December 6th 2006 21:52
I would almost be willing to bet a months worth of income that Technorati is having some serious issues maintaining the growth of the blogosphere and the size of its index.
I REALLY hate to have to post this kind of thing, but enough is enough. I've come to the rescue for Technorati MANY times in the past. I fought for them in my blogs when the whole Strumpette debacle came about and I even defended them in some fairly heated comment wars that were talked about all over the Internet. With that being said, I don't feel like my back is being scratched in return. AT ALL!
So what's the scoop? Well, in short, Technorati can't seem to get anything right in any of my accounts. about a week ago I logged into one of my accounts and found that a blog which I post to daily had not been checked by Technorati for a good 10 days. I found this to be quite disconcerting, but the more blogs I checked, the more of this I found.
First, let me say that I'm certain I have the right code snippets in all the right places. I even check my logs to make sure that my blogs are indeed pinging Technorati every time I make a post. Having been blogging for several years now, as well as using Technorati within these blogs, I'm certain I've done everything right on my end. But the fact remains that Technorati is only listening to about 20% of my pings. The rest go completely ignored unless I manually ping the blogs using Technorati's account ping page.
Then, once my posts are indexed into Technorati they simply don't show up for tags I use and do show up for completely irrelevant tags. What gives?
On top of that, this morning I had issues claiming a blog. I added the code into the sidebar and clicked "release the spiders" only to find that Technorati couldn't locate the code, or the blog for that matter. I contacted support and was told to use the other methods of claiming a blog.
Try #2. I then scrapped the way I normally claim blogs and opted for the login option. I supplied Technorati with my Wordpress login and password, hit submit, and was instantly told my user namd and password were incorrect. Option 2 failed.
The third and final option is a pain in the butt. You have to actually post a link to your profile within a blog post. This new blog is about Christmas so a Technorati profile post sticks out like a sore thumb, but I had to do it.
I made the fake post and explained to my readers why it is there, only to find that Technorati couldn't locate the post.
Are you kidding me?
Technorati can't help me claim my blog, can't ping new posts, can't index posts properly, can't read tags properly, doesn't really like replying to e-mails.
What the heck happened to Technorati?