50 Most Influential Blogs in Malaysia
February 6, 2007 by Gaman
One of the topics that came across my mind last weekend was to compile 100 of the most influential blogs in Malaysia .
Currently, there’s no straight forward formula that I could use to determine who the most influential bloggers are in the Malaysian blogosphere. Granted, I could have utilised any metric to come up with a list but does it really represent the real influential blogs list?
I’ve decided to use Technorati to rank blogs for several reasons. While I am aware that it’s not without its flaws, the lack of other reliable and readily accessible metrics has made me think that Technorati is the best option I have.
One of commonly available metrics used to rank a site is the Alexa Traffic Rankings. The problem with Alexa is that it’s highly unreliable because it’s biased towards tech savvy or webmasters traffic. In addition, it has a limited reach and the only traffic counted is from those who have the Alexa toolbar installed in their browser.
To show how skewed Alexa ranking can be, let’s compare Sabahan.com with LimKitSiang.com blog. While, the later gets an average of 2200+ visitors daily, Sabahan.com still ranks higher in Alexa ranking even though it only gets a couple of hundreds visitors daily.
Other metric that I could’ve considered using was the number of Bloglines or Feedburner subscribers a blog has. Problem is, the number does not always correspond to a blog’s traffic level where it can be used to gauge a blog’s influence.
Take KennySia.com as an example, it gets an average of 14,000 visitors per day but its Feedburner count indicates only 90 readers have became subscribes to the blog. Basing one’s judgment on this metric alone would exclude kennysia.com as one of the most popular blogs in Malaysia .
I suspect one of the reasons for the lower than expected count is that, local blog readers might prefer to visit a blog directly rather than reading it via their feed readers. This observation is based on my own Feedburner statistics where I found that most of my feed subscribers are coming from the US and the UK .
Other metrics such as Sitemeter could be useful but only a handful of blogs enable public access to their statistics.
What Defines Influence?
The next question one should ask is “what defines influence”?
Shouldn’t it be based on the number of people talking about you and your writings, or the number of feed subscribers or the number of unique visitors coming to your blog daily?
How about the niche where your blog belongs to? Shouldn’t it be taken into consideration when determining a blog’s influence? Surely a popular political blogs such as that of Jeff Ooi Screenshot is more influential than a personal blog such as KennySia.com right?
So, ideally I should come up with some kind of formula that take all the above into consideration to gauge the influence of a blog. But since I’m not writing a PhD thesis here, I’ve to come back to using Technorati to get some idea of who are the most influential bloggers in Malaysia .
Understanding Technorati Numbers
Technorati ranking is based on the number of links pointing at a blog in the last 180 days. The 180 day window means that ranks and link counts go up and down.
Technorati ranks a blog relative to other blogs in the world. In a way, it shows how much impact a blog has on the blogosphere in general.
Note that since blogs often have the same number of blogs linking to them, several blogs can share a ranking. The reason why I’ve selected top 50 blogs and ignored 51 to 100 is because this range can be sketchy.
Obviously more blogs share the same lower positions and it’s impossible to find all these unreported number of blogs that have the same rankings.
The Disadvantages of Using Technorati
One big problem using Technorati ranking to measure a blog influence is that it considers all links to be equal. So does it really measures a blog influence (aka authority) or merely states the popularity of a blog? Obviously these are two different things.
If a blog linked from 100 most authoritative, high trafficked blogs, would it has the same authority as another blog linked from 100 least authoritative blogs? Common sense tells us those two blogs are not similar but this is what Technorati fails to take into consideration.
Another problem with Technorati is that the ranking system can be easily manipulated. Given enough motivation, a group of bloggers can move up the rankings by constantly linking up to each other blogs.
Similarly a blog’s rank can climb faster due to the link exchange activities conducted by an overzealous blogger. Obviously it would get harder as you climb up the ranking tree.
A blog’s ranking could shoot up through the roof if a post or the blogger suddenly becomes popular (Rocky’s Bru? ) or a post got into the digg.com’s front page.
Old timers would naturally enjoy higher rankings because of the higher number of inbound links accumulated over time. This is obviously not one of Technorati’s disadvantages.
Those bloggers who are offering free WordPress themes would have a better chance to rank higher in the list because their blog’s link would appear all over the place. Two of such bloggers who made it into the top 10 are Sapiensbryan.com and alexallied.com.
While there’s nothing wrong with giving away free themes, this practice can still influence a blog’s ranking regardless of its content. Just for the record though, I think Sapiensbryan.com andalexallied.com have some good content in their blog.
There are several reasons why a popular blog is not included in the list.
- A blog won’t make it into the list if it’s down and was not accessible when I conducted the search (eg http://www.sixthseal.com/ )
- If a blog was moved from other domain, it’ll lose its previous ranking. Example for this is Teresakok.com which was moved from teresakok.blogsome.com.
- If Technorati is unable to index a blog for whatever reason, it won’t make it into the list.
- If you have a popular blog but you don’t write about local issues, you won’t be included in the list if I don’t know that you are a Malaysian. Although you do not have to be Malaysian to be included (eg shaolintiger.com)
- Perhaps, I am just not aware that you blog exists
Despite the obvious shortcomings of how Technorati ranking works, I would say that it’s still the closest I can get to determine who the most influential Malaysian bloggers are.
I believe the number of inbound links correlates to a blog influence and authority to a certain degree. I don’t know to what extent but certainly it can’t be dismissed.
Wisdom of the Crowds
While the Malaysian blogosphere is a vibrant and diverse place, there are few well-established blogs which occupy ranking below the 15,000 mark.
