Top100 Volume 40

Top 100 Indy Travel Websites and Blogs: Volume 40

Let’s talk about Sex…ism

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve found myself face-to-face with a disturbing trend in the online travel world: sexism towards men.  On several occasions I have been denied opportunities due to my masculinity.  Advertisers only willing to work with women, PR agents only looking for female travel bloggers, and the list goes on.  At first I joked about being hurt and it didn’t really bother me.  But as the weeks have progressed and the oppression has deepened I have to say that a good part of my heart felt excluded by a part of the online travel society.  I felt like perhaps my voice was being muffled, oppressed, and in some cases just outright blocked and ignored.

The injustice has to end.  Women have fought too hard for gender rights equality for men to be treated in this way.

I understand, it’s a supply demand thing.  The vast majority of people who read travel blogs are women, in many ways I am a man in a female dominated world.  But I will tell you, I have had enough.  I’m going to wear a skirt to work and don’t you dare tell me that I’m not allowed to because society says that my gender is meant to wear pants.

Thus, I implore you, men of travel, stand with me in burning your jockstraps.  Enough is enough.

The Update

Ok, now that I’ve lost all credibility due to that minor rant, let’s look at the update.

It’s been a couple months since I’ve updated the list, so the turnaround that resulted should have been expected.  What you’ll notice, however, is that the top dogs seem to remain forever in control of the top of the list.  It is that type of sustainability you should endure to achieve in creating any project.  Most of these travel blogs and eZines have built such a strong readership that they could leave their sites for a couple weeks and not see a blimp in their traffic stats.  For others, if you neglect your travel blog for a couple days your traffic disappears.  That being said, when looking to build your travel site don’t jump to the quick traffic grabs, push for sustainable traffic and a steady readership.

The eBook

 

Content

I had about 40 new travel sites to go through this week, about 30 of those sites were travel blogs.  For the most part, the new travel blogs all were committing the classic errors in writing a travel blog.  To create great content you need to scratch below the surface of the experience.  Writing dear mom articles will only really appeal to your friends and family.  If you want a greater readership you need to dig deep into the travel experience and expose the emotion involved.

Remember that content is the only thing I judge every update.

Alexa

Since it’s been over a month since the last update of the Top100 there have been a lot of changes in Alexa score. What I have noticed, is that whereas early on only a handful of sites had scores under 100,000 there are now a heap of them. In Fact, having a score under 100,000 doesn’t even guarantee a site a spot on the list, not even close. Also, remember that alexa only makes up a small percentage of the rank so just having a great, or poor, alexa score doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be on, or off, the list.

Newbies

Lots of newbies this update, but lots of sites were also cut out.  There are now over 440 travel sites in the math process.   Please people, if your website has an Alexa score under 1,000,000 don’t send it in until you can start driving enough traffic to get it under than marking point.

Sponsor

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The List

Ok, I think I’ve probably put the 1% of people that actually read the intro to the list asleep so I’ll just give you the list. Here it is:

