How do I fix this?

Technorati

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?

11 Comments

  1. I don’t know if this is the cause, but your post of 16/11/05 seems to be pegged as the first item in the RSS and Atom feeds for the site. Though that should not have any effect, it’s possible that that is confusing Technorati’s indexing agent.

  2. Dan

    Thanks for that, Ed. That first post’s a sticky (using a WordPress plugin called Adhesive) but the content could easily be included somewhere else (e.g. linked from the masthead).

    I’ll try disabling the sticky function and see if it makes a difference to Technorati’s indexing.

    Cheers
    Dan

  3. It took me a long time to get them to start indexing my site. Now I see that they haven’t indexed it for 54 days or something. And the other complaints you link to make me think I shouldn’t bother chasing them down. All that work in tagging and everything and they are ignoring me? Lame!

  4. I found that Technorati stopped indexing one of my sites after I made a mess of my feeds. While the feeds all worked, they were redirecting back and forth. I ended up settling on using Feedburner for my feed, and then I went back and followed the “claim” process for Technorati. Once I did that the feed started showing up again.

    One other thing you might check is to see if technorati is fetching your site or feeds (you have to check your access logs for Technoratibot/0.7).

  5. Dan

    Thanks again Ed – I’ll look at the logs and see exactly what (if anything) Technorati is fetching, and may well set up Feedburner.

  6. Dan

    Looks like Technoratibot/0.7 used to be fetching the RSS2 feed but is currently not fetching anything at all when I ping Technorati. So that might suggest a problem with the feed – I’ll investigate using Feedburner…

  7. Meh… I think that Technorati is b0rked. I have seen much the same thing with my blogs for months now, and I am using completely different blog software (blojsom). I have also seen numerous other people complaining about T’rati wasting time on new eye-candy rather than fixing these rather more fundamental problems.

  8. Dan

    Thanks again to all who commented – Ed’s suggestions (FeedBurner, re-claiming blog) plus starting a completely new account on Technorati seem to have done the trick. Or rather, since I changed multiple variables at once, something in there has done the trick!

  9. Frank Field

    Hi, Dan:

    Over at Furdlog, I had to finally email Dave Sifry, who told me that Technorati had moved my blog to a “problem queue” requiring an individual to verify the feed. It happened around the day that I had upgrades my blogging software, so it may just have meant that Technorati had a particularly aggressive day of flagging bad feeds, followed by inattention to clearing the queue. I had to get into three digits of “this blog last updated” before I got it fixed, but they did.

    FWIW

    Frank

  10. After months and months of completely intermittent and apparently random Technorati brokeness I have totally given up on Technorati.

    It’s just so blood-boiling that a company that could be absolutely central to the blogosphere keeps unveiling new tools without actually finally, once and for all, fixing the broken foundations.

    Unless they go back and fix the basics, they will eventually crash and burn.

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