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WordPress Mocks “Blogs Are Dead” Myth, Now 18 Million Strong

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The team at Automattic (the company behind WP.com) have reached another milestone, as they are now hosting over 18 million WordPress.com blogs upon their servers.

Last month in February the NY Times wrote an article detailing how blog platforms were some how being canibilized by Facebook and Twitter, with only Tumblr showing healthy signs of growth (at least among the youth).

While no one can dispute the fact that social networks are claiming their fare share of online content (at least upon Twitter and Facebook), their presence has yet to starve blogging as a whole and (not surprisingly) they are often used by bloggers themselves to promote their content.

Other blogging platforms are also boasting healthy signs of growth, with Tumblr approaching 15 million blogs, with smaller players like OnSugar (which is a fork of Drupal 4.7) gaining influence as well.

Note: Although there are probably as many self hosted WordPress blogs as there are WordPress.com blogs, there is currently no way to track them all as not everyone installs WP.com stats or Google Analytics within their blog.

According to Network World’s research (who analyzed the top 1 million sites online), WordPress’s total market share is between 6.9% (according to Quantcast) and 12.9% (according to Alexa), respectively.

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  1. Tuubol.com says: 8/13/2011

    All the print and electronic media keeps speculating about what goes in the world of blogging. This has many times lead people to believe things that have no proper basis. Just like the news that you are referring to in this article. BUt the thing that always amazes me is that why do the scribes of the so famous news media do not base their reports on wholesome facts. Well, they are all after something that is sensational and would catch the attention of the readers. What best to write about than wordpress, as there are millions who use wordpress daily. Here is an article I wrote about -  Top 10 Blogging Myths that bloggers fall for.

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