To be considered for the top blog rankings a blog should primarily be on the topic of Web Analytics (50% of greater number of posts) as judged by a qualitative review (by me) over the last couple of months and the blog should have regular posts during the same time period (the criteria is loose but atleast four to six posts so lots of wiggle room).
I have approximate 45 blogs on my list that I consider for this ranking. If you feel that your blog should be on this list but is not then please email me (blog at kaushik dot net), especially if you are a non-English blog (and hence sadly I am unable to review it).
The hope is to improve the ranking each time it comes out. Here are the top ranked web analytics blogs:
by Avinash Kaushik
|2||3||Web Metrics Guru
by Marshall Sponder
|3||1||Google Analytics Blog
by Jeff Gills
|4||4||Web Analytics World
by Manoj Jasra
|5||5||Eric T. Peterson's Analytics Weblog
by Eric Peterson
|6||7||Increasing your website's conversion rate
by Robbin Steif
|7||6||Unofficial Google Analytics Blog
by Michael Harrison
|8||8||Lies, Damned Lies…
by Ian Thomas
by AurÃ©lie Pols
|10||–||Web Analysis, Behavioral Targeting and Advertising
by Anil Batra
- To be on the list you would have needed to have 85 Unique Blogs to link to you in the last six months. That is twice as many as you would have needed to be on the list in January 2007. It keep getting tough in the blogosphere!
- To be ranked #1 you would have needed 625 unique blog links.
(Sidebar: My own technorati ranking is slightly worse than what it was in Jan, even though I have 62 more unique blog links during that time. Just goes to how how the blogosphere in general is growing and how hard it is to achieve a decent technorati ranking.)
- We have one new blog on the list, welcome Anil, and several nice moves, great work Ian and Aurelie/Rene!
- I need to get on Jeff Gillis’s case! : )
Personal Best Blogs Ranking:
With each top blog listing I also present my own personal ranking of the best blogs in the last few months. (using the criteria that they “Eat like a bird, and poop like an elephant”). I appreciate their contributions because they share their wisdom liberally.
# 1 Web Analytics & Affiliate Marketing blog – Dennis R. Mortensen
(Dennis is the COO of indexTools and a good friend. I eagerly look forward to reading each post from Dennis, even when he simply presents himself! You can read any post on the blog but if you only have a few minutes check out: The Long Tail … and how to calculate missing Revenue, make sure you scroll down to comment #4 to learn how to create a double-logarithmic chart. Thanks Dennis.)
# 2 Visioactive – Ian S. Houston
(Ian’s blog is also new and is extremely good. Ian provides a point of view that is candid, refreshing and unique. Besides I love a guy who, like me, can post comments longer than his original post! Check out: Using a framework to define and communicate web analytics measurement. Thanks Ian.)
# 3 N/A
Please read these blogs, link to them, sign up for their RSS feeds, and generally encourage them (it is a tough slog to keep a blog going with everything else in their lives and I am sure a word here and a word there is motivation enough to sustain all bloggers).
What do you all think? Do you agree with the ranking? Do you have a favorite that is not on the list above? Would you rate a blog in the above list differently? Have suggestions for me to consider for my personal rankings? Please share your feedback via comments.
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PS: If you want to a copy of the list here is a handy list:
Overall Top Ranked:
# 1: Occam’s Razor by Avinash Kaushik
# 2: Web Metrics Guru by Marshall Sponder
# 3: Google Analytics Blog by Jeff Gills
# 4: Web Analytics World by Manoj Jasra
# 5: Eric T. Peterson’s Analytics Weblog by Eric Peterson
# 6: Increasing your website’s conversion rate by Robbin Steif
# 7: Unofficial Google Analytics Blog by Michael Harrison
# 8: Lies, Damned Lies… by Ian Thomas
# 9: WebAnalytics.be Blog by AurÃ©lie Pols
# 10: Web Analysis, Behavioral Targeting and Advertising by Anil Batra
My Personal Recommendations: