Last Monday I posted a sneak preview of the Wikio Parent Blog Rankings for May. Not everyone is interested in where they are placed on a list and, for many, these rankings are a source of much amusement and discussion. I opened up the floor for comments which generated some questions about the validity of the Wikio rankings. I took these questions back to Wikio Top Blogs and Neila Metz kindly offered some feedback.
How is a blog placed in the Wikio ranking?
How do you move up (or down) the rankings?
Which links do you use? What about links in the sidebars of blogs?
So what really is the point of these rankings?
If you really wanted to try and influence your place in the rankings then I'm sure it is possible but is it really worth it? I am interested in the growth of my blog. I want to know what my readers enjoy and what they don't and rankings and metrics show that alongside any number of analytics tools. However, rankings are just a small part of blogging. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that it is actually only the parent blogging world that appears to be obsessed by these rankings and if you don't want to be included in them, then ask to be removed from those lists.
Maybe it is just that parent bloggers are a bit more vocal on the subject or maybe we are all shouting into the same void and only hearing each other? Content has to be interesting for any blog to gain popularity. Why would other bloggers want to link to you otherwise?