Top 100 Small Business Blogs Per BlogRank

BlogRank is a new ranking system for blogs. You really should check it out.

BlogRank dynamically ranks blogs in a wide variety of categories.  Here is a small sample of the categories:

  • music blogs
  • Asian food blogs
  • museum blogs
  • real estate blogs
  • technology blogs

The sheer number of categories and blogs is impressive.  Data is collected on about 20,000 blogs, although not all of those blogs appear in the rankings.

And of course there’s a category for small business blogs. And that’s good, because Small Business Trends is currently ranked number 1 in the small business blog category of BogRank.

BlogRank is the brainchild of Invesp Consulting, a Michigan ecommerce conversion optimization company.  According to Shereen, one of the team members there, the algorithm took 8 months to develop. More than 20 different factors are used to rank blogs. Factors include RSS subscribers, number of incoming links from Yahoo, the number of pages indexed in Google and Yahoo, rankings in Compete — just to name some.

BlogRank is a good tool if you want to discover new blogs to read.  It’s also a good way to benchmark progress. If you want to grow your own blog bigger or develop more traffic, I find it helps to study other blogs.  By looking at other blogs in your category you get ideas for new features to add. You get ideas on topics to write about. You get ideas on design, too.

Khalid Saleh, one of the principals of Invesp, has written more about the background of BlogRank here.

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Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses.

26 Reactions
  1. Is this just like a nobosh?

  2. Anita,

    Congratulations! I have added my blog to the site. I got this message:

    “Thank you for adding your blog to blogRank.
    Our team will review your blog and contact you with 5 business days via email.
    If you have any questions, please email

    I am not so familiar with Compete Rank. I have to check it out.

    Didn’t you have a higher RSS # before? Still, 114,431 is a very impressing number! 🙂 I have to check my RSS feed stats by Feedburner. I have had around 150 subscribers for a long time, but now I have 399 at this moment. I don’t know if Google has implemented everything from Feedburner’s old parameters.

    The blogrank badge is a neat feature. Will you add it to your blog?

  3. Congratulations, Anita! Your blog and everything associated with it are incredibly well done. Hats off to you, and I’m delighted to be in the top 100 with you, coming in at number 80! Enjoy your well deserved success!

  4. Congratulations Anita and well deserved for all the effort you have put in over the years.

  5. Anita Campbell

    Hi Jeff,

    Nobosh is an aggregator of news stories and blog posts. BlogRank is a ranking system based on certain factors. Two different things. 🙂

    — Anita

  6. Anita Campbell

    Hi Martin, Yes, I used to have double the number. In the switchover to Google’s system of running FeedBurner, I lost subscribers one day and never got them back. Oh well.

    Hi Donna Maria, congratulations to you too. That’s fantastic!

    — Anita

  7. Dina Dimopoulos

    Congratulations Anita! You continue to be an inspiration.

  8. Anita,

    Way to go!

    This looks like a great ranking tool. However…

    The people “in the know” don’t need a ranking tool. We already know this blog is the No. 1 small business blog!

    The Franchise King
    Joel Libava

  9. Woo hoo! Congrats! You totally deserve it.

  10. Congratulations Anita! Smallbiztrends.Com, indeed deserves that!

  11. Anita,

    Did you talk to Google about it? I lost a big part of my readership stats for a short moment, but when it came back to normal again after they had implemented everything.

    As you say, I think that blogRank could be a great guide to find new interesting blogs to read and follow. You could also learn from other blogs in your field.

    Talking about ranking, do know what the status is regarding Google’s PageRank? Is it still a valid indicator? I have added Twingly BlogRank to my EGO blog. Go to the site and add your url address. Twingly DOT com /blogs/profile?url= Your address. In this case “smallbiztrends” DOT com. You have a BlogRank 6 and
    linked by 358 blogs.

  12. BlogRank is decent ranking tool. I havent seen that many ranking tools just for blogs. Hope it picks up popularity. Thanks for the info.


  13. Congratulations Anita! And congrats to Joel at Franchise King. How great to be included on the list.

  14. Congratulations Anita! And congrats to Joel at Franchise King. How great to be included on the list.

    It’s always great to see such deserving people receive recognition. Keep up the good work.

  15. Congratulations to the team for your #1 ranking. It is well deserved and will hopefully get more small business owners to read and discover new resources.

  16. That’s great news, congrats! I’m sure it makes all the long hours and hard work worth it. You continue to grow as a leading resource for small business info. Keep up the great work. Can’t wait to see what’s to come.

  17. Well done Anita!!!

    From a marketing perspective, we need more tools like BlogRank… to try and put some context and structure around the wild wild web of blogs. 🙂

    Glad to know your efforts at Small Business Trends have you at the top. It seemed intuitive that SBT was a great destination, now its great to have validation!

  18. Update: Congrats Joel! I have now got my EGO blog registered under the Philosophy section. I have a site score of 94.47 & ultimate rank #9 at the moment! 🙂

  19. Congrats on the #1 ranking. Well deserved guys! Great list and thanks for sharing.

  20. Gratz on the ranking! Great job !

  21. Congratulations Anita Campbell! keep it up…..

  22. Well done Anita!!! thanks for the sharing info ..!!