Halloween Surprise: Death rate in the blogosphere
“I removed a bunch of links from my blogroll just right now. All of them are dead…”
“Too many blogrolls are filled with outdated, broken links…”
How often do you click on a link to end up on a blog that hasn’t shown any sign of life for years?
It happens to me all the time when I surf blogs. I call them ghosts.
The blogosphere is a living organism where birth and death happen all the time. For long, I’ve been wondering about the life expectancy and death rate of blogs.
So much about life expectancy; but, thanks to the on-going maintenance of eCairn’s directory of influencers, on Halloween day, I have numbers to share with you on the latter:
~24% yearly death rate
Out of 43955 blogs processed over a period of 3 months, we found 2600 dead blogs. By “dead blogs”, we mean blogs that have stopped posting at least 6 months back.
Not surprisingly, the death rate depends on the category; looking at our 330 categories, we found:
- The Best (lower death rate):
- Beauty-nails: 8% (off topic, as seen in a previous post, the nails tribe is healthy)
- Wedding: 9%
- Travel: 10%
- The Worst:
- Books: 48%
- Music: 40%
- Food: 32%
Will those blogs rise from the dead?