We are officially doing the third annual ChurchMag Top 30 Church Tech Blogs list. Want to see our list from 2013? Check it out here.
We wanted to put together a top 30 list formula that was as objective as possible and added little to no subjectivity to the project. The formula finds the most popular blogs on the Internet through a series of calculations.
While we rework the algorithm to update it from 12 months ago, we would love to hear your recommendations. We will cease receiving recommendations by the end of the month, May 31st, so make sure you submit your favorites or your own ASAP in the comments! Details below on what we are using to rank and what we are looking for in blog submissions.
How We Measure The Rankings
- Web Traffic
We believe that a significant weight of the ranking should come from the traffic that comes to someone’s blog. Advertisers measure it through impressions and visits, we simply look at the unique number of visitors that visit your site. At the same time, we do factor in Alexa rankings too, but it should be noted that this is but a study and has many fallacies in its measurements because they rely on the habits of only a small group of web surfers, making it very important that it is only a small factor in the overall ranking.
- mozRank and RSS Readers
Web traffic is only a portion of the influence. We must remember to include mozRank that is influenced by backlinks as well as those who still read your blog posts through an RSS feed. mozRank is a 10-point measure of link authority and popularity.
- Social Media
I do not know of a single blog ranking system that incorporates social media into its statistics, so we have found the top three networks (Facebook, Twitter, and Google+) and incorporated them into the formula. Not only is the size of the audience important here, but how active they are with their fans and followers.
I’ve said this every year, this is not a fail-proof formula and we are okay with that.We do not plan to be Klout, but what we do have is a great and fair process.
What We Are Looking For
So now we need your help. We need to hear from you guys about some great Church tech and creative blogs to add to the search for the top 30 Church tech blogs. What makes a site qualify?
- It must have a main blog component. We are not looking for companies to submit their website for free advertising.
- You must talk about your Christian faith somewhat frequently in blog posts. It does not have to be affiliated with a specific church or organization in any way.
- Your blog must focus on technology and creativity in some format. This includes a wild array of topics including social media, web programming, blogging, IT security, mobile apps, graphic design, video, audio, and so on.
- No aggregate blogs.
- No social media networks. i.e. GodTube.
- No inappropriate content on the website.
How You Can Submit Your Site
If you want to submit a blog into the search for the top 30 Church tech blogs, here is all you need to do.
- Leave URLs in the comments below — and any questions you may have.