How do I fix this? It’s been like this for over 3 weeks now (the “22 days”) and is clearly a problem that many bloggers are having. I’ve submitted a ‘link count error’ ticket and tried various things but to no avail, yet.
It is vanity (to some extent) but I’d like to see what effect the extra 103 links (between the figure reported next to ‘Rank’ and the figure below) has on the blog’s rank. According to the formula worked out by Stuart Brown, those 253 links should translate to a rank of about 11,590, which is tantalisingly close to the “Top 10,000” and made my heart jump when I saw the result. Many thanks to everyone who’s linked here and found something of interest.
I have ambitions for taking this blog, and the research behind it, much further: a book has been on my mind for a long time, and the blog itself will be pulling up its socks and evolving considerably in due course (something I’ll be posting about soon). While I am a published author, my previous book was not exactly either a) a bestseller or b) relevant to this subject, and without being an academic with institutional credentials to append to my name (‘Professor D J G Lockton C Eng FRS FRSA, Royal College of Art’ would sound a lot better than ‘Dan Lockton, freelance designer’), my chances of getting a major publisher interested are perhaps not great. But if someone from one of those publishers has (independently) come across this blog and found it interesting, that would, maybe, swing the odds in my favour.
Anyway, enough off-topic blogging about blogging. There’s enough of that elsewhere, and there’s a big backlog of architectures of control to blog about.
Update (5th Oct): This post by Brian Pinkerton at the Technorati blog makes it clear that my 253 vs 150 comment above is somewhat confused (the higher number, black on white text, is the total number of links ever and the one in the “x links from n blogs” is the number of links in the last 180 days, on which the rank is calculated). OK, so that means this blog might not be quite so close to the top 10,000, but then again, since the 180-day link count stopped 24 days ago, that means at least 253-150 = 103 links in the last 24 days, hence if the 180-day link count actually worked, it would probably still be close to 253 (or more – I don’t know since at time of writing the search doesn’t work at all!). To be honest, it may not be worth bothering worrying about this – it’s just that some visitors did find this blog through Technorati initially, and it’s a shame for that not to happen again.
Another update (5th Oct):Wow – finally, after creating a new Technorati account and re-claiming the blog, now with only the link to the FeedBurner feed visible (the other feeds are now redirected to it), Technorati has started indexing the blog again! Though if the link counts work as Brian Pinkerton explains, how come this blog has more links in the last 180 days (388) than it does in total (322)? Still doesn’t quite make sense! P.S. Only 29,097th, though using the 388 figure in Stuart Brown’s formula would suggest something around 5,000th… Who knows?