Sifry says 45% of entire blogosphere stagnant

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Sifry says 45% of entire blogosphere stagnant
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Dave Sifry of Technorati has updated his "State of the Blogosphere" says Battelle. In Battelle's comment section (linked above) Sifry drops the lead weight.....

We're seeing about 45% of weblogs are "stagnant", meaning that they haven't been updated in 6 months or more, and that's not using statistical sampling methods, that's from watching the entire blogosphere.


Unsurprising i guess...

I see this on a very, very small scale personally - you pick up a feed that looks interesting based on a link or a technorati/pubsub query, follow it for a few weeks, the blogger obviously gets bored or dissallusioned due to lack of attention and the blog dies...

All that stagnant data has to be good for something, but it certainly wouldn't help the technorati index - wonder if they pull dead blogs out after a certain period?

You and I suspected it to be true because we read a lot online. The blog spammers KNOW it to be true. I wonder how the bloggers themselves will react to that rather stark number? My guess: "Well, the 55% left is great, just great. And, ummmm, it's more than half-alive."

45% blogspam enabled :)

It's actually a bigger chunk then I thought ... back to work :)

Fickle Bloggers

So we have a huge increase in number of blogs, then rise in number of abandoned blogs.

Before blogs, there was geocities ...

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

This isn't a problem that's restricted to personal sites, though. In the corporate world, websites designed around little dynamic content tend to get forgotten about and quickly become outdated.

And then there's the story about the restaurant owner fined $3000 for his outdated website.

I'm surprised's only 45%. Writing is work, and calling it "a blog" doesn't make that work any less difficult or time consuming.

trust me those blogs are having content added all the time

We've known this for a long time. But those blogs are not stagnant. There are many volunteers who are contributing content by way adding of comments. I think we should thank blog spammers for helping keep these blogs active and growing.

Yeh, thanks guys.

Just a thought

Has anyone ever been "done" (ie. gotten into trouble) for blog spamming? I have seen high profile email spam legal cases and heard about people getting hate mail and burley blokes turning up at offices for email spam, but never heard of anyone talking about the downsides to blog spamming?

Chris Garrett wrote: "Has an

Chris Garrett wrote:

"Has anyone ever been "done" (ie. gotten into trouble) for blog spamming?"

Blog spamming, along with email spam, fax spam and referral spam, was one of the many charges levelled against several top spammers in 2003 under Virginia's exceptionally tough anti-spam laws.

Unfortunately, the federal CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, signed into US law in December of that year took away most prosecution power from the states in favor of a national anti-spam law that's proved to be anything but useful.

The problem, of course, is that far fewer people are directly affected by comment spam as compared to email spam, so it's not yet a really high-profile problem. It's easier for a politician to want to act on all the junk mail filling his email account, rather than the complaints of relatively small number of people who are aware of the problem.

It's too bad that you can't simply put a statement on the comment submission form stating that using the comment service to commercially advertise without permission is forbidden, and leaves the comment submitter open to charges for commercial use of your services, and actually have it be enforceable, which it really isn't.

It'd also be interesting to see some sort of "blogger's alliance" to convince the government to act on current anti-hacking laws that might consider the automated spambots hitting your server at once an "attack", which can result in some serious jail time these days.

I am, however, not optimistic about anything being done.

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Use a different high annonimity proxy server every time you do it, theoretically speaking of course.

Geocities, ezines, newsletter

Geocities, ezines, newsletters, forums, blogs - it is all the same. People get bored or discouraged do to lack of feedback or encouragement. Or life changes - they discover girls, graduate, have kids and the time spent online gets preempted. It's not just blogs that become abandoned.

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