I updated the Top 50 Patent Blogs list that Gene started back in 2009. Its dwindled below 50 because a few sites no longer exist. I provide two different ways to rank the blogs in the list. The first method which is Google’s page rank is more qualitative which I think might be a bit more fair to those that write and maintain their blogs out of passion. The second method is Alexa figures which calculate traffic to a blog over the past three months.
When I first started blogging, I read most of the blogs in Gene’s top 50 list. Its possible if you read them through a reader. Over a very short period of time, I stopped reading a few of the blogs. Believe it or not. I stopped reading some of the most popular blogs. The writing style and content of those blogs didn’t give me any useful content. As I was compiling the Top Blogs list below, I started to think about a more equitable ranking system. Each blog has its own flavor and that is the way a blog should be written. As you will see, I didn’t include magazines that had a popular blog because the blog didn’t have a personality behind the blog. I just think that a blog should be an extension of one’s persona online.
As you click through to each of the blogs, you will notice the content on each of the blogs is different. Patentlyo.com appears to be statistically driven. Mr. Crouch produces many different patent stats. We appreciate him for that. Gene’s IPWatchDog.com blog is filled with opinion of legal patent developments. Againstmonopoly.com highlights how patents and other IP protection hurt society. The list goes on and on. Instead of visiting only the top blogs, I recommend that you spend some time reviewing each of the blogs because each blog infuses a bit of their own perspective and personality into the online conversations currently occurring in the blogosphere.
Google Page Rank.
I thought that an equitable ranking system would be through Google’s own pagerank system which somewhat reflects the quality of a website and not necessarily popularity. As you will see, most blogs fall within the 4, 5, 6 range. Who is to say that ipwatchdog.com is top dog and patentlyo.com has a lower rank. Both have a page rank of 6 which reflect the hard work that they have put into their blogs. Both are awesome blogs that provide great content to their respective readership. I really can’t say that one is better than the other. I think that most people would agree.
Here is a description of the meaning of Google’s page rank according to a few seo sites I’ve found on the internet. After reading the description, see where the blogs that you like fall within this ranking system. I think that you will get a sense that Google is the number one search engine because their page rank is fairly accurate.
- PR-0: Failed. You are not in Google’s index and may have been banned.
- PR-1: Failing.
- PR-2: Below average. Google will see what you do.
- PR-3: Average. Most legitimate websites are right here.
- PR-4: Above average. You’ve done something good.
- PR-5: Great job.
- PR-6: Superb job.
- PR-7: Perfect. You have one of the top sites on the internet.
- PR-8-10: Reserved for only the best of the best. E.g., yahoo.com
The Alexa ranking is based on the number of hits a site receives. If more people visit a site, then the better the statistics. By the way, for Alexa, a lower number is better. The number of visitors is dependent upon a number of factors including the number of pages that you have in your blog. Hence, if you post more blog posts, then you will generally have more visitors. The flip side is that Google is very smart in determining whether you are producing quality content. Hence, if you post crappy content, then no matter how many pages and posts you have, google will not drive traffic to your site. Hence, the Alexa ranking reflects a blend of quality and quantity. As you can see from the list below, PR6 sites are generally at the top, while PR4 sites are generally at the bottom.
Here is the list.
|11.||The Business of Patents||4||1764483|
|12.||Holman’s Biotech IP||5||2019445|
|13.||The Invent Blog||5||2046534|
|14.||271 Patent Blog||5||2052018|
|15.||IP Think Tank||4||2520629|
|16.||Chicago IP Litigation||5||2610811|
|22.||The prior art||6||3615654|
|25.||Orange Book Blog||5||4070050|
|26.||European Patent Caselaw||5||4277293|
|27.||The IP Factor||5||4519602|
|29.||OC Patent Lawyer||4||5036570|
|32.||Honoring the Inventor||4||5647270|
|37.||Patent Infringement Updates||5||11729006|
Just An Examiner had a page rank of 5. However, its Alexa rank appeared to relate to the livejournal and not the Alexa rank of the blog itself. It wasn’t fair to include this blog in the mix up above since I didn’t know where it fell.
If a blogger stopped posting content or the site was down, then the blog was not included in the list.