LC attracted 130,000 unique visitors in May as left-wing blogs grow more broadly


9:00 am - June 2nd 2010

by Sunny Hundal    


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I don’t make a habit of publishing our reader figures every month but I have to make an exception this time. I’m pleased to say May was the first time Liberal Conspiracy broke the 100,000 unique visitors a month mark.

The actual figure was 129,927 Absolute Unique Visitors for entire month, recording just over half a million page views (502,957). Both figures are measured by Google Analytics.

The number of visitors over the month was: 209,255

The top three referrers were: Twitter, Facebook and Guardian.co.uk in that order. These figures do not include the RSS feed readers or those who read via email.

Obviously, the election helped in driving up figures but our top stories have been broader than that. Most of May’s visitors came after the election.

1. WTF? Sun paints Cameron as Obama for front page
2. Have police really banned wearing England tops?
3. Exclusive: Was this the Con-Lib agreement?
4. Is this the best anti-Tory video of the election?
5. This is how the Tories plan to seize power in a Hung Parliament
6. Is this why the media haven’t reported on Phillipa Stroud?
7. Why a Con-Lib coalition might be good for the Left
8. Did Tories lean on BBC & C4 to stop Stroud story?
9. Why isn’t our parents’ generation paying for us?
10. Phillipa Stroud: a correction

So while I expect our figures to drop slightly, they should remain above the 100,000 unique readers a month mark.

For me this is part of a broader trend of the rise of left-wing blogs, particularly since those focusing on reporting stories, asking questions and trying to dig behind on-going controversies.

The New Statesman in particular have done well to sort out their website, build a big Twitter feed and get some real energy behind their blogs.
Left Foot Forward and LabourList too have focused a lot on doing stories than just opinion and I believe their figures are near (or over) the 100,000 mark too.

There are lots of blogs I don’t have space to mention, but as I’m biased towards towards those that focus on breaking news, these deserve a mention:
Political Scrapbook (has grown impressively in just 6 months)
Climate Sock (occasional, but excellent on the environment and strategy)
Richard Bartholomew (lots of excellent and exhaustive digging)
Labour Uncut(barely a month old but already required reading)
Bright Green Scotland (mostly opinion, but very incisive and very green)
Media bloggers Angry Mob and Tabloid Watch (who tirelessly tackle tabloid lies nearly every day).

I apologise for leaving lots of excellent blogs out. These were just off the top of my head.

Anyway, it is a lot more interesting and fun blogging in opposition.

Thanks for all your re-tweets and links to LC in the past and I hope (with this new design) I’ll link out a lot more too.

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Sunny Hundal is editor of LC. Also: on Twitter, at Pickled Politics and Guardian CIF.
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Reader comments


1. Mike Killingworth

Most of May’s visitors came after the election

As, indeed, did most of May.

Well done Sunny, and everyone else. Now to keep plugging our Conference, eh?

Well done.

For what it’s worth, I broadly buy into the theory that blogs tend to do better in opposition. Leaving aside the obvious snark that this new government should, by right, command your support – given that it is far more liberal than its predecessor – I would expect you guys to continue the upward trend in the next couple of years.

Has Mossad been in touch yet?

Take care.

Looks like you made Iain Dale feel inadequate:

http://is.gd/czts5

Which is always a good thing Leon.

I do agree with Mr Eugenides that blogging in opposition always draws more heat, let us hope it is not just hot air.

As, indeed, did most of May.

Heh, that’s true, but some might expect the bulk of visitors to come in the first seven days. I’m just making clear they didn’t.

Thanks Mr E.

Leon – 😉

Great news, but I do have a question. Why do you only use “Share” on Twitter, Facebook and Delicious? Why not use ‘GetSocial Live‘ or GetSocial (free plugin) or something similar. When I share anything from here I share it from my browser – but not everyone has that (ShareThis) which will share it in a multitude of different social media?

The more you can share the more people will read.

Will – because my feeling is that it adds clutter than more functionality. Twitter and FB seem to be the main ways people share content. And besides, that has too many damn buttons. Gotta keep it simple! I might add Reddit and Stumbleupon buttons but that’s probably it.

That’s cool, Sunny – Reddit and Stumble are good!

10. Nick Cohen is a Tory

Mr E
Every opposition looks liberal until they get into power.
I don’t seem to see much repealing much of last government’s illiberal legislation.
Wait for the first terrorist outrage befroe you become to smug.
Reading some of your ppst about immigrants. muslims and the unememployed, you don’t sound that liberal.
Were you not in YC’s when they use to walk around with T shirts with “Fuck the poor”

A I may have mentioned once or twice here and there people are better motivated to complain than to support, so the left now have our turn.

However I’m less keen on all that myself, doubt I shall return to levels of activity over the past 3 years.

12. Blackberries

Angrymob changed its home recently.. it’s now based at http://www.butireaditinthepaper.co.uk/

“Nick Cohen Is A Tory”,

Nice trolling, but seeing as I don’t write articles about “immigrants, Muslims and the unemployed”, not buying it.

The T-shirt sounds good, though.

14. Nick Cohen is a Tory

I don’t know Mr E (pretentious moi), you seem to be a Powellite.
Number of small points.
1. You are obsessed with Labour. Those boys are not in power any more. They are old hat.
2. It is quite sad that you have to go around the different sites with the forlorn hope that people will make a comment on your site. Touting
3. If you don’t like LC, why make a comment.
3. I did have a giggle about the section where you show the books YOUR suppose to be reading. I was surprised there was no colouring in books

15. Nick Cohen is a Tory

Also making posts at 4.30.
Do you have real job.
Do you have life.
Or like your heroine, Maggie , you only come out at night.
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

16. Mike Killingworth

[15] Nick, a surprising number of right-wing bloggers live in places like Thailand or the Phillippines. At least, that is true of Mike Smithson’s Lower Fifth Dorm, so I imagine it also applies elsewhere.

An interesting discussion is worth comment. I feel that you need to write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally individuals are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers


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