How to Use the Top Travel Blogs List
This list is meant to help people find new travel blogs by comparing various statistics related to traffic, SEO and social media activity.
If you happen to care more about a specific statistic, click on that column heading to sort the list by that statistic.
You can also click the three buttons in the top left to view the data that is used to calculate the score in each category. When you click these buttons it will hide the overall score for that column and instead show specific statistics for this category.
The Statistics Used in the List
People not involved in website marketing or blogging are likely not familiar with the specific stats used in the top travel blogs list. Here is a quick breakdown:
Alexa Ranking: This is a scoring system that compares which websites get the most visitors that are using the Alexa browser toolbar or if websites are using the Alexa button. In the Alexa system the lower the score the better, with the most popular website getting an Alexa Ranking of 1. It is the only statistic used in this list where lower is better.
Compete: Their traffic ranking system uses a panel of 2 million Americans in an attempt to get an overall representation of which websites get the most traffic. They claim to have the largest panel for judging traffic levels and that thepanel is from diverse sources.
SEM Rush: This judges a website's search engine keyword rankings based on volume and cost of that traffic if it were paid for with AdWords advertising.
Twitter: Lists how many users are following their official Twitter account.
Facebook: Lists how many people have liked their official Facebook page.
Klout: A system which aggregates together a blogger's social media following and engagement on multiple platforms to determine who has the most online social influence.
Google PR: Traditionally Google Page Rank reflected how strong a website's backlinks are, but there is belief that it now also considers some factors beyond just backlinks. The problem is that it updates quite infrequently and randomly.
MozRank: A very similar system to Google PageRank, but this updates much more frequently and it is more precise. More emphasis seems to be on actually judging the value of each backlink.
Majestic SEO: This is the number of backlinks reported by Majestic SEO. The number of backlinks for a specific domain often reflects how strong a website's SEO strength is. This score just doesn't factor in individual link quality which is important too.
Domain Authority (DA): Represents Moz's best prediction for how well a website will perform in search engine rankings based on various link metrics.
Page Authority (PA): Represents Moz's calculated metric for how well a specific webpage is likely to rank in Google.com's search results. It is based off data from the Mozscape web index and includes link counts, MozRank, MozTrust, and dozens of other factors.
How the Top Travel Blogs are Ranked
This list gives equal weight to the three main areas in which the blogs are judged statistically.
The total score is simply an average of each blog's scores in the main categories.
Within each category, the blogs are compared against one another to see who has the strongest statistics. Scores are assigned based on what percentage of blogs on the list they have weaker stats.
The stats in this list update each Sunday. Unlike other similar lists we do regular updates and don't just update certain stats.
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