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Six Alternatives To MyBlogLog

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007...10:59 pm

Six Alternatives To MyBlogLog


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For better or worse MyBlogLog is the de facto standard when it comes to connecting with other bloggers. They have the most traction within the blogging community and they are backed by the juggernaut that is Yahoo.

However there are some alternatives out there.


 
Spicypage ranks blogs and other sites by user vote. They have a widget that you can put on your site that allows visitors to vote for your blog and will also display your recent voters or visitors. They’ve also just added a feature where you can submit articles from your blog.

 

 
According to their site, Explode is a go-anywhere global networking system. It allows anyone to include a distributed friends widget on their site, send these friends comments and keep connected.

 

 
Blog Woods is just like MyBlogLog, but with user voting. It’s visual design is even more ghetto than MyBlogLog, but I’ve seen alot of familiar faces on there, so people are signing up. With a visual makeover they would make more of an impact. They also have a widget you can put on your site.

 

 
In their own words MillionDollarAvatar is a tool to promote your site and introduce users to new sites online. Their profile pages have a nice design but the name makes me cringe, not that I should talk. Their front page displays 100 random avatars and is reset every 24 hours. 

 

 
Others Online is an interesting one. When you create a profile you include keywords/tags for your site. These tags are then used to match your site with ones with similar interests as your own. If those sites have the Others Online widget installed your site will be displayed to visitors. They also have a browser toolbar which works in a similar way displaying sites that are relevant to the one you are browsing.

 

 
Blog Catalog started off as just another boring blog directory, but has recently morphed into a fully fledged competitor to MyBlogLog. The design of Blog Catalog addresses many of the issues I have with MyBlogLog.

  • Navigation is intuitive.
  • You can browse by category, country, or language.
  • Recent posts are given good real estate.
  • The visual design is easy on the eyes.

Blog Catalog may have a tough time competing with MyBlogLog but they are off to a good start. I’ve already started to notice quite a few blogs displaying the Blog Catalog widget.
 

Final Word:
The only one of these services I haven’t signed up for yet is Others Online but I’ll be doing so over the next few days, and I should have a writeup on them some time in the near future.

The two I would recommend trying out are Blog Catalog and Others Online. They seem to be the ones offering the most interesting and polished service. Personally I won’t be adding any other widgets to my sidebar. Too many widgets will slow down page loading times and visually it’s a bit of an eyesoar when a sidebar becomes overpopulated. You may feel differently however.

If you’ve had the opportunity to try out any of these services feel free to leave a comment with your impressions.

19 Comments

  • Thanks for the review of BlogCatalog. Your points are great.

    If you have any suggestions for improving BlogCatalog please let me know.

    The outcome we want for BlogCatalog is to make it a seriously useful place for bloggers and blog readers.

    We are a team of 3 people and continue to find the best ideas are in the blogosphere. We really are open to any and all suggestions and constructive criticism.

    Hope to hear from you.

    Tony

  • Thats a nice list , i didnt know so many options existed .

  • I’m part of the MyBlogLog community for only two weeks, but some things really drive me mad. Message spam, all the sexist avatars, and all the low quality sites behind them. I think I’ll have a look at BlogCatalog and Others Online, they look promising. Thank you!

  • Zep.. your blog is really fun. Thanks. A huge amount of time is spent reviewing blogs at BlogCatalog. Since we purchased the site 2 months ago, I can’t even guess how much time we have taken to clean out the garbage. It almost seems as though less than 10% of blogs are of a decent quality. Yours is definitely one of them.

  • Thanks for stopping by Antony.

    I’m hoping to explorer Blog Catalog in more depth in the future so I’ll be sure to pass on any suggestions I have.

    You must be pretty busy over there developing the site, but it’s nice to see you’re taking the time to interact with the blogging community. I’m sure everyone appreciates it.

  • Dan,

    Im probably no busier than anyone else. And most bloggers I meet have better ideas and insights than me.

    My goal is to try to listen and pick out the nuggets of wisdom that bloggers share. There are so many ways to go. I’m not a blogger so I really enjoy listening to bloggers about what tools can make BlogCatalog more useful and fun.

    After you have had a chance to explore BC. Please share your thoughts, ideas and constructive criticisms :).

    Tony

  • Whoops, Antony, you charmer!
    But I’m sure you say that to every blogger, don’t you?
    *pouts and off*

  • BlogCatalog is excellent - I did a mini-review of what’s new there over on The Far Corner.

  • Just trying to make my way thru the Comment Whores here* I won’t mention any names they know who they are!!

    ;PPP

    I laffed last night i was visiting a Blog & i wondered why my Avatar w/ the Sexy Blonde Babe wasn’t showing up* Turns out it was the BlogCatalog Widget!

    I’ll have to check it out*

    I do like SpicyPage too - it contains more Visual info & Social Networking features that MyBlogLog should be incorporating*

    I’m also intrigued by $MillionDollarAvatar just cuz it may be useful in Helping me attain my quest of being the First Web2.0 $Billionaire*

    Cheers Everybody! Billy ;))

    Peace*

  • Billy I’ll race you to a billion. :)

  • LOLLLLLL

    Rock On Dan!

    I think U should change yer Avatar tho - like Smile just a little bit*

    Don’t necessarily go with one o those blatantly sexist mysoginistic BOUNCING bOObies ones but Cheer up a little dere* :)

    Seriously I thought U were a Cop or member of the Thought Police when U first popped by on MBL*

    Keep up yer great Blog Dano!!!

    The RACE is ON!!!!!***************************

    ;PPP

  • I get that alot out in the real world too. People are always telling me to smile or cheer up. I’m just relaxing my face people. I’m being efficient. There’s no need to waste energy moving those facial muscles. :)

    On a similar note, the other day someone told me I look like Vinnie Jones in that picture. I can sort of see that.

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  • I tried the Others Online—but the required toolbar messed up some of my browsing—so deleted it—but Blog catalog is great…thanks for the info….

  • Here’s my thoughts on SpicyPage (http://www.notsoboringlife.com/ramblings/spicypagecom-what-a-joke/)

    Look forward to hearing how the others work out.

  • Bumpzee.com is another alternative.

  • A Note about ‘Others Online’… I had a HUGE problem with their toolbar, and it made IE completely freak out. It also tried to get me to do things I didn’t want to do, and it would continually open itself up when I tried disabling it. I call something like that: spyware.

    Of those you listed, I’ve found BlogCatalog to be the absolute best.

    Some of the smaller ones aren’t worth the space they take up on the sidebar with their tacky widgets.

  • Yeeha.! I dint know about others!.. the only places I’ve my self registered in to are blogcatalog and mybloglog.. and ya.. i prefer blogcatalog.!

  • My Blog was rejected for Blog catalog the first time, so i went back and corrected my mistakes and reapplied. The changes I made were noticed so i got the green light. Now i have a more successful blog and i am part of a great community.

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