Is Avvo's "Top Legal Blogs" a Good Indicator of the Best Law Blogs?

Earlier this year, I first learned of Avvo's "Top Legal Blogs" while reading a solo blogger lamenting that his law blog fell out of Avvo's top 10 law blog list.  I was intrigued by the rankings and began to read the top blogs to try and figure out why they were so popular.

Avvo - Top Legal Blogs - Top Law Blog - MaritimeSome of the blogs were really interesting and I began to follow them on a regular basis. Some were dreadfully boring, or at least I thought so.  All of the blogs had been publishing for many years.  

Unlike the individual lawyers Avvo ratings, the Avvo top legal blog list is based on the Alexa ranking system which some have criticized.  It is nonetheless a good indicator of a blog or web site's traffic rankings.

The Alexa system lists a website or blog in two ways: (1) its ranking in the world, and (2) its ranking in the United States. 

Cruise Law News (CLN) is ranked (at the moment) as the top 36th law blog in the world, and a top 10 law blog in the U.S.  It also happens to be the number one blog in personal injury law (just nudging ahead of the well known New York Personal Injury Law Blog).  

Alexa tells us which blogs have a lot of  "traffic," but is it a valid system for ranking law blogs?  I'd like to think so, given CLN's high ranking and its fast climb to the top rankings for a new law blog.  But others say that being popular does not equate to being influential or useful. 

What are the best indicators of success and recognition other than Alexa?   What list is considered to be the most credible and/or coveted list of top law blogs? 

If you have a thought about this, please leave a comment below . . .

 

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Jay Pinkert - September 13, 2010 12:06 PM

A lot of factors, most prominently SEO and SEM, affect site traffic, so qualitative claims of "best" based on volume tracking like Alexa can appear presumptuous, if not misleading.

Even Avvo's use of "top" is problematic for me for the same reasons.

I think using Alexa/Avvo to support marketing claims of being "most popular" or "most visited" is cleaner, more accurate and less contentious than a claim of "best."

Jim Walker - September 13, 2010 12:20 PM

Jay:

I think you are right . . . .

Thanks for your comment.

Jim Walker

Jake - September 18, 2012 5:40 PM

Thanks for the feedback guys!

I will take this into consideration as we update the list.

Cheers,

Jake @ Avvo

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