The Z-List & Malaysia’s Most Influential Blogs Post

February 21, 2007 by  

My intention when I wrote the post about Malaysia’s 50 Most Influential Blogs was to arouse some discussion around the Malaysian blogosphere and arouse it did. The post has caused quite a stir in the local blogosphere apparently.

It was talked about and linked from many blogs which naturally brought in tremendous amount of traffic to this blog in a short few days.

Some like it while others disagree with it. I already knew that would happen even before I posted that article. Like everything else, you can’t make everyone happy can you?

One blogger sees it as an attempt in link baiting. I don’t think he understands what link baiting really means.

Link baiting does not have to have negative connotations with it and the post certainly doesn’t. What I did was generating some interesting information that people talk about.

At the other end of the spectrum, you can link baiting by writing something controversial. It might be entertaining for a while, but people will get tired and it’s harder to maintain credibility over the long haul.

Now on to the Z-list meme. Some bloggers see it as an opportunity to increase their Technorati ranking, Google PageRank or incoming links. While that could be true, there’s a danger that this technique could backfire if it’s overused and abused.

One example that I can give is the recent 2000 blogs projects.

Last time I checked, the blog that started it all has a PageRank of 0. The 2000 blogs project was banned by Technorati because it has the potential of turning Technorati ranks upside-down. Technorati has updated their ranking policy to filter out links of this nature.

One may argue that the 2000 blogs project uses an automated link script which differentiates itself from the Z List.

The Z lists are sometimes in context and the blog posts offer some background and additional information which reduce the chance for such post to be seen as spam.

Does the Z-list meme falls into the ‘join us and use these links’ meme which is detrimental to Technorati’s rank measurement systems? For the time being, it seems to be flying under Technorati’s radar.

All I am saying is, you could always exercise a little caution if you decide to join any chain posts in the future.

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