Saturday, April 28, 2007

Automatically Add Technorati Favorites...and Other Ways to Crack Technorati's Top 100 Popular Blogs

by Paula Neal Mooney

Before you read any further, please Add to Technorati Favorites fave me and I'll fave you. Clean blogs only!

I've found out so much good stuff about cracking Technorati's Top 100 Blogs list I'm so excited to post this!


For my new blogging readers, Technorati is a site that tracks 77 million blogs and ranks them. The Top 100 Blogs list is ranked by:


1 - The number of inbound links a blog has
2 - The number of people who've made that blog their favorite

As of this writing, the guy in spot #100 (ranked by the #2 method above) only has 170 members who've made his blog a favorite, while the TV Squad blog in spot #100 (ranked by the #1 method above) has 3,126 inbound links, so you can see that the #2 way is the easiest way to get your blog near the Top 100.

Here's what I've learned from my blogging buddies on how to get closer to cracking Technorati's Top 100:

1 - Do a Technorati favorites exchange

Gary V. Vaughan at azazil.net has an excellent post up called Gaming Technorati Favorites that lists a bunch of blogs willing to do a Technorati favoring exchange -- both listed in the post itself and in the plethora of comments. Dosh Dosh also has a similar post up that has gotten a lot of attention.

2 - Automatically make everyone who has favored you a favorite on Technorati!
Favoring back the people who've favorited you was a time-consuming process -- until today, when //engtech came up with this blessed post about a program that he (or she?) wrote about how to automatically favor those who've favorited you!

Worked like a charm...but run it at your own discretion.

3 - Add the feed of your Technorati favorites to your blog, and watch more folks come visit you!
Andy Beard gave me this idea. See our comments conversation here. (Andy's also got a Technorati Favorites - Is This Evil, Lazy or Just Smart? post up that I've yet to dig into.) But I have copied his advice on adding the Technorati feed of my favorite to my blog.

On Blogger you can do this by first finding out your Technorati favorites feed address by looking at the "posts from favorites" on your Technorati page and right-clicking on the orange subscribe button to the right, then choose "copy link location," for example, mine is:

http://feeds.technorati.com/faves/PAULANEALMOONEY?format=rss

4 - Add up to 5 feed items to your blog
Then add the feed to your Blogger blog by going to Layout, choose Template tab, then Add a Page Element, Feed and then put your faves link location you just found in there and choosing continue to enter how many items you'd like to display. There's a max of only five.

5 - Add more than 5 feed items to your blog
If you want more than 5 feed items on your blog, read this post from the wonderful Vin at Dummies Guide to Google Beta Blogger who told me about this great site where you can just enter a feed URL (like the one above) and it'll create the JavaScript programming code for you to plop into your blog. (Put it in Blogger the same way described above, but instead of choosing Feed, choose HTML/Javascript and put it there.)

The great thing about adding your Technorati favorites feed to your site is not only can you keep up with all the stuff your favorites are blogging about -- as well as drive some of your traffic to their sites -- is that folks will see you linking to them on Technorati and come-a-visiting to check you out.

This is what happened the other day when popular blogger Jeff Pulver stopped over at my blog.

And it's the same reason I came-a-calling on over to Andy Beard's blog when he first added his Technorati favorites (including moi) feed to his blog.

Work it! We're gonna shake up that Technorati Top 100's list yet!

Don't forget, claim your blog on Technorati, make sure it accepts favorites by favoriting yourself first, then fave me, I'll fave your clean blogs a lot faster than I would've when I was doing it manually. Thanks!

23 comments:

Sunny Ellis said...

Hey Paula. I faved you on technorati. I'm also adding you to my links on my blog. HTH :-)

Jay said...

Outstanding post! Thanks for the tips. I added your blog to my faves.

Paula Neal Mooney said...

Hey Jay Ess - I just favorited Tight Brain on Technorati.

Hey Sunny!

(That reminds me, I'm going to go play around with my comment subscribe code...)

I've favorited all four of your blogs on Technorati:

http://acwsandpoint.blogspot.com/
http://sunnydaydreame.blogspot.com/
http://recordkeeping.blogspot.com/
http://brentonellis.blogspot.com/


Thank you so much guys!

Laura said...

Hi Paula!

You're really good at this blog-building advice. Have you ever thought of gathering it into one place and selling it as an e-book?

SweetGyrl & StreetBoyz2biznizmen said...

