Technorati Top 100 Experiment

Rand and I were having a chat on the actual phone yesterday. Wonderful old school technology this phone is… Anyhow, in the course of the conversation we discussed the blog world and more specifically our blogs and even more specifically the Top 100 lists at Technorati. For those handful of you that occassionally read this blog you’ve hopefully noticed a greater effort to post more regularly. Since upping my game here on the blog my Technorati ranking has actually plummeted like a bird that died in flight. Enter the experiment…how many people does take to screw in a lightb…er…does it take to favorite a blog into the to Top 100 Favorited list at Technorati? Rand and I are asking all our readers to favorite our blogs and post in the comments. I will favorite you all back as well. Just post here and include your Technorati link so I don’t have to go hunting – cuz I won’t. ;) As of this post my ranking is 6838 (even lower than yesterday – wtf?) and has been favorited 22 times. I’ll definitly share traffic data etc as this experiment progresses. I do know for a fact that several folks have gamed the Top 100 with some clever programming etc but I’m not a coder nor do I really want to pay one so we’ll do it manually and see if we can have decent or even better results.

SEORockstars Hacked

I gotta say this is the first time one of my sites have ever been hacked. I especially like the spinning green skull and crossbones. Funny thing is we finally recruited some new bloggers and there was actually some useful content on the site. Check it out here.

Here’s a screenshot for posterity:

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MySpace Lies And Other Unimportant Hoopla

So there’s this dude that has the skinny on MySpace and is gonna expose their dirty undies to the world later today. Big freakin deal. I mean really – who gives two shits? Well – I do insomuch as I will pontificate upon the condensed version found at Valleywag to the point that nobody should give two shits about it at all. First, Lapinski says:

marketing and web development company who had over 50 million e-mail addresses in their databases, as well as over 18 million monthly web users. eUniverse leveraged their resources to proliferate and advertise MySpace.com. eUniverse went as far as telling 3 million users of their paid dating website, CupidJunction.com, to sign up for free MySpace accounts.

Oh my goodness – call the web police. Somebody cross promoted their own new product to their existing clients. How underhanded! How nefarious! Lock them up and throw away the key! (That’s sarcasm for those of you that don’t recognize it when you see it writing) Second, Lapinski says:

to use the site, members must log in, causing them to inadvertently view advertisements, and then read their messages on a page with even more advertisements.

Oh my goodness – call the web police. Somebody put adds up to monitize a system that costs a fortune to run a decent SEO agency. How underhanded! How nefarious! Lock them up and throw away the key! (That’s sarcasm for those of you that don’t recognize it when you see it writing) The web’s not free people and just because we call something 2.0 isn’t going to make the Linux VPS server costs and employment costs magically disappear. Besides, when the time you went to Google, Yahoo, or MSN? You don’t even have to log in to be subjected to ads on those sites. Thirdly, Lapinski says:

Tom Anderson did NOT create MySpace.

Ok – I have no snappy comeback for that but who cares? Poll the REAL MySpace users (not the gagillion auto generated profiles) and ask then who created MySpace. They don’t know and they don’t care. Fourthly, Lapinski says:

MySpace’s CEO Chris DeWolfe is connected to a past of spam and shady business associates and brought those connections to eUniverse/MySpace.

Hell – the dudes that created Skype can’t even enter the country and everybody loves them and what they’ve created. I think Mr DeWolfe will weather this storm just fine. Fifthly, Lapinski says:

MySpace was a direct assault on Friendster.com. The major key players in the ultimate development of MySpace have Friendster accounts, and name Friendster and its founder in their original business proposal.

Of course it was. Success breeds imitation and competition. AdWords was a direct assult on Overture. MSN Search is a direct assult on Google (albeit not very successful to date). Friendster and it’s founders were named in the business plan? Of course they were. You need a target. Aim and nothing and you’ll hit it everytime.MySpace is an online phenomenon at this point and is GINORMOUS in proportion. If it came to light that MySpace founders were avid club carrying baby seal hunters it wouldn’t be likely to slow down the juggernaut.

Rand Fishkin and SEOmoz MIA

Anybody heard anything about SEOmoz and Rand? I’m concerned somthing bad has happened. My evidence? No blog post yet today! see? Somebody drive over to his office and see if the lights are on please. :)

Diggin Digg For Fun And Profit

(well more for profit than fun obviously)

Last night Greg and I had Graywolf on SEO Rockstars with us and he laid it out about gaming digg and myspace with some scripts, multiple accounts and some creative thinking. It was a very interesting show. At the end of the day any social network that controls the kind of traffic that digg, myspace, squidoo, etc control is going to be a target of spammers and automation (that’s the profit part).

Head over to WebmasterRadio.FM and grab the archive of show. It’s a good listen.

Location Location Location

There are a few things that really annoy me when done incorrectly. The first is email addresses that don’t match the domain of the website. There’s just no excuse for that. If you own example.com then your email better damn well be you@example.com. Anything less is unprofessional and does not inspire trust. It makes you look small online when you should be using everything at your disposal to create a bigger than life picture of your company online.

The second thing that drives me around the bend, and gets more to the point of this post, is the location of your web properties. I think an example will best illustrate my pain:

Do you see it? 3 great digg properties spread out across the web. What does that mean? It means that the vast vast number of links that point at digg are split up. Consolidating all these links into one domain creates a situation where the result is greater than the sum of it’s parts.

My advice to Kevin Rose (not that he asked for it but I get a chance to meet him and he’s nice guy so I assume it will be well received) is ‘Location Location Location”. Consolidate your web real estate:

I had a bunch more examples of well known sites that don’t consolidate urls but I spent the long weekend painting my deck and watching Barney and Thomas the Train with my kids and my brain can’t stand the onslaught of purple dinosaurs very well. It’s suprising really that I remembered I even wanted to blog about this.

Can you find anymore examples of this? Post them here and let’s so how big the list really is.