Mark from 45n5 posted a list of the top 100 “make money online” blogs. Mark calculated the top 100 blogs based on Google PageRank, Technorati Rank, and Alexa Rank. Currently the list is only comprised of 73 blogs, but Mark has managed to include most of the more well known blogs centered around making money online.
I was surprised to see I am at #8 on the list. While I am happy about that, unfortunately, the Technorati ranking system is one of the most inaccurate ways of measuring a blog’s popularity due to link trains, a practice I refuse to further participate in.
Link trains were quite popular a few months back and thankfully they are not so prevalent any more. Why? Well, because Google does not take those links into account. If 1,309 unique blogs were really linking to me (like my Technorati ranking shows), my link count in Google would be that many, but in reality, Google shows there are only 395 pointing to my blog.
Another reason link trains are such garbage is that Technorati only counts links within the previous 6 months. In the midst of a popular link train, you may receive 100 or more new links in a week. Six months after that, your ranking will drop by that many or more.
Anyway, I am sort of rambling, but congratulations to Mark for putting together a cool ranking system. Taking Alexa rank and Google PageRank into account adds to the credibility of the list. I just wish there was a better ranking system than Technorati. You can see Mark’s full list here.