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Free Movement has just hit one MILLION, er, hits. As with Dr Evil, that isn’t actually a lot of hits in today’s world, but for a small, specialist legal blog it isn’t bad going.

Time for some reminiscing…

The first post was on 7 March 2007, when Dr Reid was still Home Secretary. The blog his half a million views on 30 April 2010 and has, with a John O induced blip, been gaining page views rapidly since then, with over 40,000 page views per month now. There are around 900 email subscribers as well, and just short of 500 Twitter followers.

The most popular posts in the last 12 months have been: Zambrano case, Quila case live on web TV and Another legacy cases update. At one point about a month or two ago Free Movement came on page 1 of Google searches for the word ‘discrimination’, just below the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. How that works is utterly beyond me.

What does the future hold? Not sure, we’ll see.

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The Free Movement blog was founded in 2007 by Colin Yeo, a barrister at Garden Court Chambers specialising in immigration law. The blog provides updates and commentary on immigration and asylum law by a variety of authors.


11 Responses

  1. Congratulations! As you said to me recently, I don’t know how you find the time.

    Here’s to the next million.

  2. Having followed Free Movement for some time now, I cannot but say it is the best update material there is on Immigration Law. Congratulations.

  3. An impressive land-mark for your website.
    Hopefully a good “stat” that even Benjamin Disraeli would have be proud of.

  4. FM commented – “At one point about a month or two ago Free Movement came on page 1 of Google searches for the word ‘discrimination’……How that works is utterly beyond me.”

    You have a Google pagerank of 5/10, which is exceptionally good, and is to be expected of ‘larger’ websites. The higher your pagerank, the more likely you are to be included on page 1 of a Google search. Additionally, you have 167 Google backlinks, which is what contributes to your high pagerank. You are number 3 in Google for the keywords “free movement” which is searched 135,000 times a month. Your Alexa ranking is 1,430,552; i.e. that is your ‘position’ of all the websites on the internet.

    That might shed a bit of light on things, and keep up the good work!

    1. If I may be so bold, I’d even suggest that your status as the foremost immigration-related blog is pretty much unassailable. Once you reach a pagerank of 5/10, it is largely self-perpetuating (providing that new, relevant content is regularly added). In essence, that you feature on page 1 of a Google search means you’re more likely to generate even more visitors and ‘good’ backlinks, which means you’re more likely to feature on page 1…… and so on.

      Any arriviste who wishes to establish a similar blog (even one with a similar name) is going to have to work so hard content-wise to get a pagerank of 5/10 that it wouldn’t be worth their while. It seems that sub-consciously, as you have added content over the years, you’ve effectively achieved your own search engine optimisation (SEO), whereas a newcomer would have to start from scratch.