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Here are paleo website traffic rankings: Thoughts?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 13, 2012 at 6:29 PM

I love tracking shit. Because of that, I've been tracking how popular the "paleo" idea has been the past couple years. My business is spending too much time on paleo websites, and business is good! Here are where popular paleo websites rank out of all domains on the internet:

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Here are things I've noticed: while "paleo" has been getting more popular, the top few sites have become mega more popular. This includes sciency sites, recipes cites, and this weirdo site called paleohacks. Also, I noticed that some awesome sites don't have as much traffic as I'd expect (e.g. thatpaleoguy). What strikes you about these rankings? Note that very few health/nutrition websites that are actually useful are in the top 1,000. Mercola is #500...I know he ruffles feathers for many, but he at least doesn't offer standard advice.

Note that this ranking is based on the flawed Alexa methodology, and not all sites are included because of difficulty gathering info.

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

What is your source for this? Alexa?

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on October 06, 2012
at 04:25 AM

Yeah, it's way down in the bottom bar. I agree, I wish it were more accessible.

00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

(2411)

on October 06, 2012
at 01:06 AM

His site desperately needs a search feature. It's nearly impossible to find the good stuff there without it.

A08b210e4da7e69cd792bddc1f4aae4b

(1031)

on August 16, 2012
at 11:18 AM

Right now I'm rather lovin' Cucina Ceri! Italian + Paleo, I couldn't really ask for anything more.

6d64cd6dc98d6ab763bd03678a317964

(2177)

on August 16, 2012
at 01:41 AM

No she said it right the first time. She could care less, but she doesn't. She does care and we now have proof.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on April 11, 2012
at 11:48 PM

...the "I could care less" phrase always sounds strange to me (being British i suppose), i believe the saying evolved from the British phrase "I could not care less"....

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on April 11, 2012
at 11:44 PM

...the "I could care less" phrase always sounds strange to be (being British i suppose), i believe the saying evolved from the British phrase "I could not care less"....

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on April 11, 2012
at 08:25 PM

Because I could care less. My blog is a hobby, not my business.

7d64d3988de1b0e493aacf37843c5596

(2861)

on April 11, 2012
at 08:16 PM

A marketing group? Maybe he’s expecting the medical license to get revoked and trying to boost his revenue stream. Apparently Sisson rejected his leptin book after looking at the first draft.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on April 11, 2012
at 08:14 PM

Too poor! <----First world problems

863fbe3ea7cacba9a77b19a09bf445cf

on April 11, 2012
at 08:10 PM

Dr. Kruse's traffic is probably also increasing because he hired a marketing group. Why don't you two do that? :-)

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on April 11, 2012
at 07:45 PM

Yahoo Answers is probably growing faster than your website as well. I'd like to see a multivariate regression that shows how accuracy of information relates to Alexa ranking, among health-related sites.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on March 29, 2012
at 07:05 AM

Ah oops! I meant to "like" your comment AKD but I accidentally flagged it as innapropriate! Kamal can you fix pretty please, my phone is screwed. Thank you <3

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on March 29, 2012
at 12:00 AM

It's ranked 549,631! Time to get writing, akd.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on March 28, 2012
at 11:15 PM

i dont understand. i thought for sure that that cool new kid highbrowpaleo.wordpress.com would be on here. something is wrong with your math, perhaps?

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on March 14, 2012
at 02:06 AM

Who's Loren Cordain? I kid, I kid. Those all rank very highly. The mystery is...where did Paleo Seb go? A former Quebecois paleohacks user, and creator of "paleodietlifestyle.com", the #3 hit when you google paleo diet.

9e20abb05f3f6e3cc4bb107f8980aecd

(5939)

on March 14, 2012
at 01:45 AM

A few others: Loren Cordain's ThePaleoDiet.com and ChrisKresser.com would rank near Free the Animal; Whole Health Source and Whole9Life.com are in that vicinity too.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on March 14, 2012
at 12:59 AM

Ha! It's a nonprofit, unfortunately.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on March 14, 2012
at 12:58 AM

Sorry, can't answer. Too busy jumping around paleohacks.