  1. yTravel Blog Score:  92.59 Last week: 92.57  Previous Rank: 1
  2. UnCornered Market Score: 92.44 Last week: 91.52 Previous Rank: 3
  3. Everything Everywhere Score: 91.82 Last week: 91.88  Previous Rank: 2
  4. Nomadic Matt Score: 91.37 Last week: 91.51 Previous Rank: 4
  5. The Planet D: Score: 91.22 Last week: 91.2 Previous Rank: 5
  6. Fox Nomad Score: 90.92 Last week:  91.16 Previous Rank: 6
  7. Land Lopers Score: 90.46 Last week: 90.47 Previous Rank: 8
  8. Wild Junket Score: 90.27  Last week: 88.5 Previous Rank: 17
  9. Trans-Americas Journey Score: 89.59 Last Week: 89.63 PR: 10
  10. Bacon is Magic Score: 89.43 Last week: 89.32 Previous Rank: 11
  11. 2 Backpackers Score: 89.11 Last week: 90.62 Previous Rank: 7
  12. Johnny Vagabond Score: 89.02 Last week: 88.06 Previous Rank: 19
  13. Wandering Earl Score: 89 Last week: 88.74 Previous Rank: 16
  14. Beers and Beans Score: 88.98 Last week: 90.09 Previous Rank: 9
  15. Go See Write Score: 88.73 Last week: 88.76 Previous Rank: 15
  16. Go Nomad Score: 88.54 Last week: 88.94  Previous Rank: 12
  17. Velvet Escape Score: 88.45 Last week: 87.94 Previous Rank: 21
  18. Otts World Score: 88.41 Last week: 88.89 Previous Rank: 13
  19. Never Ending Voyage Score: 88.34 Last week:  88.86 Previous Rank: 14
  20. Go Backpacking Score: 88.28 Last Week: 88.04 Previous Rank: 20
  21. Hecktic Travel Score: 88.28 Last Week: 86.22 Previous Rank: 35
  22. 20 Something Travel Score: 88.17 Last week: 87.5 Previous Rank: 24
  23. Fevered Mutterings Score: 87.93 Last week:  84.6  Previous Rank: 46
  24. Adventurous Kate Score: 87.91 Last week:86.48 Previous Rank: 31
  25. Traveling Canucks Score: 87.89 Last week: 87.93 Previous Rank: 22
  26. Almost Fearless Score: 87.78 Last Week: 86.85 Previous Rank: 28
  27. Ordinary Traveler Score: 87.76 Last Week: 86.88 Previous Rank: 27
  28. Art of Backpacking Score: 87.44 Last Week: 88.47 Previous Rank: 18
  29. Wandering Educators Score: 87.34 Last week: 87.68 Previous Rank: 23
  30. Dangerous Business Score: 87.23 Last Week: 85.99 Previous Rank: 38
  31. Hole in the Donut Score: 87 Last week:  86.39 Previous Rank: 33
  32. Over Yonderlust Score: 86.83 Last week:  86.13 Previous Rank: 36
  33. The Travel Dudes Score: 86.82 Last week: 86.55 Previous Rank: 30
  34. Nomadic Samuel Score: 86.38 Last week: 85.04 Previous Rank: 42
  35. Wandering Trader Score: 86.37 Last Week: 87.46  Previous Rank: 25
  36. Chris Around the World Score: 86.23 Last Week:  85.5 Previous Rank: 39
  37. Inside the Travel Lab Score: 85.69 Last week: 85.42 Previous Rank: 40
  38. Pause the Moment Score: 85.51 Last week: 84.63 Previous Rank: 45
  39. Wanderlust & Lipstick Score: 85.22 Last week: 86.38 Previous Rank: 34
  40. Globetrotter Girls Score: 85.15 Last Week: 83.27 Previous Rank: 57
  41. Legal Nomads Score: 85.04 Last week:  84.51 Previous Rank: 47
  42. A Little Adrift Score: 84.9 Last week: 85.28 Previous Rank: 41
  43. The Aussie Nomad Score: 84.79 Last week: 87.21 Previous Rank: 26
  44. My Beautiful Adventures Score: 84.51 Last week: 84.86 Previous Rank: 44
  45. Inspiring Travellers Score: 84.45 Last Week:  83.59 Previous Rank: 55
  46. No Place to Be Score: 84.38 Last week: 83.9 Previous Rank: 50
  47. Travel with a Mate Score: 84.13 Last week: 81.02 Previous Rank: 84
  48. As We Travel Score: 84.11 Last Week: 86.81 Previous Rank: 29
  49. The Travel Chica Score: 84.08 Last Week:  80.11 Previous Rank: 80
  50. Travels with a Nine Year Old Score: 84.07 Last Week: 84.09   PR: 71
