May 11 2007

Update on the Top Aussie Bloggers

The Top 100 Australian Blogs Index has been updated.

Debuting, or re-appearing, in the list this week are

I have made a change in calculating the index – if there is no Australian Alexa Rank, then the blog is not included on the list. Alexa ranks over 307,000 websites in Australia.

It’s a good idea if you are a blog owner to update information for your site. This can be done by searching for your site, and clicking on the “edit info” button.

Alexa Edit Info

I see a lot of this

Alexa No Data

The Alexa toolbar can be downloaded here for Internet Explorer (6.0 and above) or here for Mozilla/Mozilla Firefox (download will not start automatically, so you can read more about it). Obviously the more toolbars that are downloaded in Australia, the more reliable our traffic rankings will become.

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Update on the Top Aussie Bloggers”

  1. Snoskredon 11 May 2007 at 6:39 pm

    How does one get an alexa rank? I tried clicking on the edit into thing as you said and I didn’t get anything I could edit, I got an odd text page.

    I don’t know anything about Alexa and if you have to download a toolbar for it to work then I really think it’s not the most reliable indicator for anything, let alone blog traffic in Australia. I’ve got more than enough stuff attached to internet surfing as it is, and to be honest reading the following does not inspire me to add this to the list of things – it reads like this might be spyware to me?

    For every web page you visit while using SearchStatus (excluding secure domains and those you have configured as private), certain information, including your ip address, the url of the web page you visit, and general information about your browser and computer’s operating system will be transmitted from your computer to Alexa. Some of the url’s you visit, which are transmitted to Alexa, will contain information that is personally identifiable.

  2. Megon 11 May 2007 at 7:25 pm

    Hi Snoskred

    The edit “info page” appears to be broken at the moment, which explains why you are getting that weird page. I’m not sure when you’re part of Blogger or WordPress if you can actually update that information, which omitted to mention in the first place.

    The Alexa rank will generally appear when enough people with the toolbar visit your site. Even blogs on some hosted domains (like Blogger and WordPress) are awarded their own Alexa rank. Generally if you see a number ’15’ on a * blog then this is for the whole of, not the individual blogger.

    It is a toolbar, but it’s not that obtrusive – particularly on Firefox. I’m sure it’s NOT the best indicator of traffic, but we don’t have a lot of other (free) measures available.

    I’m sure there are many people concerned about their viewing habits being reported back to a monitoring authority – I suppose you would need to put your faith in Amazon (who own Alexa), as millions do with Google and their internet service providers each day.

    The majority of websites collect visitor information (via your IP address), so there really is no such thing as anonymous browsing from your own computer. When they say “personally identifiable” it’s not in the sense that Joe Bloggs visited the XXXX porn site again today, but more likely your viewing history COULD be traced back to you via your IP address.

    I guess it comes down to how “comfortable” one feels with this information being collated.

    Alexa’s privacy policy is here

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  4. Craigon 13 May 2007 at 11:59 am

    Did you know you got a mention in The Age newspaper’s Green Guide blogs section?

    “Blog on
    This blogger caused quite a stir in recent weeks by creating a list of the top 100 Australian blogs. In general, her blog is an exploration of the act and art of blogging, so if your interested in discovering more about it and the Australian blog scene in general, this is a great starting point.”

    I kinda laughed at the stir comment, who was stirred?

    These lists remind me of the old days of the aussie blogs popularity index. I miss that site.

  5. Vanessaon 17 May 2007 at 2:06 am

    Woahhh…. I had no idea I was even listed there.

    I am ranked 28,973 in Australia. Hah! I feel so special…