Top analyst blogs

30Nov09

image Within the analyst world the past year has been a dichotomy in the land of blogging. Whereas we have seen a surge in the number of analysts that have taken to this medium, it is contrasted with a decrease from the recognised ‘leaders’ in the frequency of which they post.

This new ranking system has fundamentally evolved since the last version to take into account the seismic shifts in the way people communicate online. The key changes relate to inbound links such as from Twitter as well as well as a combined Yahoo  / Google (3-month date limited) approach.

Whenever these lists are published, there are several points that always get raised which I will address now…

  1. This blog is not from an analyst. The argument as to whom is an analyst or a consultant is becoming largely moot. In my opinion if someone is independent and directly influences technology procurement then they are an analyst. I know this will cause a huge amount of disagreement but as an outsider looking in this is the way I see the market. This is not to say that some analysts have different strengths over others, it is more a case that I think as an AR pro, I need to monitor the lot of you.
  2. The blog is written by multiple authors. Some blogs have several analysts writing them whereas others do not. The merits of a single blog author is something that I personally favour as this allows me to understand the tone of blog without having to understand the many personalities that are associated with it. Regardless, for this table, my view has not been to argue this but merely to present the data.
  3. It is irrelevant showing all the blogs as I am only interested in a specific topic – bingo, that is exactly right. My suggestion to all AR pros is to identify which of your analysts are on this and only look at those. This list compiled from the newly updated analyst blog directory on Tekrati does not see to micro-segment but merely to list all blogs regardless of their speciality.
  4. Hey – you have forgotten to include this blog. Please let me know the name and if I will include it as an edit.
  5. Isn’t this just like TweetLevel but for blogs? Yep, this algorithm is part of a larger project to fully understand influence and engagement on the web. This methodology is part of BlogLevel.
  6. Will you be producing a league table for those on Twitter? Yes, next week.

Without further ado, congrats to everyone who is included and especially those who have managed to make the top 50 – this is an outstanding achievement. Of course, a huge pat on the back to ex-Forrester and now Altimeter analyst, Jeremiah Owyang for showing everyone how to combine blogs and twitter to tremendous affect.

Edit: Since this blog was originally posted several blogs have now been added (including Denis Howlett – #2, Michael Krigsman – #6, Esteban Kolsky – #42 and Michael Gartenberg – #61). A special congrats to Denis for jumping in at second place.

