You may have seen the top 100 Australian blog lists floating around lately. You can check out Meg’s version (I like this one the best, it has E-J as no.2 and SmallBusinessBranding as no.7) and Craig Harper’s list (look down the right sidebar to find it).
Darren Rowse, Australia’s number one blogger, posted his thoughts too.
Personally I’m chuffed to see that I have two blogs in the list and can’t wait to get a copy of the newspaper to see what it looked like in print.
In terms of the accuracy of such lists, it’s really more about fun and exposure than any verifiable accounting. If you define a set of criteria and can in some way assess the criteria then you can build a top list based on such criteria. In this case the lists are based on Alexa and Technorati data, which are popular traffic metric tools but should not be relied upon as the absolute final word on such things – they are far from it.
The key for bloggers, if your aim is to get yourself into such top lists, is to focus on the common tools people use to assess such metrics. Even if you don’t consider Alexa and Technorati as accurate representations of reality, people tend to gravitate to them because they are popular and mainstream.
Another “trick” if you are looking to get on a top list is to create one of your own. You might have trouble convincing people of it’s worth if you don’t use popular metrics, but at least you can say you were featured on top list.
And learn how to build a better blog.