My apologies for the lack of posts recently. I was out of town at a conference and have been working on a new project that I’m unveiling early to Blogetization readers.
The new site, New Blog Finder, is a recommender system for blogs. Much like StumbleUpon or Amazon’s recommendations, you rate blogs that you’ve read and enjoyed and it will suggest new blogs that you may like based on those ratings.
A big part of the idea behind this is to provide a way for site owners to generate free, targeted traffic. Because users will be shown appropriate sites, they’re very likely to find something they like and hopefully will become regular readers.
Simply go to the above URL, sign up – with an e-mail address and password. Rate some blogs – either some of the initially suggestions (including this blog) or enter the URL for other blogs that aren’t in the system and they’ll be added. Under “Your Recommendations” on the Home page it will provide the 5 blogs you’re most likely to enjoy. The ratings are a 5 star scale, ranging from 1 star (bad) to 5 stars (great). The system will give the best recommendations once you’re rated some blogs high ratings and others low ratings.
Ratings aren’t displayed to anyone – not even in the aggregate – so don’t worry about hurting anyone’s feelings with a low rating.
Because this is a new system, the recommendations aren’t as good as they would be with more data. As more users enter ratings, the recommendations should continually improve.
I’d be very interested in any thoughts and feedback on this site, both from a user perspective and as a way to get traffic to your blog.