Next update: On or about June 3, 2013. The most recent ratings are always found at EconDirectory.com.
The ratio of each site's page views or visits to that of the top-rated site is used to illustrate a relative level of influence (among visitors to business and economics weblogs) compared to that of the top 200 daily newspapers in the US (among all newspaper readers).
|Site||Average daily pageviews||Pageview ratio|
|Blog A||200||200 / 200 =||1.000|
|Blog B||100||100 / 200 =||0.500|
|Blog C||80||80 / 200 =||0.400|
Now, we compare these to the (old) circulations of some of the top 200 daily newspapers in the US:
|Newspaper||Daily circulation||Circulation ratio|
|USA Today||2,528,437||2,528,437 / 2,528,437 =||1.0000|
|New York Times||1,683,855||1,683,855 / 2,528,437 =||0.6660|
|Los Angeles Times||1,231,318||1,231,318 / 2,528,437 =||0.4870|
|Chicago Tribune||957,212||957,212 / 2,528,437 =||0.3786|
|New York Daily News||795,153||795,153 / 2,528,437 =||0.3145|
Thus, by pageviews, Blog A is the USA Today of the economics/business blogosphere, since it gets more pageviews each day than any other site in the same category. By pageviews, Blog B is the the Los Angeles Times of the economics/business blogosphere, and Blog C is roughly the Chicago Tribune of the economics blogosphere.
The rankings and comparisons are repeated on the basis of daily visits, as well:
|Site||Average daily visits||Visit ratio|
|Blog A||150||150 / 150 =||1.0000|
|Blog B||100||100 / 150 =||0.6667|
|Blog C||50||50 / 150 =||0.3333|
Thus, by visits, Blog A is the USA Today of the economics/business blogosphere, since it gets more visits each day than any other comparable site. By daily visits, Blog B is the New York Times and Blog C is roughly the New York Daily News of the economics blogosphere.
This comparison is helpful because no one would suggest that the New York Times is merely two-thirds as influential as USA Today -- even though it claims nearly a million fewer readers. Thus, a site getting just half the traffic of the top-rated site in the category may still be very influential in its own right; the newspaper rankings are intended solely to illustrate that fact.
These rankings are based solely upon the websites' publicly-available traffic logs; sites without those logs clearly available for public viewing are not included in these rankings, though they are listed in the general directory.