Philippines Top 100 blogs in 2009 according to Alexa.com

January 27, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Pinoy Money Talk has compiled a list of the top 100 Filipino blogs for 2009, ranked according to traffic using statistics from Alexa.com. Also listed were the biggest gainers, losers, and newcomers to the list.

Finally, we bring you our listing of the Top 50 Blogs in the Philippines for the year 2009, ranked based on each blog’s 3-month Alexa.com traffic rank.

We started monitoring blogs in 2008 (see our 2008 Top 50 Philippine Blogs list) and, in 2009, we see a diverse collection of old and new blogs alike.

In this list, 19 blogs or 20% of the Top 50 entered the list for the first time in 2009. They either became popular or started only in 2009. This means the length of time a person has been blogging does not necessarily translate to higher traffic rank.

PMT itself, which is 6th on the list in 2009, admits that the ranking is flawed (the traffic stats are only for 3 months; it also removed porn and warez sites from the list), but still gives people a good grasp of the biggest names in the Philippine blogosphere. View the complete top 100 list here.

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Win moleskines from Avalon.ph and partner blogs

July 8, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Avalon.ph is holding the second annual Blog Hopping Moleskine Giveaways throughout July. The online bookstore is partnering with several blogs to raffle off moleskines to their blog readers. Here’s this year’s schedule:

Aside from the roving raffle schedules, the site owners can set their own contest rules, so head over to the above blogs during the corresponding weeks for more details.

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Philippine Right of Reply bill will cover bloggers

June 1, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Representatives Mong Palatino and Bienvenido Abante confirm that House Bill No. 3306, also known as the Right of Reply bill, will cover websites, emails, and other electronic devices. Meaning, blogs are included.

Palatino noted that Section 1 of HB 3306 states, “All persons, natural or judicial, who are accused directly or indirectly of committing, having committed, or are criticized by innuendo, suggestion or rumor for any lapse in behavior in public or private life shall have the right to reply to charges or criticisms published in newspapers, magazines, newsletters or publications circulated commercially or for free, or aired or broadcast over radio, television, websites or through any electronic device.”

“The bill, therefore, would not only affect media outfits and journalists but also all website owners, website masters, e-mail account holders and other netizens who are not necessarily media practitioners,” said Palatino who has been a blogger since 2004.

Palatino believes this is “Internet censorship and suppression of freedom of speech and expression” and encourages both bloggers and texters to oppose the passing of this bill in Congress. Abante says people will have to refer to the specific implementing rules and regulations, especially for cases such as blogging.

Considering commenting systems are a default feature in blogs and anybody can start his own blog anyway, one wonders if the Right of Reply bill should be applicable, even feasible, on the Web.

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Pangandaman-De la Paz golf mauling incident: from local blogs to international news

December 30, 2008 | 10 Comments

Philippine blogs are buzzing over the golf mauling involving Masui, Lanao del Sur Mayor Nasser Pangandaman Jr., his father Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman, Delfin de la Paz, and his family. It started with this blog post by his daughter, Bambee de la Paz.

At around 1:30 PM today, at Valley Golf and Country Club, Antipolo City, Mayor Nasser Pangandaman, Jr., Mayor of Masiu City, Lanao del Sur, his father, Secretary Nasser Pangandaman of the Department of Agrarian Reform, and company, beat my defenseless 56-year-old dad and my 14-year-old brother to a pulp because of some stupid misunderstanding on the golf course.

The news of this altercation spread around the blogosphere, microblogging services like Twitter and Plurk, and traditional media (read Noemi Dado’s entry for the list of links).

It’s even reached international news sites like Fox News, News.com.au, and The Straits Times. Now that’s the powerful effect of blogging for you.

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Ratified.org’s Philippine Top 100 Blogs for 2008

November 3, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Ratified.org has posted the Philippines’ Top 100 Blogs for 2008.

There are two parts in this report. The first one focused on the top fifty blogs where we have established some base data at the start of this year. We wrote to the bloggers that made it to the first part of the list for further information, asking them to share the story behind their growth, and be featured here. Here are some of them.

