8 Top Blogs on the Internet

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Everyone has blind spots, and often, dreamers are famous for having dream blind spots — instead of facing the reality of where they are with their dream and what they need to do, and the dues they will have to pay, they choose to believe that, “it’s just going to happen right away because my dream is so amazing!”

For example, let’s use me.

I put out there that my dream is to have a top blog on the Internet.

People are constantly asking me if my blog 8 Women Dream is “there” yet.

When I say, “no”  they look at me like I must be doing a lot wrong.

“How long have you been doing this now?” they ask me with a raised eyebrow.

“Well, if I don’t count A Week In The Life of a Redhead . . . four years!”  I smile back.

Dead silence usually follows until they change the subject.

I try not to have a blind side when it comes to this top blog dream that I’ve picked. I’ve done my homework and I understand a great deal about the top blogs on the Internet.  But as big as 8 Women Dream is and the over 3 million visitors it has had, it hasn’t “tipped” yet taking it to the level where it is regularly featured by the media and  big name advertisers beat a path to be on the site.

To keep myself striving I often check out the statistics of some of the top blogs on the Internet.

Here are the numbers from 8 of the top blogs (as of today) —

1. The Huffington Post
Started: April 2005 – 7 years old
Important incoming links:70,000 incoming links from edu sites
Number of pages on the site: 33,000,000 pages indexed by Google (They were famous for doing 50 blog posts a day when they started so they could grow the site quickly).

2. Mashable!
Started: July 2005 – 7 years old
Important incoming links: 7,000 edu links
Number of pages on the site: 308,000 pages indexed by Google

3. The Daily Beast
Started: Jan 2006 – 6 years old
Important incoming links: 49,000 edu links
Number of pages on the site: 185,000 pages indexed by Google

4. The Verge
Started: May 2000 – 12 years old
Important incoming links: 60,000 edu links
Number of pages on the site: 50,000 pages indexed by Google

5. BuzzFeed
Started; September 2002 – 10 years old
Important incoming links: 90 edu links
Number of pages on the site: 481,000 pages indexed by Google

6. TechCrunch
Started: June 2005 – 7 years old
Important incoming links: 8,000 edu links
Number of pages on the site: 705,000 pages indexed by Google

7. The Next Web
Started: April 2007 – 5 years old
Important incoming links: 4,000 edu links
Number of pages on the site: 52,000 pages indexed by Google

8. Gizmodo
Started: August 2002 – 10 years old
Important incoming links: 13,000 edu links
Number of pages on the site: 223,000 pages indexed by Google

Those are some blog butt-kicking stats don’t you think?  33 million pages?  Gee-sh Arianna, do you have to set the bar THAT high?

And how does my 8 Women Dream project stack up against the top blogs in the world by comparison?

8 Women Dream
Started: September 2008 – 6 years and 3 months old
Important incoming links: 3 edu links
Number of pages on the site: 5,000 pages indexed by Google

See how small 8 Women Dream is in contrast?  It’s obvious that my dream has quite a bit of work ahead of it.

I can be kinder to my dream and compare 8 Women Dream to other top women bloggers –

Dooce
Started: April 2001 – 11 years old
Important incoming links: 16,000 edu links
Number of pages on the site: 27,000 pages indexed by Google

Penelope Trunk
Started: March 2003 – 9 years old
Important incoming links: 1,000 edu links
Number of pages on the site: 4,000 pages indexed by Google

The Pioneer Woman
Started: October 2006 – 7 years old
Important incoming links: 9,000 edu links
Number of pages on the site: 48,000 pages indexed by Google

Okay, maybe not.

Looking at these stats tell me that 8 Women Dream is still in its infancy, that we need to build more content, we need to lecture at some colleges (or be listed on some alumni lists), and we need to carry on.

This is why you can’t afford to have a blind spot when it comes to your dream.  You need to realistically evaluate where you are each week and adjust your dream so that you keep moving forward.

If I sat back and believed all the “Oh I love your site” comments (not that I don’t love hearing this, mind you) or get too caught up in our Twitter followers, or Facebook Page Likes, I’d be ignoring the reality of how much work there still is ahead for me and for 8 Women Dream.

And the problem with not evaluating your dream properly is that you expect too much too soon, and when what you hope for doesn’t happen as quickly as you think it should, you put down your toys and stomp away from your dream.

All dreams exact their pound of flesh in testing your commitment to what it is that you want.  It’s the price everyone must pay.

It’s better to study for those tests by seeing your dream exactly where it is right now and vow to keep on working no matter what … even if Arianna Huffington has 33 million pages on her blog.  Oh yeah.  And she won a Pulitzer Prize.

I have to get back to work now.

Catherine Hughes
Take your Dream Online!

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Catherine Hughes, Be an Online Success

Director of the 8 Women Dream Project at 8 Women Dream
Catherine’s dream is to make 8 Women Dream the premier online publication for women looking to pursue their dreams. She is a published author, a freelance writer, and a guide for those who want their dreams to come true online. Catherine would someday like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations about her 8WD project inviting women to take a chance on their dreams. Wine was required... Catherine posts on Sunday evenings and fills in dream stories as needed.
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  • Catherine

    My blind spot was once (back when I started ‘A Week In the Life’ on AOL) “If I just start writing a blog I’ll get a book deal.”  Now when I look at those ancient posts from my AOL days I just cringe LOL.

  • Rem

     My blind spot is “If I shoot it they will come.”  Getting noticed and actually getting paid are two very different things.  Planning and diligence sound like the keys, my friend.  I will help you if you help me!  :0 wait you ARE helping me.  THank you Thank you Thank you.!

  • If you compare 8 Women Dream to LifeHacker, they have 172,000 pages indexed by Google; they started in 2005 and they have 23,000 edu links coming in.  8 Women Dream could really give Zen Habits a run for his money — he has 90 incoming edu links, 2,000 indexed pages by Google and he started in March of 2007 – a year before 8 Women Dream.