June 4, 2013

Indian Top Blogs: Frequently asked questions about directory etc

You can see here the latest edition of the Directory of Best Indian Blogs. As we keep receiving queries about compilation of this (and other) listings by us, we have tried to answer them in one place. 
This post has been updated on 6th February 2017.


1. Are you honest when you say, you don't charge or expect something in return for a blog's inclusion in your listings?
ITB does not charge for any listing. It also does not seek any favor of any kind. If you want to see our stand on  that, you can see this post on our ethical commitments

2. Why do you mark your directory etc as 2016-17 instead of 2017?
It is because we come out with our listings around middle of the year.

3. I have applied for blog review/ blog showcase. Do I need to submit the blog also for inclusion in the Directory?
No. Your blog has already been seen by us if it was submitted by 30th April. We keep visiting blogs submitted to us for review and showcase, and those suggested to us through email.

4. Will you include my blog in the Directory even now if it meets your terms?
Why not? We are open to inclusion of high quality blogs in the Directory whenever we spot them. However, updating the Directory on a daily basis is not possible.

5. My blog was there in the last edition of the Directory but is not there now. Have you changed your selection criteria?
Do have a look at this old post on selection criteria for the blog directory. Does your blog meet these criteria? Whether your blog was there in earlier edition(s) of the Directory or not, we looked at all blogs afresh for the current Directory.

6. My blog is there in the Directory and yet in your review of my blog you have listed out many problems. Do you apply different standards for blog review?
When we compile the Directory, we tend to ignore some blemishes if the blog is outstanding as a whole. 
On the other hand, we are very uncharitable when making a detailed blog review. We hope, that helps bloggers much more than praising the blog or making off-the-cuff remarks.
In our 'quick review' of blogs, we look at only the obvious blemishes and inform bloggers about them, but here too we are not forgiving.
  
7. My blog has been showcased on ITB website but is not in the Directory. Why?
Blog Showcase is meant to display good blogs and let their owners talk about their best features. We showcase even very new blogs, blogs in other languages, non-Indian blogs and websites maintained blog-like. We are stricter in the case of Directory and even more strict for Ranks.

8. Though my blog is not listed in the Directory, the blog of a blogger friend is there. I consider my blog much better in design and content than hers. 
We have tried to be as fair as is humanly possible. Have you checked all the blog selection criteria mentioned in the post mentioned in FAQ-5 above? If you strongly feel that we have made an error of judgment in your case, do write to us at kp.nd.2008@gmail.com.

9. Can you help improve the layout of my blog? Can you guide how I can improve a photo? Should I go for Wordpress or Blogger? Can you do this for a fee? Can you suggest a web designer who’d help me with designing my blog professionally? Can you suggest an SEO expert?
We are not in a position to guarantee that we’d respond to each specific request, though we try to respond to emails with specific requests, when time permits.
We keep guiding bloggers on many aspects including improving photos. You can click at this link to see all our blogging guidelines and tips.
We don’t charge fee for the work that we do. We can’t recommend a web designer too; that is beyond our ethical boundary, as mentioned in FAQ-1.

10. Can I see reviews of some blogs for my guidance?
No, that’s private. However, if a blogger passes on our review to you or places it on his/ her blog, you are free to use that.

11. Do you mind sharing the raw data captured by you during compilation of the Directory?
No way. We also request marketing firms not to ask us for this.

12. You have written in the disclaimer about what should one do if one wants to get his blog removed from the Directory. Do bloggers do that?
Till now, no one has asked us to remove his / her blog from the Directory.
We have made this offer for three reasons:
One, some people might really not need publicity to their blog so that they are not disturbed by too many visitors.
Two, a blogger might have the feeling that his/ her blog is too important for the ITB Directory. Someone may feel slighted that his blog is placed next to a blog of a lower standing. If the blogger does not want his/ her blog in the Directory for any reason, we feel that both the Directory and the blogger are losers. We are here for a win-win game, not the other way round.
Three, some bloggers might suspect our intentions. When we published the first edition of the Directory, some bloggers did write on the web that we should be taken with a pinch of salt. Some even took offense to our sending them an email to announce inclusion of their blogs in the Directory. [We understand their cynicism. We are happy to share that some of them later wrote very flattering emails to us and a few even have ITB badge on their blogs. We’re humbled by their kindness.] 

13. How do you categorise blogs for the category-wise listing of blogs?
We try our best to accommodate blogs in their proper place(s) in the category-wise listing of Indian blogs. Since a blogs can relate to many genres, we put such a blog in more than one place. If you want your placing to be reviewed, do write an email to us; just give reasons why you feel we're wrong.

14. When will you release the Platinum Rankings? What criteria do you use for selecting blogs for that?
We plan to bring out the rankings on 15th July. Please have a look at this old post on selection of blogs for rankings.

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