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Is RSS dead? Newspaper subscriber numbers now and 18 months ago compared
January 4, 2011 – 12:32 pm | 12 Comments
Is RSS dead? Newspaper subscriber numbers now and 18 months ago compared

There have been a couple of articles recently (see below) proclaiming the slow death of RSS as a way for users to subscribe to websites. So how do the number of subscribers to newspaper RSS feeds compare?

Here's a table that compares the number of subscribers in Google Reader to each paper's most popular RSS feed 18 months ago and today.

Google’s reading level scores for UK newspapers
December 11, 2010 – 3:45 pm | One Comment
Google’s reading level scores for UK newspapers

Google's launched a new feature that analyzes reading level scores for websites. Here are the scores for national UK newspapers, plus the overall verdict Google gives on the site's reading level.
There's no right score - ...

How much traffic Twitter drives to UK newspaper sites
March 26, 2010 – 7:00 am | 5 Comments
How much traffic Twitter drives to UK newspaper sites

Adam Sherk recently pointed out that Twitter drives less than 1% of traffic to US newspaper and magazine sites (but noted that this still makes it "a top 25 referrer for all the [10 sites he asked] and top 10 referrers for most").

Trying my luck somewhat, I asked people from the three largest UK newspaper sites (the Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Guardian) what their figures were.
* For the Mail, under 0.5% of their referrer traffic is from Twitter.
* For the Telegraph, 0.5% of global traffic and 0.25% of uk traffic currently comes from twitter.
* For the Guardian, 0.4% of their page impressions in February came from Twitter.

How much prominence should online corrections and clarifications get?
February 11, 2010 – 11:57 am | 2 Comments
How much prominence should online corrections and clarifications get?

The Press Complaints Commission is on Twitter. It tweets when it arranges for a correction or clarification to be made. Which lets us see how much prominence they are given when they're published.
Today, it tweeted:
The ...

John Terry: another nail in the superinjunction coffin?
January 30, 2010 – 3:54 pm | No Comment
John Terry: another nail in the superinjunction coffin?

John Terry's been "nobbing" Wayne Bridge's girlfriend as one of the edits on Wikipedia puts it. Terry got a superinjunction forbidding publication of this story - and of the fact that there was an injunction. ...

National newspaper Twitter account growth gets ever slower …
December 2, 2009 – 10:57 pm | 2 Comments

UK national newspaper Twitter accounts are continuing to grow - but the rate is getting slower and slower, according to the latest figures for the 129 accounts I'm tracking. November to December growth was just 6.6%, down from 17% earlier in the year.

Growth of Newspaper Twitter accounts running out of steam
November 3, 2009 – 8:45 am | 4 Comments

Newspaper Twitter accounts are continuing to grow - but at an ever slower rate, according to the latest figures for the 130 accounts I'm tracking. October to November growth was just 8.3%.

September ABCes: How the Guardian and Telegraph overtook the Mail
October 25, 2009 – 11:31 pm | 2 Comments

June 2009 saw the Mail Online unexpectedly overtake both the Guardian and Telegraph in the ABCes, partly on the back of US traffic and Michael Jackson stories.

Fast forward to September and the story is the same as earlier in the year - Guardian first, Telegraph second and Mail third. So what's changed? To find out, I've compared the ABCe figures for UK and foreign visitors in June and in September. The difference between the Guardian's performance and that of the Telegraph and Mail is revealing.

Rate of growth slows for newspaper Twitter accounts
October 5, 2009 – 10:26 pm | 4 Comments

National UK newspapers had 1,665,202 followers of their Twitter accounts at the start of October - an increase of 193,266 on September 1st (when they had 1,471,936).

The rate of growth has slowed, however. This is a monthly increase of 13.1%, compared with 17% from August 1 to September 1, and also from July 1 to August 1.

Papers continue shameful coverage of vaccination death
September 30, 2009 – 10:19 am | 7 Comments

I posted yesterday about the shameful reporting of the tragic death of a girl who died on the same day as getting the cervical cancer vaccine - and how, without any evidence of a link, the papers were giving the impression that the vaccine, which will save hundreds of lives a year, is unsafe.

So, how are the papers covering the news that, as the BBC news site puts it in its 3rd most important story "Cancer jab 'unlikely' death cause: A girl who died shortly after being given a cervical cancer vaccine had a 'serious underlying medical condition', an NHS Trust says"?

Cervical cancer jab: how the newspapers have learned nothing from MMR
September 29, 2009 – 11:00 am | 12 Comments
Cervical cancer jab: how the newspapers have learned nothing from MMR

The UK media have learned nothing from the debacle over the MMR vaccine - where they relentlessly covered stories doubting the safety of MMR, putting the lives of children at risk.
They are continuing their habit ...

SEOing Patrick Swayze’s and Keith Floyd’s death
September 15, 2009 – 11:10 am | 2 Comments
SEOing Patrick Swayze’s and Keith Floyd’s death

Patrick Swayze has died. So has Keith Floyd.

So no surprise that UK newspapers are rushing to publish as many news stories as they can on the subject to try to appear multiple times in the news and web search results, even if some of the pages are very similar.

Unexplained phenomenon: Telegraph pips Guardian and Mail to SEO victory
September 6, 2009 – 8:00 am | One Comment
Unexplained phenomenon: Telegraph pips Guardian and Mail to SEO victory

Google's logo over the weekend showed one of its Os being abducted by aliens, triggering an SEO scrap among UK newspapers, which the Telegraph won.

How many Diggs you need to get the nofollow taken off
September 3, 2009 – 9:55 am | 4 Comments
How many Diggs you need to get the nofollow taken off

Digg has started nofollowing links below a certain threshold of popularity. From a quick hunt around, I reckon it's somewhere above 200 Diggs. However, some sites appear to be trusted and need fewer. Other sites need more.

UK newspaper twitter followers up 17% from August to September
September 2, 2009 – 12:14 pm | 3 Comments

National UK newspaper accounts had 1,471,936 followers at the start of September, an increase of 213,892 or 17% on August 1 (when they had 1,258,044 followers).

You can see the September figures in the table.

Guardian has the most bookmarks on Delicious
August 26, 2009 – 7:30 am | 2 Comments

The Guardian has more bookmarks on Delicious than any other UK newspaper according to Quarkbase. There are nearly 11,000 bookmarks for the Guardian, with the Times in 2nd (3,944) and the Independent 3rd (3,196).

Telegraph winning at film review SEO
August 12, 2009 – 8:00 am | One Comment

Can't decide whether to watch a film? If you're searching online for a current film review, the Telegraph is winning the SEO battle.

Guardian and Times the most cited UK papers on wikipedia
August 7, 2009 – 8:45 am | 4 Comments

There are more than 100,000 citations on Wikipedia that reference the Guardian - more than twice as much as any other UK national newspaper. The FT is way down the list - barely higher than the Sun.

How sticky are visitors to UK newspaper sites?
August 5, 2009 – 8:30 am | 3 Comments

Visitors to UK newspaper sites look at an average of 2.5 pages a day, according to data from Alexa. And 62.8% of users look at just one page. Only the Sun (4 pages/day per user), Guardian (3.1) and Telegraph (2.9) come out above average in terms of daily page views per user.

Sites that drive the most USA traffic to UK newspaper sites
August 3, 2009 – 8:30 am | One Comment

Overall, Google drives the most US traffic to the nine UK national newspaper sites - 19.1%. News aggregator Drudgereport.com is the 2nd highest source of US traffic. Next is Yahoo at 5.2%, with Facebook 4th at 1.6%.