May ’09 political blog readership 53% lower than it was in October ’08

It’s a well known trend that web traffic on political sites falls immediately after election season, but how much has it fallen this time around, and have any blogs or political ideologies weathered the off-season better than others?

To find this out, I surveyed the traffic stats of 20 major political blogs — split evenly between left and right of center - and compared the number of page views from October 2008 to May 2009. For consistency, only blogs that openly displayed their traffic statistics through Sitemeter were surveyed. The number of page views does not represent the number of unique visitors to a site, but rather the number of times a page was loaded.

I found that page views for all political blogs fell 109,719,615, or 53%. Right of center blogs weathered the post-election season a little better, falling only 37%, while blogs that were left-of-center fell by 64%.

Some blogs did better than others. Instapundit, for instance, was the only blog to show a slight increase in page views between the two months. Hot Air and Ann Althouse also saw a much less significant drop compared to all other blogs. Out of all the blogs surveyed, MyDD saw the most significant drop, with a decrease of 80% in pageviews.

Specific traffic numbers come after the jump.

LEFT-OF-CENTER BLOGS

http://dailykos.com/

Oct: 82,893,374
May: 25,293,380
Change: A decrease of 57,599,994, or 69%

http://crooksandliars.com/

Oct: 11,253,292
May: 5,715,487
Change: A decrease of 5,537,805, or 49%

http://firedoglake.com/
Oct: 4,525,586
May: 2.524,561
Change: A change of 2,001,025, or 44%

http://www.eschatonblog.com/

Oct. 4,209,317
May: 2,065,859
Change: A decrease of 2,143,458, or 51%

http://americablog.blogspot.com/

Oct: 4,948,804
May: 1,613,535
Change: A decrease of 3,335,269, or 67%

http://washingtonmonthly.com/
Oct: 3,193,781
May: 1,705,896
Change: A decrease of 1,487,885, or 47%

http://www.drudge.com/
Oct: 2,820,058
May: 1,804,330
Change: A decrease of 1,015,728, or 36%

http://www.mydd.com/

Oct: 2,612,017
May: 527,408
Change: A decrease of 2,084,609, or 80%

http://www.talkleft.com/
Oct: 1,396,046
May: 675,909
Change: A decrease of 720,137, or 51%

http://openleft.com/
Oct: 1,564,408
May: 490,396
Change: A decrease of 1,074,012, or 69%

Total Oct: 119,416,683
Total May: 42,416,755
Change: A decrease of 76,999,928, or 64%

RIGHT-OF-CENTER BLOGS:

http://hotair.com/
Oct: 23,713,333
May: 19,590,193
Change: A decrease of 4,123,140, or 17%

http://pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/
Oct: 10,700,198
May: 10,999,251
Change: An increase of 299,053, or 3%

http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/
Oct: 23,202,451
May: 8,396,220
Change: A decrease of 14,806,203, or 64%

http://michellemalkin.com/
Oct: 14,752,937
May: 7,446,713
Change: A decrease of 7,306,224, or 50%

http://www.ace.mu.nu/
Oct: 4,102,143
May: 2,585,612
Change: A decrease of 1,516,531, or 37%

http://www.redstate.com/
Oct: 3,718,607
May: 2,161,503
Change: A decrease of 1,557,104, or 42%

http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/
Oct: 2,138,524
May: 1,120,150
Change: A decrease of 1,018,374, or 48%

http://althouse.blogspot.com/
Oct: 1,283,172
May: 952,534
Change: A decrease of 330,638, or 26%

http://hughhewitt.townhall.com/blog
Oct: 2,681,263
May: 672,132
Change: A decrease of 2,009,131, or 75%

http://patterico.com/
Oct: 806,918
May: 455,551
Change: A decrease of 351,367, or 43%

Total Oct: 87,099,546
Total May: 54,379,859
Change: A decrease of 32,719,687, or 37%