The major differences from the first top 25 are:

  • LONGER LIST: I took 100 blogs into account instead of 50 (e.g. I added sites like
  • WEIGHTING: I weighted the results of the search engines, in order to give Google more weight than e.g. Teoma and Altavista. In the previous stats, I used the sum of all hits, now I use the weighted average (so the number is always lower). Altavista is very generous with its presumed #hits, but now only gets a 5% weight. Basically Google gets a 70% weight and the other 6 get 5%. Why? In most of the stats I see (mine, Blogium, LVB, …), search engine related traffic comes primarily from Google.
  • VISITORS: the only way available to me now to estimate the # visitors is through the Alexa Rank (if available). Basically this is a number that tells the traffic ranking of a domain name within all domains on the internet. #1200 means: the 1200th most popular domain name. I did the following funky stuff with it to include it into the calculation: For the 52 blogs where Alexa information was available, if its rank was lower (i.e. better) than the average (about 890.000), I took a scaled log() of the rank that gives a result between 1 and 2: 1 if the Alexa rank is around average, and 2 for the best scoring site (, rank #9214). I then multiply the weighted average of the #hits with this Alexa coefficient. In other words, through the Alexa numbers, a hit can count for anything between 1,00 and 1,99 “equivalent hits”. Alexa’s numbers are far from perfect, I know.
  • METHOD: all these statistical formulas and the actual coefficients used have been decided by me. They are just A model, not THE model.

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.
(Benjamin Disraeli)

So here is the 2nd iteration of the top 25 Belgian blogs:

  1. 17808 equivalent hits
  2. 7707 equivalent hits
  3. 6319 equivalent hits
  4. 5529 equivalent hits
  5. 4623 equivalent hits
  6. 4621 equivalent hits
  7. 4499 equivalent hits
  8. 4230 equivalent hits
  9. 4196 equivalent hits
  10. 3717 equivalent hits
  11. 3674 equivalent hits
  12. 3495 equivalent hits
  13. 3232 equivalent hits
  14. 2991 equivalent hits
  15. 2646 equivalent hits
  16. 2261 equivalent hits
  17. 2052 equivalent hits
  18. 2043 equivalent hits
  19. 2033 equivalent hits
  20. 1979 equivalent hits
  21. 1940 equivalent hits
  22. 1577 equivalent hits
  23. 1547 equivalent hits
  24. 1515 equivalent hits
  25. 1411 equivalent hits

What I would like to add, but this I would have to code myself then, is #hits in Technorati, Feedster and Bloglines.
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