Wednesday, January 16, 2008

IZEA Realrank Is Now Live

For those of you familiar with PayPerPost you have known about RealRank for quite some time. For those of you that aren't RealRank is a new Blog ranking system from Izea the site - IzeaRank.com. I got the email today letting me know the site was live. I stopped by registered my blog and checked everything out. Understand this is a ranking system for blogs and nothing else. In fact they allow users to flag sights that aren't blogs. The downside I see right away is the opt-in facet of the system. There will be sights that choose not to participate because of it's association on some level with PayPerPost, or some other reason.

RealRank according to the site is a "blog ranking system that uses real data to calculate which blogs are getting the most traffic and have the most influence on the web. IZEARanks ranks the top blogs in the blogosphere via actual site statistics, not an extrapolation of estimates." There is a very nice graphical chart somewhat remeniscent of Alexa's comparison graphs. You can chart and compare multiple blogs based on RealRank, pageviews, and unique visitors. One nice thing is that a blogger can choose whether or not they want their stats public or private. This doesn't apply to the actual RealRank only to the pageviews and unique vistors stats. I think this will help attract some bloggers that are looking for a bit more privacy.

With the relative ease of gaming Alexa and all the Google PR crap of late it will be nice to see a blog ranking system that actually means something and that is actually based on traffic and visitors and not like PR that Google can just decide to change on a whim because they happen to decide paid links are a bad thing.

I would love to see RealRank rise to the top of blog ranking and really take out Google PR, Alexa, and Technorati. The only way this is going to happen though is for bloggers like you and me to use the RealRank system. I encourage all of my readers to head over to IzeaRanks.com and register your blog today.

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