Technorati ranking randomness

, posted: 2-Sep-2006 16:30

TechnoratiIf you blog, you'll soon come across Technorati, the "recognised authority on what's going on in the world of weblogs." It's a handy site, in many ways, where you can see how popular (or ignored) your blog is. Yes, we're talking about the famous Technorati Rankings...

Almost 53 million blogs are tracked by Technorati, and here's the current Top Ten, as of Saturday Sept 2 2006, GMT+1200:

1. Engadget
Last updated 40 minutes ago.
25,795 blogs link here

2. 老徐 徐静蕾 新浪BLOG
Last updated 2 days ago.
22,785 blogs link here

3. Boing Boing: A Directory of Wonderful Things
By xenijardin. Last updated 3 hours ago.
20,806 blogs link here

Last updated 86 days ago.
17,463 blogs link here

5. Gizmodo, The Gadget Guide
Last updated 41 minutes ago.
13,910 blogs link here

6. Daily Kos: State of the Nation
Last updated 59 minutes ago.
12,980 blogs link here

7. Techcrunch
By Michael Arrington. Last updated 43 minutes ago.
12,227 blogs link here

8. PostSecret
PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard.
By frank warren. Last updated 16 hours ago.
11,790 blogs link here

9. The Huffington Post
By Arianna Huffington. Last updated 2 days ago.
11,228 blogs link here

10. Lifehacker, the Productivity and Software Guide
Last updated 2 hours ago.
10,315 blogs link here

That's looks mostly OK, but is the 4th ranked site really a blog? XiTi seems to be a a web site traffic measurements provider. There is no blog on the XiTi site as far as I can tell. Is Technorati picking up the XiTi traffic tools on sites around the world?

PostSecret is a brilliant idea, and it is hosted on But is it a blog? I'm not so sure. It's not even described as such.

And BoingBoing... isn't that just a glorified link farm? :)

Which are the most popular blogs in NZ then? Not Techsploder, sadly, which is buried in the 45k-50k rankings bracket... these seem to lead the field however:

Rank: 41 (14,293 links from 5,438 blogs)

New Zealand Herald
Rank: 49 (14,141 links from 4,888 blogs)

Rank: 1,774 (3,876 links from 844 blogs)
Rank: 2,479 (1,521 links from 682 blogs)

Computerworld New Zealand
Rank: 2,982 (1,555 links from 600 blogs)

Congrats to Stuff and the Herald for breaking into the Top 100 with their... ermm, blogs. However, both have a long way to go before they get close to:

The Sydney Morning Herald
Rank 6: (56,556 links from 16,170 blogs)

Hmm... but why doesn't the SMH show up in the Technorati official Top Ten? They actually have blogs on SMH, unlike XiTi.


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