AdAge changes their formula, bloggers have meltdowns.
If you’re not a blogger, or have been out of the loop, it’s possible you missed the catastrophic event that unfolded last week and is still leaving bloggers reeling: AdAge changed it’s formula for the Power 150!
The AdAge rating system depended on five variables that blended together in a secret sauce to come up with a numerical score. Two of the most meaningful factors, PostRank and Collective Intellect discontinued the availability of their API (raw data source) and had to be replaced. – Mark Schaefer explained in his rant about the change.
They have now replaced those two numbers with a twitter and facebook number. However, there is no rhyme or reason to the twitter & facebook numbers (that I can see) and apparently, I’m not alone. Judging by the number of people talking about it on twitter, it’s been a huge hit to blogger egos (and we all know how sensitive those are!), made worse because they don’t know how to fix it.
But, I solved it. I know how to fix it.
Stop monitoring your “judgement” numbers, keep writing awesome content, and know that you are a success because people keep reading, commenting and participating.
Now, even I am shocked at myself for saying this. It was only a couple months ago that I wrote about being proud of your “judgement” numbers (although I did cover the whole “stop comparing yourself” thing…) but today, I changed my mind (hey, I’m allowed to!).
Here’s my thought: Would you write worse content if someone told you you were now #2000 instead of #20? I’m pretty sure you’re all going to say no, that you’d write the same content regardless, right? Well, that’s the point…the content is what matters, not the numbers.
In saying this though, I know bloggers will argue. Bloggers feel the numbers give them validity, they give them a place to stand and shout from and they make them seem important. I mean, how would we know who the “better” blogger is without a ranking system with arbitrary formulas? (I kid…)
The bottom line is: These “judgement” numbers are just a load of crap. And I think we need to cut out the “judgement” numbers completely.
- Measurements created by a website that are based on data provided by other websites based on strange formulas that no one really knows.
- Scores that can be gamed simply by knowing how they work.
- Values assigned to someone because of number of followers/fans/connections.
Now, there are some numbers that we still should focus on. These are hard numbers. These include things like:
- The number of clients we are working with
- Sales numbers for each month
- The percent growth our business has month over month
- Analytics on our own website, tracking real clicks and results without arbitrary formulas
What do you think? Can we stop placing so much power in the hands of “judgement” numbers and just be amazing on our own?