May 06 2007
This index evolved from Craig Harper’s Ultimate Aussie Blogroll, which no longer exists.
The Index can be explained as follows.
I have taken three variables –
and applied a formula – which is (3 x AU + X + T) /5.
To give you an example for this blog (as at 30/8/07)
AU = 586
X = 55,364
T = 18,134
So the Index = (3 x 586 + 55364 + 18134)/5 = 15,051
In the instance that a blog is part of a larger domain:
then T is multipled by the average of all other ranking blogs (i.e. the Total Index / Total Technorati Rank). This average may vary from week to week (at 30/8/07 this average is 4.61).
(n.b. “Subs” – refers to the number of feed subscribers, where this number is available. It does not factor into the equation but is provided purely for interest).
My reasoning for including both the Alexa AU rank, the Alexa global rank and the Technorati Rank, is because I believe this is a fairer estimation of the popularity of a blog than just using one variable alone. I have weighted the AU rank, as I believe this to be a stronger indicator of the popularity of a website within Australia.
Various memes, and blogroll exchanges can lead to an inflated Technorati ranking, that does not necessarily reflect the merit of the blog.
A blog must have a Technorati ranking for the formula to work. Blogs published on multiple-blog platforms should be claimed individually. Visit Technorati to claim your blog.
Of course, Alexa also has its critics. So no one method is perfect.
I’m not implying that this is the best method of creating an index, but it’s my method. I’m happy to hear input, and tweak if required. Please let me know what you think – objectively 😉
P.S. Whilst I promise to be objective (it’s all about the numbers), I reserve the right to NOT include blogs that I consider “inappropriate” – deal with it 😀
Please note: I am sure there are Australian blogs that should be on this list, that aren’t – please don’t take it personally! With thousands of Aussie blogs in the Aussosphere, chances are I just haven’t come across it. I encourage you to send me an email (meg at this domain), or leave a comment here, if you think that your blog might be eligible.
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