Top CAD Blogs of 2016

Hey, happy soon to be 2017! I know it’s cliche, because everyone says it, but I can’t believe 2016 is almost completed. It’s crazy. Time flies.

The end of 2016 brings me to my customary year end Top CAD Blogs post. I’ve been tracking some of these blogs for years now. Five years. That’s a fair amount of time.

I think this post is more fun, than it is technically useful. So I hope you browse it, enjoy it, and perhaps share it.

Now, let’s see who ranked where.

How Blogs Rank

As I explain each year: I rank 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.

The websites that I considered for my rankings were:

  1. Structured primarily as a CAD blog.
  2. Active.
  3. Not highly commercial.
Top CAD Blogs of 2016

This year I considered 78 blogs, but only 70 made it to my larger table format list below. This is because a number of blogs didn’t have Alexa data, so I dropped them.

Here are two charts displaying the top 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 for the 70 blogs are:
 

Top CAD Blogs Alexa Global Traffic Rank
1. cad-notes.com 197,721
2. autodesk.blogs.com 289,263
3. through-the-interface.typepad.com 291,267
4. thebuildingcoder.typepad.com 299,840
5. cadblog.pl 488,122
6. 3dcadportal.com 562,651
7. cadsetterout.com 572,641
8. thesourcecad.com 660,993
9. revitclinic.typepad.com 660,993
10. blog.jtbworld.com 665,406
labs.blogs.com 697,921
designandmotion.net 837,007
lynn.blogs.com 981,270
mayastation.typepad.com 1,001,828
deelip.com 1,020,375
modthemachine.typepad.com 1,129,792
jamiesjewels.typepad.com 1,214,088
insidethefactory.typepad.com 1,258,287
thecadgeek.com 1,578,509
cadintentions.com 1,589,324
geospatial.blogs.com 1,599,327
otb.manusoft.com 1,764,846
autodeskmfg.typepad.com 1,852,782
bimblog.typepad.com 1,904,999
cadpanacea.com 1,907,041
underthehood-autodesk.typepad.com 1,924,541
beingcivil.typepad.com 1,973,484
caddmanager.com/CMB 2,033,648
rcd.typepad.com 2,083,859
geospatialfrance.typepad.com 2,111,904
in-the-pipes.typepad.com 2,236,618
crackingthevault.typepad.com 2,404,670
blog.cadnauseam.com 2,429,144
bestcadtips.com 2,460,023
bimandbeam.typepad.com 2,564,863
civilimmersion.typepad.com 2,604,190
ltunlimited.typepad.com 2,778,529
heidihewett.blogs.com 2,866,126
hyperpics.blogs.com 2,962,854
geospatialnavigator.typepad.com 3,056,991
themadcadder.blogs.com 3,071,410
inventor-ru.typepad.com 3,110,690
worldcadaccess.typepad.com 3,458,039
dwf.blogs.com 3,769,493
civilfrance.typepad.com 3,954,040
ontheedge.dezignstuff.com 4,403,080
cadshack.blogspot.com 4,560,975
justonesandzeros.typepad.com 4,918,585
autocad.cad-dotnet.de 5,120,316
tonyscivil3dworld.blogspot.com 5,176,541
fromthegroundup.typepad.com 5,182,386
inside-the-system.typepad.com 5,583,039
cadprotips.com 5,726,698
dux.typepad.com 5,984,658
cadtoolbox.com 6,430,082
withoutanet.typepad.com 7,901,219
ellipsis-autodesk.typepad.com 8,382,232
cadinsider.typepad.com 9,140,491
lazydrafter.blogspot.com 9,871,599
inthemachine-autodesk.typepad.com 10,055,272
mistressofthedorkness.blogspot.com 11,097,983
whatamesh.typepad.com 13,179,614
atlandsend.typepad.com 15,290,971
cadtipstricks.wordpress.com 19,365,242
cad-a-blog.com 19,972,414
kungfudrafter.com 20,685,381
bimapps.typepad.com 22,094,071
bimontherocks.typepad.com 22,439,906
betterateverything.info 22,877,896
doddsandends.typepad.com 24,425,264

Congrats to Edwin Prakoso for his fourth year in a row as the #1 CAD Blog with his blog http://www.cad-notes.com. Congrats Edwin!!

cadnotes

Also congrats to Shaan Hurley for his #2 placing with http://autodesk.blogs.com/. Way to go Shaan!!

autodesk

And congrats to Kean Walmsley for earning the #3 spot with his blog http://through-the-interface.typepad.com/. Kean is returning from his #3 spot appearance in 2014. Welcome back Kean!

theinterface

Conclusion

This is a wrap for 2016. I wish you all the best and most prosperous year of your life in 2017.

p.s.

If you’d like your CAD blog to be included next year, then please leave me a message in the comments below.

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3 Responses to Top CAD Blogs of 2016

  1. Brandon says:

    Awesome work as always Brian, thanks so much for taking the time to make the list each year! Always look forward to seeing how everyone is doing each year and who to check out. Excited to have made the top 25 for 2016

    Cheers and Happy New Year!

    Brandon

  2. Jason A says:

    Great list! All great blogs. I follow many of them as well.

    My website is also focused on CAD and doing well with a Global Alexa Rank of 169,915. I hope you can check it out.

    Thanks!

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