Friday, February 1, 2008

Over Half-a-Million Hits Last Month

Last month saw 529,338 page-loads off 386,417 unique visitors. Despite the competition from more and more Big Media blogs; Adam, Ben, Kevin, Sam, Coffee House and the Three Line Whoops, Guido’s readership keeps on growing year-on-year. 40% up on January 2007 (379,964 off 267,123) and more than quadrupling since January 2006 (101,273 off 69,536). Compare that to Kevin Maguire’s Daily Mirror, where circulation is down some 25% over the same period. They don’t call it the “Dead-Tree-Press” for nothing…

Traffic surged as readers sought to follow developments in the Hain saga, and the most popular story summarised Guido’s Role in Hain’s Demise, in fact 6 out of the 10 top stories were Hain stories. No surprise there.

No other politics website in Britain gets more readers. This is the blog they hate and you love.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Guido is Off to Google UK HQ Tomorrow

Guido will be among the geeks.gov.uk on Saturday trying to rein in some of the starry-eyed types from the eGovernment crowd. As someone who was around for the first internet boom, and only lost half his NAV in the tech crash, it will be Guido’s self-appointed role to try and keep them all on terra firma, particularly the ones spending your taxes.

Since there will be a lot of Whitehall geeks attending maybe Guido will find out why his blog is blocked in some parts of Whitehall for lower grades and not for higher Civil Service grades. Is it because they are scared of leaks or just people monging about on the blog all day?

Guido will be discouraging the eVisionaries from doing things that should be done by the private sector and encouraging them to be open and realistic. Spending millions on sites that no one visits is never a good idea…

Monday, January 14, 2008

Home v House

ConservativeHome is not taking the Speccie’s critically successful entry into online discussion (with CoffeeHouse) lying down. It too has now launched a multi-authored comment site. CentreRight.Com’s groundbreaking advance is to not have reader comments. Now the Dead-Tree-Press is all full of unpaid commentators maybe the truly avant garde Web 3.0 thing to do is to remove the interactivity…

Guido is sceptical about multi-authored blogs. They have to have a tight-focus to be successful. Waffling about anything and everything doesn’t work. Good luck, but Guido is reaching info overload…

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Stat-Porn : The Hits Keep On Comin’, 4,273,096 in 2007

This month Guido had 418,459 off 304,701 visits, pipping Iain Dale who had 412,459 off 235,869 in December. Not bad considering Guido had a week off last month. The stats for 2007 show over four million pageloads from three million unique visitors for the year. Using the stricter “absolute visitors” metric gives 561,352 different individuals* visiting this blog over the year.

The two most popular posts of the year were both video posts, something Guido will be trying to do more of this year. Expect a few GuyNews.TV specials…


*Strictly speaking, for the bore who always brings up the same point, individual computers.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Look Back on the Blog Year

Over a thousand articles were posted on the blog in 2007, here are just a few that provoked and amused:

Music to Wind-Up Guardian Readers
Brillo Berates Blinky Balls
What Miliband Bought His Godson for Xmas
The Dougie Alexander Caption Contest
Obscenely Hypocritical Guardian
Where’s Gordon?™ (picture is a classic)
Gordon’s Handwriting is Revealing
Floreat Etona
Where’s Gordon?™ - the Map
Tom Watson Breaks His Promise, As Predicted
“Oh F**k, It Is Harman”
Obama Girl
That “Feral” Blair Speech
Brown Bonks Bonce
E-Oh, Stand-Up, Speak Up

Shapps Caught Personally Astro-Turfing
Bogeyman Brown Nose Picking Video Re-Mix
Blog Today, Print Tomorrow (Again)
Contrarian? Crazy? Betting on the Tories at the Low
Competition Limericks for Gordon’s Conference Speech
Ali Campbell Complains About the Blogosphere
Nothing To See Here…Police Don’tWannaReferendum
Miliband : Ten More Years
Cherie on Gordon

Brown’s Vanity Publishing
Peter Watt Faces 12 Months on Conviction
GQ’s Powerful, Political, Unelected
Totty Watch : Hilary Not Humping Huma
Brown : “I Don’t Look at Polls”
Boris Bombs the Bass
OLR Win 90% of Government Contracts
359 Lords-a-Fiddlin’
Sunny’s Bitch Slappin’
British Jobs for British Workers
Total Politics, Totally Disconnected
Tories Call for an Inquiry into Balls’ Bung
Hain Fundraiser : “Small Problem With Donations”
Ashcroft Should Come Clean
Law Lords Rule Labour Party Guilty of Racial Discrimination
Daily Food Allowances : School Children, Armed Forces, Prisoners, MPs
Gordon’s Black Wednesday £11,169,591,442 on September 19, 2007
We Told You So…

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Which World Leader Has Open Blog Comments?

President Ahmadinejad has not got a reputation as the most liberal world leader, in fact Iran tries to censor the internet by blocking access to foreign websites.

But his own very public blog allows comments from unregistered users, which means that like on this blog you get the mob making comments. He has comment moderation but it is (as here) pretty liberal. John Jacobs from the USA tells Mahmoud “I hate you. You are retarted. That simple, mentally retarted”. More intelligently another American posts a comment “I think you are an evil leader. Freedom and tolerance are necessities in this day and age, and the fact that your country kills intellectuals, journalists, minorities, etc. is horrible and deeply disturbing. People say America is so horrible, but you can live in whatever fashion you want to, and if the government does something you dont like then we can protest. Our government is great because it is of the people, for the people and by the people. Change your ways.”