Here’s the first set of 50:

1. Jehzlau Concepts (http://www.jehzlau-concepts.com)
2. Selaplana (http://www.selaplana.com)
3. Pinoy R.N (http://filipinonurse.blogspot.com)
4. Gio’s WeBlog (http://www.isulongseophil.com)
5. Yugatech (http://www.yugatech.com/blog)
6. Macuha (http://www.macuha.com)
7. Our Awesome Planet (http://www.ourawesomeplanet.com)
8. EntrePinoys Atbp. (http://www.mixph.com)
9. PinoyBlogoSphere (http://www.pinoyblogosphere.com)
10. Ellen Tordesillas (http://www.ellentordesillas.com)
11. Blog ni Inday (http://www.blogniinday.com)
12. Make Money Online with a 13 Year Old (http://www.carlocab.com)
13. The Filipino Entrepreneur (http://www.thefilipinoentrepreneur.com)
14. Tech At Hand (http://www.techathand.net)
15. Philippine Travel Blog (http://www.pinoytravelblog.com)
16. Julia Aquino (http://julia-aquino.blogspot.com)
17. PinoyBlogero (http://www.pinoyblogero.com)
18. Bakla Ako, May Reklamo? (http://www.baklaako.com)
19. FruityOaty (http://www.fruityoaty.com)
20. 5ThirthyOne (http://www.5thirtyone.com)
21. Naruto Shippuuden Fan (http://narutoshippuuden.selaplana.com)
22. Vista Pinas (http://www.vistapinas.com)
23. Touched By An Angel (http://www.aboutmyrecovery.com)
24. Bryan Boy (http://www.bryanboy.com)
25. Alleba Blog (http://www.alleba.com/blog)
26. Evil Woobie (http://www.evilwoobie.com)
27. Maiylah’s Snippets (http://www.lifesnippets.net)
28. Shutter Box Philippines (http://shutter.box.com.ph)
29. Kubiertos (http://www.kubiertos.com/blog)
30. Aja Lapus (http://www.ajalapus.com)
31. JoanJoyce (http://www.joanjoyce.com/blog)
32. Ederic@cyberspace (http://ederic.tinig.com)
33. Mindanao Bloggers (http://www.mindanaobloggers.com)
34. The D Spot (http://dine.racoma.com.ph)
35. TaintedSong v10 (http://www.taintedsong.com)
36. Tops 2 Bottoms (http://www.tops2bottoms.com)
37. Mar Roxas for President 2010 Blog (http://marroxas2010.blogspot.com)
38. Jozzua (http://www.jozzua.com)
39. BlogComics (http://www.blogcomics.net)
40. Captain’s Log (http://jepoy.bengero.com)
41. An Apple a Day (http://aileenapolo.blogspot.com)
42. Me.Find.Home (http://www.mefindhome.org)
43. Motorcycle Philippines (http://www.motorcyclephilippines.com)
44. Belolats (http://www.belolats.com)
45. NiervaDotCom (http://www.nierva.com)
46. Manuel L. Quezon III (http://www.quezon.ph)
47. Influential Blogger (http://www.influentialblogger.net)
48. Sasha-Says (http://www.sasha-says.com)
49. Mom Exchange (http://mom.exchange.ph)
50. BatangYagit (http://www.batangyagit.com)

And here’s the second batch of 50:

1. OFW Life Blog
2. Starmometer
3. Ultimate Pinoy Hunks
4. Silkenhut’s World
5. ChiQ Montes – WordPress Theme Designer
6. Cellphone9
7. Sacha Chua
8. Make Money Online
9. gL3nnX.net ramblings
10. Pinoy Teens Online
11. Pinoy Rickey
12. Pinoy Food
13. Mukamo Philippines
14. Europe String
15. Bariles Republic
16. Overseas Pinoy Cooking
17. Make Money Online | Get More Traffic at Manuel Viloria.com
18. Filipina Images
19. Standard Web Standards
20. Hulag
21. Filipina Soul
22. Reyna Elena
23. Music Picks
24. Technograph
25. Ready To Be Rich
26. DITZ-REVOLUTION.NET
27. On The Wings Of My Dream
28. Skirmisher
29. Ironwulf.net Ver 6: En Route – Philippines Travel Photography
30. Gaining Genius from the Global Goldmine
31. McBilly.com
32. Dulce Negosyante
33. The Man Blog
34. Bloggista.com | Ramblings of a Newbie Blogger
35. Shopping Finds
36. Picture Clusters
37. Philippine Freebies Promos Contests
38. Iloilo Views
39. LightChasers Photography
40. Mimi and Karl
41. Just Wandering
42. Build that Geek
43. Davao Delicious
44. Migs Mobile Network
45. The Journal of The Jester-in-Exile
46. Pusang Maganda
47. keyboard monologues
48. Can of Thoughts
49. Reminiscence of my Adventures
50. When Silence Speaks

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WordPress.org’s Showcase section promotes WP-powered sites that push the envelope

November 1, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Those who wonder whether WordPress should be used for more than just blogs might think twice with the launch of Showcase, a new WordPress.org section which features “some of the best and brightest WordPress users, who are using it to do a whole lot more than blog”.

