42


33

38

113

17) A Small Victory

12

52


55

119

18) Scrappleface

27

82

32

64

123

19) OxBlog

36

98

50

40

126

20) Right Wing News

26

87

40

62

128

21) BuzzMachine

44


23

66

133

22) Brad
DeLong

28

78


43

149

23) The Truth Laid Bear

41

70

53


164

24) Oliver Willis

55


35

83

168

25) Lawrence Lessig


100

27

60

187

26) Crooked Timber

25

88


81

194

27) Counterspin Central

56


72

81

209

28) Team Stryker

62


71

92

225

29) Rittenhouse Review

73


66

95

234

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