Five Star Blog Again – ReviewMe Fixes My Ranking

Two days ago, I wrote a post about Technorati playing favorites with their Top 100 list. Well, Technorati is still playing favorites and refuses to add me as a Top 100 blog, even though I clearly have a Top 100 ranking. However, I’m happy to report that ReviewMe has corrected their script that detects the Technorati rank.

The last time I went to update my rank, the ReviewMe script misreported my Technorati rank at 133 instead of 63. That reduced my overall ReviewMe ranking to four stars. It also pushed me down on the blog display list because the blogs are shown by star ranking.

I emailed ReviewMe and they said they would look into the problem and fix it. Sure enough, they did just that. My ranking has been fully restored and I am once again a five star blog.


It doesn’t matter to me whether Technorati list me in their official Top 100 or not. However, it does matter that ReviewMe gets my ranking correct because that directly effects the price I can charge for a review. I fully believe that one of the reasons I get so many ReviewMe requests is because I am one of only three 5-star blogs in the entire ReviewMe network (Shoemoney and Performancing are the other two). It also helps that my review price is less than many four star blogs. 😈

73 thoughts on “Five Star Blog Again – ReviewMe Fixes My Ranking”

  1. Shaun Carter says:

    What do you need your Alexa rank to be to get that last 5 star ranking on ReviewMe?

    1. John Chow says:

      I think you need to be below 1,000 in order to get 5 stars. Shoemoney is at 1300 something and he still has a 4 star Alexa ranking.

      1. Jarle says:

        If the growth you’ve experienced with your blog continues, it wont be long.

      2. Shaun Carter says:

        Yeah that would be quite an accomplishment to hit the top 1000 on Alexa. But I think you’re well on your way.

      3. shaun says:

        well not too many blogs have over 5 stars then lol. It’s good to hear your back to 5 stars for overall ranking.

      4. you’re ranked 2521th at the moment. I’m sure it’d take a while before you hit the 1000 mark

        1. ritchie says:

          With a couple of contests that should work out quite soon, I guess.

  2. Wow. that’s impressive. so how much would you charge?

    1. John Chow says:

      I charge $400 for a review.

    2. simon says:

      Look up right corner there is a ME man wiht $400 board.

  3. Rosinha says:

    I wish I had that kind of problems πŸ˜‰

    Only one blog to beat – performancing. That’s gona be a fight worth to watch.

    Beijinho (kiss)

    1. Jarle says:

      You can start by fighting me. I have an alexa ranking somewhere around 500 000. That shouldn’t be to hard to beat πŸ™‚

      1. Rosinha says:

        Ah ah ah… CanΒ΄t fight you, cause I all ready lost – my alexa rank is ridiculous: 6 million…

        I’ll be back to this fight in, let’s say 10 years from now… πŸ˜‰

        Beijinho (kiss)

        1. Check this out to lower your Alexa. It work on my blogs/sites. All my site started in the 3.5 millions.

          Improving your site ranking on Alexa

          In 2 weeks, tell me if it work.

          1. simon says:

            Sounds good πŸ˜€
            I would like to improve my Aleax rank too. Now it is around 117,000 something 😐 .

        2. ritchie says:

          My blog is on a subdomain; alexa doesn’t like that too much, it seems.

          1. SEO Blog says:

            actually I don’t think domain vs subdomain matters to alexa

      2. it only take about 2 months or less to reach the 500,000 mark if properly done

    2. John Chow says:

      I rank better than Performancing. The reason they are listed on top of me is because they priced themselves at $500.

      1. Rosinha says:

        I thought it worked in a different way. Thanks for explaining ao reviewme works.

        Beijinho (kiss)

      2. well, john, why don’t you up your asking price as well.
        i’m sure it would make too much difference to people who’s got the money to get a review

        1. Lewis Empire says:

          I agree. You should charge whatever keeps your reviews steady and makes the most money. I’m sure people are getting more that $400 worth of value from a well crafted site.

        2. As John pointed out earlier, I think charging less than other 4-star blogs works for him so far.

  4. At least, the whole situation gave you something to post about πŸ˜‰ on important ranking mean for some of us

    1. good point.

      reviewme acted pretty quickly to john’s problem.

      1. John’s too important to ignore, I guess. 😈

  5. webd360 says:

    good to hear that you got your 5 stars back and you helped reviewme fix something in the process πŸ™‚

  6. Steven says:

    Thats awesome to hear John. Technorati should fix your ranking too though. I think technorati’s algorithm is messed up because I know mine isn’t showing up correctly either.

    1. maybe they’ve changed the rules

      1. MrGPT says:

        How would changing the rules effect the algorithm of Technorati?

    2. They must have a whole other criteria no one else knows about.

  7. simon says:

    John, your blog is in Rank 60 but it isn’t in TOP 100 list. So weird!

    Here is the screenshot that show your blog in Rank60

    1. webd360 says:

      I guess the situation is similar to the Digg front page thing, but we don’t know for sure

      1. ritchie says:

        you never know for sure with all those social media algorithms…

    2. HMTKSteve says:

      Make that 55 and not on the top 100 list!

  8. MrGPT says:

    Great job on getting that 5th star back! You deserve it. Just one more star to go πŸ˜€ .

    1. i thought 5 star is max

      1. I think MrGPT was refering to Alexa to be 5 stars everywhere

        1. MrGPT says:

          Yes, I was. Thanks for clearing that up for me πŸ™‚ .

  9. Wallace says:

    it is a good news.