Rank Blog Name image image image image image image
1 Web Strategy by Jeremiah 14 6 12 24 28 84
2 Denis Howlett 17 4 8 13 23 65
3 SharpBrains 14 5 10 17 18 64
4 Compete Blog 14 5 9 19 15 63
5 Workplace Learning Today 12 4 7 14 25 62
6 Michael Krigsman 17 4 8 13 19 62
7 James Governor’s MonkChips 14 5 8 18 14 58
8 Virtually Speaking 17 4 7 9 22 58
9 Service-Oriented Architecture 17 5 9 14 14 58
10 StorageMojo 12 5 9 14 17 57
11 Storage Bits 17 4 10 0 26 57
12 Greenmonk Associates 14 5 7 13 17 56
13 Customer Experience Matters 12 4 8 18 13 55
14 People Over Process 14 5 7 16 11 54
15 Chilmark Research 12 4 8 14 16 54
16 Collaborative Thinking 14 5 7 14 13 54
17 Column 2 by Sandy Kemsley 12 4 9 12 15 53
18 DBMS2 – DataBase Management System Services 12 4 7 15 14 53
19 Dean Bubley’s Disruptive Wireless 12 4 7 16 14 52
20 A Software Insider’s Point of View 12 4 8 15 13 52
21 CMS Watch Trends and Features 14 3 3 20 10 51
22 James Bach’s Blog 10 4 8 17 11 50
23 Hitwise Intelligence 14 5 0 16 14 50
24 Deal Architect 12 4 10 12 12 50
25 GoMo News 12 5 10 11 11 50
26 IDC eXchange 14 4 6 15 11 49
27 Message 12 4 10 16 6 49
28 Identity and Privacy Strategies Blog 12 4 8 12 13 49
29 Outside Innovation 12 4 2 19 11 48
30 Forrester’s Interactive Marketing Blog 12 5 10 16 5 48
31 451 CAOS Theory 14 5 10 14 5 48
32 Gartner – Jim Sinur 12 3 5 12 16 48
33 Music Industry Blog 12 3 4 13 15 47
34 Enterprise 2.0 Blog 14 6 8 14 5 47
35 Brandon Hall Analyst Blog – Janet Clarey 12 5 5 14 11 47
36 Local Onliner 12 5 6 13 12 47
37 Securosis Blog 12 4 9 14 8 47
38 The Forrester Blog For Information and Knowledge Management Professionals 12 5 7 13 9 46
39 Forrester Blog for Consumer Product Strategy Professionals 12 4 9 11 10 46
40 Gartner – John Pescatore 12 3 7 12 12 46
41 Business Process and Applications Commentary 12 4 8 11 11 46
42 Esteban Kolsky 10 5 5 7 19 46
43 Local Media Blog 12 4 8 14 7 46
44 Always On Real-Time Access 10 4 6 15 10 46
45 Enterprise Anti-Matter 12 4 5 12 12 45
46 George F. Colony’s Blog: Counterintuitive 12 4 6 13 10 45
47 Vendorprisey 12 5 4 16 8 45
48 VideoNuze 12 4 8 13 7 45
49 Forrester Product Management Blog 12 4 6 13 9 45
50 Collaboration and Content Strategies Blog 12 3 7 12 11 45
51 Gartner – Allen Weiner 12 3 5 10 14 44
52 ThreatChaos 10 4 6 13 11 44
53 isen.blog 14 5 6 8 11 44
54 Market Strategies for IT Suppliers 10 4 5 9 17 44
55 Application Platform Strategies Blog 12 0 7 13 11 44
56 Gartner – Andrea Di Maio 12 3 9 11 7 43
57 Bryan Chapman 12 4 3 11 13 43
58 Groundswell 0 5 0 17 20 43
59 Data Center Strategies Blog 12 3 6 12 9 43
60 Gartner – Nick Jones 12 4 5 11 11 42
61 GartenBlog 12 4 6 14 6 42
62 Contentblogger 14 4 5 13 7 42
63 Contentblogger(TM) – News Commentary 14 4 5 13 7 42
64 ThinkBalm – Immersive Internet Insights and Expertise 12 3 7 4 15 42
65 Gartner – Jeffrey Mann 12 2 0 10 17 42
66 tecosystems 14 4 0 17 6 41
67 Text Technologies 12 4 3 14 9 41
68 Yankee Group Blog 12 4 6 13 7 41
69 Gartner – Kristin Moyer 12 3 3 10 13 41
70 IT Infrastructure and Operations 12 4 5 11 9 41
71 Web Globalization Blog 12 4 3 11 11 41
72 New Communications Review 12 4 3 12 10 41
73 Forrester – The Future Of Agencies Blog 12 4 4 11 9 41
74 Cutter Blog 12 3 5 16 5 41
75 Gartner – Tom Bittman 12 4 7 13 5 41
76 Local Mobile Search 7 3 8 13 9 41
77 Gartner – Jim Holincheck 12 2 3 10 14 40
