Technorati, added to Mail & Guardian Online

We’ve just added technorati and to the Mail & Guardian Online. I see we are also ranked 152 out of the 40.7 million sites in Technorati, which is nice. The M&G Online is one of South Africa’s leading online publishers, credited as the first online newspaper on the continent.

For those who don’t know what all this is about (you know who you are) — it’ll allow users and bloggers to see who in the blogosphere is linking to Mail & Guardian Online as a site, and particular articles we publish on the site. The idea is to start a dialogue with bloggers and encourage community around the M&G Online — hopefully to encourage bloggers to blog our site more. Blogs are, without doubt, a key driver of traffic for us. I’m not one for jumping head first into the latest trends, but this — as far as I am concerned — is a big part of the future of the net. Really.

I saw Dave Sifry, the Technorati founder, speak at the We Media conference in London this year, where I was also on a panel speaking (about New Media here). Was impressed by the man. If I recall he got into a heated exchange with some provocative old media type while on his panel. Was funny to watch. And good for him.

It’s phase 1 of the implementation which is fairly rudimentary. Next phase we’ll add a bit more customisation in an M&G Online template after working with the dev team at Technorati.

Check it out for yourself and tell me what you think. (The technorati links are at the bottom of the article pages)

Here is an article you can try out: Mugabe donates computers ahead of by-election

Comments (8)

  1. Colin Daniels wrote::

    “I see we are also ranked 152 out of the 40.7 million sites in Technorati, which is nice.”

    That’s great, but since when is M&G Online a blog?

    Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 3:55 am #
  2. matt wrote::

    Where do you read me saying M&G Online is a blog? This is a ranking technorati gave us… you think technorati made a big mistake? If these are figures I shouldn’t be referring to, why do technorati report them?

    Explain yourself goddammit, man!!! 😛

    Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 6:46 am #
  3. Colin Daniels wrote::

    I guess my main gripe is that I could have had a ranking of 184,058 on Technorati if it weren’t for a commercial news site hogging a place above me 😉

    Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 5:29 am #
  4. matt wrote::

    colin, you need to whip your marketing department into action! maybe we should link your blog off Mail & Guardian Online columnists area. We’ll put adsense tags on it and share revenue?

    you keen?

    Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 6:59 am #
  5. Colin Daniels wrote::

    We’ll put adsense tags on it and share revenue?

    Or I can continue posting comments to your blog and hope that all the hits you get via the M&G site are re-directed to my blog? Kinda like comment-spam from a person you know 🙂

    Monday, May 29, 2006 at 5:43 am #
  6. matt wrote::

    what make you think i get any traffic from the M&G Online?

    Monday, May 29, 2006 at 6:31 am #
  7. Colin Daniels wrote::

    if that’s the case what’s the point of linking my blog off the M&G columnists area?

    Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 5:20 am #
  8. matt wrote::

    i dont actively promote my blog on m&g online. i prefer to keep them separate. other blogs however we will start promoting…ie yours.

    Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 10:15 am #

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