PAULA I AM LOSING MY MIND, AND SCREAMING, I AM TRYING TO DO THIS STUFF I DONT KNOW HOW, ALL THIS PINGING AND TECH STUFF, YOUR SUCH AN EXCELLENT WRITER, I WENT TO DOSH DOSH AND POSTED THE STUFF ON MY BLOG AND THE OTHER GUY, BUT I DONT KNOW HOW TO COMPREHEND THIS STUFF. PLEASE HELP ME GIRL, IF IT WAS NOT FOR YOU I WOULD NOT BE BLOGGING!! HELP HELP HELP BIRTHDAY GIRL!

Paula Neal Mooney said...

Thanks, Laura! I have pondered getting all these tips together in an ebook. I just might do that...

Hey Kimberly - I'm glad you're trying out some of these tips.

And keep your mind...

Fret not.

Let's just start with the first step.

This post is focusing on Technorati favorites mostly, so if you want, we can start there, and go over how to add the favorites. Is that good?

tAnYeTTa said...

i have to go and check out what technorati is.

thanks.

maurizio said...

Hey.
I've added your blog to my favorites list. Now it's your time :-)

Btw.. it seems that this Technorati thing is exploding..I just finished 2 days ago an interesting script to help people manage favorites, and now everyone is writing about it :-)

Take a look at my blog, I think I will post it on Monday..

Paula Neal Mooney said...

Hey Maurizio -

I love the way my name comes up as Paolo on your blog.

I just favorited your http://blog.nafurai.com/ on Technorati!

I'll get your email update -- but are you doing the One-Day Blog Silence tomorrow?

I'm gonna post about it today.

Take care,
Paula

Paula Neal Mooney said...

Hey Tanyetta - Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!

Looks like http://calimckoys.blogspot.com/ is already on Technorati, so I just favorited you.

Please favorite me too by clicking here!

I appreciate you reading...

Take care and Happy Sunday,
Paula

maurizio said...

lol you figured out ..
yeah. sorry. I had your photo on my pc and then used it to beta test my app.
I'll tell you later why I had a photo of you on my pc :-)

I didn't know about the one day thing. I'll post my technorati thing on Tuesday then.

Paula Neal Mooney said...

Okay, Maurizio...

You're scaring me...

As long as my pic isn't poster-sized with candles around it in some kind of shrine, I'm okay!

:-)

Vanessa said...

Great post, Paula! I'm gonna try some of these tips tonight! Smooches!

Vanessa said...

Hey, Paula!

I use "smooches" with my friends and sorority sisters. It seems so natural to use it with you. :)

Give my regards to your sister with extra smooches from me to her.

LOL

~V

Deborah said...

Hi there,

I think the RSS feeds is a good way to boost yourself with Google as well...at least that's what I've read. I'm still waiting for my webmaster to return from sick leave to get one install on my blog :(

I stumbled across your site from another listing you as part of the Technorati favs exchange.

I've added you to my favs.

My username is fastfastlane, and link to my fav is
http://technorati.com/faves?sub=addfavbtn&add=http://www.fastlanetransport.ca/blog

Cheers!

Paula Neal Mooney said...

Thank, Deborah -

I hope you're right about the RSS feeds boosting the Google good stuff.

And I've favorited you on Technorati.

I love this game.

Take care,
Paula

Digital Nomad said...

Hey Paula, I read a comment you made on another blog that your PR went down to 2. Looks like it is back up to 5.

Has this "fav" thing worked for you. I see our Technorati rank is still improving.

Paula Neal Mooney said...

Yes, yes, yes, Digital Nomad!

I'm so excited and praising the Lord for my new Google Pagerank of 5.

I believe several things have helped, including me changing my NOFOLLOWs to DOFOLLOWs (which helped me because I link to myself a lot), time, and the Technorati stuff can't hurt.

Look for a post on Friday or so about all the stuff I've done to help improve ranking.

Tomorrow or so I'll put up my new income earnings for the month of April and cumulatively.

Thanks all!
Paula

Malathy said...

I added you in my technorati favs.
Pl add mine.
Tks.
http://technorati.com/faves?add=http://blogavenues.blogspot.com
Tags: money by blogging, blog traffic, blogging tools, online money, internet marketing, blog promotion, blog hosting, adsense revenue sharing, monetizing, blogging community, blog forums

Paula Neal Mooney said...

Hey Malathy - I've just favored you.
Paula

steve said...

paula: just added you...

if you could add me it would be appreciated. button is top right here:
www.cymru66.com

thanks! great article by the way - lots to try out...

--Steve

Paula Neal Mooney said...

Hey Steve
thanks...it turns out you were already on my Technorati favorites' list.

Take care,
paula

Melody said...

Hi,

Have faved you! Click here to fave me too, thx :)

Also have my own exchange program here.

Do visit me at TheVoiceInMyHead - if you like what you see, do subscribe to my feed via your feedreader or via e-mail.

Have a good day!

Melody

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