78 Deborah Schultz 12 4 4 12 8 40
79 Supply Chain Matters 10 4 3 10 12 40
80 BlogERP – Jim Holincheck’s HCM Software Blog 12 3 3 12 11 40
81 Gilbane Group Blog 14 4 2 12 8 40
82 Brandon Hall Analyst Blog – Gary Woodill 12 3 3 11 12 40
83 Forrester Blog for Customer Intelligence Professionals 0 2 3 18 16 40
84 Greg’s Storage IO Blog 10 3 3 11 12 40
85 Global Watchtower 12 4 6 13 5 39
86 Gartner – Neil MacDonald 12 3 5 10 9 39
87 Gartner – Thomas Otter 12 3 3 10 11 39
88 VisionMobile blog 12 4 6 13 5 39
89 Analytics Evolution 10 3 2 10 15 39
90 Gartner – Ray Valdes 12 2 0 10 15 39
91 HDTV Almanac 10 6 11 7 6 39
92 Gartner – Mark McDonald 12 2 4 10 11 39
93 The Enterprise System Spectator 12 5 4 12 6 39
94 BuddeBlog 12 4 3 9 12 39
95 Gartner – Greg Young 12 3 3 11 9 38
96 Gartner – Kathy Harris 12 2 2 10 13 38
97 Travel Technology 10 4 0 13 12 38
98 IT Blog Watch 14 5 0 12 6 38
99 Gartner Blog by Mike McGuire 12 2 2 9 13 38
100 The Future of Enterprise Software 12 4 3 9 9 38
101 View from Forrester 17 4 5 7 5 38
102 BriefingsDirect Transcripts 12 4 9 8 5 38
103 Gartner – French Caldwell 12 2 3 9 12 37
104 The 451 Take on on information management, Too much information 14 3 2 13 5 37
105 Javelin Strategy and Research 14 4 0 14 6 37
106 Forrester Blog For Application Development and Program Management Professionals 12 4 5 10 7 37
107 Judith Hurwitz’ Weblog 10 4 0 12 12 37
108 Gartner – Mark Driver 12 2 0 10 13 37
109 Gartner – Lydia Leong 12 3 3 11 8 37
110 Teblog 10 4 0 10 13 37
111 Gartner – Anthony Bradley 12 2 4 11 7 37
112 Opus Research 10 2 4 7 13 37
113 NPD Group Blog 14 4 4 10 4 37
114 Security and Risk Management Strategies Blog 12 0 4 11 10 37
115 The Guidewire 12 4 2 10 9 36
116 Kelsey Group Blogs 12 0 2 14 8 36
117 Spire Security Viewpoint 12 3 3 14 4 36
118 The Brampton Factor 14 1 0 18 3 36
119 Tech – Surf – Blog 10 4 6 11 6 36
120 The Hot Aisle 10 5 3 11 9 36
121 Gartner – Whit Andrews 12 3 2 10 9 36
122 The Outsourcing Blog Horses for Sources 14 5 0 11 5 36
123 Peter O’Kelly’s Reality Check 12 4 0 11 8 36
124 Gartner – Jim Lundy 12 2 0 9 13 36
125 Altimeter Group 0 3 7 14 12 36
126 Gartner – Tom Austin 12 2 3 9 10 36
127 Gartner – Mark Raskino 12 2 0 9 13 36
128 Forrester Blog For Enterprise Architecture Professionals 12 3 3 10 8 35
129 Gartner – Jeff Roster 12 2 0 9 12 35
130 Out of the Box 7 4 0 10 15 35
131 DisplaySearch Blog 12 4 4 11 5 35
132 THINK IT Services 12 4 4 10 6 35
133 kirkk.com 7 3 7 13 4 35
134 Parks Associates 12 4 0 13 6 35
135 Pattern Finder 10 4 2 10 9 35
136 Health Content Advisors 10 2 5 9 9 34
137 Gartner – Andrew White 12 2 2 10 9 34
138 Forrester Blog For eBusiness and Channel Strategy Professionals 12 3 5 10 4 34
139 Ron Shevlin’s Marketing Whims 12 5 0 15 3 34
140 Gartner – Brian Prentice 12 2 6 10 4 34
141 The Pervasive Datacenter 14 3 0 11 7 34
142 Gartner – Michael Maoz 12 4 2 0 16 34
143 Gil Yehuda’s Enterprise 2.0 Blog 7 4 6 3 13 34
144 Z Trek – The Alan Zeichick Weblog 10 4 4 11 6 34
145 The TEC Blog 10 4 4 11 6 34
146 Enterprise Search Blog 14 4 0 11 5 34
147 Gartner – Nick Gall 12 2 0 11 9 34
148 Jon Arnold’s Blog 12 5 4 7 6 34
149 All Aboard 12 3 0 12 7 34
150 Business Continuity – Pandemic Threat 14 4 2 8 6 34
151 James Kobielus’ Blog 12 4 5 8 4 33
152 Enterprise Mobility Matters 10 4 6 9 5 33
153 Security and Risk Management 12 4 0 11 6 33
