Moving up the long tail

My technorati rank just went below 200000 for the first time. (I was in the 200000’s for the last few weeks.)

My ranking is now 176057 (33 links from 20 blogs). It went down about 80000 positions in just 15 hours, from 258105 (21 links from 14 blogs). (The blogging tail is so long that just a few more links kick you much further along the tail.)

I wonder what’s the lowest ratio ever measured for technorati-ranking / number-of-posts ? Next goal is a five-digit ranking. That’s when technorati starts to track the number of posts each day.

Thanks to all who are helping me on the long trail up the long tail in my mission of escaping from obscurity.

At this rate I could be the world’s favorite blogger by Monday. Fasten your seatbelts … then start linking to my blog from yours. I’ll try to return the favor. Let’s work together using a new form of collaborative innovation in the race to the bottom that will put me at the top. [1]

Look out, 26167 (400 links from 123 blogs). Look out, 25743 (652 links from 125 blogs). Look out, 14316 (710 links from 218 blogs). Look out, 12563 (656 links from 246 blogs). My number isn’t up — it’s going down, way down.

Look out, but don’t look back. Something is gaining on you.

I’m going to rock you folks into blogging limbo. [2] How low can I go?

Every blogo boy and girl
All around the blogo world
Gonna do the limbo rock
All around the blogo clock
Dave be blogo, Dave be quick
Dave go unda limbo stick
All around the blogo clock
Hey, let’s do the limbo rock

To assuage his grief, I vow to send 25743 a copy of Bob Dylan – Don’t Look Back if I manage to pass him on my way up the tail.


1. IBM’s annual employee ranking is similar to technorati’s in that the lower the number the better. However, IBM doesn’t publish the rankings on an open web site, as does technorati.

2. I used to have this record in my 1954 AMI jukebox. I regret that I threw it out a few months back. I should have been more aggressive in putting it back into working order.


  1. Posted December 8, 2006 at 13:07 | Permalink | Reply

    26,167! You’ll never catch me! 😉

  2. Posted December 10, 2006 at 00:43 | Permalink | Reply


    Probably not, but to my much smaller audience I have just written a post that may require some revisions to many of the studies of the “long tail,” to take proper account of Clifford.

    See Our new dog Clifford

  3. cabbey
    Posted December 10, 2006 at 23:23 | Permalink | Reply

    Talk about moving targets. By the time I read this a mere three days later, none of those numbers are the same. 🙂

    Of course if the deltas seen are to teach any lesson, it’s that starting a serious debate about document standards with a bunch of MS fanboys is (a) pointless and (b) going to draw you some attention.

    And thanks for the reminder Dave, I was trying to get my mind OFF doing my PBC writeup. 😦

  4. Posted December 10, 2006 at 23:52 | Permalink | Reply

    I also noticed the technorati numbers were volatile. In part this may be due to the nature of being one of the outliers, near the end of the tail.

    How to measure blog impact is a difficult problem. So was search, until the folks at Google mostly figured it out, making the internet a much more accessible place and also making them oodles of boodles.

    My guess is that accuracy is not so important in measuring blog readership except to provide some rough indication that people are actually reading what you write. Just knowning some folks are reading what you write gives you an incentive to write more.

  5. Posted December 12, 2006 at 00:49 | Permalink | Reply

    Wayward Author….

    Talk about long tails! I found you following the ANTs ( trail and its recent upset over Oracle with IBM.

    Because I also follow long tails, I thought you might be interested in how I stepped on yours:

    (1) I am a passionate shareholder in ANTS and
    (2) I am a San Diego real estate broker who is becoming intimate with Web 2.0 and long tails .

    You have an interesting blog–and one worth return visits.


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