Is Vinography truly king in terms of subscribers?

by TrevR on October 17, 2007

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Google Reader subscribers that is. This week, the online world has been buzzing about a new feature that Google quietly rolled out for its Google Reader tool.

The gist of it is that Google Reader is now displaying how many subscribers (Google Reader subscribers, that is) a particular blog or website has. We went ahead and ran some searches of a few of our favorite wine-related blogs and websites using the new tool to see how everyone stacked up. The process is not as straightforward as one may think, so the list below should by no means be considered totally accurate nor is it exhaustive.

Google Reader wine subscribers screenshot

Without further ado, here’s what we found:

    Vinography: 1,201 subscribers
    SF Gate: Wine: 904 subscribers
    Wine Library TV: 810 subscribers
    About.com Wine: 803 subscribers
    The Pour (New York Times Wine Blog): 620 subscribers
    Dr Vino’s Wine Blog: 442 subscribers
    Wine Spectator Online Headlines: 383 subscribers
    Decanter News: 247 subscribers
    Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog: 130 subscribers
    Cheers (USA Today wine blog): 124 subscribers
    Good Grape: A Wine Manifesto: 97 subscribers
    Winecast: 94 subscribers
    Lenndevours: 75 subscribers
    Good Wine Under $20: 64 subscribers
    Pinotblogger: the Capozzi Winery blog: 43 subscribers
    Stormhoek: 38 subscribers
    Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s Unreserved: 35 subscribers
    Napa Valley Register: 30 subscribers
    The Corkdork: 26 subscribers
    Vivi’s Wine Journal: 22 subscribers
    It’s a wine blog. It’s a hiking blog. It’s Winehiker Witiculture!: 21 subscribers
    Catavino: Spanish Wine, Portuguese Wine and more!: 15 subscribers
    The Cork Board: 14 subscribers (woo hoo–thanks to all 14 of you! :))
    AlaWine: 14 subscribers
    Grape Scott: 12 subscribers
    Golly’s Wine Drops: 10 subscribers
    Write for Wine: 7 subscribers
    Wine Consultant: 5 subscribers
    Contra Costa Times Cork Heads: 4 subscribers
    365Corks: 4 subscribers
    Napa Valley Wine Radio: 4 subscribers

Now of course, these numbers cannot be taken as gospel–one thing that’s become clear is measurement and tracking of online traffic, subscriptions, page views, etc. is far from a simple proposition. What’s more, there are literally hundreds of other feed readers out there aside from Google Reader, so the numbers above simply represent one small piece of the overall pie.

Aside from a less-than-accurate ranking of the most subscribed-to online wine destinations, it’s interesting to see that many of the more popular wine blogs have more subscribers than the ‘traditional media’ websites covering the same topic. Perhaps this lends further credence to some of the findings from the Fermentation survey this past summer…

[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, winery, wine country, Google, Google Reader, RSS, RSS subscriptions, Vinography, vinography, wine blog]

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has written 722 posts on The Cork Board. He was born and aged in the Napa Valley and has a passion for wine, writing and social media, which led him to co-found this blog in early 2007. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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