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Friday, October 07, 2005

How many Indian blogs out there?

As far as I know, we don’t have any official estimate of the number of Indian blogs or India focussed blogs. We have close to 2000 Indian blogs registered with Blogstreet India and Indibloggers has about 1200 Blogs.

This BusinessWeek report put the number of Chineses blogs at 3 Million. If you take blogs as a % of the internet user base, then China stands at 3%. There are about 25 Million Internet users in India and if we use similar estimates we should have about 750,000 Indian Blogs.

With no clear-cut ways to determine the number of Indian blogs, any exercise to find out the number of blogs is quite disputable. Anshul had mentioned earlier that there are about 100,000 Indian blogs.

This latest post by Letters from China (via Global Voice Online) says that there might be about 800,000 Indian Blogs. They have used Google Blog Search to arrive at this number. Although it is an astonishing number, questions to be raised are the validity of Google Blog search in determining this figure and the number of stale blogs (those that are not frequently updated) that are included in this number. Any thoughts about the number of Indian blogs?

15 Comments:

  • Using Google Blog Search?

    That is the lousiest way to estimate!

    By Blogger Nilu, at 11:34 AM  

  • maybe blogspot copuld help in the help of blogs regustered from india. if anybody mentions india in his/her profile, the location comes as india highligted and a link to indian bloggers. But not all the indian bloggers.

    By Anonymous tony, at 12:05 PM  

  • Very good census....

    By Blogger Vanathi, at 12:52 PM  

  • My personal estimate (not scientific at all) is between 50,000 to 100,000 and active blogs maybe around 10,000.

    By Blogger SLN, at 1:07 PM  

  • Hi Kaps, I am sure you will find this piece from wsj interesting. It talks about the number of blogs worldwide, ways to estimate it and also other numbers worth looking at. here

    By Blogger Ramnath, at 3:45 PM  

  • i'd go with slakhs estimate

    By Blogger visithra, at 4:43 PM  

  • the 800,000 numbe frm india is wrong, merely searhcing for india doesnt mean that blog is from india or china

    By Blogger ada-paavi!!!!, at 6:11 PM  

  • If I may clarify, I have never suggested that my "research" may help find out the number of India blogs / China blogs. Instead, I intended to know how many bloggers are talking about Asian countries.

    By Anonymous Letters from China, at 6:33 PM  

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    By Anonymous Letters from China, at 6:33 PM  

  • I believe Slakhs' estimate of active bloggers. Perhaps it's reasonable to assume that active bloggers do tend to check out a few prominent India centric blogs. Sepia Mutiny's stats are public, and that gets around 7000 uniques every day. Suppose 70% of the Sepia readers are India centric bloggers, and half the India centric bloggers do check out Sepia. Then the number works out to be 10,000. I think 10,000 is not too off the mark.

    The final number could vary a lot but I think tracking stats of a few prominent blogs could give an estimate of the number of active bloggers.

    By Anonymous Anand, at 10:47 PM  

  • Kaps, one thing is sure. If the 3% holds good, I would not base it on the 25 million users in India since I would classify them under "active" and "passive" users (for example, many parents and even grandparents of people gone abroad are "Internet users" but only for email and chatting and there are a whole lot of just "surfers"). I would straightaway taken only 1% of the whole online population as "active" and that gives us about 250,000 active users of the net. Apply between 3 and 4 % of this and we end up with between 7500 and 10,000 blogs which is more likely the figure.

    By Blogger thennavan, at 12:20 AM  

  • Does it matter?

    By Blogger Casablanca, at 1:09 PM  

  • @Nilu,
    yeah google blog search might not be the right way to estimate this

    @Tony,
    blogspot doesn't offer any feature to count the number of desi blogs

    @Vanathi,
    thanks

    @Slakhs,
    your number looks more genuine

    @Ramnath,
    Thanks for the link....it made interesting reading.

    @Visithra,
    Yeah....it makes sense

    @Vatsan,
    thanks for sharing your views

    @Letters from China,
    Thanks for the clarification. got your point.

    @Anand,
    I doubt whether all active bloggers follow Sepia Mutiny. Although I agree that SM attracts lot of traffic, it is generally US centric and lot of their visitors with the desis (not necessarily bloggers) living in the US. But I like your approach of using this to estimate the number of active bloggers.

    @Thennavan,
    Although there are lot of senior citizens who have taken to the Net to touch base with their kids / grand children living abroad, they are likely to form a small % of the total online community. I agree with the fact that they need to be excluded from this number of 25 million.

    @Casablanca,
    Thanks for dropping by. If the Blogosphere is big, advertisers will target blogs to reach out to their audience. it does matter in more ways than one.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 1:00 AM  

  • How do you define an 'Indian' blog? Blogs by people in India? Blogs by Indians anywhere in the world? Blogs about India?

    By Anonymous UmeshU, at 6:18 AM  

  • IT will be great if you could have a fresh post with a update on the topic so we can see the difference.

    Chers !

    By Blogger Shashi Bellamkonda, at 3:58 AM  

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