We are still here – one year, 829 articles and 8,589 reader comments later. On January 17, 2006, Barbados Free Press published it’s first article: Prime Minister Owen Arthur Opens A New Can Of Paint – To Cover Old Corruption. As I recall, we had seven readers stumble onto BFP on that first day.
Things have changed a bit.
After announcing the winner of the 2006 Barbados Piggies At The Trough Award two weeks ago, Barbados Free Press had a touch over 10,000 visitors from all over the world during one 48 hour period. Although we don’t publish our statistics on a daily basis, our readers can always have a look at the WordPress.com daily rankings where we have achieved as high as the #17 most popular WordPress.com blog – out of over 600,000 hosted blogs.
Internet Search Engines Consistently Return Barbados Free Press Articles
Google or Yahoo search anything on the internet involving Barbados – and Barbados Free Press is likely to pop up somewhere in the results.
For instance, as of January 17, 2007, a Google search for “Prime Minister Owen Arthur” from anywhere in the world brings up that first BFP article Prime Minister Owen Arthur Opens A New Can Of Paint – To Cover Old Corruption as hit number 4 out of over half a million returns. Another BFP article is hit number 3: Prime Minister Owen Arthur Declares He Will Send Barbados Citizens’ Tax Money To Less-Developed CARICOM Nations.
A search of “Barbados Owen Arthur” shows a BFP article Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur: His Secret Bank Accounts, Stock Portfolios as return number 4.
Similarly, a Google Search of “Mia Mottley” shows BFP articles as returns numbers 3 and 4 out of 23,700 hits. Searching “Barbados politics” results in a BFP article as number 8 out of 1.3 million returns. Type “Liz Thompson Barbados” and Google returns BFP articles as hit numbers 4 and 5 out of 290,000.
Don’t care for politics? Then Google search “biotech barbados” (#1 & #2 of 1.1 million returns), “cricket barbados”“cricket world cup barbados” (#9 of 1.3 million returns), (#12 & #13 of 1 million returns), “barbados africa” (#6 of 94 million returns), “castro barbados” (#1 & #2 of 819,000 returns), “caricom barbados” (#6 of 532,000 returns), “barbados news media” (#’s 3, 4, 7 & 8 of 1.5 million returns), “barbados culture” (#10 & #11 of 1.57 million returns)…
… and finally, Google search “Barbados Offshore Investments” and you’ll see that Barbados Free Press articles are #1, #2 and #3 out of 794,000 returns. ( ! )
Whether the Barbados media and government want to acknowledge it or not, Barbados Free Press is the world’s most widely read blog about Barbados. BFP has become a signifcant source for anyone who uses the internet to research the political, social and economic landscape of Barbados.
Where Do We Go From Here?
To bed! I had a hard day at work and I’m dead tired – so perhaps our readers can give us some ideas for the year ahead.
Let’s hear it, folks… where do all of us want to take this little piece of the internet known as Barbados Free Press?