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.


  1. ISG says:
  2. Daniel R says:

    Done and Done (again!). This is one interesting experience. My blog is over at



  3. oilman says:

    ISG – you need to claim your blog at Technorati before it can be favorited:

    “There are no blogs tagged http:/ yet.” from Technorati…

  4. oilman says:

    Daniel – favorited back. Thanks.

  5. ISG says:

    The blog is claimed. Odd. Here’s the link to favorite it:

  6. oilman says:

    ISG – done and done.

  7. phaithful says:

    Ahh… my first favorite.
    Here’s my favorite linky:

    I also decided to brownnose a bit and added you to my blogroll :)

  8. Hi, I’ve favourited yours already (

    If you want to favourite one of my blogs back, please do so with this one:

    Thank you. I hope you’l get to the top 100 and then give us some numbers on the amount of traffic generated by that list.

  9. oilman says:

    You’re all favorited to this point. Thanks all :)

  10. Productdose says:


    Looking forward to seeing what happens.

  11. Richard Ball says:

    Per the SEOmoz post, I’ve favorited your blog. My SEM blog is this:
    Hope the experiment goes well for you.

  12. oilman says:

    done and done

  13. Matt McGee says:

    Oh, alright … even if you didn’t reply to my email a couple weeks ago. Hehehehe….

  14. oilman says:

    Favorited back Matt. Send that email again if you don’t mind. I fear it got lost in my rather disasterous inbox. My apologies.

  15. When you post and mention Rand, you should write Rand over at *link to* “SEOmoz” – that’ll drive your numbers up… :-)

    Lesson learned from Enquisite ;-)

    See you soon,


  16. Tom says:

    Favourited you, please gimme a fave back! Cheers!

  17. graywolf says:

    So should we be worried that technorati will adjust the algo to give less weight to reciprocal favoriting ;-)

  18. nitink says:

    Done! Favorited you, Rand and Graywolf (saw this on his blog), and you’re now up to 43 times – I’m sure you’ll make it to 100, the interesting part will be to see how quickly! :-)

    I’ll be interested in finding out if breaking the top 100 favorite list causes a bump in your traffic – can you please
    let us know in a future post?

    My blog is at: .

  19. oilman says:

    done done done – stats will be forth coming sometime next week

  20. Ajay D'Souza says:

    Added to favorites :)

    Do keep us updated on your stats and more importantly your ranking :)

  21. Added ;-)

    And a free backlink from my site aswell!

  22. Tom says:

    I hadn’t heard of your blog before Rand’s post but I favorited it and will watch it. Rand always has good recommendations.

    It’s not by blog, but I also favorited omninerd and recommend it to everyone else:

  23. Lisa says:

    hi Oilman,

    Have added you as favourite on technorait as per SEOmoz blog by Rand.

    Can you favourite my blog please. I have claimed it on technorati it’s called SEOtalk url:


  24. Jonathan says:
  25. Brian Mark says:

    Added you to my favs… you were already one of the few RSS feeds that I actually read, so it makes sense to call you a favorite. :D See you in Chicago in December.

  26. phaithful says:

    You’re almost there… just 3 more. #100′s got “58 members have made this a Favorite.”

  27. Chris Mohr says:
  28. Congratulations. It looks like you just made #99.

  29. Matt says:
  30. Ants says:

    I’ve just found the post – I’ve just gone to favourite you :)

  31. Mediadonis says:
  32. Nick says:

    A lot of speaking for technocrati’s top lists latelly.

    Check this ‘competition’ : :)

  33. Hi Todd

    Favourited! Here’s our link

  34. Jack Spirko says:

    There you go Oilman! You have been favorited. Cool idea here is my link so you can return the favor

    Jack Spirko

  35. Stefan Juhl says:
  36. shoemoney says:

    omg I cant believe you guys are trying to game technorati SHAME ON U =(

    done =)

  37. Ash Baker says:
  38. scoreboard says:
  39. Terry Ng says:

    Created a twist of my own to this idea. The $100 Technorati Favorites Challenge:

  40. lyndoman says:

    Blood technorati “We couldn’t complete your search because we’re experiencing a high volume of requests right now. Please try again in a minute or two. We’re working hard to make our search results better. Thanks for your patience.”

    at 9.30am GMT?

    Come on get real.

    Technorati is frustrating because it could be so cool. Ah well may as well do a spot of gaming.


    To fave me Add to Technorati Favorites

  41. Peter says:
  42. SEOsnafu says:
  43. Li Evans says:

    Hey Todd, great info on your experiment. I finally got around to looking up your info on it this weekend after listening to your SEO Rockstars podcast. :)

    I’ve favorited you in Technorati, and also put a link back to this blog on Search Marketing Gurus. No fear of “spamming and jamming” here ;) Besides, you’ve gone corporate!

    Anyway … my url to look up in Technorati is

    I’ll keep looking for updates on this too!

  44. Looks like it’s dropped in the past couple of years: it’s now at #51,272


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