As the web evolves, so do the customs that accompany it. And so it is that the humble ‘blogroll has had its day. I say this because there’s a better way of doing things, but only if you’re of a certain type of ‘blogger…
There are many levels of ‘blogger out there; some just starting out, some that have been around for an age but are happy at the level they occupy, and then there’s the likes of me who aspire to bigger & better things.
It’s to the latter I’m talking to, really. The rest of you may remain unperturbed by the rest of this idea of mine.
For quite some time, I’ve had a ‘blogroll down the right-hand side of my ‘blog entitled: “‘blogs of note”. But as of today, it’s gone.
However, I will be keeping: “SEO & SEM ‘blogs of note” because this does add a fair amount of value to you, the casual visitor.
I know this because the titles (anchor text) of the links are descriptive enough to leave the visitor informed as to what is at the other end of the link.
I’m also able to look back over my web statistics and know with a great deal of certainty that not people really bother clicking on the “‘blogs of note”, while the “SEO & SEM ‘blogs of note” do get a fair number of clicks.
That’s not to say that the regular ‘blogs don’t, because they do. But, they only add value when in context.
As a list, they lack context and therefore simply serve only to diminish their own value.
These guys have all had deep links from me in the past, and I’m always a good source of very strong anchor text to their articles. So in that sense, they get a very swift and deep doff of the cap in their direction.
A lot has been said about Google PageRank leakage and what can be done to mitigate it, a discussion which I’ve been a part of myself.
For the likes of Dan over at the Wrong Advices and myself, a solid deep link with good, informative anchor text is all that’s really needed.
For me to provide a list of people is quite meaningless and does little or nothing to endorse them as a ‘blogger of note, because I provide only a direct link and nothing else to describe them.
The reason that deep links and anchor text are of more value than something more immediately visible than a straight link in a known portion of a ‘blogs web page is that for the likes of me, I study the metrics of my ‘blog.
I can track who has linked to me and what text they used in a link to which article. So while this may seem like less of an ‘always on’ endorsement, it all depends of who’s looking.
If you’re getting a good in-bound link from a very busy website, news service or ‘blog, then you’re quids in.
Additionally, such strong in-bound traffic and linkage will most certainly pique the interest of the search engines, who are the lidless eyes of the web and are ever watchful.
Another reason for dropping the ‘blogroll is because it’s got to the stage that for me to revise the list with all of the cool people I’ve met in the last two months alone, my ‘blogroll would be massively unwieldy, diminishing those listed even further.
So the ‘blogroll is no more and the citation is the way to go…