Ratified at #23

6:19 pm PHT

Update, July 18: Almost as if as an answer to this post, but really a coincidence, Andrew updated the ranking algorithm. Before, ranked blogs based only on Technorati authority; now it ranks based on a secret formula consisting of the aforementioned authority, Google PageRank, and Feedburner feed subscriber counts. Now, Yuga is at #5, where he more or less is expected to be, and I’ve now dropped to #36, which is not bad.  :)

 Screenshot of the website showing vaes9 at #23 and Yugatech at #24.

Cool. I’m already at the front page of Andrew’s and currently at #23. I’ve also managed to overtake Yuga who’s now at #24. My terrific rise in the rankings (I’m now among the top 10,000 blogs at Technorati) is almost single-handedly due to my Lakbayan website. Marc was correct in saying that Lakbayan is one of the best Pinoy linkbaits this year. Other links came because I attended the Taste Asia Food Fest two weeks ago.

That said, I find it just a bit disturbing that I got this high on While Marc (the other one) thinks that I deserve to be ratified, I feel as if I cheated my way up the ladder. While I did not participate in any viral linking schemes, my high rank due to Lakbayan is arguably no different from the high rank that blog theme designers like Bryan (#1), Riz (#4), Joni (#7), and Gail (#11), and plug-in and widget creators got.

I rank higher than Yuga on and Technorati, but this doesn’t mean that I have more authority. There’s no question that Yuga is a respected authority in the Philippine blogosphere (heck, he’s a paid endorser!), and he got his authority because he writes compelling content that appeals to a lot of bloggers. Me, I’m just riding on the coattails of Lakbayan’s unprecedented popularity and not because my blog is actually read by all of those who’ve linked to me.

Then again, I’ll admit that I’m enjoying the “popularity” I’m getting. And I did include a link back to my blog on the HTML code you get from taking the Lakbayan test. I definitely mentioned that people taking the HTML code to paste in their websites were free to mutilate it, and many did. But I expected that the vast majority of people were content to stick the HTML code as is so that I can enjoy the “link love,” and I was correct. (Some people even pasted the code without setting their blog entry form to the correct mode, leading to garbage entries.) I even lamented the fact that Technorati is incapable of counting links from Multiply blogs, with which I would’ve easily been in’s top ten.

What do you, dear readers, think? Notwithstanding Lakbayan’s appeal, does vaes9 itself deserve its rank?

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On 7:22 p.m., 17 Jul 2007, Joni wrote:

I feel as if I cheated my way up the ladder.

That’s exactly what I told Jomar when we were chatting a few months back about my blog being top 6 (then) in ratified, I feel like I just cheated my way to the top. Oh well! Pwede na rin no? Haha. Sabi ni Jomar hindi naman daw, nyahehehe.

True, mataas nga rank sa ratified (technorati) but it doesn’t mean malakas as a whole ang blog. Ung saken quantity links lng, small percentage lng ung quality. hihi.

Ms Janette Toral has a criteria of her own.


On 8:36 p.m., 17 Jul 2007, Kiven wrote:

you totally deserve your ranking since that’s how technorati ranks you. influence is a subjective thing, others look at influence via the quality of writing, others look at it at the amount of people using what you created.


On 3:04 a.m., 18 Jul 2007, joyce wrote:

i think you deserve the 23rd spot definitely. but i checked it out just now, and you seem to have slid down to 30something and yugatech is at 5! it changes day to day ba?

i definitely think your blog is a quality blog. I like the way it isn’t “making the organization more important than what the organization was put up for” that a lot of other blogs have become.



On 1:49 p.m., 18 Jul 2007, foobarph wrote:

congrats! i really like the concept of lakbayan. well… does ranking really matters? hmm…


On 3:05 p.m., 18 Jul 2007, rick wrote:

Ako rin tumaas. From 110 last night to 75 this afternoon  :P


On 12:38 p.m., 19 Jul 2007, seav wrote:

@Joni, well, mukhang mas believable na yung rankings.  :)

@Kiven, true, rankings are subjective. But Technorati is quite easy to game leading to a rather false impression moreso since Technorati uses the word “authority.”

@Joyce, yep, the rankings update everyday and I slid down to #36 (now #34) because of a drastic change in the ranking algorithm.

@foobarph, ultimately, rankings should not matter; it’s the unquantifiable relationship that a blogger has with his/her readers that’s really important. But in reality, quantifiable rankings do matter, since they provide objective analysis and points for learning and improvement.

@rick, nice! You’re one of the lucky people to greatly benefit from Andrew’s algorithm update.  :)


On 3:14 a.m., 22 Jul 2007, Marcvill wrote:

Naks, pa humble ka pa! Hehe. Being able to rank side by side with blogging overlords like Yuga should be something good I suppose. I’m sure you’re planning your next Lakbayan blogging scheme. Keep up the good work!


On 3:10 p.m., 22 Jul 2007, seav wrote:

@Marc, hindi naman pa-humble; I’m just being analytic. Hehehe. There’s no question that Yuga is way up there among the top Pinoy bloggers and the fact that I got to rank over him (at least for a short while) means that the ranking needs improvement. Anyway, Andrew modified the ranking algorithm and I like how it’s ranking more with how I expect things to be.

Thanks for the praise! And no, I’m not yet planning for the next Lakbayan-type scheme. But I will!  :D


On 8:43 p.m., 22 Jul 2007, benj wrote:

I’m one of the biggest losers of the update. Hehe.

I dunno if my feedburner’s getting factored in though. It might be the reason for the big drop—from the late 70s to the late 130s.


On 2:48 p.m., 23 Jul 2007, seav wrote:

@benj, your feed listed at Ratified is still your Wordpress feed, which is most probably why you dropped a lot. Talk to Andrew about it.

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