Yahoo Site Explorer reports over 100M links to Bloglines
The largest chunks of those are subscription links from blogs, many of them nofollowed, and a fair chunk are also from their own properties.
In any normal situation, you might be able to shut down a website, and redirect the domain to some similar content and for some of the link equity to last.
In the case of a feed reader that is a dead goose. Any blogger paying attention (those with authority) is just going to remove the subscription links as soon as Ask take Bloglines offline in 3 weeks – in fact they are going to do it right now.
At the same time it seems someone at ASK/IAC is paying a guy in Pakistan to spam my comments in order to get pages ranking for a concert.
There also seems some poor judgement such as not allowing commercial use of Vimeo. Tons of people would love to use Vimeo purely like a CDN – absolutely nothing to do with or in any way disrupting their community.
So many startups and web designers are using Vimeo commercially on their home pages. Do they let it slip by unnoticed just for the links?
IAC Unofficial Plan “B” For Bloglines
This is what I would do with Bloglines, and 18 months ago I even mentioned it to a few people.
- Dump the current service – I agree with that fully – they need to be aggregating more than just Blog RSS.
- Air app on multiple platforms for RSS (including authenticated feeds) & Social media
- Sync of subscriptions between Desktop, Mobile and Web applications
- Offer a high end blogging platform for a particular type of authority high revenue content ;) on revenue share
- Support for activity streams and Salmon before Google with Bloglines as the home – define
Just 18 months ago it would have been fairly easy to get Bloglines doing 20M-30M visitors of Google search traffic purely as an aggregator. They have so much broad content available to them and in some ways it would make a more logical tag space than one of their dictionary sites.
Things have progressed on quite a bit in 18 months – plenty is still doable but there might be a need to take a few shortcuts.
Buy Seesmic, but make sure you hang onto Loic for a while. The modules system now introduced to Seesmic once expanded to all platforms is the keey to always being relevant. You could look on it as a multi-interface Netvibes.
Google wants everything public – become the defacto platform for authenticated private content