And recently, he asked again while discussing the Techmeme Leaderboard… so I would to “share my thoughts” as he asked.
While I can understand that really, rank in ALL cases is something that can be inflated and distorted and manipulated. Wherever there is a system, someone will find a way to get around it enhance their own results.
Take for example My Blog and SEOmoz.org. I have 23 fans, they have 28. Clearly my blog is much much less popular than the other one. But my I have lots more fans because generally I am the fan of all my fans. And SEOmoz.org has only 2.5x the amount of links in Technorati as my friend Mike. (Now, Mike, I am not denying your awesomeness because I am sure you are reading this with the linkback.) But it still surprised me. I mean, they have teams of bloggers and it is an SEO blog. You would think that they would have crazy good Technorati rank, right?
I guess, at first at least, I was going to try to prove that rank mattered, but I guess I showed it does not. SEOmoz.org is making mad cash and they are a very popular site. But their Technorati rank is not that impressive considering. Because Technorati rank does not matter. I have almost as many fans, and Mike will probably match them in Technorati links in a few more months, and I don’t think either of us will get a paid content section anytime soon.
And about the Techmeme leaderboard. No comment. I don’t even want to talk about it or think about it. I am just going to pretend it’s not there until it goes away.