A4587cfef29863db612c43f89c202cc1

(2053)

on March 13, 2012
at 11:55 PM

Great job! Can we buy some shares before the IPO?

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on March 13, 2012
at 11:35 PM

What about that cool new site paindatabase.com ???

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on March 13, 2012
at 10:53 PM

17,000. And definitely one of the easiest to read paleo sites.

E0250b1e6dc5ec1539ffb745042b4d80

(3651)

on March 13, 2012
at 10:48 PM

+1 I get a lot of questions about how to undo a SAD life, and I tell people to start at MDA. Mark is a talented and balanced researcher and stays on top of things.

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(16131)

on March 13, 2012
at 08:00 PM

Wow! Awesome. Thatpaleoguy is a great site people - must get more visits.

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on March 13, 2012
at 07:38 PM

Dr. Deans' blog is 112K.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on March 13, 2012
at 07:37 PM

Evolutionary Psychiatry is 112,000. There's a handful of "idea generating" sites that I love, such as Deans, Guyenet, Jaminet, Masterjohn, etc. These are sites that potentially change people's habits, and deserve even more traffic!

4164a77c7ccf4839ec7f1e665d27cc6d

(1085)

on March 13, 2012
at 07:10 PM

Nothing for or against the content, but, Super Human Radio's website ads give me a headache. Its like the Las Vegas strip...

11b7b7ba720a5cd43c74a0ef99a16adb

(3448)

on March 13, 2012
at 06:55 PM

Forums are more traffic heavy per user than other types of sites. You might check those other sites and you might even read a couple of articles, but compare that to how you interact with the forum here. You are likely spending more time here, and interacting with the site more (which produces more traffic). It's not surprising that the top 3 sites all have forums, which probably contribute heavily to their traffic numbers.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on March 13, 2012
at 06:35 PM

32,000. Such a beautiful website.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on March 13, 2012
at 06:30 PM

If I didn't include your site, sorry. This was done quickly over lunch.

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F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on March 13, 2012
at 10:46 PM

Whaddabout Chris Kresser?

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on March 13, 2012
at 10:53 PM

17,000. And definitely one of the easiest to read paleo sites.

00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

(2411)

on October 06, 2012
at 01:06 AM

His site desperately needs a search feature. It's nearly impossible to find the good stuff there without it.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on October 06, 2012
at 04:25 AM

Yeah, it's way down in the bottom bar. I agree, I wish it were more accessible.

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(4875)

on March 13, 2012
at 07:25 PM

Do you happen to have the info for Evolutionary Psychiatry? That is one of my favs.

I haven't heard of most of the bottom half of that last. It seems fitting that MDA would make the top; pretty much everyone I know that does paleo (myself included) began with the Primal Blueprint. Mark is really exceptional at presenting information in a digestible way. His is the only blog I read every single day.

E0250b1e6dc5ec1539ffb745042b4d80

(3651)

on March 13, 2012
at 10:48 PM

+1 I get a lot of questions about how to undo a SAD life, and I tell people to start at MDA. Mark is a talented and balanced researcher and stays on top of things.

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on March 13, 2012
at 07:38 PM

Dr. Deans' blog is 112K.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on March 13, 2012
at 07:37 PM

Evolutionary Psychiatry is 112,000. There's a handful of "idea generating" sites that I love, such as Deans, Guyenet, Jaminet, Masterjohn, etc. These are sites that potentially change people's habits, and deserve even more traffic!

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E0250b1e6dc5ec1539ffb745042b4d80

(3651)

on March 13, 2012
at 07:12 PM

Making top 100K is quite an accomplishment for an individual. That's really cool. I checked Mark's last summer and it wasn't at 2,000 then. It's growing fast.

Sites that get a lot of comments move through rankings much faster than just blogs. Both MDA and PH get repeat customers all day so it makes sense that they move up.

