Our goal is to provide both bloggers and blog readers interested in all aspects of healthcare with a simple way to find the most influential blogs. We rank each blog’s influence based on a multimetric algorithm… Ranks are based on a combination of four source.
They add up a site’s Google Pagerank, Bloglines subscriber rank, Technorati authority rank, and their own homegrown measure of quality and frequency of posting.
Let’s just say we’re not bowled over by the rigor of this system — too many important blogs are missing, some defunct blogs are included, and a closer look at individual numbers just makes us scratch our heads…
Nor do we think ranking blog influence is as useful or necessary as, say, ranking hospitals or colleges. The Medical blogosphere is a growing community of vital, insightful voices. We have an opportunity to fundamentally change the way health information is communicated. Medical blogs should be surveyed, scrutinized, categorized… but not ranked.
But… If someone is going to rank them… We’re glad we’re at the top.