Our experiences in listing the topmost Indian blogs

For Top Blogs, it has been painful year in some respects, but a lot rewarding. It is now among the top Indian blogging sites!

We issued the first formal list of top Indian blogs in February 2011. We received a few kudos but many brickbats. We were equated with link exchanges and some bloggers felt we had arrived on Indian blogging scene to make money by offering listing on the Directory for a fee. Some felt, and shared with others, that we were outright cheats. We now know that many of them did so with the good intent of cautioning co-bloggers, but some were hell-bent on berating us. Some had a 'proof' of our dubiousness in that we were not associated with a big website and we had not included their highly popular blogs in the best blogs' listing. On a blog, the blogger had mentioned that she was were embarrassed that her blog had found a mention in Top Blogs list!

We responded with this post explaining our position. We commented on a few blogs to clarify our position. We offered that if a blogger wanted his/ her blog to be deleted from the Indian top blogs list, we’d do so. We also learnt quite a few lessons from some very well-meaning criticism.

The hard work soon started paying in pleasant ways.

We were surprised at Indian bloggers' reactions, when we sat to analyze the conduct of our initial critics - 50 of them. We discovered that nearly half of them had submitted their blogs for a detailed review by us (a free facility that had to be discontinued later due to too much demand that we could not cater to, but we plan to start it again). Six bloggers had submitted their blogs for showcase on Top Blogs. Eleven were in the updated Directory of Best Indian Blogs, but nobody asked us to remove their blogs from the Directory. At least five had put our badge on their blogs!

We have received immensely encouraging and kind words from bloggers whose blogs we’ve reviewed in detail. Some blogger friends have asked us to expand to related activities such as issuing e-books, accepting guest posts, offering paid services etc. Our Directory of Best Indian Blogs and other lists have found mention in many respectable Indian websites. Our badges can be seen on over 200 blogs (after that we stopped counting), despite the fact that many bloggers whose blogs are listed in the Directory might not even be aware of this.

It gives us satisfaction that in the last six months, we have written nearly two dozen exhaustive posts highlighting different aspects of blogging. These range from blogging-bloomers to content quality, putting images and labeling.

We’ve fumbled too. On a friend’s advice we started search engine optimization (SEO) tricks-of-the-trade. We are glad that we’ve discarded them all except for a very few sensible and natural practices of cross-referencing, etc. We also thought of giving a thrust to interactivity by encouraging comments on our posts but soon found ourselves unable to even reciprocate greetings. We do comment on other websites/ blogs, but too infrequently. We also tried to plunge into social networking but when we realized that we had no time for activities beyond our core commitment. We are only routinely active on a few social networking sites.

Committed to keep showcasing the top Indian blogs

We are bound by our core commitment: helping bloggers with advice - especially non-techie bloggers; and promoting good blogs – especially Indian blogs. This is our strength too. We can claim to be the only team that has reviewed over 400 blogs in detail, browsed over 30,000 Indian blogs for quality checking and critically examined over 5,000 blogs (so far).

We are committed to keep releasing the Directory of Best Indian Blogs year after year, on quality parameters, very fairly and without charging fee.

We do a lot of reading and learning, and a bit of research. We would keep publishing posts with tips on various aspects of blogging. If you ever want to check how and in which direction the Indian blogging is growing, you could have a look at our analytical posts like the one we recently published: Indian blogging 

We wish all our blogger friends all success in their blogging endeavors!