Thursday, August 04, 2005 announces 10 million unique visitors

Today, had their 10 millionith uniue visitor, after being in business for almost three years. It's ranked as the 15th most popular blog on the Internet. It's special in that they have over 1058 bloggers who copy articles from their own blog paste them onto the site. They get around 60 new articles each day and, without having to register, anyone can leave comments to begin sometimes, fascinating threads with the authors and other readers and writers.

I kept on stumbling across the site as I searched for music and film reviews. One day, I pasted my own review of Collateral that I posted on The author teased me for writing a better review than his and suggested that I submit it as its own entry. Soon after, I signed up at to get my own blog going, I posted the Collateral review to Blogcritics and I signed up to be an official Blogcriitcs writer.

One of the benefits of becoming a Blogcritics writer is that you can get on their mailing list to receive e-mails with announcements of new books, CDs, DVDs, etc., up for grabs, usually first come, first served. Most of my postings are new films that I pay out of pocket to see. Recently, I scoured their database of review material and received permission to review 18 CDs and DVDs that no one wanted...a lot of it well known jazz artists who I happen to like. I've probably been approved to receive about $500 worth of items in the last year, and that's without really trying. Of course, I'm going to make the time to review everying. That's the trade off.

So, how do they make money? Every single post needs to have a link back to Whenever someone clicks on one of these links and buys anything, Blogcritics makes a small commission. The links to are essentially ISBN numbers. By entering this information into the Moveable Type data entry screen, it creates a graphic of the cover of the book, CD, DVD, etc., that you are reviewing.

Blogcritics has become so successful that they are an official news source for Google and Yahoo!. At, select the News link and you're taken to a rich website. Quite often, Blogcritics ends up being among the top hits here, and serveral times, I have noticed them end up as number one. That's a lot of exposure for your average blogger. I just did a search for "Wedding Crashers." I was not at all surprised to find that my review, which was posted on Blogcritics today, is the number three raked hit. My review for the recent Beulah DVD was the sixth ranked search for the word "Beulah" and the number one hit for "Beulah A Good Band Is Easy To Kill."

The tagline for Blogcritics is "A sinister cabal of superior bloggers on music, books, film, popular culture, technology, and politics." What this really means is that you get a flurry of new articles and comments from savvy writers and the general public, who give honest opinions, and tell you why they have taken their particular stance.

I read Blogcritics several times a day so that I won't miss an article that might appeal to me. In fact, it's the website that I read the most.

Some people are suggesting that the next 10 million unique visits will take place in about six months. Reading and participating in Blogcritics has become a habit for me andI'll be around for the foreseeable future, watching the rest of the world catch on.

Read all my Blogcritics reviews.

Here are postings from Blogcritics regulars on the recent success.

"Over 10,000,000 Served" - Blogcritics Breaks Barrier by founder and Publisher Eric Olsen
Some of The Best Posts on Blogcritics by Aaman Lamba
Blogcritics and Me, Or How I Came To Be Here by Lisa McKay
Ten Million and Counting: Just Keeps on Coming by Eric Berlin
Blogcritics for me by Regina Avalos
Looking Back At 10,000,000 by co-owner and Site Admin. Phillip Winn Reaches 10 Million Unique Visitors Mark by Margaret Romao Toigo
Milestones: On BlogCritics and Personally by Joan Hunt.
Blogcritics Hits A Blogging Milestone by Mark Saleski

Read all the Blogcritics posts by these fine folks.
Eric Olsen
Aaman Lamba, an editor
Lisa McKay, one of the DBAs for the Yahoo! db that tracks review materials
Eric Berlin, an editor
Regina Avalos
Phillip Winn
Margaret Romao Toigo
Joan Hunt
Mark Saleski

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