Top 100?

Technorati publishes a Top 100 of blogs with the most inbound links. As of a few minutes ago the tail end looks a little something like this:

95. Brunching Shuttlecocks 1386 blogs 1581 links
96. Dave Barry’s Blog 1385 blogs 1443 links
97. tin-men 1364 blogs 1401 links
98. ABRUPTO 1359 blogs 1832 links
99. Random Bytes 1353 blogs 1408 links
100. Television Without Pity 1349 blogs 1569 links

However, if you search for blogging.la, the results say we have 1364 blogs 2451 links, which should put us at #96. Technorati has been a bit shakey recently so I’m guessing the Top 100 list isn’t totally up to date, but that is pretty kick ass news either way.

w00t!

14 Replies to “Top 100?”

  1. Hey Jonah. I think you have an interesting point, but in the end it’s academic. Not to sound mercenary, but from a marketing standpoint that’s the whole idea behind getting placement like blogging.la’s placement with blogware (though I don’t know anything about that arrangement). It doesn’t matter where the links are coming from if the end result improves your exposure. Although maybe that’s why Technorati isn’t reflecting it?

  2. Just to answer any questions on the subject I have an e-mail in to the folks at technorati to see what the scoop is, but 5000 is right, what matters is the links are there. And just so it’s out in the open, there’s no arrangement that got us those links, the folks at tucows are fans of the site and put the link there as a sign of support. The links are ones they think are cool and wanted to introduce other people to, that’s pretty much it.

  3. Of course it’s great marketing, noboday would argue that. Since one of the ways I discover new Los Angeles based blogs is by the sites that they link to, I thought it was an interesting point that these links are created automatically and not by the user. It’s also a quirk that the sites are listed as “My Favorite Weblogs” on the sites, even though the user didn’t put them there.

  4. If you don’t like the wording on the sites, then that’s more of an issue that you should take up with Tucows, not us. I’m pretty sure that when you get an account it tells you how to add in your own links or remove the ones there already if you don’t like them. Those are the Tucows favorite links, which people can either keep or remove. I know we’ve gotten e-mails from people who never heard of the site but found it when they set up a blogware account and now read it all the time.

  5. I think the system’s still a bit wobbly. A few days ago, BoingBoing wasn’t even on the list. Today, it’s at #4.

  6. i don’t understand 5000’s point- does Tucows put links to blogging.la on it’s default templates when someone makes a new site? That would, of course, artificially inflate blogging.la on technorati, and rendering the results completely meaningless. If Tucows just puts a link on their front page, then there’s nothing wrong with that- which is it?

  7. now i understand- tucows puts a link in as a default- of the first 20 results, 16 are auto-generated or links from blogging.la. So of those “2451 links”, it’s likely that the real number of links that blogging.la earned is more like 490, which sounds much more plausible, given the amount of traffic you told me the site does. but it would be unfair to get into the top 100 by gaming the list like that.

  8. I hardly think it’s gaming. You are assuming people DONT want the links there and that’s not the case. Anyone can take them off, plenty of people have and plenty leave them on. As I mentioned, there’s people who set up blogware accounts, found our site from the links and read it regularly now. Additonally, technorati ONLY shows links created in the last 7 days, so you are assuming the 20 most recently created links are representative of every link we have inbound, which is hardly the case. Doc Searles and Gizmodo are some of the other sites that Tucows likes enough to put into their default, are their rankings and popularity bogus? Tucows is in effect giving us a free ad, if you went and bout 1000 blog ads you’d get 1000 new links on there as well, would thouse results be more valid because you paid for them? Technorati is a ranking of inbound links. period. Not inbound links that fit into this category and that profile, just a list of links. We have a lot of links. So be it. For every link on technorati there’s someone pissed off about it – there’s really other things worth worrying about.

  9. yup- that’s what i’m saying- the links are bogus, and of the ones i looked at, people were just running the default set- so i think you should assume that 99% of them aren’t endorsing the site. and it’s not the same as a blogad- because most of these people are technical newbies- most likely they just don’t understand how to edit their links. so they didn’t choose to allow you to advertise on their site.

    bottom line: bragging about your technorati ranking, without mentioning that about 80% of your links are not real links (that is, not links from real bloggers endorsing your site or content), well, you’ve got to expect some of us are going to call you on it. no offense- it’s just that i believe in transparency and the truth.

  10. Who said the internet or life was fair and transparent? I’ll take 10000 more bogus links and all the reciprocal goodness that comes with it in a SECOND. This isn’t some sort of playground where you get your marbles taken away because got caught cheating on a test. Gimme a goddamn break…

  11. Technorati’s inability to distinguish automated, default, and otherwise non-human-provided links will not be resolved by making changes to templates, removing links, or attaching disclaimers to every reference to a Technorati-provided metric.

    I feel that the disclaimer Sean has been “called on” for not providing should have been provided by Technorati *to* Sean, at the time at which he looked up his ranking — at which point any and all who look up the ranking for a site will receive the disclaimer.

    Jake, it is my opinion that your wishes would be best served by filing a bug report with Technorati regarding your issues with their index — if you wish to make a long-term difference, beyond simply calling someone out on their blog. The more users that report bugs with regards to un-“real” links, the sooner Technorati will solve the problem.

    Please consider leaving a reply here when you’ve filed the bug report; thanks :)

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