As a search engine optimiser, I have always been interested in different types of lists which bloggers and authority figures conjure up. One recently list have caught my attention, and that is the infamous Top 100 Australian Bloggers list made by Meg. The aim of this list is to formulate the ultimate Australian Blogroll which ultimately provides Australian bloggers with the much needed attention it currently lacks.
My first reaction to this blog was “How can I get listed as a Top Australian Blogger?”. Luckily, Meg was kind enough to provide her formula as to how she came up with the list of the Top 100 Australian Bloggers. Her formula is simple and to a certain extent, makes sense and until there can be a better way for people to measure web traffic, this formula will not change.
In short, the formula used to rank Australian Blogs lie with the blog’s Global Alexa Ranking, their Australian Alexa Ranking and their Technorati Ranking. Unlike the original Ultimate Australian Blogroll created by Craig Harper who used only Technorati’s Ranking to determine the position of a blog on the list, this new Top 100 list takes into account its traffic ranking within Australia via Alexa, as well as its global Alexa Ranking.
Simple isn’t it, so for example, if I sub in my currently website’s rankings it will look like the following:
((3 x 1513) + 315509 +Â 675058)/5 = 199,021 (rounded down)
So from the above score, my blog does not belong on Top 100 list yet.
Most webmasters have already discounted the credibility of Alexa’s rankings, however, due to the limited methods available for us to determine a website’s traffic, Alexa will have to do until a better traffic metric gets developed. Right now, all I need to do is start some repore with fellow bloggers within Australia, write even more compelling & thought provoking posts and start building some back links for traffic.