Since I’ve been told my “Popular Belgian Blogs” series (Jan-Feb 2005) was very much appreciated, I’ve just spent some time coming up with a new version. The main reason being: thanks to Dane Carlson’s Blog Value Estimator it is now so easy to put a value on a blog.
Some prior remarks:

  • Where do the $ numbers come from?

    “Data from Technorati and inspired by research from Tristan Louis. Photo CC by Cmiper” (on How Much Is Your Blog Worth?)

    In short: WeblogsInc got sold to AOL for something between $25 MIO and $40 MIO. When Tristan Louis calculated the # of links to WeblogsInc blogs in Technorati, he could thus come up with a $value/link.

  • Only data from Technorati => only links between blogs have value. If I’m not mistaken, only ‘recent’ links count, which are the ones in the last 6 months.
  • Where did I get a list of blog URLs to check? I used my own Belgian Top 30 v4, the attendee list of the Brussels Bloggers Dinner Bart and I organized, the blogs on blogium.be, links from blogrolls, and blogs I know. Even if it’s a pet topic of mine to keep an eye on the Belgian Blogosphere, the list is by no means complete. For additions, check the feedback possibility under the list!
  • I’ve listed 60 Belgian blogs that had a value > $0. I actually checked around 100 blogs.
  • I only checked 15 FR blogs, and most of them had a value = $0. So any new suggestions there are welcome!
  • Any system that lists my own blog in the top 10 must be REALLY accurate 🙂
  1. $270,979 dopplerradio.net
  2. $251,784 veerle.duoh.com
  3. $120,811 lvb.net
  4. $99,359 : zattevrienden.be
  5. $94,842 : jahsonic.com
  6. $91,455 : mathibus.com
  7. $83,551 : dominiek.be
  8. $73,390 : blog.forret.com
  9. $70,567 : standaard.typepad.com
  10. $65,486 : coolios.net
  11. $62,663 : kapingamarangi.be
  12. $60,405 : pdw.blogspot.com
  13. $51,937 : gent.blogt.be
  14. $51,937 : culture-buzz.com
  15. $49,679 : domilog.be
  16. $47,985 : sempermagis.be
  17. $44,598 : pietel.be
  18. $42,905 : eug.be
  19. $38,953 : onepointzero.com
  20. $38,388 : blog.coolz0r.com
  21. $33,872 : druppels.be
  22. $28,791 : 7seconden.be
  23. $27,662 : polskaya.be
  24. $23,710 : wereldkeuken.be
  25. $22,017 : smetty.be
  26. $19,758 : users.skynet.be/chipsandcookies
  27. $19,194 : pascal.vanhecke.info
  28. $19,194 : baeyens.net
  29. $18,629 : blogs.cocoondev.org/stevenn
  30. $18,065 : www.middernacht.be/udn/

  31. $16,936 : katrien.blogspot.com
  32. $16,371 : zonderzever.blogspot.com
  33. $15,807 : promethee.blogspot.com
  34. $15,242 : kerygma.blogt.be
  35. $12,984 : clopin.be
  36. $11,855 : percept.be
  37. $11,290 : edublogs.be
  38. $11,290 : brussel.blogt.be
  39. $10,161 : dwangbuis.blogspot.com
  40. $9,597 : lichtpunt.carreconfiture.be
  41. $9,597 : cotontige.canalblog.com
  42. $8,468 : hoegin.blogspot.com
  43. $7,903 : babynox.blogspot.com
  44. $7,903 : netlash.com
  45. $7,903 : lena.blogt.be
  46. $7,339 : inflandersfields.blogspot.com
  47. $6,774 : mechelen.blogt.be
  48. $6,209 : podcasting.be
  49. $6,209 : blog.pakal.org
  50. $6,209 : brice.org
  51. $5,645 : 2ourallies.typepad.com
  52. $5,645 : turnhoutblogt.be
  53. $5,080 : conversationblog.com
  54. $3,951 : rikboey.be
  55. $3,951: gelebanaan.blogspot.com
  56. $2,822 : blog.reys.be
  57. $2,258 : denjames.blogspot.com
  58. $2,258 : atog.be
  59. $1,129 : www.zoekmachine.optimalisatie.jwi.be
  60. $564 : bartek.blogsome.com

So who wants to help in updating this list?

  • I would like to keep the list manageable. Should I limit this to a top 30 or 40, or only list blogs that have a valuation > $10,000? Your feedback is welcome!
  • If you have – or know of – a Belgian blog (EN/NL/FR) that has a valuation with the above system that is > $0, please let me know by adding it to the comments below. Or send me an email at blog @ forret.com.
  • The only criteria are ‘Belgian’ (written by a Belgian, or in Belgium) and ‘blog’ (must have RSS/Atom, archives, … – e.g. humoliegt.be looks like a blog, but it is – deliberately – not one). Podcasts, videoblogs, photoblogs, … are welcome.
  • I was thinking of also putting the names of the people responsible for each blog, the author(s), next to the URL, so you get an idea of who is active where. But this top-of-the-pops list might score high in Google for those names, and I’m not sure every author would like that (cf Jakob Nielsen #9: “Forgetting That You Write for Your Future Boss”). Maybe only those authors who put their name on their blog? What do you think?

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