I’ve been maintaining my old list of the Philippine Top 100 Blogs according to Technorati for a year now. A lot of bloggers are curious how I maintain it and some even thought it was done automagically (!). I wish I was able to update it automatically on a daily basis. Nope, I don’t have the same PHP programming prowess like that of Andrew.
Check out his Ratified.org project and yup, Drew says it was inspired by my earlier list. This one is way, way much better and it also includes ranking for Feedburner chicklet count. Go check out if your blog is already added there.
Drew emailed me about it and asked for advice on how to improve the system and to make it really exciting for Filipino bloggers. Here are some of my thoughts:
- Add other blog widget details such as Alexa Rank, MyBlogLog, Blog Juice Rating, Page Strength, Blog Worth, etc.
- Add Categories and allow visitors to view the ranks based on those categories.
- Compute the over-all ranking based on a formula, not just Technorati. One can start by averaging the individual ranks — rank on Technorati + rank on Feedburner + rank on Alexa + rank on Blog Juice divided by the total number of ranking factors.
- Add a graph feature that allows visitors to compare 2 or more blogs based on their rankings or raw data.
Anyway, as I saw Bryan Veloso’s AvalonStar ranking #1 on Technorati and #2 on Feedburner, I also noticed that his overall Technorati rank is #19! That basically puts him on THE Technorati 100 Popular Blogs. However, he’s not listed and I now realize why.
Technorati does a hand job on the 100 Popular Blog list by removing blogs that have undue advantage over the rest. That includes bloggers that release free templates with footer links to their blog, WordPress plugin developers, widgets like the Blog Worth Calculator and incidental bloggers who attempt to game the Technorati system (one example is the 2000 Bloggers Project).
That move by Technorati makes sense but it will be Andrew’s call if he considers the same. Otherwise, some might call the list Top WordPress Theme Designers (who are also bloggers). :)