Top Information Sources For Bloggers

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Top Information Sources For Bloggers

Bloggers often link to the sources where they get their information. A study carried out by Technorati found that chief among the non-blog sources linked to by bloggers are the websites of mainstream media companies.

The study was carried out by Technorati asked bloggers to list the sources they refer to the most for information. While 61 percent of bloggers surveyed said they referred to other blogs, 46 percent said they were influenced by the mainstream media sites.

Credibility is an important quality for blogs, and it often decides the number of links a blog receives.  If a blogger is found to be writing untrue and baseless posts, eventually other bloggers will stop linking to that blog. On the other hand, if true and relevant material is published on a blog, more and more bloggers will link in to that blog, thus bestowing more power and authority on that blog.

Based on the results of their study, Technorati has created the ‘Technorati Attention Index’, rating the top 50 mainstream media sites that were linked to by bloggers in the past month. The index will be updated every month.

The top 5 sites this month are:

  • YouTube
  • The New York Times
  • BBC News
  • MSN

In comparison, Techmeme’s Leaderboard rates the following  as the top five non-blog sources for bloggers:

  • CNET News
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Reuters
  • Computerworld