Next update: On or about June 3, 2013. The most recent ratings are always found at EconDirectory.com.
The first edition of these rankings was based on the large (though not comprehensive) list of business and economics weblogs generated by Craig Newmark in July 2005. Subsequent rankings include many new additions.
There's obviously no hard and fast rule for determining what is or is not a "business" or "economics" website, so the selections are naturally subjective, with a bias towards inclusion rather than exclusion.
Criteria used for inclusion
In general, a site must meet at least one of the following criteria to be included:
- More than 50% business or economics-related content on the front page at the time selections were made
- A large "economics" or "business" category or archive
- At least one detailed item about a current business or economics issue on the front page
- Several links from other sites specifically identifying the site as one focused on business or economics
To reiterate, the bias is toward inclusion rather than exclusion, so please feel free to suggest a site if it is missing.
How to get ranked
For sites listed in the general directory but not included in the traffic rankings, the easiest way to get included is to offer public access to traffic logs offered through services like Sitemeter, Statcounter, or Extremetracking. Sites that add those traffic tools (or those that change their reports from "private" to "public") can update their details anytime.