The Blogosphere’s 29 Most Influential Political Bloggers

by John Hawkins | April 8, 2004 1:52 am

In the past, I have ranked blogs[1] based on their Alexa[2] 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[3]

Blogstreet Top 100[4]

Total

1) Instapundit[5]

1

5

3

2

6

2) Andrew Sullivan[6]

5

11

10

5

20

3) Eschaton[7]

4

16

8

9

21

4) Talking Points Memo[8]

3

13


7

23

5) Daily Kos[9]

2

18

12

19

32

6) USS Clueless[10]

8


14

18

40

7) CalPundit[11]

14

30


26

70

8) The Volokh Conspiracy[12]

6

36


31

73

9) James Lileks[13]

11

44

63

20

75

10) Little
Green Footballs

7

25

51

73

83

11) Samizdata[14]

31

67

26

33

90

12) VodkaPundit[15]

33

74

29

32

94

13) Matthew Yglesias[16]

17

86

44

42

103

14) Where is Raed?[17]

68

23

16

24

108

15) Talk Left[18]

38

90

30

44

112

16) Asymmetrical Information[19]

42


33

38

113

17) A Small Victory[20]

12

52


55

119

18) Scrappleface[21]

27

82

32

64

123

19) OxBlog[22]

36

98

50

40

126

20) Right Wing News[23]

26

87

40

62

128

21) BuzzMachine[24]

44


23

66

133

22) Brad
DeLong

28

78


43

149

23) The Truth Laid Bear[25]

41

70

53


164

24) Oliver Willis[26]

55


35

83

168

25) Lawrence Lessig[27]


100

27

60

187

26) Crooked Timber[28]

25

88


81

194

27) Counterspin Central[29]

56


72

81

209

28) Team Stryker[30]

62


71

92

225

29) Rittenhouse Review[31]

73


66

95

234

Endnotes:
  1. ranked blogs: https://rightwingnews.com/special/topblogs.php
  2. Alexa: http://www.alexa.com/
  3. Daypop Citations: http://www.daypop.com/blogrank/
  4. Blogstreet Top 100: http://blogstreet.com/top100.html
  5. Instapundit: http://www.instapundit.com/
  6. Andrew Sullivan: http://www.andrewsullivan.com/
  7. Eschaton: http://atrios.blogspot.com/
  8. Talking Points Memo: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/
  9. Daily Kos: http://www.dailykos.com/
  10. USS Clueless: http://denbeste.nu/
  11. CalPundit: http://www.calpundit.com/
  12. The Volokh Conspiracy: http://volokh.com/
  13. James Lileks: http://www.lileks.com/bleats/
  14. Samizdata: http://samizdata.net/blog/
  15. VodkaPundit: http://www.vodkapundit.com/
  16. Matthew Yglesias: http://www.matthewyglesias.com/
  17. Where is Raed?: http://www.dear_raed.blogspot.com/
  18. Talk Left: http://www.talkleft.com/
  19. Asymmetrical Information: http://www.janegalt.net/
  20. A Small Victory: http://asmallvictory.net/
  21. Scrappleface: http://Scrappleface
  22. OxBlog: http://oxblog.blogspot.com/
  23. Right Wing News: https://rightwingnews.com/
  24. BuzzMachine: http://www.buzzmachine.com/
  25. The Truth Laid Bear: http://www.truthlaidbear.com/
  26. Oliver Willis: http://www.oliverwillis.com/
  27. Lawrence Lessig: http://www.lessig.org/blog/
  28. Crooked Timber: http://www.crookedtimber.org/
  29. Counterspin Central: http://counterspin.blogspot.com/
  30. Team Stryker: http://sgtstryker.com/
  31. Rittenhouse Review: http://rittenhouse.blogspot.com/

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