Ask.com Introduces Bloglines Top 1000 List

Bloglines Beta has launched the Bloglines Top 1000 list. Didn’t Bloglines have a top blog list already? Yes, they had a top 200 list, but users wanted to see a larger picture of what feeds people subscribe to, so Bloglines has released an expanded top 1000 list. A formal announcement is planned to go live on the Bloglines News page later today, but here’s a closer look at what you can see now and some explanation.

Bloglines compiles the top 1000 list by looking at the number of "active" subscribers for a particular feed. Bloglines told us that they know people may try to game the system, so they have decided not to detail exactly how the list is computed and ranked. You can also see that Bloglines has added a graph showing subscriber trends, a top movers chart and "New to Bloglines Top 1000."

Here is a screen capture showing the trends for specific blogs:

Bloglines New Top 1000

The number seems to indicate the position a particular blog or feed previously held in the Bloglines 1000, which appears to be updated on a weekly basis. We say this because when talking about the Top Movers (below), Bloglines said that Sew, Mama, Sew came into the Bloglines 1000 this week for the first time, moving up 790 rank spaces. Here’s the chart, and you can see the 790 figure indicating the rank rise:

Bloglines New Top 1000

We assume the chart shows rank changes over time, but how long it’s plotted isn’t clear. We’re checking on that.

The Top Movers chart can be found on the right-hand side of the Top 1000 page. Below it is a "New to Bloglines Top 1000" list:

Bloglines New Top 1000

Bloglines rival Google Reader recently added subscriber counts for feeds handled by its service, but Google Reader said they have no plans to do an official top list of their own (several unofficial lists have been compiled). For more about the Google Reader stats, see this past coverage from us:

Don’t forget, aside from the new Top 1000 list, Bloglines is also still running a new Bloglines Beta, which is covered more in our Bloglines Beta To Challenge Google Reader post.

Finally, we’re thrilled to make the top 1,000 list. We’re currently ranked 310 — want to help us move higher? Then subscribe to our feed in Bloglines using this button:

Subscribe with Bloglines

And/or, subscribe to our feed using any of the services listed below this post or on our search news feeds page.

Postscript: News from Bloglines now up here. Bloglines also tells us in response to questions:

  • The numbers reflect the number of ranks gained from the previous week. For example, if I’m number 10 and had a ranking of 60. My ranks gained would be 50.
  • the list is updated weekly.
  • The charts show increase or decreases over a set time period. Not sure about the ability to drill down on them in the future.
  • Related Topics: Ask: Bloglines | Channel: SEO | SEO: Blogs & Feeds

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