Archive for the ‘websites’ Category

Top 10 blogs with vegan recipes

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Where to find vegan recipes? Here is a list of vegan blogs. The contest includes all personal sites but the table shows only the 10 ‘best’ — ‘best’ is evaluated with public website metrics.

Definitions

Veganism is the personal practice of eliminating the use of non-human animal products. Dietary vegans or strict vegetarians avoid animal products in their diet. So the websites concerned here should show recipes without dairy or eggs.

How to participate

Websites are automatically included in the contest as soon as I learn of their existence. To be eligible to the next issue of the best recipe blogs, the below conditions must be met:

  1. The topic should be vegan cooking.
  2. The articles must be written by no more than two persons (not a team) — so as to screen firms.

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Top 100 wine sites in April 2012

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Here is the quarterly ranking of web sites. Webmasters need not apply as the contest includes all sites. The table shows only the top 100. Selection is done from public website metrics. These figures permit to include all sites — not just blogs.

Herebelow is an analysis of the results.

Wine authors that just stood out

Crowd of competitorsThe site that gained most visitors this quarter was Another Wine Blog.

Fortunately there are many other authors for you to read. Discover them by going through the list.

How to participate

Websites are automatically included in the contest as soon as I learn of their existence. To be eligible to the next issue of the Cellarer wine directory, the below conditions must be met:

  1. The main topic should be wine.
  2. Producing estates and wine sellers are excluded. Some of them run wonderful websites but the type of information is different.
  3. The purpose is to present sites with articles. This is why inventories of tasting notes (trackers) or cellar applications are excluded.

If you disagree with the directory criteria, please comment below or e-mail me.

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Best wine sites as of January 2012

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

This article is a resource for you to find interesting sites.

I have performed website appraisal on 500 sites and I have ranked only the top 250. Herebelow is an analysis of the results.

The big guns

Two Fort Riley soldiers compete in the 2005 Best Ranger Competition

More people look for food or wine information on the Web in the Autumn that in other seasons. This primarily benefits the established brands. This semester the sites that gained most traffic were (in decreasing order): the Wine Spectator and CellarTracker.

The sites that gained most traffic this year were the same. Conversely fewer and fewer people go and visit the small sites, I mean the ones that do not show in the selection because they are not enough visited. So we may have a vicious circle here : few visitors bring low visibility. Maybe you have to reach out to become famous…

Diversity

The recent holiday season has favoured the big sites. Yet challengers already show in this list. You can expect some to rise higher in the next installment in April.

In the last few years the web offer has immensely diversified. Everybody and their wine supplier now has a blog. There now are many quality wine critics who comment on line. Some belong to the mainstream media, others not. So go on a reading journey by browsing the list of 250 best wine sites!

How to participate

Websites are automatically included in the contest as soon as I learn of their existence. To be eligible to the next issue of the Cellarer wine directory, the below conditions must be met:

  1. The main topic should be wine.
  2. Producing estates and wine sellers are excluded. Some of them run wonderful websites but the type of information is different.

If you disagree with the directory criteria, please comment below or e-mail me.

Here are the metrics I use for rating the wine sites. You can follow the directory evolution by subscribing to the feed on websites blog RSS.

Top 100 wine blogs in 2011

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

This is an analysis of the ranking of wine sites.

Apps and magazines

And the winner is…3 websites clearly stand out as the biggest information hubs: the Wine Spectator, the Wine lovers page and Robert Parker’s forum. This in part is explained by their quality. It is also explained by the long time they have been known by wine enthusiasts.

Having an off-line reputation clearly helps. This is easiest for the paper media — as illustrated by the presence in the Top 10 of the Wine Spectator, Decanter, Jancis Robinson and Robert Parker.

The incumbents are not going away but web apps now also dominate the Top 10. These are Snooth, CellarTracker and Winezap.

The sites that increased most traffic this quarter are: French Scout (a reference guide), Wine lovers page (a discussion forum), and Cellar Tracker.

In the last few years the wine web offer has immensely diversified. There now are many quality wine critics who blog on line. The Top 100 attempts to highlight writers that you should discover. Only the “better” 20% of the websites are shown. Well, “better” here is not an opinion but an evaluation of which sites are more popular.

What other trends can you see from the rankings?

How to participate

Websites are automatically included in the contest as soon as I learn of their existence. To be eligible to the next issue of the Cellarer wine directory, the below conditions must be met:

  1. The main topic should be wine.
  2. Producing estates and wine sellers are excluded. Some of them run wonderful websites but the type of information is different.

If you disagree with the directory criteria, please comment below or e-mail me.

Here are the metrics I use for rating the wine sites. You can follow the directory evolution by subscribing to the feed on websites blog RSS.