In my sidebar under “Pecking Order” I used to have a Top 100 Gardening Sites badge. It was an amusing way to keep track of how I stood in relationship to other gardening websites–or so I thought. Recently, a quick check of Garden Rant’s Sitemeter revealed that they had far more visitors than this website, and a much lower rank. I couldn’t figure it out but didn’t have time to investigate, though my faith in that ranking on the badge was broken.
Stu Robinson of Gardening Tips ‘N’ Ideas did the investigating that I didn’t have the time (or know-how) to do. And between what he learned and what various commenters shared, well, it’s more than quirky. How do you explain that Yardiac took the html code for the badge off their site, and their site is still ranked #4 as of Paul’s comment?Pret-ty pe-cu-liar, wouldn’t you say?
I’ve removed that code from my sidebar, just as Stu and Colleen have done. As Stu put it, (tongue-in-cheek)
This is nothing but unabashed vanity and they should be getting it right, dammit! How are we supposed to crow about our position if nobody’s playing by the rules?
Or as Colleen pointed out,
We’re not the “Top 100 Gardening Sites.” We’re the “Top 100 people who bothered to register for this service, add code to our sites, and give free advertising and traffic to Top 100.
Sheesh. When it’s put to me like that, I don’t want it on my website anymore, either. How about you?