Is FuelMyBlog worth the effort?

Thursday, January 7, 2010 , Posted by Johnny Fuery at 1:11 AM

Originally Published 2007-05-17 18:26:55

FuelMyBlog Stats Screenshot

So I've had a FuelMyBlog badge up for about 6 weeks (it's on the sidebar to the right if you're reading this through Here's a snapshot of my statistics thus far.

Now, based on the Business and Technology FuelMyBlog category, one should show up on the top ten with only 120 votes or so. The #10 spot as of today has 119 votes to date and only 2 votes today. Seems like pretty low hanging fruit. In fact, the top blog of all time, according to the FMB Master List, has only 818 votes. Seems achievable, right? Except that I've noticed a few things about FuelMyBlog:

  • The daily votes are based on a 24 hour period beginning and ending at midnight GMT. Pretty straightforward.

  • The front page updates are not real-time. If I log on at 12:05 AM midnight and give myself a single vote, I have found that the ten folks in the top ten spots on the front page (which apparently displays "today's top blogs") doesn't update. This is true even if the other folks in the top spot also only have a single vote. In fact, I'm pretty sure I've logged on, seen ten blogs with only 1 or 2 votes, found myself and discovered I already had a vote, and added my personal vote, bringing the daily tally (in theory) to 2. Still no dice. Maybe it's a cron task and I'm just checking at unlucky intervals -- my observations are not scientific in nature (or, at least, outside of my own naturally analytic leanings), so this report should be taken with a grain of salt. A small grain. ;-)

  • I detect next to no incoming traffic from FuelMyBlog in my web server logs. Google Analytics seems to agree. We're talking a quarter of 1% of all my traffic. Since my traffic isn't all that eye-opening in the first place, that's pretty abysmal in my opinion.

Are any of you using FuelMyBlog? What has been your experience? Is it worthy of further investigation/promotion?


On 2007-05-18 00:35:12 bokjae said:
Hi smart guy, my experience is the same. Really don't see why should I promote fuelmyblog too! Good stuff! My status is even more dismal then yours! hahaha! tks for visitng my blog! appreciate.

On 2007-05-18 09:49:28 Steve Warner said:
Hi Johnny,

Yeah - I too have noticed this. I think thet FMB has some good points, but it isn't a widely used site yet. They are still building up the readership.

I have had some traffic to my site from FMB, so the publicity is possibly worth it, but ike you say - nothing earth-shattering.

But I think they are working on a new voting system, as the current one has some loopholes that are allowing people to vote themselves into top spot on a daily basis.

My main problem with FMB is actually the interface - I find it difficult to find my own site in the grid of logos. It's a very poor user interface design. It should be a random or alphabetical list or something like that.

Anyway, it's cost me nothing to use FMB, and so I guess I shouldn't expect huge returns.....



On 2007-05-20 02:47:36 Uncle Johnny said:
I agree that the grid interface is difficult to navigate. It also take awhile to load unless you're on a super-fast pipe. In addition, I've noticed that the JS sometimes dies because the page sometimes gets truncated waiting for all the images.

Still, I'm going to play with it a bit longer. If I get any useful data, I'll post it!

On 2007-05-20 18:13:52 Smart Guy is Today’s “Top Business and Technology Blog” on FuelMyBlog » Really Smart Guy » GeekSpeak, Real Estate, Landlording, Technology, Business Ideas, Web Marketing » Blog Archive said:
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