Here’s my MyBlogLog account (awfully redundant…oh well). For those of you unfamiliar with MyBlogLog I’m not going to go into much detail, but all you need to know for this post is that it aggregates all of my feeds among many different web services. For example, the public page updates information from my Twitter accounts, LinkedIn, blogs, Flickr, etc. So anyone could stop by this page and find out what’s going on with me in seconds.
Where MyBlogLog Breaks Down
From a user’s perspective there may be SOME value to a page showing the updates from any particular individual. Honestly, I’m really not that interested in other people’s feeds of bookmarks, profile updates, etc. They could be focusing on what they could do best: SEO.
Take a look at a search result listing for a MyBlogLog account. The description of my listing is:
“MyBlogLog respects your privacy—we only aggregate publicly-available information . If you wish to edit your list of services, visit the ‘Services’ tab.”
That helps no one! Searches don’t need to see that. Instead, why can’t they populate the description with something about…ME?!
In All Fairness
MyBlogLog may not have had SEO in mind when building this page. They may seem to think that people are actually interested in viewing all of the updates about myself. They may also want to prevent their site from becoming a spam monster. Understandable.
They do have some follow links on the page that go to all of my services; they’re just without all of the awesome anchor text that I’d like and instead use the name of the service and my username (i.e. Technorati: patrickdaly, etc.).
If MyBlogLog corrected these things it would be a powerhouse of link juice.
Does anyone know of a MyBlogLog alternative that meets these requirements:
- Public Pages
- Follow Links (preferably custom anchor text)
- Already performs well in search engines
- Free (preferably)