Z-Meme Me

squidoo1.JPGOK, this may get a little confusing, so pay attention….

A couple of weeks ago, Mack Collier over at The Viral Garden blog decided to try a little experiment.   The idea was to create a meme built around giving link-love to the blogs that deserve it, and hopefully turn Technorati’s system of using a blog’s # of links to determine its ‘authority’, on its ear.  Mack started with a small list of blogs that he links to and asked his readers to pass the list on, adding their favorites to it.  (BTW, Mack’s initial list of 5 blogs included fellow WordPress blogger Becky Carroll’s excellent Customers Rock)

The list grew, and the “Z-listers” began getting the links they deserved.  Then, best selling marketing guru and blogger, Seth Godin got a hold of it and created a Squidoo “Lens” for it.   Mack Collier noted just before Christmas that a number of the “A-List” blogs (like Seth’s) had been added to the lens, thereby moving the list beyond it’s original intention.  This makes sense given the caption that Seth has placed on the page which reads:

Worth a look! There is no A list, so there can’t be a Z list. There’s just good blogs.

Today was the first I had heard of Squidoo, and I’m still not sure I fully understand the concept other than it is a single web page, dedicated to a particular topic that you are passionate about.  It contains content and links to content.  In Seth’s Z-List lens, you can vote for or against a blog on the list to change its rank.

Having a rather obscure blog, I felt compelled to add myself to the list today to see if it would generate any traffic.  And whaddyaknow, it did!!  I’m currently sitting at #74 #127 and the total list is up to 312 340. Of course the spam blogs have also discovered the list and are inserting themselves.  Fortunaltely, people are voting them to the bottom.

So here is the deal (2 parts):

  1. If you read my blog and think it is worth your time, do me a favor and vote for me on the Z-List Lens.  You will need to register on Squidoo in order to vote, but that is painless. 
  2. Check out the current Z-Lister (from Mack Collier) after the jump.  If you are a blogger, you can participate in the experiment.  Simply cut and paste the ENTIRE list below to a post on your blog. That’s it. You’ll get a ton of happy bloggers suddenly coming to YOUR blog to thank you, you’ll get a ton of great new blogs to read, you’ll likely get a ton of links yourself, but most of all, you’ll feel good about making a whole lot of other bloggers feel good about themselves. All by taking a couple of minutes to leave a simple post. Not a bad deal, eh?

    PS: Check out this list of Z-Listers from Christine Kane’s blog. Notice that her list is almost as long as the one below, and at least HALF of them are different!

Creative Think
Movie Marketing Madness
Blog Till You Drop!
Get Shouty!
One Reader at a Time
Critical Fluff
The New PR
Own Your Brand!
Work, in Plain English
Buzz Canuck
New Millenium PR
Pardon My French
Troy Worman’s Blog
The Instigator Blog
Diva Marketing
Marketing Hipster
The Marketing Minute
Funny Business
The Frager Factor
Open The Dialogue
Word Sell
Note to CMO:
That’s Great Marketing!
Shotgun Marketing Blog
Customers Rock!
Being Peter Kim
Pow! Right Between The Eyes! Andy Nulman’s Blog About Surprise
Billions With Zero Knowledge
Working at Home on the Internet
MapleLeaf 2.0
Two Hat Marketing

The Engaging Brand
The Branding Blog
Drew’s Marketing Minute
Golden Practices
Tell Ten Friends
Flooring the Consumer
Kinetic Ideas
Unconventional Thinking
Conversation Agent
The Copywriting Maven
Hee-Haw Marketing
Scott Burkett’s Pothole on the Infobahn
Multi-Cult Classics
Logic + Emotion
Branding & Marketing
Popcorn n Roses
On Influence & Automation
Servant of Chaos
Presentation Zen
Dmitry Linkov
John Wagner
Nick Rice
CKs Blog
Design Sojourn
Frozen Puck
The Sartorialist
Small Surfaces
Africa Unchained
Marketing Nirvana
Bob Sutton
¡Hola! Oi! Hi!
Shut Up and Drink the Kool-Aid!
Women, Art, Life: Weaving It All Together
Community Guy
Social Media on the fly
Jeremy Latham’s Blog
SMogger Social Media Blog


6 comments so far

  1. Gavin Heaton on

    Thanks for posting the Z-list … it is one of the best ways I have yet seen to find new and interesting blogs.
    Still reserving my opinion on the Squidoo lens though 😉

  2. C. B. Whittemore on

    Thanks for mentioning Flooring The Consumer!

  3. Becky Carroll on

    Thanks so much for the great comment on my blog! I like yours, too!

    I will check out the Squidoo lens after the holidays… still on vacation. 🙂

  4. Chris Kieff on

    “Never underestimate the power of a small group of dedicated people to change the world. Indeed, it’s all that ever have.”

    by Margaret Mead

    The Z-list is the embodiment of this quote. Thanks for adding us.


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