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53,651 male, youngish, rich, powerful and geeky readers

There’s been a lot of talk recently about Josh Kopelman’s post, in which
he wrote:

“As more and more entrepreneurs start building what Fred Wilson referred to as second
derivative companies, I think they run a big risk of designing a product/service that
is targeted at too small of an audience
. Too many companies are targeting an audience
of 53,651. That’s how many people subscribe to Michael Arrington’s TechCrunch
blog feed. I’m a big fan of Techcrunch – and read it every day. However, the
Techcrunch audience is NOT a mainstream America audience.”

and Om Malik have
great follow-up posts. All of this talk actually coincided with my own review of
Read/WriteWeb. I’ve been delving into my server and Measure Map stats in an effort to
identify what’s been popular on my blog this year – and what topics my readers like the
best. Also recently I got the results of the FM Publishing survey I had on my blog — and
turned out my results were pretty similar to those of Techcrunch. Here are Techcrunch’s results, with mine
in brackets:


· 89% male (RWW = 84%)

· 81% 18-39 (RWW = 71%)

· 50% HHI [household income] above $75k  (RWW = 45%)

· 39% Director level or above (RWW = 39%; with 60% being manager level or

· 55% IT professionals, developers, engineers, or consultants (RWW = 63%)

· 60% publish their own blog (RWW = 68%)

I can tell you that most of the FM blogs have similar stats. Some of them have a more
broader audience (e.g. BoingBoing), but there are a subset of FM blogs that have an
overwhelmingly male, Gen Y/X, rich, manageriel/executive, IT-based and geeky audience.
They include Techcrunch, GigaOm, A VC, Buzzmachine, Read/WriteWeb. The predominance of
male readers (and writers) for these blogs is actually pretty worrying and probably sums up how narrow
a niche audience this is.

Here are the main summary stats for Read/WriteWeb, from my FM survey:

– 60% of my readers are decision-makers (manager level or above)

– 92% are early adopters of technology

– 60% are computer professionals or consultants

I take that as meaning Read/WriteWeb is successful in providing the information it
sets out to: web/media product analysis, market positioning, industry trends and
insights. That’s the kind of information that decision-making early adopting, IT
professionals need. So I’m glad I’m providing it. Indeed my challenge now
is to get the full 53,651 people who need it, to subscribe to Read/WriteWeb as well as
Techcrunch 🙂

OK I do wish that the group of ‘53,651’ people was more inclusive (more women, more
over 40’s, more non-IT people, etc). That’s something we as an industry need to look more
closely at. I know Susan Mernit, Dave Winer and others have been
keen to have a more inclusive audience, so it’s not as if we’re ignoring the issue.

suggestions on what I can do at Read/WriteWeb to get a broader and more inclusive
subscriber base? Tone down the geek-techie talk perhaps? More market research-based

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