I have just been casually observing what has been happening with a few memes, and one of those is what is happening with Technorati Favorites.
It is one thing exchanging favorites with people, that creates some interesting OPML data that can be used for all finds of things, but it is a lot of hard work updating lists with all the people who post comments etc.
DoshDosh has a fair number of Technorati favorites, currently just over 440
Now in Technorati they provide an OPML file of your favorites
Here is mine for instance
Hmm Maki’s would be
OPML Can Be Imported Into Your Own Technorati Favorites
Hattip to Douglas Karr for this, also via Engtech even though I am subscribed, but I am sure he didn’t think of my evil/lazy/smart intentions. I knew about it, but reading his post clicked some brain cells back into position.
So anyway first stop was to download DoshDosh’s OPML, then import it into my Technorati Favorites.
Here is a quite interesting statistic, of the 400+ favorites I added from Maki, only 46 were already in my favorites.
356 Blogs were new additions, and 26 Technorati told me were not blogs, though they obviously were.
But I already had 276 blogs in my favorites to start with – that isn’t bloggers, but actual blogs. With some people I kindly added multiple blogs to my favorites.
I am not sure whether the maths above works out, but I now have 647 Technorati Favorites.
OPML (Right Click and Save to your HD)
Not everyone will hear about this much faster method, so make sure you share this with your readers. I really want to save people lots of time in checking their Technorati Favorites all the time.
Also not everyone will reciprocate a Favorite – that is one of the reasons I have added an RSS feed of my favorites in the sidebar. People get picked up as the occasional link from me, and come visiting, and sometimes add me back – not always but it certainly helps.
There are lots of RSS plugins and widgets, I know they also work well on Blogspot.
It is not something I suggest everyone includes on a professional blog.
Once you get lots of favorites, it is hard work managing them, so this solution for those interested is much much faster.
It is quite possible I have missed a few people out, so make sure you favorite me, and I will post a new list in one week’s time.
Also make sure you subscribe so you can get the update when published.
There is a purpose to this, I needed an OPML file of like minded people to do some additional testing of Blogrovr. An OPML of around 200 sites just wasn’t enough, and I wanted interesting sites on varied topics, not just the search and internet marketing feeds I have in my feedreader.
You can also give Blogrovr a try using my OPML file.
One Problem I Noted
Certainly not everyone who has exchanged favorites with DoshDosh linked through to the original, post, or lots of people are not being indexed correctly by Technorati.
The list below is updated every 30 minutes, and shows the most recent 100 people who linked through to DoshDosh as far as Google are concerned. Technorati did show a lot more, but even then it was certainly 200 – 300 people short, depending on how many duplicate listings were in Technorati.
If you are not in the list below, check how your blog pings are configured, or you may have to start manually pinging using a service like Pingomatic.
Memes do help people build up links, but the best way to build up links is to write quality content that other people will link to… like this.