It has become quite common that one or more of the ranking sites decided to either go down completely or have major issues just when my software kicks off on Sunday mornings to gather the rankings for the (now) 51 Virginia blogs I track each week. And even when the sites all cooperate, it seems that one or more has decided to make a change to their web page where the rankings are posted.
Which means that it is a constant battle.
In order to allow for an occasional outage of a site, I have added added Quantcast to the mix. I initially rejected them as there were not enough Virgina blogs listed to make them inclusive enough for ranking purposes.
But they have recently made a change and will begin adding more of the sites – so they say. As I do a lookup each week, the blogs will get noticed and the process of crawling the sites will begin.
We now have 5 ranking engines added to the weekly mix. I have decided to throw out the two worst scores and average the best 3 out of 5. Over time, this should begin to reach the point that most of the Virginia blogs can manage to be listed in at least 3 of the ranking sites. This allows those that are not ranked to avoid being assigned a ranking that would always be worse than any listed blog.
The key is to get your blog listed. This will not only help in these rankings, but will also drive more traffic to your blog. And this ranking is done strictly to promote Virginia Blogs.
The top 3 blogs are separated by only a few points. Bearing Drift is #1 overall with an average score of 88,203 with Vivian Paige “All Politics is Local” a close second with 88,721 and Virginia Right! has dropped to third place with an 89,780 average ranking.
Others moved up or down, some very little, others a good bit.
The rankings for last week, while unpublished, were accurate. So the rise and fall is measured with all 5 sites, tossing out the worst 2 for 2 weeks.
Here are the standings!
The Overall Standings:
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Left Leaning Blogs:
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Right Leaning Blogs:
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