I checked both of my global visit/pageview meters (Cluster Map & FlagCounter) and discovered that they show that readers from the U.S.A. represent 56.4% and 54.1%. And Google Blogger reports U.S.A. pageviews of 52.0%, plus they report strong growth from Russia. Net, net: U.S.A. readers are the majority but other readers come from over 125 different countries.
So, first, all caveats mentioned in the past (hits driven by search engines, search results) account for a lot of hits. Nonetheless, thank you to the international readers who’ve found their way here. And wow I continue to be astonished at the global reach.
Bloggers: Here’s a note of interest, it seems Alexa has changed how it calculates it’s ratings for certain classes of websites (seemingly personal blogs). Overnight I saw my rating increase (that’s not good) by almost 50%. I checked some other popular SL blogs and most have experienced the same hit. However, the high traffic blogs, especially ones with high news reporting, seem unaffected.
I haven’t found out why the Alexa ratings have changed, but surmise it has something to do avatars as authors. If you’ve never checked your Alexa rating, you can use this link and drop in your own like for a quick look up.