154 Gartner – Frank Kenney 12 3 0 10 8 33
155 Analyst Xpress 12 2 3 11 4 33
156 Michael Fauscette 10 3 3 7 10 33
157 Laurie McCabe’s Blog 10 3 3 7 11 33
158 Plausible Deniability 12 3 3 11 3 33
159 Supernova Hub 12 4 7 4 5 33
160 Osterman Research Blog 10 4 0 10 9 32
161 Richi Blog 7 4 0 12 9 32
162 Executive Advisory Blog 12 3 3 8 7 32
163 Corporate Integrity, LLC 12 4 3 10 3 32
164 The Real Truth about Technology and IT 10 2 4 9 7 32
165 Ceci N’est Pas Un Bob 12 4 3 11 2 31
166 IDEAS Insights 10 3 5 9 5 31
167 Gartner – Andrew Frank 12 3 3 11 3 31
168 KnowledgeForward 7 3 5 11 5 31
169 Karen Hobert’s Connecting Dots 12 4 4 8 4 31
170 Forrester Blog For Sourcing and Vendor Management Professionals 12 3 0 8 7 31
171 Werblog 14 5 0 12 0 31
172 Gartner – Daryl Plummer 12 4 0 13 2 31
173 XML Technologies and Content Strategies 12 3 3 10 2 31
174 Gartner – David M. Smith 12 2 0 8 8 31
175 Gartner – Cameron Haight 12 3 0 10 6 31
176 Supply Chain Reaction 12 4 3 6 6 31
177 Brandon Hall Analyst Blog – Richard Nantel 12 4 0 11 4 30
178 Forrester Blog for IT Leaders in Asia Pacific 12 2 0 8 8 30
179 Attic Dust 12 0 5 4 10 30
180 Robin Bloor’s Blog: have Mac will blog 10 3 0 10 7 30
181 Gartner – Debbie Wilson 12 4 0 10 4 30
182 Irwin Lazar’s Real-time Blog 12 4 2 8 4 30
183 Gartner – Scott Nelson 12 2 0 4 12 30
184 Ferris Research 10 3 0 10 7 30
185 Richard Nantel 12 4 0 11 3 30
186 BriefingsDirect 12 4 8 0 5 29
187 Click 12 3 3 10 1 29
188 Consider the Source 12 3 2 7 5 29
189 Globalization Blog 12 4 0 9 4 29
190 Unified-View 12 4 0 9 4 29
191 Brandon Hall Analyst Blog – Tom Werner 12 3 0 8 6 29
192 Unified Communications Strategies 12 3 0 9 4 28
193 RedMonk Radio Podcast 12 3 0 9 5 28
194 INPUT Blog 10 2 0 9 8 28
195 Forrester Blog For CIOs 12 3 0 10 3 28
196 Blog Mike Ferguson 10 4 4 3 7 28
197 Network and Telecom Strategies Blog 12 2 0 8 6 28
198 Forrester Blog For Consumer Market Research Professionals 0 3 6 8 11 28
199 Fuld’s Competitive Musings 12 3 2 9 2 28
200 Amy Wohl’s Opinions 10 4 0 11 4 28
201 The Monash Report 12 4 0 9 2 28
202 Nucleus Research 14 2 0 7 3 28
203 Fern Halper’s data makes the world go round 10 3 2 10 3 28
204 Gartner – David McCoy 12 2 0 10 3 28
205 Gartner – Wes Rishel 12 2 0 10 3 27
206 Amy Wohl’s Opinions on SaaS 12 4 0 0 12 27
207 Celent Banking Blog 10 2 0 11 5 27
208 E-Communications and Community 12 4 0 8 3 27
209 Binstock on Software 12 0 0 13 2 27
210 CCS Insight Blog 7 3 0 10 7 27
211 Lux Populi 12 1 0 8 5 27
212 Thinking Global 12 3 0 7 4 27
213 Forrester Research – Customer Experience in Japan 12 3 0 10 1 27
214 Ironick 10 4 0 9 4 26
215 Lower (Carbon) Footprint 0 3 0 22 1 26
216 Gartner – Dan Sholler 12 2 0 6 6 26
217 elemental links 7 4 3 9 3 26
218 In Full Bloom 2 3 0 9 11 26
219 First Thing Monday 12 3 0 9 1 26
220 Gartner – Toby Bell 12 2 0 9 2 26
221 Data Management Strategies 12 3 0 7 4 25
222 Strategic Messaging 12 4 0 8 2 25
223 The Geo Factor 12 4 0 10 0 25
224 Gartner – Gene Alvarez 12 2 0 9 3 25
225 TelcoTV-View 10 2 0 11 2 25
226 Gartner – Adam Hils 12 2 0 6 5 25
227 Adam’s Heart Valve Surgery Blog 7 4 4 3 7 25
228 Gartner – Eric Goodness 12 2 0 10 2 25
229 Gilbane Events Blog 12 2 0 6 4 25
230 Home Theater View 7 4 10 0 4 25
231 eurotechnology.japan.blog 10 4 0 9 2 25
232 Software Memories 12 4 0 7 2 25
