Edit: Guy Kawasaki has stated I am the only person EVER to ask to be removed from AllTop.
So what’s AllTop? It’s one of those messy links directory except for blog posts from bloggers. It’ll display your latest posts under your blog name on a page with a few dozen more blogs. Alltop.com has an Ireland section, Ireland.Alltop.com and for some reason Mulley.net, PoliticsInIreland.com and Awards.ie got added to their listings. You are encouraged to add your blog to Alltop as it will bring you traffic and then you are encouraged to link to Alltop.com. Free traffic for you right?
Except what you’ll find is that Alltop and the way it’s structured will mean that it will have more inbound links and so eventually a higher Google ranking than your blog which results in Alltop being higher on Google for your posts than your own blog. Look at your website stats and you’ll see most of your visits will come via Google on a given day. Not as much now. They’ll start going to Alltop which promises you traffic. So you won’t get Google traffic but they’ll get to you eventually, right? Except now when a person goes to that Alltop page, they’ll be shown a page with 100s of links and dozens of blogs to choose from. There’s going to be a dropoff rate of traffic in the long term. Probably more noticeable for the smaller blogs that have a much poorer Google ranking than AllTop.
Alltop could have switched this off so you’d get the rankings but why do that? There are ads on
eachsome of their sections. They want the Google traffic. To me Alltop is on a par with splogs, spam blogs that take your content and redistribute it with ads plastered all over it.
I’m really surprised at the lack of cop-on by those that think adding their site to this site will help them. It’s Web 0.5 thinking.
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Now many might think I’m being hypocritical as I own two aggregators – PoliticsInIreland.com, the Irish Politics aggregator and Gastronom.ie, the Irish Food and Drink aggregator. Except both aggregators don’t attract Google to the summaries that are on these sites, they send you direct to the actual blogs and give them link love. IrishBlogs.ie used to do this at the start too so that your blog post would be a few places below IrishBlogs.ie summary of your post. That was annoying. They fixed it.
I don’t mind being linked to or even being aggregated but I do mind my work being used to step on me to place better in Google for my own content. Even if it’s just the title of my blog post.
Without any verification my blogs were added to Alltop and when I had to send an email (where’s the online form to ask to be removed? This is 2008) there was again no verification. G’wan, send an email and ask for a blog to be removed. See what happens.
Wanna have fun?
Meanwhile, if you want to have fun with AllTop, why not use this script from Donncha which will redirect the AllTop robots?