It is not easy to find blogs of special interest to anyone simply because of the big number of blogs that are out there in the blogosphere. One wouldn’t even know where to start since searching by topic would not produce purely blog choices. For specific recommendations, one need to know a specific blog’s url since it is quite common to be presented several choices bearing almost the same names and titles.
To ensure an easier way of finding blogs and bloggers which readers are interested in, they can opt to make an organized search through the use of blog directories. Blog directories offer blog catalogues that can provide readers a clear idea of what the listed blogs offer. Numerous blog discovery tools are available for use.
Most blog directions group blogs according to topic since this is the easiest option for most readers. Readers generally have an idea of what topic they are interested in. Some readers however have an interest to read the works of a specific blogger. Grouping by bloggers is not actually common so it would be best for readers to have an idea of what topic the specific blogger they are interested in are in to.
Searching by keywords can also produce desired results and can actually lead readers to experts and authorities on the subject. Some blog directions feature truly unique niche blogs which readers wouldn’t usually find in a regular blog search. A number of blog directories are also making it possible to discover blogs through shared blog posts of online friends which are usually broken down into topics because this will always be the most sensible way of searching. Blog directories are quite useful in finding relevant blogs and information required by readers.
The goal of EatonWeb was to create an algorithm that would automatically filter the best blogs in any category to the top of that category . We figured that we could add value to the web as a directory that listed the best blogs first. Isn’t that what directories are for in the first place? To be reliable guides to the best of the web?
While we still have a ways to go before we’ve populated our directory to the point of satisfaction, there are a few categories where we feel that you can get a clear glimpse at the success of our algorithm and it’s automatic ranking of sites.
EatonWeb was honored to be mentioned in the Search Engine Journal’s list of 20 Essential Blog Directories to Submit Your Blog To. It’s good to know that our hard work is paying off.
If you’re wondering which blog directories to submit to, and looking for the authoritative list of killer blog directories, look no further than Search Engine Journal’s list.
And, by the way, please don’t waste your time with those submissions to 100s of directories either! You DON’T want to be part of link farms. You DO want to be part of the best directories on the planet.
And EatonWeb is one of those directories!
EatonWeb uses a combination of metric factors to determine the value of a website. However, we are planning to phase out PageRank in our metric over the next 12 months because, quite honestly, we no longer feel that it’s an accurate reflector of site value. Not to mention the empirical observation that our directory rankings were more accurate before the recent PageRank penalties were handed out. We’re doing this for the sake of quality….the quality of our directory.
Google has been systematically introducing the equivalent of theoretical epicycles to its display of PageRank to the public, and we think it’s about time to face the facts. You can’t manually penalize hundreds of influential sites and expect to be used as a reliable source of information any longer.
In fact, we believe that PageRank epicycles are chinks in the Google armor and that Google needs to make a major strategical decision going forward to preserve its influence in the webmaster community. And in the end, it’s going to come down to whether Google can accurately determine the value of each independent link, buffering the outflow of poor quality links, rather than inaccurately painting an artificially depressed picture of site authority.
Yes, it’s true. Google has dinged lots of blog directories. There are lots of bad directories. But the fact is that Google has now dinged EatonWeb. And EatonWeb is a good directory (unbiased, of course!).
We can understand Google’s desire to get rid of link farms and bad directories. But we honestly believe that EatonWeb offers something unique and worthwhile as far as directories go.
The EatonWeb blog directory is unique because it dynamically ranks blogs in each category according to perceived strength and momentum. In other words, we put the best sites first. This is not really done well, anywhere else. The Google directory organizes sites by pagerank, but we feel that EatonWeb actually does a better job of ordering sites than pagerank.
Sorry to vent, but we feel that the recent decision by Google to “ding” directories went overboard and has artificially hurt sites that didn’t deserve it.