Let’s face it. If you have any interest in making money online then you will probably already be aware of this new reference site. It’s been discussed on many of the well known Internet marketing and blogging sites including ProBlogger, Andy Beard, eMoms at Home, Nate Whitehill and John Chow* and regardless of whether you think it’s a prime example of linkbait or not, it’s actually a great resource for anyone who wants to keep up to speed with the industry.
So the Top 100 Make Money Online Blogs list has proved to be something of a hit but how could it be improved?
Currently it uses Google PageRank, Technorati and Alexa ranks to score each site in the sector. Now as we all know, both Technorati and Alexa ranks are notoriously flaky so I’d like to see Mark go a step further and include other metrics such as RSS subscribers, backlink and social bookmarking data. All of this information can be found using sites like Xinu and I feel this would create a more accurate reflection.
Perhaps this additional data could then be seeded (i.e. PageRank outweighs Alexa, del.icio.us outweighs Technorati) and an overall score generated. That way it would prevent people from gaming the system by getting involved in link trains since they don’t know exactly what ingredients go into the pot.
Darren at ProBlogger also makes a very good suggestion that creating a mashup of all the feeds would be a great idea. In a lot of ways Maki at Dosh Dosh has already done this with the Dosh Dosh News so maybe the pair of them could work together on creating something.
Finally I think that the figure should be capped at 100. The list is currently showing 155 sites and I feel that this takes it away from being a legitimate resource to almost becoming a link fest. Any link juice is going to be diluted by having so many sites and, let’s be honest, how many people are going to realistically look that far down the list?
So all in all I think that Mark has come up with a great idea so a big thanks to him for all his hard work. I feel there are some areas where it could improve but overall it’s a thumbs up from me.
Oh, and before you ask, I’m currently #50 so I might have to start a link train before Mark changes the scoring mechanism π
* – I can’t believe I just linked to him! I think I need to wash my hands and then have a lie down…