I didn’t talk too much about the z-list meme that Mack started, but I have been watching intently. I joined in on a lark, and was extremely surprised by the results.
I started getting the odd alert in my RSS subscription to Technorati Mentions of “ryananderson.ca,” and it started to climb. Neat, I thought, but I was still unimpressed. I’m always excited when I see that someone has linked to me, not because I love links, but because I love hearing what people have to say about what I’ve written. Sometimes they’re brilliant, sometimes they’re flattering, and sometimes they’re downright ignorant.
These were just links, though. No commentary, no controversy. In fact, the people who were linking to me likely had no idea they were doing so.
Then I started noticing that I was getting 10 – 15 per day – even over Christmas. Once Seth picked it up, that number increased even more. All in all, I had over 75 blogs link to me. Even though the majority of the links I was receiving were impersonal, some interesting things happened.
My traffic increased. That’s always nice, though I don’t sell advertising, it’s nice to know someone is reading. The number of unique visitors went up about 35% from November to December, which is an increase from the usual 15 – 20%.
My influence increased. I gotta hand it to him, when Mack sets his mind to something, he does it. My Technorati influence increased significantly. I went from the medium authority to the high authority group. This, of course, puts me higher in the search result listings on T’Rati, and is certain to get me laid.
My subscribers increased. This is probably the smallest increase in terms of actual numbers, but the stat that makes me the happiest. The number of RSS subscribers to my site, after remaining stagnant for a few months, jumped by almost 50%. My RSS traffic is fairly negligible, but it’s the only stat I strive to increase.
More commenters. I reposted a question I had posed 6 months ago to which I received no response. Within a day, I had five responses. It’s not an avalanche of email, but it’s something. Thing is, I didn’t know most of these commenters. Always nice to see new faces.
Some bloggers proved themselves to be assholes. See, when Seth picked up the story, he put the list on Squidoo, and asked people to rank them. Thing is, you can only vote for yourself once, and you can vote everyone else down at least once each. Some overly competitive asshole bloggers decided to vote down the sites above them, which is why 70% of the blogs listed have a negative number of votes. Real classy, guys.
Stats and rankings are all fairly stupid, and I think that’s a lot of what Mack was pointing out when he started this. There’s no a-list or z-list, only blogs that are worthwhile, and others that aren’t. The trouble is that it’s getting harder and harder for the worthwhile blogs to get noticed out of the crowd. I consider this a good jumpstart for the good ones. Their traffic will die down, but some will stick if the quality is good.
Really, that’s all they can ask. Thanks, Mack.
Okay, so there’s no a-list or z-list, but just in case you were wondering, this little flurry of link-love places me on the “B-List.” Mom would be so proud if she knew what a blog was.