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Blogs and Blog Directories
A blog is a contraction of the words "web log," and generally refers to an informational site that is published online, which consists of brief entries or posts that are typically displayed in reverse chronological order, with newer posts appearing before older ones. Many blogs are maintained by one single individual, while others are the work of multiple people, often employees of newspapers, universities, companies or organizations.
Most blogs are interactive in nature, meaning that they permit and encourage comments from readers on blog posts, and sometimes even messages to one another. Thus, blogs tend to be something between a static web page and a social networking site, such as Facebook. Blog posts are created not only to produce content for publication on the Internet, but also to build relationships with their readers and other bloggers covering the same subjects.
Some blogs are focused on one particular subject, while others serve as a means of advertising for a business, product or organization, and many serve as a form of an online journal, covering a wide range of topics of interest to the blogger at any given time.
The content of most blogs is primarily textual, although images are supported, and some blogs are focused on graphical content such as visual art, photography, video, or music.
The most common blogging platforms are WordPress and Blogger, although many others are in use, including custom software and scripts. Blog software is typically dynamic in nature, meaning that posts are created through the Internet browser rather than offline, on a computer, and later uploaded to the server.
The community of blogs is referred to as the blogosphere, which is significant in that blogs are interconnected and networked through a variety of mechanisms, including blogrolls, link-backs, comments and other forms of referrals. Additionally, search engine technology is used to seek out blog content, with some search engines, such as Technorati, specializing in indexing blogs and blog updates.
There are also directories, including one that is maintained by Technorati, that are focused on listing and categorizing active blogs. Although many general and topical web directories will include category trees that are focused on blog listings, the sites that will be found in this category will relate to directories that specializing in listing blogs, known here as blog directories. General web directories that include subdomains concentrating on blogs, such as those operated by Aviva Directory and Best of the Web, may be included here as well.
The Original Spam Free Blog SearchOnline since 2006 or 2007, Add Your Blog first appears in the Internet Archive on January 2, 2007. Listed blogs are categorized and listed on search engine friendly pages, which include a detail page.
A project of the Aviva Directory, the Aviva Blogs Directory arranges its content by topic, which may be an issue, product, geographical location, or whatever else the listed blog's focus may be. Listing options include a one-time fee for a permanent listing, an annual review fee, or free submissions, with no guarantee of inclusion.
Blogs DirectoryOnline since 2006, the blogs directory sorts its content into a variety of topical categories, as well as an option to locate blogs by region. Blog listings may be submitted for free, but a featured option is also available for a one-time payment of $4.95.
The Best of the Web blog directory lists blogs on a variety of topics and regional locations. Fees for blog submissions begin at $149 for annual fee, with a permanent listing costing $299.95, each of which may include social network profiles. BOTW utilizes paid and volunteer staff to review listings and to add additional useful content to the directory.
blogcatalog.comBlog Catalog is a social networking service, allowing its members to submit their blogs and to create unique profiles to communicate with other bloggers. Registration is required in order to submit a blog, but a general listing is free, except for blogs maintained for attorneys, business sales, real estate, recruiters, SEO and SMO service providers, travel agents, vacation rental companies, and professional photographers.
SEO friendly blog directoryFirst appearing in the Internet Archive on June 27, 2007, Blog Directory Submission features a variety of blog topics, arranged into several categories. The fee for a regular link, with a reciprocal link, is $1.99, and $3.99 without a link-back. A featured link is $5.99.
Human Edited Blog DirectoryEstablished in May of 2007, the directory focuses on listing blogs, as its name implies, categorizing listed blogs and listing them on details pages that include an RSS feed from the blog. There is no charge for submissions, although advertising opportunities are available.
search for a blog or add your own blogAssociated with Jayde Online, the blog directory has been online since 2004, first appearing in the Internet Archive on March 21, 2004. There is no cost for submitting a blog to the directory.
Established in 1999The blog directory categorizes topics alphabetically, and may be browsed by category, tags, language, or country. Popular tags and newly added blogs are highlighted on a separate page. The submission of a blog requires the creation of an account, but there is no charge. During the submission process, the weblog name and URL are requested, along with the most appropriate category or categories.
Submit Your BlogAlthough the main domain appears in the Internet Archive on April 11, 2006, the directory subdomain uses a DirectoryPress script, and first appears in the Archive on August 2, 2014, just over a week ago. Submissions to the blog directory are fee-based, with several options available.