  10. Debo Hobo says:

    Hi John Chow dot Com, , I read you everyday or so. I have reviewed your site and I look forward to my back link in Batch 90. My question today however is what are your opinions of other making money online gurus such as Entrepreneur’s Journey by Yaro and his new Blog Mastermind Program or by darrenrowse?

    P.S. I am still running the Smart People Experiment on my blog.

  11. Lori L says:

    Wow John, you have a 5-star ranking for EstRSS. I have around 7000 RSS subscribers, yet ReviewMe only gives me one measly little wussy star for RSS. Any ideas why this might be so? You’d think that they’d go by absolute numbers, but perhaps they extrapolate the RSS ranking from the Alexa and Technorati rankings. (That would explain it, because you’ve got me beat by a mile there!)

    1. John Chow says:

      If you can prove to them you really have 7,000 RSS subs, they’ll give you five stars. However, your blog is PR4 and your Alexa is over 900,000. With 7,000 RSS readers, it should be much better.

      1. John,

        How else can one prove that apart from the feedcount icon of FeedBurner, which ReveiwMe does not recognize?

        My feedburner subcriber base at Telenovela Love Garden, is over 2,300 as shown by the feedcount icon, yet ReviewMe gave not a single star to my RSS est.

        Frankly speaking, I believe that ReviewMe uses another paramater to measure feeds. It is their BLOGJUICE Calculator which measures ONLY your feed subscription through Bloglines, and not through other feed aggregators!

        John has a high Blogjuice of 8.1 from 689 bloglines subscriber base, and not the 5,700 shown by FeedBurner. Those 689 Bloglines subscribers are what give John a 5-star RSS Est at ReviewMe.

        What a strange arithmetic! πŸ™„

        1. LL says:

          Update: I emailed ReviewMe, and they actually got back to me within 24 hours saying that they’d adjusted my RSS figures. Interestingly, I still only have 3 stars for RSS, despite having 1000 more RSS subs than the his Maleficent Mogulness himself.

          This indicates that ReviewMe is indeed not going by pure RSS figures alone, but using additional indicators to calculate the EstRSS ranking. I wonder what they are? It would be useful for podcasters to know, because most of our RSS subs come from iTunes, not from services like Bloglines.

          But hey, I’m not complaining! The adjusted figures bumped me up a full star overall πŸ™‚

          Congrats to John for regaining his much-deserved 5-star ranking — the power of the dark side will not be denied! 😈

          1. MrGPT says:

            Awesome. At least we know that ReviewMe has great support πŸ™‚ .

      2. LL says:

        Thanks for the answer, John — I’ll have to see what kind of proof they’d need. BTW, my comment link here goes to my personal guitar blog, which as you rightly point out, has nowhere near 7000 subscribers. I wasn’t talking about THAT one 😈

    2. Lewis Empire says:

      I can only see one or two postings for your blog each month. Which blog has the 7000 RSS subscribers?

      1. john only have 5700 some rsscribers, and i can’t see how you managed 7 thousand

      2. LL says:

        Well, I’d tell you — but I’d have to kill you…mwhahahah πŸ‘Ώ

        The blog with 7000 (well, actually 6989 as of today’s Feedburner stats, if you want to nitpick) is a podcast with posting frequencies from once per month to once per week. The blog in my comment link here goes to my personal blog, which seems a more relevant link for posting in blog comments.

        I didn’t link to my podcast for 2 reasons:
        1) To keep separation between my musical persona and the topic matter of my podcast
        2) I felt it would be kind of spammy, given that I’m not a regular commenter here (so far, that is!).

  12. Cognoscente says:

    Glad to see they fixed it for you. Perfect timing too, because I just ordered a review from this 5 star blog. πŸ˜€

    1. Lewis Empire says:

      Let us know how the money pays off…

  13. Paul says:

    You getting an iphone John? Maybe they will send one for free for you to review.

    1. i’m sure john can afford one when it’s available in a short while.

      the thing is wheather john wants one phone without the conventional keypad

      1. MrGPT says:

        Sending one to him before it was released would be more profitable to iPhone since he would be generating more “hype” towards the iPhone.

    2. John usually doesn’t have to pay for sweet things like this — he gets them for free and stores them away in the garage, just like those PC parts he just happened to have lying around. πŸ˜†

  14. Congrats on the awesome rankings. The reviews are definitely worth the price.

  15. Nirmal says:

    Good luck John!
    Good to see that you are back in 5 star.

  16. Charles Lau says:

    Congrats John.. You are the Man of 5 stars I must learn a lot from… You are really good at it!

    πŸ˜† Just joking.. Do you happen to leave in 5-star hotel?

    1. Charles Lau says:

      oops i mean “live” not “leave”.
      I must keep learning from you… πŸ™‚

    2. ritchie says:

      His hotel just got upgraded :mrgreen:

  17. Casey says:

    Glad they fixed the script!

  18. Artem says:

    Not on a theme, but do you know, John, that your blog is third in small statistic of the most expensive blogs?

    1. Really? If that were true, I wouldn’t be surprised at all. Where did you get that info?

      1. Artem says:

        I post it in my blog, this information is presented by

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  20. James says:

    I would love to get a copy of C&C. I have been trying to scrape up the money for that for a while.

    1. MrGPT says:

      Wrong post πŸ˜‰ .

      1. Can’t blame the guy for trying to up his chances, yeah? πŸ˜†

  21. Alan says:

    I might join reviewme eventually, but my audience is so much smaller (my alexa rank is above 100,000 πŸ™ ) I think it may be good just to wait until my audience grows more.

    1. Wahlau.NET says:

      I think you could just join and have a cheaper review croud.

      also congrats to the 5 stars

  22. John Cow says:

    How many RSS subscribers do you need to get an extra star ?

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