17
May

Experiment Proves How Lame Technorati Is

It’s been 4 days since the How Lame Is Technorati Experiment and conclusive results are in. Technorati is lame.

In making a purposeful effort to get traffic from a source that at one time actually did provide traffic, proved to be utterly unsuccessful. In the experiment I blogged a one liner about every one of the top 10 tags showing up on Technorati the day of the post and Affiliate Confession has received 15 total visitors in the 4 days since then. Not what I would call grand results. In fact, none of the tags used in the post were actually indexed on the results page for that tag.

What’s strange and is even more proof as to how lame Technorati is, is that a few days before I even tried the experiment, Technorati listed a single post on this blog completely out of the blue. I blog about the subject of that particular post quite often, yet only once has a post on that subject been indexed. And it gets even worse. A couple of spam blogs scraping my content are now being indexed for the same tags Technorati won’t list me for.

Not only is Technorati lame, it’s not even relevant any longer. Now there’s a target Google could go after and maybe adjust their PR 8 status accordingly.

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13
May

The How Lame Is Technorati Experiment

Technorati Is LameThis will be kind of a rant. What’s the point of Technorati? Can anyone tell me? Does anyone even go there any longer except me? Is there a point to it? I used to get a decent amount of traffic from them on a couple of other blogs, but here at Affiliate Confession, if traffic from Technorati were considered water, I would be dead. This blog is more than 6 months old but I still can’t get, or at least I don’t think I can get, my Technorati tags indexed. I haven’t tried in a month or so, but were going to try a little experiment here just for the fun of it.

One of the ways to get Technorati traffic was to blog about something on their top 10 tags list and publish your post around 7 to 9 in the evening. Within minutes traffic would come rolling in and I used to be able to get 600 to 700 visitors just from Technorati to some posts on my American Idol blog. This was when the top 10 tags used to be listed on the front page in a much more prominent way. This also used to be in the day when something wasn’t always wrong with Technorati as well. Right now if you head over to the rising posts and stories, there’s nothing there.

Anyway here’s the little experiment: Instead of just blogging about 1 thing in the top 10 tag list, I’ll blog about everything in the top 10 tags as found at Blogger Central and include those tags at the bottom of this post. I’ll include the tag title and a nice link bait one liner to offend as many people as possible. If you’re not offended by something in one tag, you will be in another. But the whole point is to see if we can generate some traffic from Technorati.

So let’s get started and have some fun.

News - Have you heard the news, Technorati is lame.

Politics- My top political hero is George W. Bush. I think he is the best President evar and wish he could run for 2 more terms.

Barack Obama- Why don’t we ever mention this guy’s middle name? It’s Hussein, and I want to know why Bush isn’t asking Barack about those weapons of mass destruction. Is there a connection?

iPhone- What can I say about the iPhone, besides there are morons paying over $600 for a 16 GB iPhone on eBay right now when you can get it from AT&T for $499. Duh!

Google – Evil

Music- I miss the good old days of Captain & Tennille and Abba, now there was some real music.

Video- Great, everyone thinks they’re either a director or producer these days. YouTube is a waste of bandwidth.

Hillary Clinton- If Hillary were to appear on a granny’s HotOrNot I’d give her a 5 cause she’s not bad lookin’ for an old hag, but I darn sure wouldn’t want her as president.

Media- See I told you Technorati is lame. Why’s this even a tag?

Apple – How was Steve Jobs able to take a generic word and copyright it? And to top it off the Apple affiliate program really sucks. They make so much money, yet they can only afford to offer their affiliates 1% on sales. Would anyone be wiling to admit they’re an Apple affiliate?

There you have it. Now, Technorati traffic, come to pappa, if you dare!

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25
Feb

Is Technorati Broken Or Just Lame?

There used to be a day when I received lots of traffic from Technorati, but that’s nearly a year in the past. When I kept up with my American Idol News blog, there would be some months it would receive around 3,000 visitors and some single days it would get more than 500 visitors from Technorati alone.

American Idol Technorati Visitors

I haven’t seen anything but a trickle of traffic from Technorati or much benefit from tagging my posts with Affiliate Confession at all, even though I have an authority of 139, 17 fans and a rank of 44,842. In fact, what completely puzzles me is that Technorati won’t even index my tags with all that authority and being that this blog is almost 4 months old. It could have something to do with the age of Affiliate Confession, but I’m not sure about that. If anyone has any insight, please leave a comment.

