Technorati Quits Ranking Us

Popular blog indexing service Technorati has revamped its graphic design and appears to have quit ranking blogs. Now how will I know if I have any personal worth?

Technorati keeps track of how many different sites have linked to yours over the past six months. This figure is called your blog’s “authority”. Engadget, Boingboing and Gizmodo are currently the top three, with authority assessments of over 19,000. The most popular ScienceBlog, Pharyngula, has authority 2,629. Aard currently has authority 266.

Until yesterday, Technorati provided a ranking figure along with your authority assessment. Aard was ranked about 14,000, which meant that there were about 14,000 other blogs with the same or greater authority. From now on, I will have to do without that information. But I can still look at the list of blogs tagged “archaeology”, for instance, where Aard is currently ranked #2 worldwide.

I wonder if they got rid of the ranking figures because of processing-power constraints or simply because they found out they had been miscalculating them all along.

Update 29 May: The ranking figures are back. Phew. Heading for 13,000!

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12 thoughts on “Technorati Quits Ranking Us

  1. Well, Martin, somehow I think they didn’t hurt your feelings too bad, nor your livelihood. I followed your link and looked at technorati. The list has you twice, and other duplicates, it also has commercial sites that aren’t really blogs and lots of blogs that aren’t much about archaeology. And they don’t have my yahoo360 archaeo blog either, and I ain’t too hurt. In my book, yer still one of the best archaeo blogs I’ve found. Thanks!

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  2. “one of the world’s top-3 archaeology blogs” sounds more weighty than “ranked 14.000 worldwide”, in my opinion.

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  3. Thanks, Denis! Maybe I can consider coming out from under the kids’ bunk bed now. I have been hiding here in the foetal position since I learned of Technorati’s changes.

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  4. Their ranking system seems a little simple-minded.

    My blog is linked to by 13 other blogs. Toss out one outlier, and the 12 remaining blogs probably average less than “authority 10.” But it appears I would have exactly the same rank if the 13 sites linking to me were the 13 most popular blogs in the world.

    A more sophisticated system would probably factor the popularity of the linking sites into the ranking.

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  5. Mike, you’re right. Google’s PageRank appears to implement your suggestions. They’ve been driving loads and loads of porn surfers here since Aard got ranked.

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