233 Mostly Enterprise Architecture 7 2 0 5 10 25
234 Connections 10 4 0 7 4 25
235 IT Depends 10 4 0 3 8 25
236 Gartner – Brian Gammage 12 2 2 5 5 25
237 Gartner – Dave Cappuccio 12 3 0 7 3 24
238 Insecure about Security 10 4 0 7 4 24
239 comScore Voices 17 4 0 0 4 24
240 doingITbetter 10 4 0 9 2 24
241 Gartner – Roberta Witty 12 2 0 6 4 24
242 MacehiterWard-Dutton 10 4 2 4 5 24
243 Celent Insurance Blog 10 3 0 8 4 24
244 Freeform Comment 10 3 0 8 3 24
245 Content Nation 10 2 0 8 4 24
246 The InfoCommerce Blog 10 4 0 7 3 24
247 NanoMarkets TOP Blog 10 4 0 9 1 24
248 fasol.blog 10 3 0 9 2 23
249 Gartner – David Norton 12 2 0 7 3 23
250 Gartner – Eric Knipp 12 2 0 6 3 23
251 Gartner – Debra Logan 12 2 0 7 1 23
252 Tom Raftery’s Social Media 10 3 0 0 11 23
253 Gartner – Richard Fouts 12 2 0 6 3 23
254 Cote’s Weblog 12 3 0 2 6 23
255 billtrippe 12 0 0 6 4 23
256 The Bourne Report 10 3 0 8 2 22
257 Gartner – Bruce Robertson 12 2 2 5 3 22
258 Gartner – Benoit Lheureux 12 2 0 5 3 22
259 NewMediaWise 10 3 0 9 0 22
260 Leadership Drives Business 0 3 0 12 7 22
261 IT BULLETins 12 4 0 5 2 22
262 Beagle Research 12 0 0 10 0 22
263 The Business of Talent 0 3 0 12 7 22
264 Berlecon Analyst Weblog 12 0 0 7 3 22
265 IT Services and Outsourcing 12 3 0 7 0 22
266 Gartner – Carol Rozwell 12 2 0 5 3 22
267 TeleGeography News and Analysis 14 3 0 3 2 22
268 Andy on Enterprise Software 10 3 0 7 3 22
269 Pike Research Blog 10 2 0 5 5 21
270 Localization Industry 411 7 3 0 10 1 21
271 Optimal Friction 7 3 0 7 3 21
272 Gartner – Donna Fitzgerald 12 2 0 4 3 21
273 Gartner – Michael Blechar 12 2 0 5 1 21
274 Blogging at Zinnov 5 1 0 7 8 21
275 Liquefying IT 12 4 0 0 5 21
276 Chipworks Blog 7 3 0 8 2 20
277 Gartner Voice 14 2 0 0 4 20
278 Contentblogger(TM) – Industry Events 10 2 0 8 1 20
279 Got Tannins? 10 4 0 5 1 20
280 Thinking Out Loud 12 2 0 0 5 20
281 Gartner – Phillip Redman 12 2 0 3 3 20
282 Chipworks Blog 10 3 2 0 6 20
283 Security Architect 10 3 0 5 3 20
284 what’s next? 10 3 0 5 2 19
285 Gartner – Van Baker 12 2 0 3 3 19
286 Thus Prate the IT Pundit 7 3 0 6 3 19
287 Open Reasoning 10 2 0 5 3 19
288 Technology Marketing Blog 7 3 0 6 3 19
289 Forrester Blog for Technology Sales Enablement Professionals 0 2 3 6 8 19
290 http://joelorr.squarespace.com/welcome-to-joel-orrs-world/ 7 1 0 7 4 19
291 Joel Orr’s World 7 1 0 7 4 19
292 Techaisle 7 2 3 4 3 19
293 The Bigger Truth 0 2 0 11 6 19
294 Gartner – Rob DeSisto 12 2 0 2 4 19
295 The Future of Publishing 10 3 3 0 4 19
296 Gartner – Brian Burke 12 2 0 4 1 19
297 Total Immersion 7 3 0 8 1 19
298 Mark My Words 10 4 0 0 5 18
299 No Jitter Weblog – Melanie Turek 12 2 0 0 5 18
300 No Jitter Weblog – Michael Finneran 12 2 0 0 5 18
301 Global Trends and Benchmarks 0 1 0 12 5 18
302 No Jitter Weblog – Irwin Lazar 12 1 0 0 5 18
303 No Jitter Weblog – Zeus Kerravala 12 3 0 0 3 18
304 Identerati 10 2 0 6 0 18
305 The Technology Garden 7 2 0 9 0 18
306 Steve’s IT Rants 5 1 0 12 0 18
307 Geosophical technologies 7 3 0 6 2 18
308 Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes 12 2 0 0 4 18
309 Jon Peddie Blogs 10 1 0 4 3 18
310 JPR Staff Blogs 10 1 0 4 3 18
311 No Jitter Weblog – Sheila McGee-Smith 12 1 0 0 4 18
312 Burton Group Inflection Point 7 4 0 4 3 18
313 Craig Mathias’s Blog 0 4 0 9 5 18
314 ABI Research Analyst Blogs 12 2 0 0 4 18
315 Learning on the Leading Edge 0 0 0 12 5 17
