Friday February 25

Test of relevancy for news media sites

This article suggests that a news media site's linkability is one of the key factors affecting its relevance to the internet and the blogosphere. The more people link to a news media site, the more popular Google judges it to be. And Google indexes more pages of news media sites that are popular.

So one of the ways to test the relevancy of a news media site to the internet and the blogosphere is to count the number of pages that Google has indexed. Here's my table of them. (I have no idea why Yahoo News has so few pages indexed -- perhaps because of its Google News rivalry?)

Name of news media siteURLIndex count
People Daily (China paper) 2,390,000
BBC News 2,260,000
Slashdot 2,240,000
The Guardian 1,570,000
CNN 1,370,000
New York Times 1,230,000
Reuters 806,000
China Daily (China paper) 782,000
Times Online 704,000
Washington Post 675,000
Salon 507,000
Time Magazine 447,000
LA Times 420,000
Fark 396,000
Yahoo News 389,000
ABC News 258,000
Fox News 239,000
International Herald Tribune 141,000
Wall Street Journal 91,200
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