Blog Stats Mystery

It used to be that the incoming links list on my WordPress dashboards were either empty or, in the case of this blog and SFAW, were full of links from the LiveJournal mirror. But something has changed. Suddenly lots of sites are linking to my sites. And it is pretty clear what is happening – if a site has me blogrolled, or indeed linked anywhere else on their home page, then every time it makes a new post I get an incoming link, regardless of whether that post links to me. I’m not sure if this is useful or not, and I have no idea whether it is affecting my Technorati rating (not that I pay much attention to it these days). I think this may explain a mystery that Mike Glyer asked me about a week or two ago. Has anyone else noticed it, and does it appear to be an issue with WordPress or the way that web servers keep statistics?

5 thoughts on “Blog Stats Mystery

  1. The dashboard links lists are pulled from Google blog Search, and all the sites I manage have seen some flux in the last few weeks. I suspect the Big G is shuffling the way it does things, as it is wont to do from time to time.

    And as for Technorati? Well, you’re not the only one who doesn’t bother with that… they had their chance and they blew it, sadly, though a replacement would be very welcome. Selah.

  2. The same happens with Technorati tracking of incoming links, so at least it isn’t confined to WordPress (or Google blog search), unfortunately.

  3. Hmm, that would mean everyone’s Technorati authority is going to be leaping up. Good job I don’t pay much attention to such things.

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