316 Mobile Insight and Search 7 3 0 7 0 17
317 No Jitter Weblog – Tom Nolle 12 1 0 0 4 17
318 Gene Phifer’s Personal Blog 7 1 0 9 0 17
319 Nothing to Declare 5 4 0 6 2 17
320 bit blue blog 7 3 0 6 0 17
321 Gartner – Frank Ridder 12 2 0 0 3 17
322 No Jitter Weblog – Brian Riggs 12 1 0 0 4 17
323 Keeping IT Grounded 10 2 0 5 0 17
324 Connecting the Dots 0 0 0 8 8 16
325 BPMS Watch 12 0 0 0 4 16
326 Communication Innovations 12 3 0 0 1 16
327 Gap Intelligence 5 3 0 0 9 16
328 Peter Christy 7 2 0 5 2 16
329 Jen McClure’s Ruminations 10 1 0 4 1 16
330 Gartner – Tole Hart 12 2 0 0 2 16
331 Gartner – Martin Reynolds 12 2 0 0 2 16
332 Gartner – Earl Perkins 0 2 2 8 4 15
333 Gilbane Publishing Technology Blog 14 0 0 0 1 15
334 The Analyst View 10 2 0 0 4 15
335 Shosteck Group Insights 10 1 0 3 1 15
336 Technology Pundits – Rob Enderle 10 3 0 0 2 15
337 Gartner – Donald Feinberg 10 2 0 0 4 15
338 The Saltworks 7 2 0 3 2 14
339 Compass Intelligence 7 3 0 0 3 14
340 Wicked Flavory 5 2 0 7 0 14
341 Marcia Kaufman’s Weblog 10 1 0 3 0 14
342 On Target Embedded Systems 7 3 0 0 3 14
343 Rabkin’s ROI 0 2 0 4 8 14
344 Forrester Blog for B2B Market Research Professionals 0 2 0 5 6 14
345 Foro Empresarial 0 3 0 6 5 13
346 joygantic 5 2 0 5 1 13
347 Andreas Antonopoulos’s blog 10 3 0 0 1 13
348 WirelessView 7 1 0 5 0 13
349 IMHO 0 1 0 9 4 13
350 GigaOM Pro Blog 0 0 0 6 7 13
351 Innovating Government 0 3 0 9 1 13
352 Commvine 2 1 0 6 3 13
353 On Taget: Embedded Systems 0 0 0 8 5 13
354 TV Strategies 5 3 0 5 0 13
355 Burton Group Weblog 10 3 0 0 0 13
356 The Collaboration Blog 7 3 0 0 2 13
357 Chip Hatchery 7 1 0 0 4 13
358 Technology Pundits – Richard Doherty 7 3 0 0 2 12
359 iGR Weekly Blog 0 2 0 10 1 12
360 The Naked Chief Blog 7 1 0 2 3 12
361 The Innovation Zone 10 1 0 0 1 12
362 Cannell.org 0 3 0 5 4 12
363 Technology Pundits – Tim Bajarin 7 3 0 0 1 12
364 Open Source Unleashed – All Bets Off 10 0 0 0 2 12
365 MavBlog 7 1 0 2 2 11
366 Ted Ritter’s blog 10 0 0 0 2 11
367 Sageza Says 0 1 0 6 4 11
368 Digital Consumer 0 2 0 5 5 11
369 Strategy Analytisc – Digital Consumer 0 2 0 5 4 11
370 Enterprise Advocates 0 4 3 0 4 11
371 Jeff and Hennie’s Stuff 0 2 0 8 1 11
372 Retail PLM and Sourcing 5 0 0 2 4 11
373 Ben’s Tech Blog 0 0 0 6 4 10
374 NRG TechView research and analysis 7 2 0 0 2 10
375 Johna Till Johnson’s blog 0 0 0 5 5 10
376 Lopez Research Blog 7 1 0 0 2 10
377 John Burke’s blog 10 0 0 0 0 10
378 Digital Media Bulletin 0 3 0 6 1 9
379 A Springboard to Services 7 1 0 0 1 9
380 alvear.com 5 2 0 0 3 9
381 DVR Bulletin 7 2 0 0 0 9
382 Views from the Bridge 0 0 0 5 3 8
383 Collaboration service news 0 1 0 0 8 8
384 Amy’s Food Adventures 0 2 0 4 3 8
385 JapanStrategy-Blog 0 3 0 4 1 8
386 Carl Gressum’s blog 0 1 0 4 3 8
387 Government IT Infrastructure Blog 0 0 0 2 6 7
388 Product Value Management 5 1 0 0 2 7
389 Application Delivery 0 0 0 5 3 7
390 Gartner – Michael Hanford 0 1 0 3 3 7
391 MetaMurph’s Metasphere 5 1 0 0 1 7
392 Technology Pundits – Roger Kay 0 3 0 0 3 7
393 I of Innovation 0 2 0 4 1 6
394 Green IT Sourcing 5 1 0 0 0 6
395 Cloud Computing Blog 0 0 0 3 3 6
396 Annoying Design 5 1 0 0 0 5
397 Thoughts From a Software IT Analyst 0 1 0 2 3 5
398 Key Analysis Research and Consulting – Blog 0 1 0 3 1 5
399 HealthTech Industry Perspectives 0 0 0 0 5 5
400 Internet2Go – An Opus RAS 0 0 0 0 5 5

