Anthropology Blogs

I came across this list of the top 25 anthropology blogs as compiled by Invesp Consulting (an e-commerce conversion optimization company, of course). Their Blog-Rank statistics are based solely on (automated) data extraction from various aspects of online content, such as RSS membership, Yahoo and Google indexed pages and pagerank, visitor and pagehit counts, link-to-page ratios, Alexa and Technorati ranking and social sites popularity (Digg, Stumbleupon, Delicious, Redditt, Propeller and mixx). It's an interesting way to see how the the marketing world's ranking tools apply to mostly academic blogs, with a healthy mix of social web for good measure.

At the top of the list are favorites like Afarensis, Conversations with Dina, Material World and remote central. There are plenty more anthro blogs out there, too. See my blogroll in the left column of this page for some of my favorites or the sites below:

All Top: Anthropology
The Daily Reviewer
Academic Blogs Feeds
Online Universities Top 100 Anthropology Blogs
Neuroanthropology: Anthropology blogs, networking and online community resources

Edit: Here's another new online content ranking tool worth exploring.
PostRank is a scoring system developed by AideRSS to rank any kind of online content, such as RSS feed items, blog posts, articles, or news stories. PostRank is based on social engagement, which refers to how interesting or relevant people have found an item or category to be. Examples of engagement include writing a blog post in response to someone else, bookmarking an article, leaving a comment on a blog, or clicking a link to read a news item. PostRank scoring is based on analysis of the "5 Cs" of engagement: creating, critiquing, chatting, collecting, and clicking. By collecting interaction engagement_metrics in these categories the overall engagement score is calculated and the PostRank value is determined.
Check out PostRank's anthropology pages, which present yet another perspective on the anthro blogosphere and popular feeds. Its dynamic "engagement metrics" show changes in content "popularity" over time, and you can view the most recent blog posts and anthropology-tagged news and delicious bookmarks in a single stream of content.

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