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Technorati stops publishing blog rankings

September 13, 2014

For 10 years, the blog indexing company Technorati served as the Nielsen ratings equivalent of the blogosphere. But earlier this year, Technorati quietly yanked its rankings of blogs off the Internet and into a dustbin in their server room.

The end of Technorati’s rankings is unfortunate. The site lost some credibility over the years, but it was still one of the better tools available for tracking and comparing the relative popularity, authority, and influence of blogs. (It also means the end of “Technorati tags,” a convenient way of tagging content especially on Typepad platforms.)

Technorati probably could have helped its own reputation by making a bigger announcement before the move, or at least by enabling web users to access archived rankings. But they didn’t. So we’re not sure where this blog ended up immediately prior to Technorati pulling the plug, but as of March 2014, Money Jihad was listed a “Top 100” blog under the “World Politics” category, ranking 72nd:

Technorati blog ranking for Money Jihad

Money Jihad was also listed as a top 500 U.S. politics blog as early as 2010 when readership was much lower than it is today.

Alexa, which still provides statistical comparisons of blogs, generally monitors the blogs with the biggest audiences, and scarcely registers accurate metrics for “mid-market” blogs unless you pay them.

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Money Jihad blog benefits from celebrity tweets

August 16, 2014

We were quite surprised when comedian and actress Roseanne Barr recently tweeted out a link to a Money Jihad blog post from last year about Hamas’s involvement in organ trafficking to her quarter-million followers on Twitter:

Tweet by Roseanne Barr to Money Jihad post

But the 17 retweets and 10 favorites to Roseanne’s tweet didn’t drive quite as much traffic as the 55 retweets and 127 favorites for a droll tweet earlier this month by television actor David Boreanaz to his 600,000 Twitter fans:  “Number 4: http://moneyjihad.wordpress.com/2011/08/29/the-worlds-5-richest-terrorist-groups/,” corresponding to Hamas’s place among the world’s five richest terrorist groups as ranked by Money Jihad:

Angel from Buffy tweets link to Money Jihad post

But oftentimes the Hollywood tweeps can’t compete with subject matter experts with large followings on Twitter. Canadian commentator Tarek Fatah, author of The Jew is Not My Enemy and several other books, routinely attracts multiple retweets, as he did with this 2013 tweet about Money Jihad’s profile of one of Jamaat-e-Islami’s Saudi financiers:

One of Tarek Fatah's links to Money Jihad

That level of influence is tough to match on our own. But with over 4,500 followers on Twitter, @moneyjihad chirps out some popular tweets linking back to the blog, like this one in May about the Canadian Islamic charity IRFAN’s financing of Hamas:

Money Jihad Twitter referral

Twitter, in addition to being a very fun way of gathering news and engaging with people about terrorist financing, has been a very effective method of drawing attention to the blog.

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Money Jihad blogger joins Terror Finance Blog

March 7, 2014

This blog is delighted to announce that Money Jihad author A.D. Kendall is joining the ranks of contributing experts at the Terror Finance Blog (TFB)!  Kendall is honored to be wearing this additional hat.  TFB has been a valuable resource in the field for years, and its contributors include counter-terror rockstar Rachel Ehrenfeld, the author of the excellent book Funding Evil.  Please be sure to bookmark http://terrorfinance.org/ it if it isn’t already one of your favorites.

Money Jihad itself isn’t going anywhere.  Fresh, insightful blog posts and tweets to our 4,000+ followers will continue churning out as usual.

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Los números de 2013

January 4, 2014

Los duendes de las estadísticas de WordPress.com prepararon un informe sobre el año 2013 de este blog.

Aquí hay un extracto:

El Museo del Louvre tiene 8.5 millones de visitantes por año. Este blog fue visto cerca de 140.000 veces en 2013. Si fuese una exposición en el Museo del Louvre, se precisarían alrededor de 6 días para que toda esa gente la visitase.

Haz click para ver el reporte completo.

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Money Jihad reduces posts per week from 6 to 5

January 1, 2014

Money Jihad normally publishes one new post each day except Saturdays, with a couple week-long breaks throughout the year.

Due to a side project, Money Jihad will cut back slightly in 2014 by eliminating one weekday post per week (probably Wednesdays), leaving a total of five new posts per week rather than six—for the next several months at least.

Blogging and tweeting will carry on as normal on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  Thanks to readers, subscribers, and Twitter followers for bearing with this adjustment!

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Money Jihad on summer break

July 19, 2013

This blog will be on hiatus for a couple weeks.  Thanks to readers and subscribers for your patience!

Fresh tweets at @MoneyJihad should continue as usual.

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Gone fishing

August 21, 2012

Time for a break!  Back in a week or two.

In the meantime, new links and tweets will still be sent out on Twitter at @MoneyJihad.

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