This is the first chance I’ve had to announce the Wikio Wine and Beer list and here they are for January...
Ranking by Wikio
The Wikio list is based on links in and out. Some say that it it therefore means quite insular to our inter-linking blogs and the list is largely self-congratulatory, however, they are important for other reasons, looking beyond the beer and wine blogging community and focusing on the bigger picture.
Links – in, out, reciprocal - increase web-presence. Links to high ranking sites increase your web presence further (so twitter, facebook, youtube, etc. are good). Ranking sites according to their web-presence is important. When you want to find out some information, what do you do? I search google. The better the web-presence, the more chance there is of a website coming back higher up on the results list (which means more people are likely to click on it and read it...). Ultimately we all want to champion good beer. By linking in and out of other blogs and other websites we are pushing and promoting ourselves and therefore beer in general. The better web-presence we all have, the more likely it is that someone searching for, say, ‘Thornbridge Bracia’ will land on a blog to (hopefully) get some of the information they need (do a search for Thornbridge Bracia and see how many blogs come up...). We should celebrate this and support each other as blogs are often going to be searched for information before any other form of reference. This also makes my comments yesterday about bloggers more relevant.
Add links. It’s important (and not just to see you rise up the wikio list).
It’s still great to see so many beer blogs on this list (16 of the Top 20). Let’s make it our 2010 aim to support each other, read the other blogs and, importantly, comment and talk about what is there as much as we can. We are the voices of beer in the UK (and slightly beyond, in some cases).