Who’s got the biggest travel blog? It’s hard to tell — really hard, given the vagaries and imperfections of the blog ranking tools. But with a little research, you can generate a somewhat reliable list.
Here are the eight biggest travel blogs:
1. TravelPod (Technorati authority 3,797; Alexa rank 8,294)
2. Gothamist (Technorati authority 3,375; Alexa rank 12,189)
3. Gadling (Technorati authority 1,622; Alexa rank 14,271)
4. Gridskipper (Technorati authority 1,303; Alexa rank 22,053)
5. Travelblog (Technorati authority 1,185; Alexa rank 7,825)
6. BootsnAll (Technorati authority 827; Alexa rank 17,304)
7. Jaunted (Technorati authority 677; Alexa rank 18,196)
8. Worldhum (Technorati authority 424; Alexa rank 133,107)
What does this list mean to you?
Well, if you’re an aspiring travel blogger, it means a lot. Three of these blogs — TravelPod, Travelblog and BootsnAll — are community-written sites where you can set up a presence and benefit from the blog’s high rankings immediately.
The remaining blogs are group-written. So there’s no single-author, all-powerful travel blog like Daily Kos that the travel industry must ingratiate itself to. (Technically, Kos has contributors, but let’s not kid ourselves. It’s his blog.)
How are these ranking are going to change in the next six months? I think one single-author blog may crack the top eight in the near future, but it’s more likely that the community-written blogs will cement their grip on the top spots.
But your guess is as good as mine.