Top CAD Blogs of 2012

This is my second annual “Top CAD Blogs” post. I changed things up a bit this year, in hopes that it’d make this post more straight forward.

In last year’s post I separated blogs into categories. In this year’s post I’ve lumped all the blogs together. I also eliminated blogs that were basically inactive or highly commercial.

Once again I ranked the top CAD blogs according to Alexa’s Global Traffic Rank. Alexa explains that their traffic rank is a measure of a site’s popularity. The rank is calculated using a combination of average daily visitors and page views over the past 3 months. The site with the highest combination of visitors and page views is ranked #1.

And once again this year, the websites that qualified for consideration:

  1. Had an Alexa listing.
  2. Were websites that were structured primarily as a CAD blog.
Top CAD Blogs of 2012

I considered seventy (70) blogs, and listed them in table format below. The two charts that I’ve included display the top twenty five (25) blogs.


Here’s the pie chart of the top 25.


Here’s the bar chart of the top 25.

In tabular form, the Alexa Global Traffic Ranks are as follows:

Top CAD Blogs Alexa Global Traffic Rank
1. autodesk.blogs.com 350,835
2. blog.jtbworld.com 579,254
3. through-the-interface.typepad.com 647,649
4. labs.blogs.com 681,674
5. worldcadaccess.typepad.com 708,197
6. thebuildingcoder.typepad.com 745,499
7. rcd.typepad.com 759,999
8. cadsetterout.com 877,488
9. deelip.com 952,326
10. thecadgeek.com 1,212,163
revitclinic.typepad.com 1,234,384
opendesignproject.org 1,383,778
crackingthevault.typepad.com 1,411,181
jamiesjewels.typepad.com 1,422,712
beingcivil.typepad.com 1,566,428
blog.cadnauseam.com 1,599,078
caddmanager.com/CMB 1,640,432
designandmotion.net 1,671,684
lynn.blogs.com 1,708,548
cadpanacea.com 1,712,400
dwf.blogs.com 1,791,482
geospatial.blogs.com 2,227,362
mayastation.typepad.com 2,228,821
heidihewett.blogs.com 2,322,694
ltunlimited.typepad.com 2,358,921
withoutanet.typepad.com 2,575,982
cadinsider.typepad.com 2,579,915
autodeskmfg.typepad.com 2,759,233
whatamesh.typepad.com 2,864,099
geospatialfrance.typepad.com 2,889,052
cadblog.info 2,926,772
inside-the-system.typepad.com 2,987,378
bimandbeam.typepad.com 3,183,156
dux.typepad.com 4,137,238
modthemachine.typepad.com 4,312,379
inventor-ru.typepad.com 4,810,518
bimontherocks.typepad.com 4,992,878
otb.manusoft.com 5,104,340
justonesandzeros.typepad.com 5,181,699
bimblog.typepad.com 5,399,680
engineeringeducation.typepad.com 5,461,390
underthehood-autodesk.typepad.com 6,149,661
kungfudrafter.com 6,281,726
themadcadder.blogs.com 7,212,425
in-the-pipes.typepad.com 7,443,853
hyperpics.blogs.com 7,644,506
cadshack.blogspot.com 7,753,412
mistressofthedorkness.blogspot.com 10,414,145
familyjewels.typepad.com 10,705,649
bimapps.typepad.com 11,551,726
doddsandends.typepad.com 12,049,561
geospatialnavigator.typepad.com 12,560,593
lazydrafter.blogspot.com 12,894,132
cadtoolbox.com 12,958,705
cad-a-blog.com 13,487,399
ellipsis-autodesk.typepad.com 13,721,200
inthemachine-autodesk.typepad.com 13,759,599
adt_blog.typepad.com 14,405,511
civilfrance.typepad.com 14,779,962
revit-pl.typepad.com 17,053,431
fromthegroundup.typepad.com 18,347,623
caddhelp.blogspot.com 20,662,143
atlandsend.typepad.com 22,232,064
insidethefactory.typepad.com 24,805,580
classroomconnection.typepad.com 25,180,917
cadnotes.com no data
gisexchange.typepad.com no data
cadngis.blogspot.com no data
cad-botequim.typepad.com no data
structurebim.typepad.com no data

The 2012 top CAD blog was Shaan Hurley’s blog http://autodesk.blogs.com/. Congrats Shaan!!

http://autodesk.blogs.com/

Also, second and third place respectively go to Jimmy Bergmark’s blog http://blog.jtbworld.com/ and Kean Walmsley’s blog http://through-the-interface.typepad.com/. Congrats Jimmy and Kean!!

Conclusion

That’s it for 2012!

If I’ve missed your website, then my apologies! Please leave your site in the comments below, and I’ll include it the next time around.

I’d like to include more BIM, Inventor, and Revit blogs next time around too.

About Brian M. Curran

I'm Brian M. Curran and I run a drafting services business in NYC. My aim is to create quality drawings, and to be entrusted with important projects. For some project on-site videos, please visit my Google profile.
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9 Responses to Top CAD Blogs of 2012

  1. Greg Battin says:

    I’d like for my blog to be considered for the next run. I currently get about 40,000 visitors a month.
    Thanks
    ~Greg

  2. You forgot about my site.

  3. pls consider us next time

  4. Brandon says:

    Love the post Brian! I was supprised at just how many CAD blogs and sites there are out there. It’s awesome to see!
    And hopefully next year I can make the list, In fact I’m going to make it a new goal of mine

    cheers,
    Brandon

  5. tony says:

    Wow i’m surprised my site did not make the list.

  6. matt says:

    Dezignstuff would be ranked #10 according to Alexa. Are you really just listing Autocad blogs? There is CAD other than Autocad.

    http://dezignstuff.com/blog

  7. If you can include my site also… It was in fact a blog (and still it is more blog then the portal), but it started to live it’s own life :)
    Available just in Polish language, but if you dcide to use f.x. Google translator, then you can have a lots of fun reading this :)
    Regards
    Maciej

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