Ratified.org – Tracking the Top Philippine Blogs

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). :)

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

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  6. Avatar for julia julia says:

    so you’re stopping your (manual) ranking of Top 100 Pinoy Blogs?

  7. Well, I couldn’t make Yuga’s Pinoy Top Blogs (suspended from Day 1, unlucky me signed up after the server started having load problems)… nor Yuga’s Top 100 list (despite a couple of inquiries as to why). Being Filipino-Canadian, I was beginning to think I wasn’t Pinoy enough for the Filipino blogosphere, LOL. One of my primary goals of blogging was to reconnect to my ethnic roots… and to some extent, I’ve achieved that this past year.

    Whoohoo, so I got ratified just recently! #56 today. I finally made a Pinoy ranking list… and for some reason, I’m not as elated as I thought I would be… strange.

  8. Avatar for Miguel Miguel says:

    Sorry I’m not “in,” what did Bryan Veloso do?

  9. Avatar for Bryan Veloso Bryan Veloso says:

    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.

    But I’m still cool! Right?!? Right?!??

  10. Avatar for aaron aaron says:

    weird, my trackback didn’t work.

  11. Avatar for kathy kathy says:

    Splendid idea! But why stop at 100? Surely there are hundreds of blogs out there who would like to get themselves rated, top 100 or not? :)

  12. Avatar for Andrew Andrew says:

    Thanks for the mention Abe! Yes I do plan to integrate more API’s such as Alexa and Google (PR). Regarding categories, yes that will be done too :) But I never thought about your point on theme designers. I’ll take that into consideration the next time I update the site. One thing that I would suggest is for more bloggers to use Feedburner so as to make the top feed list more accurate. :D

  13. Avatar for Chino Chino says:

    lol. I am the very first filipino (i think) to attempt that 2000 bloggers and technorati flagged my blog in an instant. Now it is okay but I do not want to take that risk again.


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