As a dedicated Blogger enthusiast, I'm very interested to learn more about the sites hosted on Google's free blogging platform.
So I decided to find out which popular sites are powered by Blogger to build upon the list curated in 2008 in order to find the most popular Blogspot sites (including those which use custom domains).
After gathering a huge amount of links to sites hosted on Blogger (whittled down to 350 for the final analysis) I set about scoring and ranking each site according to the following criteria:
- Inbound links
- Alexa Rank
- Facebook shares
- Twitter Mentions
- Google Reader feed subscribers
Alexa ranking was scored first as this value is unique to each website. In instances where sites had an equal value to another, scoring would secondly depend on this Alexa score in order to give each site a unique score.
Pagerank for each site was allocated as Pagerank*10, where 0 is the lowest score and 100 (PR10) was potentially the highest.
The total possible score for each website is therefore on a scale of 6-2200.
In order of total score, here are the most popular Blogger powered sites for 2012:
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