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Technorati: 72 % bloggers surveyed report no income related to blogging

It’s well worth taking some time to peruse Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere 2009. On Day 4 (Thursday) we learned that ‘more bloggers than ever are making money from blogs, however they are not the majority’.

“Most bloggers who are making money from their blogs are generally doing so as entrepreneurs by hosting advertising on their own sites and by using their blogs to drive speaking engagements and traditional media assignments. Some bloggers are even reporting profits that place them squarely in the middle class, so the rise of the professional blogger is clearly underway, but still evolving.”

72 per cent of respondents (2,828 bloggers in the US) define themselves as ‘Hobbyists’ ie. ‘ they report no income related to blogging’.

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Technorati: State of the Blogosphere 2009 released

October 20th, 2009 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Editors' pick, Social media and blogging

Blog search engine Technorati started publication of its annual State of the Blogosphere report yesterday – a survey of 2,828 bloggers in the US.

Section 1, ‘Who are the Bloggers?’, provides some new figures on who runs blogs, including the following from the respondents:

  • 40 per cent have graduate degrees;
  • One in four has an annual income of $100,000+;
  • Two-thirds are male.

The report will be published in five sections – one on each working day this week.

This year the study also looked at monetisation, Twitter and microblogging and bloggers’ impact on US and world events.

Full introduction at this link…

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Journalism Daily: AutoTrader tips, Technorati’s ‘original content’ and the online anonymity debate

September 11th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Journalism Daily

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Blogs make money and live long lives: Technorati’s 2008 report

September 23rd, 2008 | 3 Comments | Posted by in Social media and blogging

Blogs can make money, and are not distinct from mainstream media, is the verdict of the first instalment of the Technorati report 2008.

Technorati’s ‘State of the Blogosphere 2008′ report is their annual assessment of what’s hot and what’s not in blogging.

This time round they ‘resolved to go beyond the numbers of the Technorati Index’. In order to try and make a more fruitful analysis they talked to the bloggers directly.

For the first time bloggers have been asked about:

  • The role of blogging in their lives
  • The tools, time, and resources used to produce their blogs
  • How blogging has impacted them personally, professionally, and financially

It’s best to look at the report in full for yourself but here’ are a few of the highlights:

‘Blogs are profitable': The majority of the 1,290 respondents (from 66 countries, across six continents) have advertising. Among those who advertise, the mean annual investment is $1,800 and the mean annual revenue is $6,000. For the lucky ones with 100,000 or more unique visitors per month the mean annual revenue is $75k +. Technorati flags up that the medians are lower than those figures.

‘Blogs are here to stay': On average the bloggers have been at it an average of three years and are collectively creating close to one million posts every day. Blogs have representation in top-10 web site lists across all key categories, and have become integral to the media ecosystem.

US bloggers:
57 per cent male; 58 per cent aged 35+; 56 per cent in full-time employment; 26 per cent single (surprising, no?)

Blogs are not distinct from the mainstream: “Larger blogs are taking on more characteristics of mainstream sites and mainstream sites are incorporating styles and formats from the Blogosphere. In fact, 95% of the top 100 US newspapers have reporter blogs,” the summary reads.

Technorati’s methodology is described here. The main question that springs to mind is whether the type of people likely to respond to the random requests for participants (and perhaps engage in a bit of blog-boast) might have more success on average than the people who ignore these kind of requests.  But is it possible to find bloggers at random, to represent the mass blogging population?

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Technorati buys blogging community Blogcritics.org

August 27th, 2008 | 3 Comments | Posted by in Social media and blogging

Blog search website Technorati has acquired online magazine and blogging community site Blogcritics.org.

Bloggers publish their posts on Blogcritics, which acts as a source of news and reviews ‘covering all aspects of contemporary culture and society’, to gain wider exposure, an introduction to the site explains.

According to a press release, Technorati will seek to help bloggers on Blogcritics monetise their content.

“As part of Technorati Media, we’ll be able to grow the community and further improve our platform to attract new audiences. Technorati’s mission to help bloggers and people who read blogs is the ideal complement for us,” said Eric Olsen, founder of Blogcritics, in the release.

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