Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Utilizing Technorati

I know this is going to be a bit on the technical side, but maybe this information will be helpful to someone else. Some months ago, I learned about technorati.com. It is a social networking place for bloggers. I began "claiming" my blogs on technorati and also using technorati to "ping" each blog update. I also used it to search for other blogs that utilize the same or similar keywords. By doing this I quickly discovered many blogs in my "niche" that already had high page ranks. Just a word about page rank - the higher, the better. Then I was able to go to their blogs and comment, thus piggybacking off of their high page rank.

So last night I decided to go into technorati and claim my new blog (this one). Imagine my delight when I discovered that Grandma is a Writer already had a page rank of 4 in just a little over a week. That shows the power of commenting, following, visiting, etc. All my other blogs only have page ranks of 0,1 or 2 after months and even a couple of years of existence. Most of them get very little traffic, if any.

Amazing! I hope this encourages you to rush over to technorati, claim your blog and find out your page rank.


  1. What is technorati, and what do you mean by "claiming" a blog? This post interests me, and I'd like to learn more.

  2. I have heard Technorati mentioned but have never looked into it. Sounds interesting. Thanks for the info.


  3. I've heard of Technorati, but didn't know what it involved ... wandered over to check it out and signed up.
    Thanks, Sharon!


  4. Thanks for the reminder. I'll need to get over there and check my blogs again, especially since I changed the description for this one.

    Morgan Mandel

  5. This sounds interesting. I am going to check it out.

    Thanks for the info!


  6. For what it's worth, you can sign up for technorati for free and I think it's a very cool tool.

    Katie, since you asked about "claiming a blog" I'll try to explain. It simply means that you register you blog as yours. It explains how to do it but if you have any questions I'll be happy to try to help you.

  7. Thanks for the info. I've used technorati for pinging but now I've have to spend some time there to see what other tools they offer.

    Jane Kennedy Sutton

  8. Thanks for the info, Sharon! I have used technorati to ping a blog post (when I remember!) but need to investigate it further and see about the other things you mentioned. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Interesting! Of course, I had to rush over and see what the rank was for some popular blogs. Pretty sobering stuff: the snarkfest Go Fug Yourself has an authority of 429, meaning that 429 blogs are linking to them. But Dooce.com, for example has an unimaginable authority rank of 4,992. Yikes.

    I wonder if this blog authority also includes sites linked to other parts of a website. I somehow doubt it.

  10. Sorry I missed you on my blog roll, will remidy that soon.

  11. I've also heard of Technorati, but haven't used it. Guess I should check it out. Thanks Sharon.

    You're welcome Christina. Now I'm heading over to the blogs you nominated.

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