Blogged.com new blog directory officially launches

Filed as News on February 25, 2008 7:42 am

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 Interestingly, one was using a very outdated URL which forwards to the new domain name (I kept the forwarding in place when I moved to a dedicated domain over two years ago).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?

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  1. By Raul posted on February 25, 2008 at 10:00 am
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    Do you know Bitacoras.com? It is the most important blogging social networking on spanish language with more that 250.000 users from differents countries. In Alexa top 10.000.

    Best regards,

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  2. By BH posted on February 25, 2008 at 10:31 am
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    I think Blogged.com is a great place to start when I’m going to look for blogs about a certain topic. I find myself wanting to delve into a new subject and blogs are a great way to do it, but trying to find good ones (or even a decent list) via other methods or searching Google is a chore. Blogged improves on this area and makes it much easier to find new sites in certain areas. So far, I like it!

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  3. By Ptah Dunbar posted on February 25, 2008 at 1:44 pm
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    Sounds like an interesting twist on Blog directories. Alittle inovation here, a sprinkle over there, and you’ve got something new.

    The idea sounds good, (hopefully they get that algorithm tweaked out right) the website looks good, the name is easily memorable, I think they have a shot. All they need is some user activity on their website and they’ve got a golden start. Let’s see how they continue.

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  4. By Michael Clark posted on February 26, 2008 at 6:34 pm
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    One of my blogs was listed in the almost-right-but-not-quite-right category. I’ve emailed them to ask they move it.

    I wonder how they collected the initial list of blogs.

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  5. By Michael Clark posted on February 27, 2008 at 7:39 am
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    Blogged moved my blog, and rated it. I’d love to know how they do their ratings. Transparency would be nice.

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  6. By Chris Marshall | Martial Development posted on February 27, 2008 at 7:08 pm
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    When Avvo started up with a simple ranking system for lawyers, they were sued within weeks. I wonder if Blogged will meet a similar fate? I certainly don’t agree with the C+ grade they gave my work!

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  7. By Wordsmith posted on November 25, 2008 at 2:46 pm
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    This would be great if you could register, but sign up always gets stuck.

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  8. By Paul posted on July 17, 2009 at 9:29 pm
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    Hi – just came across this post. My experience is that blogged can bring traffic to your site – the key is to comment on others’ blogs and get followers. I think it also worth noting that blogged.com carries some weight with Google – anything with some kind of human review will always do better than simply submitting to website directories. As an internet marketer, I am still analyzing the stats to see how much of a traffic boost there is.

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