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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Technorati Tracker Widget

I like Technorati. I find myself checking server logs for Technorati hits. I keep thinking it'd be useful to isolate Technorati hits and track them separately, so I wrote a widget to do so. See the demo version of a Technorati Tracker widget (a CGI script). It checks for hits from Technorati.com as well as visits by the Technoratibot. The widget also breaks down the hits by section (Tags, Search, Blog Finder) and displays the keywords typed in the box (or clicked) on Technorati.

Would other people find this widget useful? Do other people want to know when the Technoratibot has visited so they know whether or not to ping manually? Do other people want to know if they're getting more Technorati hits from the Tags, Search or Blog Finder section? Do other people want to know the keywords used on Technorati? I'd make this widget open source web analytics software. Would anybody use it?

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5 Comments:

Anonymous mymo said...

The only problem with Technorati for me, is that I find myself trying to think up posts that will be popular in Technorati instead of just writing what I want.

On a completely different note, I have seen some nice traffic from digg.com, when I have submitted a story there. Have you seen/used that yet?

Tue Jan 24, 04:51:00 PM EST  
Blogger Richard said...

Hey mymo. Yeah, I know what you mean. I find myself thinking about which tags to use before I start a post. It's similar to SEO when you're balancing writing for the search engines vs your target audience.

I've looked at Digg but haven't used it. Someone dugg Flickr TagMan yesterday but, apparently, not enough people dugg (digged?) it. I've tried reddit a little bit. Seems useful but perhaps a bit too tech-oriented, kind of a smaller Digg, perhaps.

I think the problem with Technorati is that content "scrolls off" too fast. At least with sites like Digg, reddit, del.icio.us content will persist a bit more. I need to look more into those. I think I'm too focused on Technorati right now. Do you use del.icio.us?

Tue Jan 24, 05:28:00 PM EST  
Anonymous mymo said...

yeah I use del.icio.us but I can't say that it is sticking with me. I haven't worked it into my internet routine.

I dugg the Flickr Tagman game.

I agree about Technorati "scrolling off" too quickly.

On a completely other note: check out incrediBILL.blogspot.com. This guy is in the process of identifying and tagging every bot that comes to his site(s). I think that would be a useful app. One that tells you exactly which spiders have visited and how many times. You could probably do it by filtering hits from the user agent strings of all the major browsers and see what you have left. Geez, I should learn to code. :)

Tue Jan 24, 11:35:00 PM EST  
Anonymous mymo said...

As an addition to my last comment. The purpose of this application would be to disallow unapproved spiders from crawling your site.

Wed Jan 25, 03:17:00 AM EST  
Blogger Richard said...

Hey mymo, that incrediBILL blog is hilarious! And, informative. Keeping up with all of the spiders is a bit like wading through junk mail. I've seen some spiders masquerading as Googlebot. I know it's not Googlebot because of the crawl frequency and IP address. The problem is you can set the user agent to be whatever you want.

For my SEO clients, I take the opposite approach. I track only the major spiders. Here's the free spider tracking software.

Thu Jan 26, 11:15:00 AM EST  

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