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The (in)accuracy of Alexa: more evidence not to rely on it
September 2, 2009 – 7:30 am | 2 Comments
The (in)accuracy of Alexa: more evidence not to rely on it

I'm giving up comparing websites using Alexa.com's data. Checking the accuracy of Alexa data using ABCe numbers led me to believe they were good enough to rely on. But the Times reckons the Alexa numbers in my latest post relating to referrals from the BBC were rubbish - and the Guardian agrees.

Hey, James Murdoch: How about thanking the BBC for all your traffic?
September 1, 2009 – 7:20 am | One Comment

Instead of lambasting the BBC for the "chilling" effect of its online activities, and blaming the problems of online news sites on the BBC "dumping free, state-sponsored news on the market", News Corp chief James Murdoch should thank the BBC for all the traffic it sends his way.

The BBC is responsible for about 870,000 visitors a month to Times Online and 1.1 million to thesun.co.uk (see methodology, below).

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).

Is this the model for newspapers charging for online content?
August 17, 2009 – 2:26 pm | One Comment

I recently argued that bundling was the most likely way of Rupert Murdoch succeeding in charging for his newspapers online. And now I've spotted that the Times / Sunday Times are already doing that with their Culture section (apologies if you already knew this).

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.

How Murdoch CAN charge for online content – but can any other papers?
August 10, 2009 – 11:33 am | No Comment

I've written a guest post for econsultancy, entitled: Murdoch CAN charge for content online, but can anyone else?

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%.

UK newspaper Twitter followers: 1 August
August 1, 2009 – 3:31 pm | 4 Comments
UK newspaper Twitter followers: 1 August

With 981,359 followers, @Guardiantech is closing in on a million, as I reveal the latest figures for UK newspaper Twitter accounts. @GuardianTech has jumped 150,000 followers in a month. @TimesFashion (29,190 followers) has moved up one place to 2nd, overtaking @GuardianNews (27,802) which is now 3rd.

How US traffic is vital for UK newspaper sites
July 30, 2009 – 8:30 am | 3 Comments

On average, US traffic to UK newspaper sites is 36.8% of the UK traffic. The figure for the Telegraph is slightly higher (44.5%) and for the Mail it's a massive 62.5%.

Alexa data: how accurate is it – using audited ABCe figures to check?
July 29, 2009 – 8:30 am | 5 Comments

By making use of ABCe data, we can check what Alexa says with the official audited data for UK newspapers. As the table shows, it's OK but not brilliant.

Guardian wins newspaper URL tweet war
July 16, 2009 – 8:47 pm | 7 Comments

Other people have tweeted (or retweeted) the Guardian's URLs 328,288 times over the last 4 months - way more than any other UK newspaper.

The FT and Times have more followers on Twitter than the Telegraph and Mail - but they're not tweeted about as often. The Telegraph is in second place: 120,731 tweets have included a link to one if its URLs. The Daily Mail is 3rd with 95,851.

Newspapers on Twitter – how the Guardian, FT and Times are winning
July 6, 2009 – 9:22 pm | 12 Comments

National newspapers have a total of 1,068,898 followers across all their Twitter accounts - with the Guardian, Times and FT the only three papers in the top 10 newspaper accounts. The Guardian's the clear Twitter winner, as it's place on the Twitter Suggested User List means that its GuardianTech account has 831,935 followers - 78% of the total ...

Newspapers: turn off your RSS feeds
June 30, 2009 – 11:01 pm | 23 Comments
Newspapers: turn off your RSS feeds

The latest subscriber figures (see table below) show that, apart from a couple of exceptions, it's time for newspapers to turn off their RSS feeds - and hand over the server space, technical support and webpage real estate to something else. Like Twitter.

Is the Times hiding negative comments about its Nightjack story?
June 18, 2009 – 7:43 pm | One Comment
Is the Times hiding negative comments about its Nightjack story?

Condemnation of the Times's Nightjack story appeared to stop today on the paper's own blog. But it just looks that way as the word 'next' that gets you to more comments has vanished.

Newspaper sites: PLEASE improve your readability
April 20, 2009 – 12:35 pm | 6 Comments
Newspaper sites: PLEASE improve your readability

Newspaper websites are failing in some obvious ways to make their stories readable. Too many are using small fonts, long off-putting paragraphs, no subheadings, no in-content boxes or pictures, and no in-content links.

90 minutes later, some newspaper sites haven’t published the football score
April 1, 2009 – 11:26 pm | No Comment
90 minutes later, some newspaper sites haven’t published the football score

20 minutes after the Englang game finished at 9.55pm, half the major UK newspaper sites hadn't published the results.

Google street view: which news sites linked?,
March 20, 2009 – 12:56 am | No Comment

Newspaper sites did very badly at linking to google's new street view service.

Comic relief: which news sites gave a proper link, and which didn’t?
March 19, 2009 – 9:55 am | One Comment

News sites are bad at linking out. Which of them managed to link to charity site rednoseday.com on its big day - and which failed to make mentions into proper hyperlinks.