WordPress.org, WordPress.com, WordPress.com VIP, and WordPress MU users are all welcome to submit their sites. Screenshots are updated almost in real time.

This is definitely a gallery-type site I’d want my site to be featured in! It’s great that WordPress is adding more features to strengthen its user community. I sure hope many Philippine sites make the cut.

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Philippine Blog Awards and blogging covered by mainstream media

October 9, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Coy Caballes has posted a partial video of an interview about blogging and the Philippine Blog Awards in Mornings @ ANC. In the video, TJ Manotoc interviews Juned Sonido, Ferdz Decena, and Karlo Licudine. Watch out for part two!

Also check the links in the post for more coverage by other stations including GMA, QTV, and TV5. Who says the “old” and “new” media can’t get along?

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Submit your blog to blogs.com now!

August 20, 2008 | No Comments Yet

blogs.com is the newest service that lets you discover the best of the blogosphere. It’s a creation of the same people who brought you blogging software rivals to WordPress, but everyone is encouraged to submit their favorite blogs for approval.

You can quickly and easily find blogs by category and topic or read daily blog roundups of some of the best blog content around the Web. Top 10 Lists from celebrity bloggers and influencers also help you discover new blogs, and everyone is invited to create their own Top 10 lists to share with the community. Blogs.com also produces a free weekly email newsletter so you can get the best in blogs delivered to your inbox.

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Gossip blog Chikatime taken down

July 4, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Gossip blog Chikatime mysteriously goes offline, months after it broke the controversial story about Brian Gorrell, DJ Montano, and the Gucci Gang.

A few days ago it has limited its access to a selected number of readers only, but as of writing the site has exactly one blog post entitled “farewell”:

para wala nang gulo, we apologize to everyone we wrote about. madami din kaming na-offend.

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More WordPress blogs being hacked

June 18, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Last time, it was a WordPress vulnerability that was resolved by upgrading to the latest version. This time, it’s a non-WordPress issue, specifically a redirect technique, that’s affecting a lot of WordPress-powered blogs.

The recent security issues concern hackers who work with Google and other search engine results and redirects traffic from your blog or website. The searchers clicks on the link and is redirected to the hacker’s site with the same search string used to search in the search engine. Most bloggers notice a problem when their site traffic drops inexplicably and/or their ad income drops.

Read Lorelle’s post for more information on detecting and eliminating this security issue.

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Join the 9rules Network

May 6, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Update: You might want to know that the latest version of 9rules is built with WordPress and bbPress. That’s pretty amazing considering all the features this community offers.

Does your website have have quality content? Get recognized by one of the most popular web communities, 9rules.

What is 9rules?

Here’s a little background info first. 9rules started in 2003 with, well, nine rules:

  1. Love what you do.
  2. Never stop learning.
  3. Form works with function.
  4. Simple is beautiful.
  5. Work hard, play hard.
  6. You get what you pay for.
  7. When you talk, we listen.
  8. Must constantly improve.
  9. Respect your inspiration.

It soon evolved into a community that you can’t quite categorize: a mix of a forum, a blog aggregator, a Digg clone (even if 9rules came before Digg!), and a social network. After several redesigns and revisions, the 9rules of today is a website that features content from its member blogs.

How do you join 9rules?

So how do you become a member? Over the years 9rules has announced submission rounds. As 9rules relaunched this April 30th this year, aspiring bloggers can submit their URLs on the following dates:

  • May 7, 2008
  • August 6, 2008
  • November 5, 2008

Rounds open at midnight eastern standard time of said dates and run for 24 hours each. The first submission round is just 2 days away! Keep your eyes on the 9rules blog for more detailed instructions on submitting your blog.

If you don’t make it to 9rules, or don’t think exclusivity is your thing, try Chawlk, where you can discuss and post links freely.

