I’m very proud of the following graph.
Below I’ve shown the average number of clickthroughs a link receives from our website (excluding RSS, Twitter and Stocktwits) broken out by the number of votes cast by our readers.
Clearly (and way more starkly than I expected) we’re rewarding quality by pushing more eyeballs to the best work. That was the most important goal of our new site.
There are a lot of factors that affect clickthroughs that aren’t captured here: where a link is placed on the mashup, the amount of time it spends “above the fold”, and our community’s interest in a given blogger or subject. But clearly, voting has a huge impact.
That’s partially because readers are more likely to click on a higher rated link, and it’s partially because they simply get seen more via both the “best links of the week” reports we do every weekend, and the sorted “best of” lists in the menu bar (recent, month, and all time).
All of this highlights the power that you, our reader, has been given. Through your votes, you have the power to impact the entire quant community for the better by encouraging bloggers to write great content.
I launched the first iteration of Quantocracy almost four years ago, but I began following the quant blogosphere long before that, and I submit to you that at no time in history has there been more quality work so easily accessible to traders. I’d like to think that the Quantocracy community played a small part in that.
If you haven’t done so already, register to vote. Once registered, you can choose to remain logged in indefinitely, making voting as simple and painless as possible.
Mike @ Quantocracy