Difficulty getting listed on Technorati?

This whole month I’ve been struggling to get this blog to show up on Technorati. I’ve been pinging them every time I’ve done a post; I’ve even pinged them manually, all to no avail. Every time I’ve checked their blog directory, I’ve been greeted with this put-down:

Technorati - sorry, we can't find that blog

I Googled the message to see if anyone else had the same problem, and perhaps a solution. It seems I’m not the only one to struggle with this, but the general advice seemed to be to manually ping the service. Well, not me. Manual pinging made no difference whatsoever.

Claim your blog

Eventually I decided to try the other option suggested by Technorati: claim your blog. You have to sign up for an account to do this, but Technorati were claiming this would put my request “into the high priority queue”, so it seemed worth a shot.

Signing up was quick and easy, and to claim my blog I simply had to enter my blog’s login details, which Technorati assured me they would not retain.

Guess what, it worked! Suddenly I was Technorati’s long-lost cousin. In fact they “found” my site so fast I thought there’d been some mistake. But no, it appears there really is a high priority queue!

Was that so difficult?

After all that I was left wondering what all the fuss had been about. After all, Technorati is supposed to be a “real-time blog search engine”, so why hadn’t it been able to find my blog? Then I found this recent entry on their own blog, and it all started to make sense:

Large volumes of splogs (spam blogs) and non-blogs ping us in ever increasing numbers. While only a small percentage get through our filters, it is still enough to negatively impact the Technorati experience for everyone. Splogs can show up in search results and blog reactions. Additionally, the high volume of junk pings slows down our systems.

So it comes down to a question of credibility, and as long as you’re willing to manually vouch for your site, it’s still easy to get listed on Technorati.

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3 Responses to “Difficulty getting listed on Technorati?”

  1. Gravatar of Vinterdekk 1 Vinterdekk

    That’s the post of the day for me. I have struggled with the exact same problem.

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