Just checking on my google reader (reader.google.com) this morning and I was surprise when I checked the details tab on CopyBlogger (www.copyblogger.com). Google have now added some more stats. Before you were only able to see the number of subscribers (no sure how accurate it was) and the post frequency. Now google is letting us know a little more, and also looks at how you read this particular blog.
How many times a day they blog
Number of blog posts over the last 30 days
At what time of the day are the posts published
So here we see that google has metrics on usage of blogs. They are building up patterns of usage for the users. I’m guessing that they not only use this data to show us something nice, but that these factors could be fed back into the Google Machine and taken into account some way.
When you think about it, especially for blogs, having a usage profile it quiet interesting. It could be considered that these blogs that say, have a higher reader frequency, have a consistent blogging frequency would be more important/trusted. These profiles could also be used for identifying splogs (spam blogs) or could even be a factor in ranking parts of a website. Google has access to a whole load of information from services like Google Reader, Google Analytics and FeedBurner. Now I am wondering if there is a feedback loop that effects your rankings in some little way. Sure why not ?
So if you don’t have a blog already, maybe you should think of getting one !
Damien has set in motion a little competition for SEOs. This competition has a little Irish spin on it, aimed at Irish businesses and Irish individuals. Where he is looking for people to rank on the PFI (Pages from Ireland) on google.ie for the keyword “geansai gorm“. The phrase in English means “Blue Jumper” but to avoid the pollution of the index, he has chosen an Irish word so not to knock the people who produce gorm geansais, out of business.
There are a few rules (so don’t forget to read them), and it will be interesting to see how closely they are adhered to, I can already (in the space of a few hours) see that one person is breaking rule #3.
I’ve decided to take part, and will be hoping that mybluejumper.com will come to the fore and will win. Either way it’ll be a bit of fun. I’ll be twittering my ideas under the name gorm_geansai, so feel free to follow me. I’m not sure how much time I can devote to this, but I will give it a go.
And while I am on the topic of twitter, I finally got around to using my account, feel free to follow that also. It’s at twitter.com/savagepaul.
Early next month (1st November 2008), BarCampCork (www.barcampcork.com) will be taking place. As I’ve never been to one of these events, it’s probably best to take the description straight from the website::
It’s about people getting together, sharing ideas, learning from each other and finding like-minds.
So if you are into the web, either as a professional : web designer, programmer, SEO, etc. or you are interested it bringing your business into the online world then this event could be for you. I’m really looking forward to putting some faces to names I’ve encountered over the least year on forums , blogs & email, as well as bouncing some ideas off people (if they will listen to me). These types of face to face events are a great way of networking and keeping your finger on the pulse. This in fact is my first event in Ireland, I’ve been to a few (more SEO, affiliate marketing related) here in Munich.
People will be travelling from across Ireland to the event, but probably not as far as me. I’m flying from Munich to Cork with scare-lingus , fly in on Friday mid-day and out again on early Monday morning and back to the office for midday on Monday.
It was last held in 2006, hopefully it won’t take as long get another one. So what are you waiting for sign up !
P.S. to see how is attending have a look list of people here.