  51. Runaway Jane Score: 84.04 Last Week: 78.27 Previous Rank: 81
  52. TravMonkey Score: 83.98 Last Week: 76.26 Previous Rank: 76
  53. Runaway Juno Score: 83.95 Last week: 86.07 Previous Rank: 37
  54. What’s Dave Doing Score: 83.77 Last Week: 79.29 Previous Rank: 96
  55. Grantourismo Score: 83.68 Last week: 82.49 Previous Rank: 83
  56. Budget Travel Adventures Score: 83.64 Last Week: 83.43 Previous Rank: 56
  57. Never-Ending Footsteps Score: 83.57 Last Week: 77.22 Previous Rank: 77
  58. **Newbie** Our Oyster Score: 83.52 Last Week: 76.82 Previous Rank: 142
  59. Travelated Score: 83.38 Last Week: 82.3 Previous Rank: 66
  60. Off Track Planet Score: 83.32 Last week: 82.51 Previous Rank: 64
  61. Travels of Adam Score: 82.86 Last Week:  83.6 Previous Rank: 54
  62. Solo Traveler Blog Score: 82.67 Last Week: 83.77 Previous Rank: 51
  63. **Revival** D Travels ‘Round Score: 82.6 Last Week: 78.73 PR: 107
  64. Suzy Guese Score: 82.47 Last week:  82.53 Previous Rank: 75
  65. Wild About Travel Score: 82.42Last Week: 77.29 Previous Rank: 74
  66. Spunk Girl Monologues Score: 82.41 Last Week: 76.46 PR: 88
  67. Indie Travel Podcast Score: 82.38 Last week: 83.97 Previous Rank: 49
  68. Phil in the Blank Score: 82.37 Last Week: 81.76  Previous Rank: 68
  69. **Newbie** My Destination Score: 82.3 Last Week: — PR: —
  70. **Newbi2** Hejorama Score: 82.13 Last Week: 77.24 PR: 124
  71. Raising Miro Score: 82.11 Last Week: 79.89 Previous Rank: 100
  72. Don’t Ever Look Back Score: 82.1 Last Week: 79.98 Previous Rank: 79
  73. Maitravelsite Score: 82.07 Last Week: 81.42 Previous Rank: 70
  74. Go Mexico Guide Score: 82.01 Last week: 82.33 Previous Rank: 65
  75. Man on the Lam Score: 81.95 Last Week: 79.11 Previous Rank: 89
  76. Positive World Travel Score: 81.93 Last week: 84.89  Previous Rank: 43
  77. Ken Kaminesky Score: 81.9 Last Week: 83.23 Previous Rank: 58
  78. Migrationology Score: 81.86 Last Week: 83.72 Previous Rank: 52
  79. Longest Way Home Score: 81.82 Last week:  80 Previous Rank 92
  80. The Road Forks Score: 81.74 Last Week: 80.84 Previous Rank: 82
  81. **Newbie** Tourist 2 Townie Score: 81.52 LW: 79.24 PR: 104
  82. No Vacation Required Score: 81.49 Last Week: 81.93 Previous Rank: 67
  83. **Newbie** Just Travelous Score: 81.34 Last Week: 79.14 PR: 105
  84. **Newbie** Green Globe Travel Score: 81.34 LW: 78.88 PR: 112
  85. **Revival** Family on Bikes Score: 81.11 LW: 79.25 PR: 104
  86. Nomadic Chick Score: 80.84 Last week:  82.58 Previous Rank: 90
  87. Rocky Travel Score: 80.84 Last Week: 80.3 Previous Rank: 94
  88. The Dropout Diaries Score: 80.56 Last Week: 79 Previous Rank: 93
  89. Cumi & Ciki Score: 80.48 Last week: 82.94 Previous Rank: 62
  90. FOGG Odyssey Score: 80.41 Last week: 86.48 Previous Rank: 32
  91. Chicky Bus Score: 80.4 Last Week: 81.49 Previous Rank: 69
  92. The Vacation Gals Score: 80.21 Last Week: 82.69 Previous Rank: 63
  93. **Revival** Breakaway Backpacker Score: 79.96 LW: 79.25 PR: 103
  94. **Revival** Grounded Traveler Score: 79.9 Last Week: 78.83 PR: 114
  95. **Revival** Finding the Universe Score: 79.73 LW: 78.8 PR: 115
  96. Career Break Secrets Score: 79.69 Last Week: 83.02 Previous Rank: 59
  97. Delicious Baby Score: 79.61 Last week: 80.72 Previous Rank: 78
  98. Nerdy Nomad Score: 79.59 Last Week: 80.35  Previous Rank: 97
  99. Canvas of Light Score: 79.58 Last week: 83.68 Previous Rank: 53
  100. **Newbie** Travel Yourself Score: 79.49 Last week: 77.9 PR: 130

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