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April 28, 2006

Yes, I'm a shallow Guy, but I'm now #46 in Technorati

My thanks to everyone who has linked to and evangelized this blog. As of this week, I'm in the Technorati top 50 with 3,450 links.

(This fabulous graphic is from Hugh Macleod.)

Some people are perplexed (perhaps even dismayed) with my high level of interest (aka, "obsession") in my Technorati ranking. I provide several explanations to choose from:

  1. I am a shallow, insecure person whose fragile ego must be externally fed by whatever validation I can find.
  2. I'm a goal oriented person. If I were a quarterback, I would keep track of touchdowns. If I were a winger, I would keep track of goals. If I were a shooting guard, I would keep track of three pointers. I'm a blogger (partially), so I keep track of links.
  3. Creating a link is a voluntary act. Presumably, the linker believes that the material is worth reading and therefore created the link. By extension, the more useful one's blog becomes, the more people will link to it. The more people link to it, the higher you rise in Technorati. Thus, your Technorati ranking is a measure of your meaningfulness.
  4. I just love rankings.

Thanks for all your help!

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I think number 1 is funny. Thinking of Guy Kawasaki as shallow is so incongruous as to be funny.

Number 2 is true. I think Guy is obsessed with goals and tracking them.

I think number 3 might be true in theory but, as is often the case, what happens in practice is very different.

Linking at this point is a reciprocal thing. People link others so that they will get linked so they can get to be number #46 on Technorati.


Re: Just curious, which would you rather have … a #1 rating on Technorati, or tickets to all seven games of the Stanley Cup with a private Singapore Airlines chartered jet to the games?

Thanks for the kind words. This is a really tough choice. Probably the hockey tickets.


For us aspiring business/startup blog writers, this is truly an inspiration.

Thanks for the great writing and proving that pragmatism is still popular.

I'm a stats/results person as well. Congrats - it's quite the achievement!

Guy, the ideas you share with us are well thought out and tangible. I recommended your blog to associates and I have dubbed you the “Ambassador of Business Common-Sense”.
In this new era, content is king, keep up the good work.

Just curious, which would you rather have … a #1 rating on Technorati, or tickets to all seven games of the Stanley Cup with a private Singapore Airlines chartered jet to the games?

I just love reading your entries because there's actually something to read and think about.

Congratulations and good luck!

That pic was hilarious...atleast applies to me :P

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