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Blog Ranking Update: Change of plan for Technoranki

The Blog Ranking service, Technoranki, is going to be merged back into BritBlog. With only limited time to spend on BritBlog, Technoranki, and various other projects that I’m involved with, I’ve decided to take this route so that I can focus more on BritBlog.

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Blog rank and score histories

Historical rank and score data is now available in Technoranki. Up to 30 days of data is displayed in graphical form, allowing you to see how your score and rank has changed over time.

In hindsight I should have added your actual position too as this is more meaningful than your score. (A score of 524 doesn’t mean much, but a position in the charts of number 5 is pretty easy to understand!)

I’ve upped the number of blogs on the Top Blogs page to 300, and you can view the history data by clicking on the appropriate ‘history’ links. Next on my to-do list is to add fully paged charts so that you can browse all the blogs in the system, and then to add a search tool so you can easily find your own blog.

If you look at the score histories you can see that some of them are pretty flat. These tend to be the blogs without the tracking code (of the inputs to the score, the traffic data is the most variable, maining it has the most influence on score fluctuations).

Anyway, feedback and constructive criticism is always appreciated so let me know if you have any thoughts.

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Gosh, Christmas already?

Christmas has come rather quickly this year! However, as it is now upon us it seems like as good a time as any to wish you, dear reader, a Merry Christmas, however you choose to celebrate it.

I seem to have had a few productive days since my holiday began on Thursday afternoon. I spent yesterday trying to track down splogs in Technoranki using SpolgSpot. Sadly, SplogSpot’s database seems to be full of rubbish. Yes, the do have some splogs in it, but they have more than 100 of our valid blogs in their database too (including our very own BritBlog Blog!). I just couldn’t be bothered checking all the ones it threw up as none that I checked were actually splogs.

So after yesterday’s rather failed attmept to locate splogs, I switched my efforts to locating dead and missing blogs in the BritBlog directory. I’ve written a little tool that goes and visits all the blogs in the directory and decides if the blog us there or not.

I’m going to run it each day (probably), and if a blog is missing more than 10 times in a row say, I’ll remove it from the database (probably after emailing the owner to tell them).

There is some room for improvement with this: for example I haven’t decided what to do with URL redirects yet. I think I need to sort out the trailing slash issue first, then worry about the remainder of these issues. It’s been a good chance to have a practice with Python though. Seems like a good language, but I’ve got a long way to go ;-)

Anyhoo, the tool seems to be doing it’s job so I’ll bolt it into the live application over the next few days. Will be good to remove some of the deadwood from the directory. That remonds me, the spider is running silently in the background. There’s a lot of work to do before it can go live, but it should be another useful tool in the battle to purge dead blogs from the directory.

Right, can’t sit up all night — I don’t want to scare off Santa!

Merry Christmas!

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Tackling Splogs

I’ve been troubled by spam blogs (splogs) for a long time, and in recent months have been looking for methods to deal with them. If you have a blog, then no doubt you will have been bombarded with comment spam since about day 1. If you run a blog service (like BritBlog or Technoranki), then you will also come across spam blogs trying to abuse your service for their own evil gains.

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What makes a good blog?

This post is related to my earlier one about the technoranki peer group, but it’s probably healthy to get input from as wide a range of people as possible.

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Technoranki Peer Group

Creating a technoranki peer group

I think I’ve always been quite open about the fact that technoranki is experimental, and that there will be bugs and glitches with it from time to time. I’ve also been totally against explaining how the algorithm works in detail in order to prevent people cheating and abusing the system. I understand this can cause frustrations for people who want to understand why their blog has a certain rank and why another blog is better than theirs, but I still think it is for the best.

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Mega blog purge

Well I’ve had an exciting night working on technoranki tonight! OK, maybe not that exciting, but its been productive at least. I’ve tweaked the ranking algorithm for the system, so we’ll see how that affects the scores over the next few days.

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Technoranki Update

I’ve been getting a few emails about technoranki lately, so I thought I’d give you a ‘current status’ post.

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