John Henry and myself are a bit of stats geeks and we’ve been trying to figure out the most accurate way to gauge the number of visits American Catholic has been receiving by our readers. We use WordPress, Sitemeter, and Feedburner to see how we fare and I’ve entertained the possibility of using StatCounter to add to our curious habit. Then John Henry mentioned Google Reader and how it keeps tabs of the number of subscribers each website and blog has. That gave me the idea to add all of my favorite Catholic websites and see which ones have the most subscribers!
Now before you go and see who ranks where keep in mind that Google Reader only keeps track of Google account holders that add websites and/or blogs to their reader. It doesn’t keep track of how many times a site is visited and not all websites such as the Vatican (and yes even a couple of blogs such as Catholic Report) don’t even offer an RSS or Atom feed to subscribe to. If it’s any consolation Google Reader seems to be the most popular reader out there with Bloglines a close second.
This is the best and easiest barometer I could use to tabulate how popular a Catholic website/blog thus far. I am sure there are agencies or other better ways to to tabulate how popular a website or blog is so please share it with me in the combox. These rankings are based on 40 Catholic websites and blogs that I entered. I ranked only the top-25 only because it sounds like a good round number. I plan on doing this again in the future and if you wish for your website or blog to be included, please don’t hesitate to post the link to your website or blog in the combox so I can add it to my Google Reader folder for next time.
1. EWTNews – 4,038
2. American Papist by Thomas Peters – 1,466
3. New Advent – 702
4. What Does The Prayer Really Say? – 278
5. Catholic Church Conservation – 197
6. The American Catholic – 121
7. The Curt Jester by Jeff Miller – 91
8. Jimmy Akin – 88
9. Conversion Diary – 83
10. Whispers in the Loggia – 74
11. Holy Smoke by Damian Thompson – 51
12. Per Christum – 48
13. Inside Catholic – 38
14. The Black Cordelias – 36
15. RORATE CÆLI – 34
15. The Hermeneutic of Continuity – 34
17. Pro Ecclesia by Jay Anderson – 20
18. Vatican YouTube Channel – 19
18. CVSTOS FIDEI – 19
18. Steve Skojec – 19
18. PewSitter News – 19
18. Domine, da mihi hanc aquam! – 19
23. New Liturical Movement – 18
24. Creative Minority Report – 16
Update I – Here is the snapshot of what I based my rankings on:
Update II – In Google Reader, click on the Navigation button. A drop-down menu will appear with a list of menu options separated into three modules (or boxes). In the first module (or box) you will see a menu option for trends. Click on trends and you will get something similar to the screen shot above. You will see two columns labeled Reading trends and Subscription trends. If you look on the right hand side where it says Subscription trends, there are three tabs under Subscription trends labeled Frequently Updated, Inactive, and Most obscure. Click on Most obscure. At the bottom of most obscure you can filter the top 10, 20, or 40 most obscure. I clicked on 40 and reversed the order. I may have misread what this means, but I interpreted it as over a 30 day average, each RSS/Atom feed to a different Google Reader is a subscription.
I will admit that I may have misread this. If I had, please explain this so I can understand what I’m reading. Outside of sending an email to the Google Reader help desk, I can’t find an explanation of what these labels and tabs mean.