If I post at the above mentioned Idol blog, the Technorati tags still get indexed almost immediately or within a few minutes. I no longer keep up with the AI blog because it took too much time and wasn’t producing any revenue to speak of. However, it did produce quite a good flow of traffic from Technorati. The secret was to blog about something on the Technorati top 10 tags list, when it used to be right on the front page, and when American Idol got around to the top 12 usually one or more of the Idols were on the Technorati top tag list. I would write a post and get 100 to 300 visitors from Technorati within 30 minutes of publishing it. (I’ve hardly watched the show at all this year)

The big mystery is that the American Idol blog has almost no authority, no fans and a horrible rank, yet the posts with tags get indexed in minutes. If you compare the American Idol blog at Technorati with Affiliate Confession, it make no sense whatsoever. Affiliate Confession should be getting tons of traffic from Technorati, but it gets less than 5 visitors a day. What does Technorati want before they start indexing tags from a blog? Did they change their rules when I wasn’t looking? If Affiliate Confession doesn’t have enough authority to get tags indexed at Technorati what blog does?

All this brings me back to the original question, is Technorati broken or just lame?

Alan

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20
Feb

Please, Give Your Blog Sidebar A Break

Insane Blog SidebarIt’s completely insane what people put in their blog sidebar. Because I was trying to rack up a few Entrecard credits in the last several days and have started the massive advertising campaign, I’ve run across several blogs lately that are rather trashy looking. I’m sorry, I can only handle so many visual prompts on a web site or blog before I just click the little x in the top right corner and move on.

The trend is moving to less cluttered blogs, sidebars and somewhat less advertising as a whole and while there are exceptions, I’m seeing many less experienced affiliate marketers and bloggers stuffing their sidebar with every widget they can find. Not only does this irritate many readers because of the complete over stimulation and difficulty in finding links to recent articles (yes, real content), it also slows your blog down to a crawl. When readers have to wait 15 seconds for your scrollbars to become operational because all the frickin’ widgets have to load, they might be just like me and decide not to stick around.

How much information can any one human being absorb? Let’s take a look at one blog sidebar for an example. Now, I’m not going to name names here, but you might be able to figure it out if you are an Entrecard user and run across this one.

Starting with the right side bar moving down we have Translate This Page, Google Search, Spott Link Exchange, Entrecard widget, 12 blog directory badges, Blogroll Me, CBox widget, Blog Catalog widget, MyBlogLog widget and then as we cross over to the left side we move across Bidvertiser ads and come to a Technorati blog worth widget, a 160 x 600 Adsense tower, 2 RSS feed bookmarking widgets and finally 2 places to actually sign up for this blogs RSS feed.

That’s just too much stimulation and too many choices and it will have exactly the opposite effect the blog author is trying to create. But this is not one of the worst ones I have come across, there are many more with nearly twice as many widgets that can take up to 20 to 30 seconds to fully load on a good day. Others will add some sort of weather widget, ip address widget, current time widget (What is that one for? I have a watch, thanks), an Alexa widget, Yahoo Search Links widget, are you getting the picture, it just goes on and on.

Your sidebar is not a trash dump and I honestly don’t care who’s reading your blog or that Technorati says it is worth $50,000 which is a big fat lie, I want to see if you have some content worth reading, have a traffic generating trick I don’t know about or have a twist on some human interest story no one else has though of.

Please, take the vacuum cleaner to your sidebar, throw up 6 or so 125 x 125 ads that may interest me and let your content speak for itself. I just might be your second rss subscriber.

Alan

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15
Feb

Last Few Days Of The Latest Blog Contest

NuBody Organic HealthDon’t forget about the latest blog contest here at Affiliate Confession where you can win a free bottle of NuBody Organic Health vitamins.

It’s pretty easy to sign up for the contest. All you have to do is subscribe to my RSS feed and add me to your favorites at Technorati and then leave a comment on the original post about the contest. The vitamins are a month’s supply and valued at $40.

The reason I picked vitamin supplements to give away in a contest is because they fit our philosophy of 100% organic and all natural supplements and they also have a great affiliate program where you can earn 35% if someone orders through your link and you can also earn 5% from any affiliate that signs up under you. They also offer the 35% on recurring orders which is a great way to earn a monthly residual income.

If you have a diet or health related site this is a nice affiliate program to monetize your site with.

Read my review of NuBody Supplements affiliate program here.

The contest ends on Monday February 18th so get entered if you haven’t already.

Alan

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