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on April 11, 2012
at 07:30 PM

Someone just posted a comment on my site saying how wrong I am because Dr. Kruse's traffic is growing and mine isn't. Alexa isn't that accurate, but even if it were, I think this is exactly why I made a big deal about Dr. Kruse getting spots at PaleoFX, Paleo Summit, and AHS. It's a great way to drive traffic to your site.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on April 11, 2012
at 08:14 PM

Too poor! <----First world problems

863fbe3ea7cacba9a77b19a09bf445cf

on April 11, 2012
at 08:10 PM

Dr. Kruse's traffic is probably also increasing because he hired a marketing group. Why don't you two do that? :-)

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on April 11, 2012
at 11:44 PM

...the "I could care less" phrase always sounds strange to be (being British i suppose), i believe the saying evolved from the British phrase "I could not care less"....

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on April 11, 2012
at 07:45 PM

Yahoo Answers is probably growing faster than your website as well. I'd like to see a multivariate regression that shows how accuracy of information relates to Alexa ranking, among health-related sites.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on April 11, 2012
at 11:48 PM

...the "I could care less" phrase always sounds strange to me (being British i suppose), i believe the saying evolved from the British phrase "I could not care less"....

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on April 11, 2012
at 08:25 PM

Because I could care less. My blog is a hobby, not my business.

7d64d3988de1b0e493aacf37843c5596

(2861)

on April 11, 2012
at 08:16 PM

A marketing group? Maybe he’s expecting the medical license to get revoked and trying to boost his revenue stream. Apparently Sisson rejected his leptin book after looking at the first draft.

6d64cd6dc98d6ab763bd03678a317964

(2177)

on August 16, 2012
at 01:41 AM

No she said it right the first time. She could care less, but she doesn't. She does care and we now have proof.

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64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on March 14, 2012
at 12:38 AM

Interesting stuff! I'd bet paleohacks has a far higher 'addict index' than most of the other sites. I assume these numbers are for visits and not for unique visitors?

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on March 14, 2012
at 12:58 AM

Sorry, can't answer. Too busy jumping around paleohacks.

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D3e2d42bef585ff98d8ab62631bf487a

on March 13, 2012
at 06:58 PM

I have not heard of most of these sites and look forward to exploring them. I bet superhumanradio will become more popular given the podcast's recent exposure on Itunes. I listen everyday. I am also happy to see undergroundwellness on the list since I also enjoy that podcast.

4164a77c7ccf4839ec7f1e665d27cc6d

(1085)

on March 13, 2012
at 07:10 PM

Nothing for or against the content, but, Super Human Radio's website ads give me a headache. Its like the Las Vegas strip...

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on March 13, 2012
at 06:46 PM

The surprise for me is that PH is at 8,000 yet many of the others SHOULD appeal to the PH community and are much lower. I mean, we link to those sites all the time in our PH threads.

I check Melissa, ThatPaleoGuy, J Stanton, PHD, etc., every day--where's everyone else going? Or, is the problem that I visit PH a dozen or more times per day and the others only once or twice?

Ouch, I'm getting a headache from all this thinking ...

11b7b7ba720a5cd43c74a0ef99a16adb

(3448)

on March 13, 2012
at 06:55 PM

Forums are more traffic heavy per user than other types of sites. You might check those other sites and you might even read a couple of articles, but compare that to how you interact with the forum here. You are likely spending more time here, and interacting with the site more (which produces more traffic). It's not surprising that the top 3 sites all have forums, which probably contribute heavily to their traffic numbers.

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on March 13, 2012
at 06:35 PM

Love this info! Thanks for posting. Glad to see the likes of our kind up there in the 2,000s!

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3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

(11697)

on March 13, 2012
at 06:33 PM

Check chowstalker.com, which is the main recipe place for many sites. What's its ranking?

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on March 13, 2012
at 06:35 PM

32,000. Such a beautiful website.

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(10)

on August 16, 2012
at 09:21 AM

Any idea what sort of daily hits these sites get? I started my own paleo recipe site about 18 months ago - and by no means is it going to compare with these experts - its just great to have some idea how one fits into all that. I heard there are 8,000 food blogs in the English Language - so its a tough world of food blog competition out there! www.cucinaceri.com !

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(1031)

on August 16, 2012
at 11:18 AM

Right now I'm rather lovin' Cucina Ceri! Italian + Paleo, I couldn't really ask for anything more.

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