In contrast as an experiment (after discovering that they were using payroll astro-turfers) Guido has been joining Downing Street Ministerial webchats on and off for months and posting polite pointed but critical questions to the likes of Ed Balls and other ministers. Not once has a single question got through, yet Guido can post critical comments on the Iranian president’s blog freely.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Stat-Porn : Give Guido the Crown Back Iain

Normal service has returned, Guido has got the crown back from Iain, with 305,624 unique visitors making 423,598 page loads last month. More people visited Guido than any other comparable political website.

The biggest referrers are (in order) Iain, ConservativeHome and PoliticalBetting. As Big Media becomes more blog-centric it is interesting to see how they are faring comparatively – it implies their relative traffic. The BBC is the biggest source of Big Media traffic from their politics pages and the Newsnight site. They are followed by the Times and the Speccie courtesy of Comment Central and Coffee House.

This suggests that Ben Brogan, Sky’s Boulton & Co and the Telegraph political blogs are critical but not box office successes – yet. For what it is worth, Guido suspects the Telegraph is making the same mistake that the Guardian made with CiF – too many bloggers. Successful blogs need strong personalities and a clear voice. Readers faced with multiple authors and too many choices of variable and unknown quality decide to click on what they know best, rather than waste time clicking on the unknown. There is a time cost to information overload even when “comment is free”.

The other pressing question is, are these blogs commerically sensible? Paying journalists to write on low traffic blogs is not a commercially sustainable model. Politics is not popular outside the political elite, far more people watch Sky Sports than Sky News, Murdoch runs the latter as a loss leader. With losses at the Guardian, Telegraph and Indy’s online operations continuing to mount without end, the penny will drop with proprietors eventually. Big Media can do it, can do it well even, but who will pay the elephant to dance?

On that note, Guido would like to thank his advertisers this month for their support and contribution to profits.

Amazon – The Bumper Book of Labour Sleaze will fit in a Christmas stocking.
Anne Summers – Get your sexy Christmas stockings, and something for her as well.
Argos Online – They deliver toys.
Backlash – Kinky libertarians.
Betfair – Clegg or Huhne? Place your bets.
18 Doughty Street – See you next year in your new form.
eBay – For everything.
Hamleys – Forgotten that present for your Godchild?
La Senza – Christmas is coming.
Laithwaites – Booze to the door.
Lastminute – Go Ski, go Caribbean.
Norwich Union – Socially responsible, unlike Guido.
Total Recall – That Alastair Darling ad was the best of the month.
War on Want – Have a right on, ethical winter festival.
Westminster Live – Studios overlooking Parliament.

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Good Week, Good Night

Guido is looking forward to going off to the panto with young Ms Fawkes tomorrow, which should be almost as much fun as UK politics.

It has been nice to see Vince Cable openly attacking the leader of another party, as opposed to attacking his own for the last few year(s). According to GMTV he has the ambition to dance on Strictly Come Dancing, expect to see Bruce Forsyth staggering with a stab wound soon…

It has also been great fun to see Yates (and Guido) get a second round of Labour funding sleaze to go after. This time with a bit of luck somebody will do time. It is fascinating to see it being blamed on Levy and Blair by Labour MPs. Labour MPs who only a few months ago were denying Levy and Blair were guilty of any wrong doing.

Enjoyed the new Telegraph blogs, one of which bemoanedwhere are the bloggers on Donorgate?, before elsewhere cutting and pasting Guido’s copy of that Wendy letter without attribution. You saw it here first, there later, so the answer to their question is, “ahead of the Telegraph”.

Mad Mel and others now talk darkly of anti-semitism. When Guido was kicking Prescott when he was down it was blamed on class snobbery, mocking Melissa Kite was misogyny – so what was Guido guilty of when he was slagging Blair? Sorry, in reality Guido is an equal opportunities piss taker.

Predictions for next week; more people will be discovered to have been “in the know”, therefore more people will have been part of a cover-up, we will re-focus on the fact that at £30 billion and rising the taxpayers are in for £1,000 each to Northern Rock as the property market goes south. Can it really get any worse for Brown next week? It will if Guido has a hand in it…

Monday, November 19, 2007

Iain Dale Wins Party Selection

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Stat-Porn for Blog Voyeurs

Top ten identifiable organisations loafing on the blog (in order) : Houses of Parliament, BBC, Oxford Uni, Cambridge Uni, CCHQ, GLA, News International, Associated newspapers and Manchester Uni.

Dale will be chuffed that he has smashed Guido traffic-wise this month as a result of all his top lists linkages. Guido had a mere 364,825 pageloads from 279,709 unique visitors. Dale is clearly trying too hard – Guido will still not be working the weekends regardless.

The most popular stories in October were about Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley at Tory party conference, Indy-gate and our new hero MP. Hard news values triumph here…

UPDATE : Sam Coates brags that ConservativeHome had 697,797 page views from 298,834 unique visitors, Iain that he had 519,104 from 276,072, the obssessive anoraks at Mike Smithson’s PoliticalBetting.com re-loaded 1,560,751 times from an undisclosed number of visitors. Guido would guess that would be from a similar quarter-of-a-million or so individual visitors. No willy waving yet from the other big swinging dicks of the political blogosphere, Slugger and Anthony Wells of Polling Report or any of the main left-of-centre political bloggers. Would be very interesting to know how Boulton & Co, Danny Finkelstein and Ben Brogan measure up with the backing of their Big Media sites behind them…

UPATE II : Da Fink has exposed himself to Guido – Comment Central had 303,047 page views from 176,015 unique visitors. His biggest post this month was about Richard Dawkins and the Jews.


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