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What is up with Technorati?

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WeblogToolsCollection.com has vanished from the Technorati index. I have sent support emails and have received nothing more than the canned responses. This blog shows up fine in my watchlist and it is also displayed correctly under “My Blogs” on the homepage but that is where I lose it. The blog page says that it is not indexed and I have quit trying to fix it.
This is one company I have a hard time figuring out. They seem to yo yo between very useful, fully in control of their fortunes and their company to down in the doldrum dumps with very little direction within the blink of an eye. I imagine the people that work there must also go through similar vacillations in their work lives and it must be very difficult to endure. I have had contact with many of the folks at Technorati over the years and all of them have come across as highly intelligent, enterprising individuals. The recent kerfluffle with Sifry and the lost puppy sympathy that got passed around in the tech blogging community really gave the company a black eye in my book and could and should have been avoided at all costs. It was passed off as Web 2.0 growing pains but Technorati is a good company with solid technology and oodles of data. They should have little trouble in coming in second at the least and they are MIA from my list. The externalities of Silicon Valley, I am sure, do not help their case either.

People often criticize strong, controlling leadership but I believe that those are the qualities along with human chemistry, some luck and a little Karma that often produce the best results in startups irrespective of talent or technology. Though I am not writing Technorati off completely, I wish they would either go away forever or come back and stay a while.

[EDIT] Thursday, August 30th: Looks like things are back to normal but for how long? Also the index is not correct yet, things still look odd in places.

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  1. Jonathan (83 comments.) says:

    Whoa, that’s really weird that this site would just completely drop out of the rankings…

    my experience has been pretty good so far with their customer service.

  2. david (7 comments.) says:

    Technorati lost most of its relevance to me when it went from being a great tool for blog stories to being a tool for video, images, podcasts – and, oh yeah, blogs, too.

  3. Chris Merriman (3 comments.) says:

    I had a similar issue, eventually I needed to turn off G-Zip compression to enable things to work smoothly with them. Apologies if this doesn’t effect you at all, but worth a shot…

  4. Cody (21 comments.) says:

    I gave up on Technorati when it kept saying my blog had incoming links coming from websites that no longer existed.

  5. Mark Berry (1 comments.) says:

    Very useful resource this, thanks.

  6. milo (3 comments.) says:

    Technorati has lost completely its path, from the two top 100 lists: one official and one invisible to the lost of important developers and leaders. Not to talk about the video section.
    Time to be sold or revamped for Technorati.

  7. Eduo (9 comments.) says:

    Well, it’s nice to see I’m not the only one seeing this. Technorati drops me more often than not, shows incorrect links and in general stopped being reliable a year ago.

    PageRank suddenly threw me from a PR-6 to a PR-0 and I’ve stayed there for some time, as well (without any indication of a problem), so I guess it’s becoming common.

  8. Jason (75 comments.) says:

    Technorati has had some difficulties in recent months as they transition quite a bit of their back-end to new databases and servers. I’m sure it’ll be a few more months before everything is completely worked out. Who knows, maybe some of their future updates will let us all be number 1 for a while again :P

    That said, it would be nice if they could test these updates on the development server a little bit more before rolling out changes and completely messing up everyone’s settings and information.

  9. jez (56 comments.) says:

    my site has a stuck authority of 907 for weeks. really annoying, too

  10. Sniper One (1 comments.) says:

    I’ve had similar experiences with Technorati. Sometimes they are on the ball and other times they are beyond apathy. I’ve had my blog just fall off the list before, and it took at least a week to get anyone to look at the issues.

    I guess you get what you pay for.

  11. Jim Stitzel (27 comments.) says:

    I’ve removed the Incoming Links module from my WordPress dashboard because it stopped being useful several months ago. Most of the links that Technorati was showing me were from my own blog, and the rankings and authority numbers Technorati was giving me were pretty much useless. I’ve never really been a huge fan of the service, anyway, but that was the final nail in the coffin for me.

  12. christine (3 comments.) says:

    And you know what else? Technorati’s page widgets SUCK. No matter what I did with the settings, the widget always showed a huge, clumsy tag cloud that simply wouldn’t go away. I just ended up pitching it. So much for the convenience of gadgetry.

