October 12, 2011

Selection criteria for the Directory of Best Indian Blogs

Updated as on 6th February, 2017.

We have been compiling the Directory of Best Indian Blogs. for seven years and have made a number of changes in selecting blogs for the Directory. Starting with an algo, we changed to manual picking and have made our criteria stricter over the years.

We have sometimes been criticized for including blogs of all types in the Directory of Best Indian Blogs while many serious and analytical blogs have been excluded. We believe that blogging is both a personal and social activity, and we do not hold a case against blogs on very personal matters as long as they meet our selection criteria. So, while a spirited, well-composed and regularly updated blog on one’s kid, preacher, dog or garden may get included, a visually dull blog with copy-pasted newspaper columns, not allowing comments at all and not caring to provide any archive would get left out. 
If we find great blogs, we’d not bind ourselves to a maximum number of blogs in the directory. However, we intend to have a strict filtering for quality [as explained below] and end up with about 300 blogs, no more.

Blogs as young as 6 months are eligible for the directory. However if they are not regular or slip on quality, we'd remove them in about six months.

We are unable to include more than one blog from a blogger.
We’d include blogs that are suggested to us and those explored by us only till April 30. We normally  bring out the Directory on May 30/ June 1. We have delivered on all our promises so far, and would strive to meet the deadline this time too.

Now the selection criteria.

•    Non-English blogs are not included.  Bilingual blogs are OK if the other language is used unobtrusively.
•    We consider the following as inappropriate content and reject blogs with such content: unacceptable levels of nudity and violence; vulgarity; pornography; abuse; racial, casteist or communal denigration or hatred; rumor-mongering; slander; criminality; and other content not considered acceptable in responsible writing and visual / audio / audio-visual presentations.
•    Propaganda is not welcome; promotion of universally accepted social and moral values or a just cause with wide appeal is.
•    If the blog or its content is found indulging in plagiarism or copyright infringement, it is blacked out.
•    Commercial blogs and blogs of corporate bodies are not included. Blogs with advertisements making more than 25% of their homepage content are also filtered out.
•    If more than 25% of content in the blog is automatically generated, the blog is not taken in. [Content in widgets such as recent comments, archives, followers and advertisements are not counted towards this.]
•    Blogs that have not been updated [by way of new posts] at least once in 9 out of the preceding 12 months are not included.

Blogs not rejected due to above-mentioned reasons are checked for a number of qualitative attributes. The broad categories are content, design and regularity. We give high weightage to content, followed by design and regularity. Blogs that score poor in any two of the three categories are down-graded. 

The main attributes for inclusion in the directory are:
•    Effort made in blogging, as evident from big and small steps taken to improve the quality of presentation, proof-reading of text, use of widgets, etc.
•    Grammatical correctness of text content.
•    Various aspects of visual appeal [e.g. whether the blog is clean or cluttered, how well is the opening screen composed, elements introduced to break monotony and make the content interesting, use of widgets, appropriateness of colors and titling, etc for the type of blog].
•    Qualities relating to the niche of the blog [e.g. selection of subject and depth of analysis in case of current affairs, clear depiction of recipe and display of cooked food in case of cookery blogs, mastery over subject in technical subjects, and unbiased advice in case of blogs on share-markets and review blogs].  
•    Quality and size of visuals, their appropriateness, attribution in case of content drawn from others.
•    Value addition [e.g. background information and external links] relating to the subject matter.
•    Ease of navigation and interaction.
•    Engagement with visitors, especially in the case of personal blogs. And finally, and most important,
•    Richness of resources


  1. Thanks for your guidance and encouragement my blog www.bigtamasha.com has come on 3rd place on google.co.in.

    And thanks to your Directory I or my blog has become Big B's neighbor lol. Blog Big Tamasha just follows Amitabh Bachchan's blog BigB.

  2. Thanks ITB. That is really a stringent selection criteria and I am honored to have my blog in your list.