The Q1-2008 MQ and Q2-2008 MQ saw some good traffic and excitement and the idea has had a lot of publicity and interest generated with a healthy dose of new entries from folks wanting to get in. I figured out a more in depth way to go about evaluating each blog in the realm with BETTER efficiency and deeper analysis of each…
So I’m still looking for ways to automate this process, and I’ve come up with a few scripts, but at this time I’m still doing it manually – if you’ve got any programming/background experience with writing apps, ping me and we may be able to come up with a quick and dirty way to kick it off automated in the future!
…a proprietary research tool developed by Gartner Inc., a US based research and advisory firm. It is designed to provide an unbiased qualitative analysis of a “markets’ direction, maturity, and participants.
Each Personal Finance Blog (minus MyInvestingBlog – details below) in the mix needs to have at least THREE months of posts and needs to have had at least ONE post in the last week; based on that initial information, they are then rated based on the following metrics:
* – new metric added to the list since last run.
- Technorati authority
- Alexa ranking
- How much is their blog worth?
- Load time from iwebtool and Pingdom*
- Google PageRank courtesy of DigPageRank and Blogflux*
- Link Popularity*
- Search Engine Saturization*
- Backlink depth*
- URL fan*
- Blogging frequency – how often do they post?
- Commenter involvement – I randomly choose 10 posts on their blog to see how responsive they are to readers and the comments left on their blogs
- Site Design
- Post Originality – How unique are the posts?
(IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER):
* – new site added to the list since last run.
MyInvestingBlog.com is missing, why?
Well, I figured this would be thought of as a “democratic process” if I included myself. If you really want to know where I fell, I’m happy to tell you, contact me.
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It was brought up that I should chart who moved up and who moved down on the list. In response to that, there really is no bad place to be. It’s a matrix just showing where sites have fit in the niche.
Think of it kind of like a mutual fund index, there is no bad place, just “other” places. That being said, the top right corner of most Magic Quadrants are generally considered the “the place to be” because of the Large/Growth idea, but by no means puts any less value on the other squares. Look at the metrics by which I’m judging, it’s a big pool!
Know somebody I left off? Leave a comment on the post here, or contact me and I’m happy to throw them in the matrix for the next run of the “Magic Quadrant of Personal Finance Blogs”!