More tumblr blogs than wordpress?

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I know this might sound odd around the WF (Wordpress Forum, as I sometimes think of this place). But according to this stats page, Internet 2012 in numbers

87.8 million - Number of Tumblr blogs.
59.4 million - Number of WordPress sites around the world.
Except for lexa, tumblr hardly gets mentioned.

Another stat that made an impression on me. The number of websites served by Apache is declining.

-6.7% - Decline in the number of Apache websites in 2012.
32.4% - Growth in the number of IIS websites in 2012.
36.4% - Growth in the number of NGINX websites in 2012.
#blogs #tumblr #wordpress
  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Tumblr brings a lot of traffic. It is a nice ecosystem and blogging platform. For WP, you have to drum up your own traffic.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by writeaway View Post

      Tumblr brings a lot of traffic.
      People seriously believe this?!

      Call me a skepchick, but how can anyone possibly know how many Wordpress websites there are around the world, anyway?

      If I and all my friends and all their cousins and all their cousins' friends and all their cousins' friends' cousins and all their friends, too, put up 1,000 extra Wordpress blogs each over the next week, who's going to count those additional 100 Million Wordpress sites, and in whose figures are they going to be included, and how?
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      • Profile picture of the author buffnstuff
        That makes me recall one of my favorite sayings about statistics...Figures don't lie, but liars can figure. LMAO!

        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        People seriously believe this?!

        Call me a skepchick, but how can anyone possibly know how many Wordpress websites there are around the world, anyway?

        If I and all my friends and all their cousins and all their cousins' friends and all their cousins' friends' cousins and all their friends, too, put up 1,000 extra Wordpress blogs each over the next week, who's going to count those additional 100 Million Wordpress sites, and in whose figures are they going to be included, and how?
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      • Profile picture of the author Stuart Walker
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        Call me a skepchick, but how can anyone possibly know how many Wordpress websites there are around the world, anyway?

        If I and all my friends and all their cousins and all their cousins' friends and all their cousins' friends' cousins and all their friends, too, put up 1,000 extra Wordpress blogs each over the next week, who's going to count those additional 100 Million Wordpress sites, and in whose figures are they going to be included, and how?
        Presumably the figure refers to the free WP blogs on Wordpress blogging platform and NOT self hosted ones so WP would know how many active blogs they had on their platform just like Tumblr do.
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      • Profile picture of the author Sandra Martinez
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        People seriously believe this?!

        Call me a skepchick, but how can anyone possibly know how many Wordpress websites there are around the world, anyway?

        If I and all my friends and all their cousins and all their cousins' friends and all their cousins' friends' cousins and all their friends, too, put up 1,000 extra Wordpress blogs each over the next week, who's going to count those additional 100 Million Wordpress sites, and in whose figures are they going to be included, and how?
        If it is talking about wordpress.com, then it is not that hard to estimate. you google:

        site:WordPress.com - Get a Free Blog Here

        my result was: 364.000.000

        For self hosted blogs... mmmm that is a bit more interesting. You could use "powered by wordpress" as keyword. Still not accurate, but it is something.

        Result for this: 509.000.000
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Originally Posted by Sandra Martinez View Post

          If it is talking about wordpress.com, then it is not that hard to estimate.
          Yes, the number of sites hosted on one host is easily enough known, but he said "number of wordpress sites around the world".
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          • Profile picture of the author Sandra Martinez
            Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

            Yes, the number of sites hosted on one host is easily enough known, but he said "number of wordpress sites around the world".
            yeah, that is more tricky... you can make an estimation with the second part of the answer:

            Originally Posted by Sandra Martinez View Post


            For self hosted blogs... mmmm that is a bit more interesting. You could use "powered by wordpress" as keyword. Still not accurate, but it is something.

            Result for this: 509.000.000
            but you are right, this is not a good estimate, as it retrieves all the pages, not the websites...

            taking out the other number:

            509-364= 145

            so we have 145,000,000 pages out of wp.com that have the legend. We are closer, but still not there. With some stats about sizes of websites and distribution, we might be able get a better number.
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            • Profile picture of the author brentb
              The way they come up with these numbers usually is from web crawlers. They just let them loose to crawl pages and the bots report any of whatever they are looking for, in this case, wordpress sites.

              Bots can detect wordpress sites very easily, FYI.

              This is my vote on what method they used.
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  • Profile picture of the author seriousjake
    Well, I do think the blogging trend is shifting over from text to pictures. Facebook, pinterest, tumblr. Even technology makes sharing images far more fun and less time consuming than taking the time to pen down coherent thought.

    Anything to feed shorter attention spans.
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    Enjoy this promotion-free space while it lasts before I get wiser.

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  • Profile picture of the author chuckharris
    Tumblr is an interesting animal on a number of levels. Our business has committed to really looking at it during the first quarter of this year.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikelmraz
    Just to be sure, the stats given are the free versions for both right?
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    I'm not much of a fan of WordPress.com and I'm slowly losing my enthusiasm about Tumblr. I hope to gain it all back, though.
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