ROK Drop

Avatar of GI KoreaBy on December 22nd, 2011 at 3:04 am

Some Thoughts On How Much Big Blogs Impact K-Blogs

With the recent passing of Kim Jong-il I have had a number of blogs link back to this site due to the amount of content and information I have available about Kim Jong-il.  I always appreciate being linked to by other bloggers to include the big bloggers out there, but what I find interesting is that links from the big bloggers does not necessarily mean a lot of page views compared to links from K-blogs.  For example Andrew Sullivan is a big blogger that linked to my opinion piece about the death of Kim Jong-il and it led to a grand total of 22 page views that day to the ROK Drop.  Another big blogger Michelle Malkin linked to me a few times and it was good for about an additional 40-50 readers.  The few times I have been linked to by Blackfive which is probably the most popular milblog on the Internet it led to about 80-100 extra page views.

To put this into perspective just from the sidebar link on the Marmot’s Hole I get about 30-40 page views a day.  Whenever the Marmot’s Hole links to something on the ROK Drop it is good for at least a 100 page views in one day and sometimes even 200-300.  What I take from this is that the vast majority of readers that visit the big blogs are not interested in North Korea and thus don’t follow links like readers from K-blogs do.  So needless to say I have picked up plenty of extra drive by readers these pass few days due to the death of Kim Jong-il and I hope some on them decide to become regular readers, but I do have to thank everyone who is a regular reader of the ROK Drop.  As nice as it is to have links from the big bloggers to the site it is really the ROK Heads and K-blog community that keep the site going.

  • Teadrinker
    6:28 am on December 22nd, 2011 1

    30-40 per day? That’s it? I’m surprised.

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    7:38 am on December 22nd, 2011 2

    You have to remember that the link to my site on MH is just one small link of many other small links on the sidebar. MH sends me more readers then any other website. However, most regular readers of K-blogs probably have this site bookmarked and don’t need to use a link thus most people coming over from MH are probably new readers checking out the links for other K-blogs.

  • tbonetylr
    8:43 am on December 22nd, 2011 3

    If only my comments posted(as of late they haven’t, I blame Kushibo) :roll:

  • tbonetylr
    8:45 am on December 22nd, 2011 4

    # 3 will be gone soon :?:

  • Sonagi
    8:57 am on December 22nd, 2011 5

    I rarely click on embedded links to unfamiliar sources unless the quoted text is interesting enough to follow up on or the writer talks up the link.

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    10:47 am on December 22nd, 2011 6

    @5 – That is usually what I do if it is a topic that I am not overly interested in. Usually for military or Korea related topics I will check out the links. However, I don’t read any of the big blogs regularly any more because most are so agenda driven and not worth the little time I have to read. I do enjoy reading the Daily Howler though that Glans got me hooked on. :smile:

  • 코리
    7:26 pm on December 22nd, 2011 7

    Don’t sell this blog short, I would consider it among the “bigs” if you will (at least compared to mine), the one time you linked me in a “linklet” post it brought over a good 80 hits

  • Thomas
    4:01 pm on December 23rd, 2011 8

    Just found the site today. I bookmarked it, so you will have at least one new reader. I love reading anything about the “Kingdom” of North Korea. You have a great blog here, keep it up.

  • Sonagi
    5:15 pm on December 23rd, 2011 9

    Welcome to ROKDrop, Thomas.

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    8:32 pm on December 23rd, 2011 10

    Thomas, I am glad you like the site. There is plenty of good stuff worth digging into the archive if you are interested in learning more about North Korea. Thanks again for reading.


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