My opinion – this method of gaming MyBlogLog is useless and pointless. SoloSeo has gained some nice linkbait from the article, but very few new community members. It is a bit like Jason Calacanis and his gaming Alexa experiment. Sure it can be done, but what is really the point?
Update: Andy Beal has pointed out that Michael might have been using a dummy account for his testing. If he was, that was a sign of the professional way to test out “grey” stuff.
If you really want to game MyBlogLog, the tactics mentioned in my “MyBlogLog Plutoed” post do work, but are not entirely ethical.
I don’t agree with Don’s figures. I expect MyBlogLog to have 500,000 users within 6 months based on all the positive feedback the service is gaining. I am just one user of MyBlogLog, they already have 2 paid subscriptions from me. Do you know how easy it would be to turn MyBlogLog into a “Social RSS Reader” ?
It is not just the services already available, but those that could be introduced in the future.
As someone mentioned in Don’s comments, IP (Intellectual Property) might also play a huge role in the valuation.
I do have other stats packages running, but hopefully the MyBlogLog stats will improve. One thing I would love is to be able to sort by most recent referral. I have also previously mentioned things like RSS feeds. It is not a major factor now, but it will be in the future.
Loren Baker has a nice overview of the potential synergies between Yahoo and MyBlogLog. It is important to note that MyBlogLog is being kept as a seperate entity. Sure the data will be useful, but I don’t expect total integration unless MyBlogLog themselves decide to do a mashup. Hmm mashup – MyBlogLog could turn into a very useful start page providing its own RSS feeds.