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Top 1K: It's a big day at S&R

There are several ways of evaluating a blog’s place in the food chain. The one we’ve always paid the most attention to is Technorati, a search and ranking site that indexes well over 850,000 blogs. If you’re interested in learning more about how Technorati operates, you can review this overview at

Anyway, as of this morning, Scholars & Rogues has, for the first time in our history, crashed into the Top 1,000. We’ve been flirting with the 1K mark for a couple of weeks now, and at the moment we’re ranked #969. Needless to say, we’re pretty darned proud of ourselves.

A lot of people deserve credit. For starters, I want to say a huge thank you to our staff of writers, which I think is simply unparalleled anywhere. There may be sites with more traffic, but I haven’t come across any that I think can hit an audience with so much diversity and top-shelf quality on such a routine basis.

As I’ve noted before, we’re also grateful for our readers. We’ve always said we wanted the smartest audience we could find, and I think we’ve succeeded. We’d like to thank the hundreds and hundreds of other bloggers out there, working at sites both large and small, who have seen fit to link our posts for their own audiences. And finally, we’d like to say a big thanks to the news services, independent media sites and blogs that we read and link to ourselves, because it’s hard to synthesize intelligent perspectives if you don’t have anything of value to read yourself.

We hope we can keep doing what we’re doing and maybe someday in the not-too-distant future we’ll be able to enter the Top 500.

14 replies »

  1. Hrrrm. I am less enamoured of Technorati. Nonetheless that’s an impressive accomplishment. Congratulations.

  2. Technorati ain’t perfect, and it doesn’t measure everything. But as that article points out, they have fixed some problems. So while it’s not an ubermetric, it does seem to tell us about certain things. And it looks good on a resume… 🙂

  3. They miss a ton of stuff, up to today. I noticed this when I was running the Agonist and FDL. Today, for amusement, I checked their stats for my own blog (I haven’t checked since they did their changes a while back, which seemed to break their system even more.) First, it doesn’t come up in a search, even though it’s claimed. Second, once I do get to it, it shows no posts and no incoming links at all. Both are, of course, in accurate.

    I’m not saying a good Technorati ranking isn’t nice, but Technorati just doesn’t work very well or even do what it says it does. And as best I can tell, it’s gotten worse, not better. I don’t even track it for paying customers anymore, I tell them it’s virtually worthless.

  4. Yes, I’m an ass, raining on your parade. S&R is a great blog (if it wasn’t, I wouldn’t read it or link to it from my blogroll). Good work.

  5. No problem at all, Ian. We’ve noticed some of the same things you’re commenting on. And where a hypothetical paying customer is concerned, I’d imagine that traffic metrics would be a lot more important. We don’t do huge traffic, sadly, although we have nice days here and there.

    We appreciate that people like you take us seriously. We never expected to be very big in terms of readership, but always hoped that we could lure in quality readers. On that score, we don’t need metrics to know that we’re succeeding….

  6. There’s easily measurable influence and there’s hard to measure influence. Easily measurable shows up in links. Hard to measure shows up in people following your lead even if they don’t admit it. So, for example, Corrente is far more influential than either its traffic or incoming links would indicate, because it is the nasty blog that more “serious” bloggers love to read, even if they won’t link to it. Newshoggers isn’t nasty, but they have influence beyond their traffic because of who reads them (you can’t link to someone who is writing about things your readers aren’t interested in but are important, or who is writing about things a year before they can be written about by serious people.)

    As the blogosphere has “matured” the range of acceptable opinion and topics has narrowed, but there is still room for less obvious influence.

    • Maybe that’s our new marketing hook. We’re influential in a way that isn’t measurable because people are ashamed to admit that they read us.

      Hey, try to disprove it… 🙂

  7. Saw it all the time at FDL. Things written about in the morning would show up in the evening on TV, sometimes using the exact same words. Never got any credit though.

  8. Meanwhile all the MSM corps are looking for ways of suing blogs that “steal” their content. Maybe the blogs need to strike back in precisely the same way.

  9. Well, I’ve only recenlty discovered you, and I’m hooked. I check in everyday now. I don’t need no damn Technorati ranking to tell me I’ve found some sufperb writing!

  10. While I may not need Technorati, I will, apparently, always need a superb spell checker.