The top 50 list below is by no means definitive or accurate. Having said that, let this be a starting point to get some insights into who are the most influential Malaysian bloggers.
If you know of any blogs which should be in the list (according to Technorati), please let me know in the comment section. Hopefully with everyone’s help and participation, the list will reflects the ‘real’ top 50 more closely.
- 28% of the Malaysian Top 50 Bloggers write about personal stuff
- 16% write about politics
- 16% write about technology
|No||Blog Title||Technorati Rank||Category|
|1||kennysia.com||Rank: 234 (4,828 links from 2,406 blogs)||Personal|
|2||SapiensBryan.com||Rank: 604 (2,676 links from 1,577 blogs)||Technology|
|3||Hemmy.net||Rank: 1,667 (1,862 links from 932 blogs)||Humor|
|4||JeffOoi.com Screenshot||Rank: 2,009 (2,824 links from 836 blogs)||Politics|
|5||LiewCF.com||Rank: 3,346 (1,532 links from 613 blogs)||Technology|
|6||Yasmin The Story Teller||Rank: 3,594 (1,026 links from 585 blogs)||Entertainment|
|7||Afdlin Shauki||Rank: 3,750 (874 links from 569 blogs)||Entertainment|
|8||PaulTan.Org||Rank: 7,360 (863 links from 369 blogs)||Auto|
|9||Alex Allied||Rank: 8,367 (589 links from 345 blogs)||Personal|
|10||Rocky’s Bru||Rank: 8,402 (1,015 links from 344 blogs)||Politics|
|11||Lim Kit Siang||Rank: 8,593 (826 links from 337 blogs)||Politics|
|12||Hot-screensaver||Rank: 8,976 (531 links from 323 blogs)||Personal|
|13||EVERiBODi LAFU ROJAKS||Rank: 9,411 (785 links from 310 blogs)||Humor|
|14||5Xmom||Rank: 10,439 (1,131 links from 297 blogs)||Personal|
|15||masak-masak||Rank: 11,717 (648 links from 269 blogs)||Food|
|16||smashin’ pOpstar||Rank: 12,698 (669 links from 254 blogs)||Personal|
|17||cheeserland.com||Rank: 13,733 (439 links from 236 blogs)||Personal|
|18||Kahsoon.com||Rank: 15,091 (427 links from 218 blogs)||Humor|
|19||minishorts.net||Rank: 16,256 (398 links from 202 blogs)||Personal|
|20||Patric Teo Tokkok||Rank: 18,289 (282 links from 182 blogs)||Personal|
|21||FriedBeef’s Tech||Rank: 20,119 (356 links from 168 blogs)||Technology|
|22||Amanz.net||Rank: 21,013 (430 links from 161 blogs)||Technology|
|23||Kickdefella||Rank: 21,251 (505 links from 159 blogs)||Politics|
|24||CyberHackz.net||Rank: 21,381 (558 links from 158 blogs)||Technology|
|25||SultanMuzaffar||Rank: 21,514 (324 links from 157 blogs)||Entertainment|
|26||Fireangel||Rank: 21,668 (348 links from 156 blogs)||Personal|
|27||Lagu Top Masa Kini||Rank: 22,088 (298 links from 153 blogs)||Entertainment|
|28||jasiminne anorexic penguin||Rank: 22,088 (264 links from 153 blogs)||Personal|
|29||Gobala Krishnan||Rank: 22,200 (365 links from 152 blogs)||Marketing|
|30||The Scribe A Kadir Jasin||Rank: 22,200 (269 links from 152 blogs)||Politics|
|31||A Gonzo Journal||Rank: 22,371 (381 links from 151 blogs)||Personal|
|32||As Suanie Sees It||Rank: 23,740 (457 links from 142 blogs)||Personal|
|33||Nizam Zakaria – Limau Nipis||Rank: 24,396 (269 links from 138 blogs)||Literature|
|34||Susan Loone||Rank: 25,146 (509 links from 134 blogs)||Politics|
|35||ShaolinTiger.com||Rank: 25,286 (337 links from 133 blogs)||Personal|
|36||Bibliobibuli||Rank: 25,921 (329 links from 130 blogs)||Literature|
|37||MichaelOoi.net||Rank: 26,568 (290 links from 127 blogs)||Personal|
|38||SaifulSham.com||Rank: 27,158 (386 links from 124 blogs)||Marketing|
|39||Faisal Tehrani||Rank: 27,639 (169 links from 122 blogs)||Literature|
|40||Raymond.CC Blog||Rank: 27,690 (276 links from 122 blogs)||Technology|
|41||RantingbyMM||Rank: 27,865 (241 links from 121 blogs)||Politics|
|42||Anwar Ibrahim||Rank: 28,570 (185 links from 120 blogs)||Politics|
|43||Eudcation In Malaysia||Rank: 29,571 (298 links from 116 blogs)||Education|
|44||SmartUsaha||Rank: 29,935 (298 links from 113 blogs)||Marketing|
|45||RotorBlog.com||Rank: 30,287 (170 links from 112 blogs)||Technology|
|46||Vincent Chow||Rank: 30,287 (158 links from 112 blogs)||Humor|
|47||Babe in the City – KL||Rank: 30,844 (398 links from 110 blogs)||Food|
|48||kyspeaks.com||Rank: 31,740 (261 links from 107 blogs)||Food|
|49||Irfan Khairi||Rank: 32,439 (398 links from 105 blogs)||Marketing|
|50||Aisehman.org||Rank: 32,858 (314 links from 104 blogs)||Politics|