According to a new ranking of the “most influential economics blog,” Free Advice weighs in at #75. I couldn’t have done it without both of you.
I have to say, though, that I wonder about the method used here to calculate “influence.” According to the site, they use an “input output model” to generate the influence number. Yet in some cases, it’s not even close to the raw traffic ranking.
For example, LewRockwell.com is only #32 on this ranking, while Brad DeLong is #6. I’m guessing that’s because Krugman–who’s #1 in this ranking–links to DeLong all the time. If you check Alexa, LRC has a traffic ranking of 9,241, compared to DeLong’s 101,016. So that means they’re not even in the same galaxy as far as how many people actually read the sites. (I can’t figure out how to assess Krugman’s overall traffic, because Alexa is just giving me the stats for the New York Times overall. Any smart people out there who can help me out?)
Similarly, this ranking has me ahead of EconomicPolicyJournal.com, when I know full well that Wenzel gets more traffic than me. And yes, Alexa says he is ranked 66,596, compared to my 226,951.
In any event, it seems the best strategy for someone to boost himself in these “influence” rankings is to provoke links from Krugman, DeLong, and Tyler Cowen. Looks like I’ve intuited the right thing to do.
UPDATE: And oh man, ZeroHedge.com‘s Alexa ranking is 1,864. In case you don’t realize it, these things are not linear; as you move up the rankings, the amount of traffic you are getting starts rising very rapidly. So to say ZeroHedge has less influence–with an overall traffic ranking of 1,864–than DeLong with his traffic ranking of 101,016, cries out for an asterisk.