I suppose it is a bit late in the game to be suggesting altenative metrics for blog analysis. If only we had more time…
Nevertheless, this site purports to list and rank the “thought-leaders” in an entirely different domain: church & ministry blogs. What intrests me most here is the methodology they used, which is described at the bottom of their page. In essence, they’ve scored each blog based on the combined weight of these 6 metrics:
- Alexa Rank
The site with the highest combination of users and pageviews is ranked #1.
- Compete Visitors
The number of unique visitors that visited the website in July 2009 according to Compete.
- Google PageRank
Votes cast by pages that are themselves “important” weigh more heavily and help to make other pages “important.”
- Google Reader Subscribers
The number of Google Reader users that subscribe to each blog.
- Technorati Authority
Authority is determined by the number of unique blogs indexed by Technorati that have linked to that blog in the past 180 days.
- Technorati InLinks
The total number of links that a blog has received.
It certainly would be interesting to see how our methodology compares to this one.