  13. brVince (6 comments.) says:

    Last month, I was surprised that looking at my technorati account, I was at Top 100 and that was flattering knowing that my site is a “baby site/not of important” or maybe they were experienced glitches, what a bluff for me.

  14. Mads (4 comments.) says:

    When you click this link:

    http://technorati.com/blogs/we.....ection.com

    You get this:::

    Sorry :~(

    We’re sorry…we don’t have a blog by that name. If this is your blog, ping us so we can put it in our index!

    HAHA… something is definetely wrong at technorati :-/

  15. Mosey says:

    The search results last month were really *very* relevant to what I was looking for, and I was actually using Technorati more than google to reference blogs and such! This week… it’s not longer the same story, and there are alot of irrelevant posts coming up in the search. >_

  16. Lonnie (1 comments.) says:

    As for me I am just glad to have it available in China again…Like WordPress it was blocked by the censors….There have been some bugs from the start, but they have come a long way in trying to address needs…..It is easily one of the most valuable tools I have for repaying link kindness and seeing how widespread a story or initiative is…

    I am visiting with Sifry in a week at the Economic Forum here….It sounds like a podcast interview about what is in the works may be a request that, if he agrees, would be valuable….

  17. Sarah (5 comments.) says:

    Technorati has never really worked well for me. Then again, I’m also having the same problem as Eudo with PageRank, and Jim with the widget in the dashboard (wish I knew how to turn it off).

  18. Teli (24 comments.) says:

    Same thing happened to Linda Buquet of the 5 Star Affiliate blog — very well known authority blog for affiliate marketers — yet when she sent in numerous support requests and forum postings, not a single one was answered. It took about a month, but the problem was eventually worked out (her blog’s back up, but I never did hear how it was resolved).

    Good luck.

  19. Sergio (11 comments.) says:

    everyday i see this problem in my blog, and the hits is not the other services teel me about the blog, i just dont understand….

  20. JOule (1 comments.) says:

    I’m planning to use technorati too

  21. Jesse Harris (10 comments.) says:

    There’s at least a dozen links to my blog that Technorati doesn’t pick up at all despite indexing those sites. Good thing Google isn’t that slipshod.

  22. NSpeaks (9 comments.) says:

    My Blog got off their directory twice and restored twice. First time restored by contacting them(they replied properly) and secondly it got restored itself. I have disabled Gzip compression.

  23. Jonathan (83 comments.) says:

    Looks like everything is back in order from what I can see though.

    http://technorati.com/blogs/we.....?reactions

  24. pilgrim (1 comments.) says:

    Technorati hasn’t dropped my blog lately, but it’s progressively losing track of inbound linkage (haven’t checked for outbound. Life’s too short) Despite steadily increasing numbers of links in, my ranking has slipped more than 200,000 points in a fairly short time, and just now Technorati thinks I am am called

    ?????????pilgr1m?????????

    which is a new one.

  25. bob (5 comments.) says:

    Yeah! look back 2 normal. :)

  26. Bob Plankers (1 comments.) says:

    The death of Technorati is unfortunate, because I relied on the “incoming links” in WordPress to see who else was trying to have a conversation with me. Now it’s like I’m talking to myself (which I might be, it is hard to tell anymore).

  27. Barbara Rozgonyi (1 comments.) says:

    What other blog index and ranking sites do you consider valuable – besides Technorati? Are there any?

  28. esvl (1 comments.) says:

    They seem to think that one of my websites is a blog, its got over
    60 000 pages so my ranking on there keeps on going up.

  29. Serre Chevalier (1 comments.) says:

    I have had exactly the same problem with my Serre Chevalier site. It is really annoying as it just dropped from #1 to #4 in Google for the phrase “Serre Chevalier”.

  30. Claude Gelinas (19 comments.) says:

    Thanks for sharing your concerns on this matter.

    Fortunately, this blog seems to be working fine, in Technorati — perhaps they fixed (part of) their “migration” problems, by now.

  31. Jordan (1 comments.) says:

    Yes, I know what you are talking about. I have had problems with them too. My blog never gets updated at technorati even when I manually ping them.

  32. Vidyut Kale (2 comments.) says:

    I’m having the exact same problem with my blog at http://www.wide-aware.com It shows up in my profile with authority and blog reactions and all, but when I click on the blog, it doesn’t exist….?

    I’m completely stumped.



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