July 13th, 2012

Latest Leaders – First Half

Latest Leaders logoAnd now for an MLB.com Blogs first. As we come out of the All-Star break, it’s the perfect opportunity to look back at the traffic leaders from the first half of the season. Congratulations to everyone who made the list, and make sure to read about the ads you’re seeing around here.

Latest Leaders ranked by page views from March 28-July 13:

1. The Baseball Collector
2. Rays Renegade
3. Red State Blue State
4. The AustralianBaseballDigest
5. Cook & Son Bats’ Blog
6. Counting Baseballs
7. TexasRangers_HQ
8. A’s Farm
9. Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
10. Beisbol 007
11. Rockpile Rant
12. mlbblogger
13. The Brewer Nation
14. The Ballpark Guide
15. BlueBattingHelmet
16. You’re Killin’ Me, Smalls!
17. Phillies Phollowers
18. nybisons
19. The Unbiased MLB Fan
20. Born on Third
21. Pinstripe Birthdays
22. Observing Baseball
23. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World
24. The Pittsburgh Peas
25. Brewers Rumors
26. Blogging ‘Bout Baseball
27. 3 Up, 3 Down
28. swingingbuntz
29. The Rays Rant
30. Rockin’ Redlegs
31. Collection of Baseball
32. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
33. Minoring In Baseball
34. The Baseball Haven
35. This is a very simple game…
36. Fish Fry
37. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
38. gojays
39. The Yankee Dinosaur
40. Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts
41. Cream City Cables
42. Unfinished Business
43. More Splash Hits
44. If You Write It, They Will Come
45. baseballqueen
46. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
47. Royal Blues
48. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page
49. TheCutoffMan
50. Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees

1. MLB.com Fantasy 411
2. Alyson’s Footnotes
3. SF Giants Photos
4. Better Off Red
5. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
6. John & Cait…Plus Nine
7. Baseball Nerd
8. Ben’s Biz Blog
9. Dodgers Photog Blog
10. The USA Baseball 17U Blog
11. Curly W Live
12. Brandon and Brandon
13. The USA Baseball 15U National Team Blog
14. The Dash Board
15. The USA Baseball 14U Blog
16. Around the Horn in KC
17. So I Married A Baseball Player…
18. 45 Miles From Fenway
19. Trade Buzz
20. Ben Rouse’s Brewers Mission 162
21. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
22. Phillies Insider
24. Inside the White Sox
25. TribeVibe
26. Rattler Radio
27. White Shark
28. The Byrd’s Nest
29. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
30. Tommy Lasorda’s World
31. Cubs Vine Line Blog
32. Our Game
33. Inside the Jackson Generals
34. CastroTurf
35. Above the Plate
36. Cooperstown Chatter
37. MLB Urban Youth Academy
38. The Futurists
39. Bloomberg Sports
40. Newberg Report
41. The G-Blog
42. Comerica Park, 48201
43. ‘Riders Insider Blog
44. It’s All Relative
45. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
46. Salem Sox Talk
47. ‘Cats Corner
48. From the Booth with Steve Stewart
49. The Sprouting News
50. Justice4U

1. Beck’s Blog
2. Muskat Ramblings
3. The Zo Zone
4. Mark My Word
5. By Gosh, It’s Langosch
6. Bombers Beat
7. Bowman’s Blog
8. Britt’s Bird Watch
9. Postcards From Elysian Fields
10. Brew Beat
11. Gonzo and ‘The Show’
12. North of the Border
13. Major League Bastian
14. Brownie Points
15. Mariners Musings
16. Tag’s Lines
17. Change for a Nickel
18. Haft-Baked Ideas
19. The Fish Pond
20. Mets Cetera

Reminder: Blogs only can be tracked for this list if they use an MLB theme. If you switch to a different WordPress.com theme for a day or two during that month, those page views will not be included for these purposes because they cannot be recorded by MLB.com.

Site ads on MLB.com Blogs

Thanks for the comments pertaining to new ads on MLB.com Blogs. We care incredibly about all of our bloggers, about you. Since the launch back in April 2005 — between those drought-busting titles by the Red Sox and White Sox, before “social media” was a term — we have made numerous enhancements to make this fun and easy-to-use in functionality, style and exposure to grow your audiences. Most recently, we partnered with WordPress.com in an extensive migration, giving you a state-of-the-art MLB.com blog platform, whether on a computer or a mobile device.

For those who might not know the history of MLB.com/blogs, we originally launched as a premium service. That paid subscription model was eliminated after the first season. For a while, there was a standard ad on the bottom right panel, mostly forgotten since it was positioned so low. As noted Tuesday, it has now become necessary to slightly adjust the blog layout for our standard run-of-site advertising you always have seen throughout the MLB.com portal, of which these blogs always have been a part. This offsets escalating hosting costs and allows us to keep offering this free service for you, where you always have had exclusive rights to use official MLB logos and marks within your content.

As for a few who asked, there is not an opportunity to share ad revenue. As a point of comparison, many standard social platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, do not share ad revenue with users from the content they create. We understand if some bloggers would prefer an ad-free environment, but in order to continue offering MLB.com Blogs at no cost, including site ads is necessary.

We understand it can be jarring to have a sudden change on your blog, which you see as your personal space. We will try in the future to communicate any changes in advance, wherever possible. Hopefully the next additions you will see will be the option for additional MLB themes, and that is something we currently are working on. I’ll let you know when I have an update on that front…and be on the lookout because our first-ever MLB.com Blogs Midseason Leaders are on the way here. Thanks – Mark

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