Methodology

I have taken the feedback I have received from the previous research and modified the methodology.

Scores are now calculated as follows:

Google PageRankGoogle PageRank is a link analysis algorithm that interprets web links and assigns a numerical weighting (0 to 10) to each page. High-quality pages receive a higher PageRank. The ranking uses the actual PageRank of the blogs homepage as part of its algorithm.

Yahoo Inbound Links [date unlimited]Yahoo counts the total number of inbound links that go directly to a blog. Each number was assigned to a range which was then used as part of the algorithm.

Google Inbound Links [3 months date limited]Google allows people to search the number of inbound links to a specific blog but limit this to a predefined date period. Similar to how Technorati only looks at six months of data, this method was used in combination with the Yahoo Inbound Link count to assess which blogs were considered to be important due to the number of links that came to them, but also currently relevant as measured by the limitations on the timescale. Each number was assigned to a range which was then used as part of the algorithm.

Google Reader SubscribersGoogle reader lists the total number of subscribers to a blog. I believe this is a more realistic number to that which Bloglines provides. Mihai Parparita confirms that “these numbers include subscribers across all Google services”. To account for people using other readers (e.g. Newsgator) it has been suggested that this number is multiplied by 3. Subscriber ranges were determined (i.e. more than 20, more than 30, etc.) and each range was assigned a number that was used as part of the algorithm.

Frequency of Posts – Updating relevant and interesting content frequently onto a blog will naturally cause more people to find this blog important. This score is established via Google Reader to understand the precise number of posts per week that the blogger makes. Frequency numbers were determined and assigned to a range that was used as part of the algorithm.

Date Last Blog Post Published – Working in combination with ‘Frequency of Posts’, this score mitigates against blogs that were once popular but haven’t been updated for a long time. The number of days since the last blog post was calculated and assigned to a range which was used as part of the algorithm.

Comments – A simple way to judge how valuable a blog is to other people is through the number of comments (where this is enabled) that visitors make. In a similar way to linking and subscribing this user requested service shows a significant value. The number of comments made over the last five posts were calculated and assigned to a range which was used as part of the algorithm.

Twitter Inbound Links – There are various online tools available to count the number of links inbound to a blog from Twitter. Backtype was used to count the number of these occurrences over the past five blog posts. The number of times this happened was calculated and assigned a range which was used as part of the algorithm.

Weighting – Each specific variable listed above was given a standard score out of 10. Using a weighting scale I varied the importance of the each metric to establish a blogs total score.

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58 Responses to “Top analyst blogs”

  1. It’s wonderful to be recognized for my passions, thank you Jonny. It’s also interesting to see the lines between analyst, blogger, and media continue to blur.

    I’m conducting a survey to my blog readers soon to see if the blog is influential to the buying process –and how. I’ll be happy to share the raw data with you, more on that to come soon.

  2. 2 Anomalous

    Do the people who make procurement decisions really spend their days retweeting, linking, or even subscribing to blogs? Isn’t this really a measure of influence over the blogo-tweeto-sphere? Interesting, but not quite the same thing.

  3. Jeremiah – well done again

    Anomalous – I believe that the people who make IT purchasing decisions gain advice from people who are most knowledgeable, independent and can give true value. For many analysts, how they converse, be it on twitter or a blog, is an extension of their voice and can be instrumental in helping them in the market

  4. Nice job on a huge effort. Your blog ranking is packed full of surprises again this year!

    Please let me know of any blogs missing from the Tekrati directory.

  5. As an independent analyst covering an emerging technology market (work-related use of the Immersive Internet) I am immensely proud that ThinkBalm is in the top 100 on this list. Thanks for including us!

