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Friday, March 24, 2006

What's your Blog Influence?

Indian bloggers are crazy about rankings remarked Neha in one of her podcast interviews with Global Voices. So far, ranking mechanisms like Technorati have been considered as the Gold Standard. There is the general feeling that Indian bloggers don’t show much “Link Love” to fellow desi bloggers. This could be one of the reasons why there are hardly any Indian blogs in the Technorati Top 100 or even Top 1000. Rajesh Jain’s Emergic is probably the only Indian blog in the Technorati Top 1000. There is some amount of debate on whether Incoming Links should be the key determinant in deciding a blog’s ranking. In other words, these people question whether there is a need for an alternate to Technorati kind of rankings. The newly launched BlogInfluence uses a combination of various factors to rank a blog.

My influence

When you see the ranking for your respective blog, you can make out that the ranking is derived from a formula, which gives weightage to Technorati rank, Yahoo search, Bloglines subscribers and Google Page Rank. Even this is not without any flaws. This assumes that Bloglines is the most popular RSS feed service. I think the reason why they included Bloglines must be due to the fact that Bloglines discloses the number of subscribers for each blog. Other RSS feed readers like Google Reader don’t give information like how many people have subscribed to a particular blog. Rohit Bhargava takes this debate forward by listing down the aspects he feels should go into an ideal blog ranking mechanism.


  • Seems, I have to go a long way to achieve certain numbers in this B..I.. index... hmmmm

    By Blogger Ram.C, at 5:19 PM  

  • Higher the index, stronger the influence... ? Looks like that. Neat and unique effort.

    By Blogger Rubic_Cube, at 6:55 AM  

  • @Ram,
    all these rankings only satisfies the ego....other than this, it doesn't matter much

    @Rubic Cube,
    yeah.....a higher index means a higher influence.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 3:43 PM  

  • BlogInfluence numbers are directly proportional to the number of Posts & Outgoing Links.

    [(blog+posts+web links) + (bloglines subs * 2)] * 1+(Pagerank/10)

    My blog 'Snap Judge' is not heavily visited, but has a disproportionate score (578.5) compared to my main Tamil blog which has only 4530 ;-))

    By Blogger Boston Bala, at 12:08 AM  

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