A(nother) new blog directory has officially launched today. Blogged.com offers ratings and reviews of the blogs in its directory, apparently based upon the quality of writing and how often the site is updated.
Blogs are initially reviewed by the Blogged.com “team”, but if enough visitors rank and review the blog, then that takes precedence.
Additionally, there’s a social networking element to the site, whereby visitors can bookmark and share blogs, and provide feedback. Blog owners can place a widget on their site and encourage their readers to vote. As usual, the whole thing relies upon links and traffic, so the widget is hardly a surprise introduction.
The site currently claims around 200,000 blogs indexed, though a great many of these don’t appear to have been reviewed yet, which (depending on the size of the team) is understandable.
I noticed that several of my own blogs were already included in the directory, without me submitting them. Interestingly, one was using a very outdated URL which forwards to the new domain name (I kept the forwarding in place when I moved to a dedicated domain over two years ago). Also, the RSS feeds don’t seem to update very frequently — one of my blogs still shows the latest entry from five days ago.
Additionally, my site about families and relationships is — according to Blogged.com at least — related to a couple of gambling sites plus the interestingly-titled “Webster’s Is My Bitch” blog. It would be interesting to find out a little more about how the ranking and related algorithms work — if the “Related Posts” plugin on my WordPress blog acted like that I’d give it the boot!
Will Blogged.com succeed? Will it get the advertising revenue it (presumably) needs to survive? Does the world need another blog ratings directory? Like many new sites, it has potential, but where will it be six months down the line?
For what it’s worth, Blogged.com is currently ranked around 122,000 in Alexa, and on the up, so it could do well. What do you think?