Surprise smash hit in the Irish Blogs Top 100

Damien posted an interesting suggestion for the Irish Blogs Top 100 the other day — during discussion of which, it emerged that there were a few overlooked Irish blogs which hadn’t yet shown up on the Irish blogs aggregator, and therefore were not appearing in the Top 100. These were:

Anyway, they’re in now. When I first spun up the script and checked the results, though I was a bit shocked and had to do a bit of a double-take — at number 1, far beyond Damien’s number 2, was, with a Technorati Rank of 1 and 102,857 inbound links from 88,772 blogs, compared to Damien’s Rank of 7946 with 1,606 links from 519 blogs.

Insane! I guess being in the default WordPress install makes a bit of difference there ;)

Interestingly,, with a Technorati Authority of 88,434, is far beyond the most popular blog listed on the Technorati Popular Blogs page. It seems that page is a hand-tweaked set of blogs, and not just a “Technorati global Top 100”, then, despite what one might naively assume…

PS: Damien’s original suggestion, btw, was to measure blog popularity using Google Reader and Feedburner’s audience stats. However, I can’t do that without a public API I’m allowed to scrape. Does anyone know of one?

Also worth noting that I recently added bookmarks as a metric of popularity, to go with the Technorati stuff. It’s interesting to see how those rankings differ — bloggers and bookmarkers don’t always agree, with bookmarkers preferring MP3s, Second Life, and politics I reckon.

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  1. Posted November 2, 2007 at 18:55 | Permalink

    I don’t think that the delicious bookmarks gives a very good metric of popularity. It only gives a figure for the exact url that it is given. I think people tend to bookmark individual pages at a blog rather than the main blog homepage. E.g. is bookmarked by 17 people whereas is bookmarked by 1435 people. People subscribe to blogs rather than bookmarking them. Now if you could crawl every page at a blog an get a cumulative total of its delicious bookmarks that would be a really good measure of popularity … :)

  2. Posted November 2, 2007 at 18:58 | Permalink

    Jays, I just noticed my blog is in there under the domain, how the hell did that happen!? I’ve moved domains twice since then. :)


  3. Posted November 2, 2007 at 19:09 | Permalink

    Aidan: good point :(

    Rory: also a very very good point!

    listen guys, if there’s any additional URLs that you think should be in there, list ’em here and I’ll add them (probably in a week or so when I get back from a short holliers ;)

  4. Posted November 2, 2007 at 19:09 | Permalink

    oh yeah and Adam — settle down, wouldja ;)

  5. Posted November 2, 2007 at 19:11 | Permalink

    duh, Rory’s comment was on the old post:

  6. Posted November 2, 2007 at 19:27 | Permalink

    Yes, being a default link in WordPress has it’s advantages but Technorati filtered out all those links a long time ago. What I find strange is that the link is in the sidebar, not in blog posts. That means Technorati looks at your blogroll or site template and not just feeds to determine ranking.

    Anyway, I’m working on a “list by update time” blogroll that will get around the fact that pingomatic is broken and ping feeds every few hours. Then I can have a “Timely Dozen” of updated blogs like used to have. :)

  7. Posted November 2, 2007 at 19:30 | Permalink

    Oh, stumbled your list, hope you get a few more hits out of all your hard work!

  8. Posted November 2, 2007 at 19:37 | Permalink

    I’ve settled down in every other way – got a gf, gave up the fags, went on a diet, proposed – so I need my small pleasures Justin. ;)


  9. Posted November 3, 2007 at 00:07 | Permalink

    Good point Aidan :)

    for blog in; do
        echo `wget -q -O- "$blog" | \
        sed -n 's/.*saved by \(.*\) people.*/\1/p' | (tr '\n' +; echo 0) | bc` $blog

    note I’m not sure how delicious’ query works as entering rather than just only counts people who have bookmarked my rss feed (2) ? I’m sure justin will figure it out

  10. Posted November 3, 2007 at 00:40 | Permalink

    Actually for the above query delicious only returns 2 urls for my site at least and I just checked that many more were bookmarked.

  11. Posted November 3, 2007 at 01:51 | Permalink

    Ha ha, I just realised I appear twice in the incoming links list. Do I win £5? :)

  12. Posted November 16, 2007 at 10:43 | Permalink

    I just got a response from Nick Nguyen, Senior Product Manager,, stating that they don’t support searching for a domain[/path/*] yet, but that they’re “definitely planning on doing it”.

  13. Posted December 2, 2007 at 00:15 | Permalink

    Justin, just wanted to say thank you for compiling the list :), you must be a glutton for punishment. Obviously, from the comments above it becomes quite intricate to factor in all possible measurement tools into a ranking like this so well done!

    Curly K