This blog post may be giving a bad feeling to many Bloggers who are actually a fan of the Indiblogger’s Indirank Service but am quite amazed with the service it offers and feel that they need to have a option where we the Blog owners can update their Indirank anytime they wish, allowing the stats to be updated always. The system would rank all the blogs which are listed on the IndiBlogger network all of which are manually verified and approved which is actually good. Next based on a Automated system which calculates the rank based on multiple factors, it displays a rank out of a total of 100 points – the more the higher.
The reason why i feel that the whole IndiRank system is a Big FAIL is because it is a Automated System which mainly relies on the Page Rank & the Number of Posts made in the month. I have been tracking this from a few months and have been reading their forum where members have been publishing their new ranks. Today the April months rank for all the Blogs were updated and the system messaged me saying that actually this blog’s Indirank went down from 82 to 57 WOW
Dear Amit Bhawani,
The new rank for your blog Amit Bhawani Tech Blog is now 57.
Check out your stats now:
via IndiBlogger.in – We’ve combined traditional ranking mechanisms such as a blog’s Google PageRank, Incoming links and alexa ranking. The system also checks to see the frequency at which a blog is updated, and two other secret ingredients. Some of these factors have more weightage than the rest.
As per the above Stats which are provided by IndiBlogger itself, we have a great Alexa rank, the system was able to detect our feed, we have recently updated our blog and have a decent enough Page Rank. Though there is no real reason why the Ranks Drop or Gain every month. If the system says that they were able to find our feed and also acknowledges that we have recently updated our blog, then why was the system showing the Frequency of Posting has gone down. Quite a confusing where on metric is counted and on the other hand its claimed that its not counted
There are many other services which offer similar ranking features along with badges but i feel that IndiBlogger should focus more on transparency and give out the details on what basis these ranks are generated. We have been loosing these ranks from 85 to 82 to 57 and am sure after this post may be reach 0 but this won’t affect any of our Readers, Content, Visitors, Subscribers, Income etc though this kind of post may help the team understand that they need to upgrade their system for better branding and become the best Blogging Network for India.
To prove that these ranks are a fail, there are many other examples which can be shown. Here is one of the latest forum post made by a member who claims that their 43 days old blog has got a Indirank of 75. Now that specific blog which has a Alexa Rank of >100k , has a PageRank of 0 gets a higher rank may be only on the basis of Regularly Updating. While if thats the factor which is mainly counted then am sure Auto Blogging Script based blogs could easily reach the top.
Note to Indiblogger : We have been updating this blog every month with a minimum of around 100 Blog Posts, have a Alexa Rank of ~6000, Regularly linked from Social Media & Social Networking websites, relatively lower Page Rank though even Google does not factor it much in the Search Engine Rankings these days.