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5 Things That Would Improve The Blogosphere

November 13th, 2006 · 4 Comments

I was going to write about the latest State of the Blogosphere report by David Sifry last week but, to be honest, by the time I got my arse into gear it seemed that everyone else had beaten me to it and I didn’t have too much to add.

Technorati are now tracking more than 57 million blogs with around 100,000 new blogs every day. They say that they’re doing their best to combat splogs and to more accurately measure blog authority.

Well I’ve come up with 5 ways to improve the blogosphere overnight and I hope that David Sifry is reading this. Some of them might actually work 😉

1. Delete all blogs that have not been posted to for 6 weeks. Currently Technorati view a blog as being active if they have been updated at least once in the last three months. To my mind if a blog hasn’t been updated for three months, it’s not a blog. It’s a static website. There’s no excuse not to update a blog within 6 weeks.

2. Kill scraper sites. They are the scourge of the internet. It’s not difficult to find them, y’know. Firstly they’re stealing other peoples content without asking permission so are violating copyright. Secondly they add nothing whatsoever to the blogosphere. They’re run by parasites and, like any annoying bug, they need to be stamped on. Refuse them the oxygen of publicity by removing an RSS feed based site off your list.

3. Kill picture blogs. Whilst you’re in a blog murdering frame of mind, simply remove all picture blogs from your records. A blog is about the written word. If you just want to show the world pictures of your dog, put them on Flickr.

4. Mom blogs. I’m sorry but they’ve got to go. Nobody cares if Little Johnny is on the school soccer team. They’re not interested in knitting patterns or whatever else it is they blog about and people certainly won’t look for blueberry pie recipes on a mom blog. Ladies, I appreciate that you’ve probably got a lot of time on your hands during the day but why not put it to good use by ironing your husbands shirts or cooking him something nice for when he gets home from work. Just don’t tell the world about it.

5. Install a breathaliser to stop drunken posts. I swear that the quality of the blogosphere would go up 10-15% if you had to take a breath test before being allowed to post. Mind you it would probably halve my output…

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