  6. thanks for the recognition…I do agree with anomalous – next time may be have a factor for buyside influence…realize tough to quantify but you know my POV…without buyers none of us matter

  7. This is an amazing piece of work. I may not qualify to be included, but it never hurts to ask. I’ve launched my own blog at http://InFullBloom.us 11/8/09 which covers my primary focus, the intersection of human resource management and information technology. And I’ve been quite active on Twitter as @InFullBloomUS. There’s a lot of background on me at the blog site, and I’d be happy to provide more information. Folks that know my work include Ray Wang (Altimeter Group), Jim Holincheck (Gartner), and several of the Enterprise Irregulars who have just last week “inducted” me. Thank you for your consideration. Naomi

  8. Thank-you so much. GoMo News is number 22 and its a great list.

  9. thanks for your comments everyone

    I’ll be making a few edits with some of the blogs that have been missed out shortly

  10. 10 Andrew Bruce Smith

    “Google PageRank is a link analysis algorithm that interprets web links and assigns a numerical weighting (0 to 10) to each site. High-quality sites receive a higher PageRank.”

    Er, it’s called PAGE rank not SITE rank – methinks you’ll find that the blog home page of these folk have a high page rank – but individual pages will not. Or that certain posts will have a high page rank – but the majority won’t. You’d have to analyse the Page Rank of every page on their sites to arrive at an aggregate figure – or is that what you have done?

    If I take Dennis (Howlett) as an example, his AccMan Pro blog home page has Page Rank 6. His “About” Page is Page Rank 5 – however, a random sample of individual posts show mainly Page Rank 0. Of course, his ZDNet blog home page has Page Rank 7. But again, individual posts have mainly Page Rank 0. And clearly his Page Rank is helped by being under the ZDNet domain.

    So what’s my point? Be careful about how Page Rank is used to try and determine influence.

  11. I just heard that I’ve been included on your update, and I can’t thank you enough for considering my blog. It means a lot to be in such company. Naomi

  12. Google PageRank is a link analysis algorithm that interprets web links and assigns a numerical weighting (0 to 10) to each site. High-quality sites receive a higher PageRank

    Andrew – this is purely a case of using the wrong word in describing what GooglePage rank does. You are absolutely right as different pages within a blog have multiple ranks. The only page that I have used to determine rank is the blogs home page and no other. I will amend the description within the methodology to correct this error. My thanks to you for being on-the-ball.

  13. Would be interested to see what I (diversity.net.nz) and we (cloudave.com) garner in terms of ranking on your list….

  14. Wow! An incredible amount of information. Obviously a great deal of work has gone into developing the results. Will be back to review, and visit many of the blogs, but wanted to take a moment to thank you for all the efforts and info you shared so willingly.

    The reality of the lines being blurred, is they were blurry before and both the recession and the latest technowaves have accelerated that blur. Some won’t like that as it may erode their ability to charge large fees for info others provide at a modest cost or even free.

  15. Thanks so much for including Health Content Advisors in your listing (at #136). To add to your point 1. about consultants’ being included with analysts and Jeremiah’s comment about the blurring of media, analyst firms, and bloggers, it’s interesting to see how consultants who blog and Tweet to promote their services match up with full-time analysts. I’m honored to be in the company of analysts from top firms and greatly appreciate the recognition. In fact, I may blog about the convergence theme!

    Thanks,
    Janice

  16. 16 Lydia Leong

    Very interesting, and thank you!

    My blog at Gartner (http://blogs.gartner.com/lydia_leong/ – #109 on your list) is a mirrored subset of my own blog site, Cloudpundit (http://cloudpundit.com). The stats for those two sites should probably be combined, if you can.

  17. Thanks for including the Supply Chain Matters blog as #79 in your ranking. It is great to see that you have reached out and included independant analysts in these rankings.

    Keep up the great work.

    Bob Ferrari

  18. Kudos on a job well done! Now I need to find the time to actually read, let alone follow these blogs. Not sure you would want to include me, but I do consider myself an analyst and I am read by Bob Ferrari above me here, so you may want to take a look :) One thing puzzles me though: If Google PR is on a 1-10 scale, how come some in your have scores of 12, 14 or 17?

  19. Hi Jan

    The scores for Google are different to reflect the weighting that this metric has been given in the overall algorithm.

    Jonny

  20. Just found your site – great list. I also noticed that you included in your Point #4 that you would consider missed blogs. I think mine should be included. You can see for yourself, it contains regularly updated, high quality analysis and insight for the IT world.

    I’d just like it considered (even if you decide it doesn’t make the cut):

    http://www.r3now.com

    Dedicated to showing IT Decision Makers how to deliver value.

  21. I’m a blogger in supply chain management area but I don’t expect supply chain related blog to be in top 100. This implies that supply chain management gains attention over the years. I hope I’ll be in the list some day.


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