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Mining News on Internet – July 2011 Ranking



THIS POST WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED JULY 17, 2011

Mining News on Internet – July 2011 Ranking

Continuously monitoring industry news, I noticed that at this time the use of Internet by miners is rather modest. In fact I was in discussion with organizers of a mining conference in London last May to make a presentation on this issue, however, they thought better of it (not important issue) and it never happened.  Indeed when one Googles the words --  it is obvious, as compared to other industries – almost 2.5 times less hits, than for oil and gas (to say nothing about agriculture):

To get a well-defined picture, as to what sources are available now, I have performed the search with top 3 Internet search engines, and have located 31 information resources that are currently available with up-to-date information on mining. I have used Alexa Internet Service – based on its results I have compiled  the following ranking.
The "Traffic Rank" measures the site’s popularity and is calculated using a combination of average daily visitors to the site and pageviews over the past 3 months(as of July 16, 2011). The site with the highest combination of visitors and pageviews is ranked #1. The “Audience” column is representing (if available) Alexa’s results on biggest share of visitors to this site.
Position
Title
Traffic Rank
Country
Audience
1
33,895
India
India, Asia
2
36,968
Canada
USA, Canada
3
53,123
South Africa
South Africa
4
64,354
Intl., South Africa
USA, Ecuador, Netherlands
5
117,865
Canada
South Africa
6
128,875
Canada
Canada
7
237,349
Intl., USA
Mexico
8
253,040
UK
UK, Europe
9
269,314
UK
USA, UK
10
400,814
Intl., South Africa
Australia, India, Pakistan
11
628,450
UK
USA, South Africa
12
637,081
Canada
Canada
13
658,020
USA
USA
15
778,126
UK

16
896,495
USA
USA
17
949,122
Intl.
Indonesia
18
1,102,436
Australia
Australia, South Africa
19
1,512,516
USA
-
20
1,870,869
Iran

21
1,902,411
Canada
Canada
22
2,283,230
UK
-
23
3,186,075
Australia
Australia
24
3,476,302
Intl., USA
-
25
3,514,410
UK
-
26
4,920,386
USA
-
27
5,717,895
Canada
-
28
6,787,744
Indonesia
-
29
7,691,755
USA
-
30
8,253,688
Intl.
-
31
9,497,388
USA
-
32
19,029,650
Australia
-

Analyzing the data, it is obvious, that there are three white spots on the international mining map: Europe, South America and MENA countries.  There are no specialized mining information sites for these areas (or probably they are – but not prominent on the Web). Interesting exception is the #20  Iran Mining – the only MENA country, noticeably represented in the search engines and having a decent traffic.
Probably the readers may submit more entries to the table – and I hope I can update it????
P.S. I humbly inserted this Blog, which surprisingly for me is at its 28th position…..

Update.
All of a sudden I got the mail with reference to a good Australian mining information resource:
Mining IQ-  a mining guide and mining learning portal and an international online community focusing on providing mining professionals with mining industry knowledge, information and an online networking and communication platform. Alexa provides the traffic rank as 3,237,697, which is around 23rd in my ranking. 
Notable observations:
  • Some notable discussions:


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