When I started my blog at the end of December last year, I compared MyBlogLog, BlogCatalog and BlogRush on the basis of metrics gathered from Alexa- The Web Information Company and my own experience with these social networking sites for bloggers.
When I wrote that post, many people put forward their point that the Alexa rating and ranking of a website not an accurate measurement as many people do not use the Alexa toolbar (Sparky), or their means of collecting information about websites wasn’t anywhere near good.
After the recent update of Alexa’s ranking algorithm, bloggers and web developers have talked and wrote much about it. Enough to give me an idea that Alexa rankings are now respected and seriously considered. So, I took a few minutes to compare these 2 social networking sites for bloggers, BlogCatalog and MyBlogLog using Alexa charts.
When I compared them in this post earlier, the snapshots were from the time these websites took off to the end of December, when the post was published. At that time, MyBlogLog’s graph had started to decline unlike the graph for BlogCatalog that was advancing gradually with a few ups and downs.
These newer statistics that I recorded a day before the road accident , continue from where the previous charts ended.
I had predicted in my earlier post that
BlogCatalog has been moving with a healthy steadiness low below MyBlogLog but has ever been rising gradually even with its own shortcomings in the system. Daily traffic rank trends and daily reach of BlogCatalog indicate that its not far from equalling its rival MyBlogLog or even surpassing it.
And these fresh charts show that finally BlogCatalog has crossed above MyBlogLog in terms of any metric recorded by Alexa. In fact, by quite a margin!
Why do you think this happened?
This is interesting because the MBL developers are working hard fixing major and minor issues with their system, and have recently added a lot of new features to the website. This doesn’t seem to help them, any way!
If you have used both MBL and BC, you’ll probably agree that the design and layout of BC is way better than MBL. The organization of tabs, widgets, etc is neat and comprehensive at BC but its quite hard for a newbie to get used to using MBL easily. In fact, a lot of people who are new to the blogging and social networking scene ask me about how to use MyBlogLog to their convenience.
Another important aspect that has created this rift between the curves for BlogCatalog and MyBlogLog on the graph is that MyBlogLog shows you the traffic for your blog while BlogCatalog gives you the traffic for your blog!
What do you think are other reasons for the decline of MyBlogLog and the rise of BlogCatalog? Which social network do you use? Which one do you like better and Why?
According to you, who wins the MyBlogLog vs BlogCatalog war? Drop a comment and let me know. I’ll then make a list and publish it here, any time soon. Let’s see what do we gather here and how can we use it to help both of these social networks get better.