So, I was thinking about the various Irish blog aggregators, Planet.journals.ie, IrishBlogs.ie, and IrishBlogs.info. Michele’s Irishblogs.info attempts to “rank” the blogs by hits, but many of the Irish webloggers don’t include that hit-counting HTML snippet in their web pages, so quite a few are probably missing; on top of that, RSS readers don’t count. It lists me as #3, which I knew was definitely wrong, anyway ;)
However, it occurred to me that an alternative way to compute a “top 100” would be to use the Technorati rank of each blog, and make a table based on that; that’d measure the blogs by Technorati’s readership-estimation algorithm, which may still be faulty, of course, but worth a try… I was curious, so I gave it a go, and here’s the results. Enjoy!
Update: This table is no longer up-to-date — a much fresher version is now available over here, and will be updated regularly.
Top 100 by rank / inbound blog links:
List by inbound links:
Update: Here’s a full list of all 569 tested blogs. Also, there’s been a minor change to the rankings here; I’ve just realised that there was a bug in how the script handled evenly-matched blogs, so (for example) #15 and #16 were reversed in order; that’s now fixed.
If you find a blog missing, it’s possible that (a) it’s not pinging Planet.journals.ie or (b) is not registered with Technorati; this method requires both of those. Most Irish blogs do, but some (Old Rotten Hat, for example) don’t…
I found this more-or-less full list of Irish weblogs at Planet.journals.ie, and selected the blogs that had pinged their site in the past 6 months, then cut that down to just the blog main-page URLs, removing duplicates.
Given that list, I then looked up each blog URL using the Technorati API, and got its rank, inbound link count, and inbound linking blogs count.
top100code.tgz is a tarball of the perl code I wrote to do this, if you fancy doing it yourself on whichever set of blogs you fancy…