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When Blogs Become Unacknowledged Mainstream Media Sources

April 5, 2008 | 7 Comments

Blogs being scraped and plagiarized by other blogs is one thing, but what do you do about the beast that is mainstream media? It’s very disappointing for this type of thing to happen, since television and newspaper companies often consider themselves far more legitimate and reputable than anything that comes from the Internet.

Yet we are experiencing an emerging culture of taking things without asking permission, much less giving proper attribution. It could be a bunch of different reasons, mostly revolving around ignorance, but what does that say about supposedly educated professionals in the fields of journalism and mass media? Where are these people’s ethics?

This is a lesson for both providers of content and those who are in need of it: Just because you can find it on Google doesn’t mean you can use it for yourself. If the TV stations strongly oppose putting their shows on YouTube, then they should treat online content with the same respect they expect. Konting respeto lang.

Similarly, if you put anything on the Internet, it is bound to be plagiarized. Certain measures can be taken to avoid this, but the most desperate of people will still find a way to steal your content: remove watermarks, paraphrase sentences, et cetera.

I’m sure bloggers would be honored for their writings, photographs, and other creations to be featured in “the real world”. There’s a reason why Creative Commons emerged as a more generous alternative to copyright. And for those who don’t already know, we have a local group that has ported the Creative Commons licenses into the Philippine legal context, so creators are more protected than ever. The problem is, people don’t read. We don’t read street signs, we don’t follow instructions. We just go online and take whatever it is we need without worrying about the consequences. CC licenses are already easy to read, but we don’t take time out to understand what “non-commercial use” even means! Because chances are, we won’t get caught anyway.

Then again, the Philippine blogging community is growing more assertive and formidable each year. And this dilemma is one of the best ways we can prove that. Act now, fellow Pinoy bloggers!

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INQUIRER.net Blogs

February 18, 2008 | 1 Comment

Inquirer Blogs

This week, we’re featuring not just one but twenty-three blogs! All of them are under the Philippine Daily Inquirer website, INQUIRER.net.

Inquirer is arguably the most popular, most up-to-date, and most high-tech Philippine publication online. And they’ve taken it a step further through its roster of blogs that cover topics like video games, Apple, music, sports, science, TV, real estate, travel, girls, and even—you guessed it—blogging. It looks like they’ve drawn inspiration from the New York Times and its WordPress-powered blogs.

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Blogging about the Lozada Testimony and ZTE Broadband Scandal

February 8, 2008 | 38 Comments

“Ang salitang Pilipino ay tumutukoy sa isang bansa, ang bansang Pilipino. And sometimes, it’s worth taking a risk for this country.” – Jun Lozada

Controversies in Philippine current events almost always spill over to the Philippine Blogosphere because it’s a great way to hear from the many voices that would otherwise be drowned out by hype. This very moment, all eyes are on the brave witness in the ZTE broadband scandal, Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada. How have Pinoy bloggers covered the issue so far?

AWBHoldings.com has a short list of blogged reactions, including a link to Manuel L. Quezon III’s Twitter live tweets of the hearing.

Speaking of MLQ3, he has quite a number of lengthy blog posts himself, the latest being “The Witness”. Lots of links out too, including a plea from Lozada’s niece. It’s clear that aside from blogs running WordPress, Multiply will always be a goldmine Filipinos updating on their lives.

Then there’s the transcript of Lozada’s Exposé from Pedestrian Observer (also available at GMANews.TV).

Oh, and I found an awesome quote by Jun Lozada from Mary Ann Señir and an awesome caricature of Jun Lozada by Jed Segovia, both of which you can see at the top of this post.

This is just the beginning, so be sure to keep up with Jun Lozada and the ZTE Broadband Scandal (tools like Google Blog Search and Twitter are a big help).

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Pinoy Tech Blog

January 18, 2008 | 3 Comments

100% Tech. 100% Filipino. 100% Blog. That is what Pinoy.tech.blog is all about. PTB, as the blog is fondly called, is one of the first and foremost successful team blogging endeavors by Filipinos.

At the forefront of PTB are several big names in the local technology and blogging scenes. The team is a set of professionals in the various technology industries in the Philippines, or involving Filipinos in and out of the country.

The PTB has often been cited by mainstream media, including print, radio and television, for its intelligent commentary, useful tips, and quick news reportage.

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