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WordPress.com Still Growing

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Compete has released a list of the fastest growing and declining sites of 2007. These stats are made up of the top 1,000 domains in between December of 2006 and December of 2007. Among those domains that grew the most (and that are safe for work) include, iamfreetonight.com, podshow.com and techcrunch.com. The domains that saw a negative change of at least 90% include bolt.com (due to bankruptcy) broadcaster.com and octanetv.com.

However, WordPress.com appears to have grown by 523% with 24,393,457 visits. WordPress doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon and thats some positive news.

Site Rankings From 2007

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  1. Pi (5 comments.) says:

    Interesting to see the types of sites which have gone up and down, perhaps that says something about the longer term future, it certainly says something about customer interests in the near future.

  2. Carson (46 comments.) says:

    Comptete?

  3. Mark Ghosh (386 comments.) says:

    Thanks for the catch Carson, fixed.

  4. Jonathan (83 comments.) says:

    Mark,

    No offense, but I have a hard time believing in a post that is based on compete rankings. Similarly, basing a post on Alexa rankings, it’s really subject to who uses the compete toolbar. The numbers could be completely flipped when you look at the actual number of visitors each site is getting.

    I agree that it would be a great comparison, but it’s hard to make a good account when you’re not using the physical numbers.

    You know Matt pretty well and I’m sure you could get access to the real numbers and compare what Compete.com has and what Matt has. Now *that* would make for a good post.

  5. Ted Clayton (31 comments.) says:

    Eye-opening insights in Compete’s statistics. The info does not appear to show actual user-count growth, but visit-counts. There is a meaningful difference between those two. Could reflect increased use by the same individuals.
    I’d like to relate this presentation, with the recent exploration of plugin-standards conducted in these pages. Less so, it applies to recent theme-topics, also.
    That is, with rapid growth, with an effort to meet, respond to, track, anticipate a (any) highly volatile, shifting, fleeting market – it can be critical that the product & enterprise remain as loose, undefined, flexible & adaptive as practical … short of outright chaos.
    Being relatively poorly defined & regulated is most likely an important competitive advantage for WordPress, under the social & market conditions that exist.
    A messy condition, and source of frustration? Understandably. A real factor in it’s success? Quite possibly.

  6. jeremy (1 comments.) says:

    Mark-

    The growth indicators are probably correct but the actual stat numbers are not. They only started getting stats in june of last year so the growth numbers percentage wise are not correct.

    Just look up any website and it looks like it pretty much started june of 07… thats why the growth numbers are so high.

  7. Solomon Broad (1 comments.) says:

    That’s great news.

  8. Nascar (1 comments.) says:

    Isn’t Nextag a shopping site? It is hard to believe it could lose 70% during the holiday shopping season.

  9. Alice (1 comments.) says:

    Wow I had no idea WordPress.com was that popular, but I can believe it because it is the best blogging software.

  10. Dhruva Sagar (15 comments.) says:

    This was always gonna be, wordpress is cool!



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