Alison McNeil contacted me today to let me know about the public release of a new blog directory called Blogged.com. Alison sent me a press release (see here) however she was also kind enough to provide a less newsy summary of this new blog directory.
Blogged.com Blog Directory – Their Summary
* Please remember this summary was provided by Blogged.com and not BloggingTips.com
Blogged.com is a blog discovery and exploration tool supported by a network that connects bloggers with readers (without having to first register). It’s different than existing blog directories such as Bloglines, MyBlogLog, and Technorati as it is powered by readers, similar to the way Yelp is powered by patrons, and also employs a full-time editorial staff to maintain the integrity of the directory.
The company is self-funded by the partners, Kenneth Yeh and Gladys Kong, who most recently worked together at Snap.com. Kenneth also ran a previous startup called Designer Apparel which he sold in Nov. 2008 for an undisclosed amount to a group of private investors.
Blogs are ranked within each category based on the number of votes and reviews.
Since traditional blog search allows users to search for tags or keywords at the blog entry level, Blogged.com focuses on search at the blog site level.
Blogged.com already contains one of the largest user-generated databases of over 200,000 qualified, English language blogs – covering everything from entertainment and tech to politics, fashion and sports.
For each blog, there is a detailed overview page where people can learn more, find related blogs, view recent posts with direct links to full posts and also contribute their own reviews and ratings.
Visitors can browse by categories, sub-categories, or keywords and sort by user rating, popularity, and editor rating, in order to find the blogs that are important to them.
Frequent visitors can create a profile dashboard that features additional information about themselves, a listing of their reviews, friends, favorites, shared blogs and comments
Blogged.com also provides blog readers with a full set of useful tools such as bookmarking and sharing at both the site and post level to customize their experience.
More screenshots are available here.
Blogged.com – Our View
I signed up for Blogged.com earlier and spent a while browsing through the directory. It seems to be very organised and should prove to be a useful resource.
They have been adding blogs to the directory for some time (they mention 200,000+ so far) so there’s a good chance that your blog is already listed however if you find that your blog is not listed yet you can add it yourself here.
I did a search for BloggingTips.com and found the listing right away.
Our listing at Blogged.com
The blog listing pages are pretty good. Each blog is categorized and tagged and a list of related blogs is listed too. You also have the option of rating and reviewing the blog as well and an excerpt of your blog’s last 3 posts is displayed to give users a preview of your blog.
One thing I noticed about the listings and liked from an administrators point of view is how they generate the url of your listing. Each blog listing’s page url is generated using the title tag of the blog. So since BloggingTips home page title is ‘Blogging Tips – Blogging Guides, News, Tips, Resources’ our full url is ‘http://www.blogged.com/blogs/blogging-tips-blogging-guides-news-tips-resources.html‘.
Your blog profile at Blogged.com might make you forget you are viewing a directory. The whole setup feels more like a social networking control panel with links to your favourite blogs, reviews, latest comments. mailbox and more.
There are hundreds of blog directories on the web but Blogged.com is definately one of the better ones. If you are looking to find related blogs in your genre or you simply want to find a great blog on a certain topic then I’m sure you will find this site very useful.
Link : Blogged.com
Kevin Muldoon is a professional blogger with a love of travel. He writes regularly about topics such as WordPress, Blogging, Productivity and Social Media on his personal blog and provides support to bloggers at Rise Forums. He can also be found on Twitter @KevinMuldoon and Google+.