News and developments in the community.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Monitoring Filipino Top 100 Blogs

Davao-based club member Andrew dela Serna monitors the Philippines Top 100 blogs through his new project, Perhaps Pinoy would be more accurate as the bloggers that get ranked are not necessarily Philippine-based. (as long as they are a Filipino)

The additional metrics that Andrew included, and be adding, will be helpful in coming up with a more realistic rank. It will be interesting to see how Filipino blogs fair in the months to come.

My challenges in measuring my blogs and site performance includes:
  • Majority of my blog readers are not bloggers nor feed reader users. They are my DigitalFilipino Yahoo Group members where I disseminate blog updates.
  • My reflection and Ituloy AngSulong blog got a high Technorati rank due to participation in events like Blog Parteeh and iBlog3. However, the number of visit it gets is nowhere near my Philippine Internet Review blog that has a lower Technorati rank. I wonder which one will matter more?
  • My site is indexed in Technorati but is not exactly a blog, more of a hybrid. I wonder if that can be included in Ratified.
  • I believe template creators or web host owners have an advantage in Technorati as they can include a link, in a mandatory manner, to their blog site at the footer. Of course, that doesn't necessarily result to readers.
  • As I'm running a promo in my blogging book blog, it will be interesting to learn how its metric will shape up in a month or two. The same goes to my web awards blog as we will be ramping up the feature of winners in the weeks to come.
More power to you Andrew and may you inspire more developers in building creative applications.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

April 27: DigitalFilipino Web Awards Ceremony and Networking

The Web Awards will be having its awards ceremony this Friday, 9 am to 3 pm, April 27, 2007. This will be held at the Penthouse of Board of Investments, Gil Puyat Avenue (corner Paseo De Roxas), Makati City.
We encourage club members to take advantage of this event and mingle with the owners or representatives of the thirty-one websites we will be honoring during this event. We also welcome any help in this regard from handling the registration, issuing of name tags, be assigned to take care of several winners, food distribution, trophy handling, hosting the programme, talking to the press, among others. Raffle contribution and additional prizes will be more than welcome as well.

The agenda of the awards are as follows:

8:00 - 9:00 Registration
9:00 - 9:15 Welcome remarks - What makes a great website?

9:15 - 10:30 Winners announcement (Apparel/Fashion, Art, Association / Organization, Auction / Shopping Portal, Automotive, Beauty, Blog - Personal, Blog - Professional, Books,Community, Computer/Consumer Electronics, Consumer Banking/Bills Payment, Corporate / Professional, Education, Food, Games)

10:30 - 10:45 Promoting your business online (Aileen Apolo, Google)

10:45 - 12:15 Winners announcement (Gifts, Government, Home Furnishings, Insurance, Music/Movie/Film, Newspaper, Pharmaceuticals, Podcast, Politics, Real Estate, Services, Social Networking, Telecom / Value Added Services, Tourism, Travel)

12:15 - 1:30 Lunch

1:30 - 2:00 The APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) Award (Guest Speaker from TECO)

  • ADOC ICT Award 3rd Place (Special prize)
  • ADOC ICT Award 2nd Place (Special prize)
  • ADOC ICT Award 1st Place (ADOC Week participation on July 24 to 27, 2007 in Taiwan and special prize)

2:00 - 2:30 Closing and Group Picture

Club members are requested to confirm their attendance for food count purposes.

Interested non-members are requested to sign up as a member prior to April 27 and confirm attendance for food count purposes.

There are three types of membership: Individual, SME, Corporate.

We hope you can join. Thank you.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

April 20: Website Evaluation Workshop

We are now reaching the climax of the Web Awards as we move into the final judging stage this Friday, 9 am, April 20, 2007. This will be held at Alfox Internet Cafe (beside Chowking), Kamuning Road, corner Edsa, Quezon City.

Agenda as follows:

  • Intro on what makes a great website
  • Judging criteria
  • Assignment of categories

Club members are requested to confirm their attendance for food count purposes.