Blog readers tend to be young and wealthy, a study has found.
Visitors are also more likely to shop online and to connect to the Internet using a broadband connection, according to the study "Behaviors of the Blogosphere" conducted by comScore Networks. Unsurprisingly, blog visitors are also more active online, visiting almost twice as many Web pages as the average Internet user.
ComScore defines blogs as "mostly amateur online diaries." By unique visitors, FreeRepublic.com ranked first in the first quarter, followed by DrudgeReport.com, Fleshbot.com, Gawker.com and Fark.com. By visits, DrudgeReport came in first, followed by Fark.com, FreeRepublic.com, Gawker.com and Slashdot.org.
"ComScore found that blog visitors represent a demographically attractive advertising audience. Blog visitors are disproportionately likely to be affluent, young and broadband-enabled," reads the study, published this week.
Blog visitors are 11 per cent more likely than the average Internet user to have incomes of $75,000 or more, and are 30 per cent more likely to live in households headed by someone between the ages of 18 and 34, the study found.
During the first quarter, the average blog visitor viewed 77 per cent more Web pages than the average Internet user, and spent 23 hours per week online, compared with 13 hours per week for the average user, according to the study. Regarding e-commerce behavior, blog visitors are 30 per cent more likely to shop online than the average user.
US goes online for political opinion
Proof of the rising popularity of blogs is that about 50 million US Internet users (about 30 per cent of all US Internet users) visited blog sites in the first quarter of 2005, up 45 per cent compared with 2004's first quarter, according to the study.
The most popular type of blog is the political one, according to the study, which was sponsored by blogging software and service vendor Six Apart and blog publisher Gawker Media.
The study was based on comScore's tracking of the online activity of over 2 million Internet users.