Top 25 Nursing Blogs (By the Numbers)
Note: Updated 9/13/07 at 3:40pm CDT to correct previous Technorati Authority data gathering errors.
Nursing and blogging go hand and hand for dozens of individuals out here on the Internet. At NOEDb, we have a few favorite nurse-related blogs that we like keeping tabs on. Recently, our interest in blogs authored by nurses begged the question: which nurse bloggers have the largest reach? With nowhere to turn to answer this question definitively, we thought it would be an interesting exercise to rank all of the biggest blogs by nurses.
In ranking the top nurse blogs, our goal was to show — using objective data from reliable third-parties — which blogs are the most popular, according to visitor traffic and site backlinks. To this end, we used data for these four metrics to calculate the rankings:
Top 25 (see complete methodology below)
|2||code blog: tales of a nurse||6||9||10||10||35|
|3||about a nurse||5||8||10||10||33|
|4||Nurse Ratched's Place||5||7||10||9||31|
|5||The NJO Blog||4||10||8||7||29|
|6||YKYW - Nursing Student Blog||4||9||8||8||29|
|9||Crass-Pollination: An ER Blog||4||5||10||9||28|
|11||A Place I Call Home||4||7||9||6||26|
|12||Tales of a Bohemian Road Nurse||4||0||9||9||22|
|13||Becoming a Nurse||4||0||8||8||20|
|16||Nursing School Blog||4||10||4||0||18|
|21||Evidence-Based Nursing & Midwifery||5||0||4||8||17|
|22||Into the Unit||4||0||5||7||16|
|23||Health and Nursing Issues Australia||3||2||6||4||15|
|24||It shouldn't happen in health care||3||1||6||5||15|
|25||N is for... Nurse (someday)||4||0||6||5||15|
To begin, we found a set of Web sites that met a certain criteria. To become a member of the set of Web sites to be ranked, a Web site must, as of September 11, 2007:
- be listed on the DMOZ page Nursing Personal Pages and be a blog written by a nurse; or
- be listed in the top 200 results for a Google search for nursing blog and be primarily a blog site; or
- be listed in the top 100 results for a Google search for nurse blog and be primarily a blog site; or
For each metric, a score was assigned on a 0–10 scale. For Google PageRank, raw PageRank data was scored. For Alexa Rank, Technorati Authority, and Bloglines Subscribers, the Web sites were broken up into deciles. If a Web site was in the 0>10% decile, a 1 was scored; for the 10>20% decile, a 2 was scored; and so on, up to a 10 being scored for the 90–100% decile. If no data was available, a 0 was scored.
The overall score for each Web site is the sum of the scores of the four metrics. In the event of a tie in overall score, the tie is broken according to the Alexa Rank raw data.