The “Top Whatever” lists that pop up on the Internet are often interesting, and almost always controversial. Earlier today, Global Edge, a company in the UK, released just such a list in, “The World’s Most Powerful Property People – Top 100”, saying “The people in this are powerful because they work for (or in many cases, helped to create) the most authoritative real estate websites in the world”.
Many of the usual suspects made the list, and some you’d expect to see there did not. These lists always really boil down to opinion as there is no real way to quantify top anything when it comes to a website or blog.
Global Edge applied some metrics I haven’t seen done in this way before. Here’s how they ranked the sites:
This list was compiled by searching Google’s top 100 results using terms like “real estate blog” and “property news”. In this respect it is biased towards English-language sites. We also searched the blog rolls of some of the biggest blogs in the UK, US and to a lesser extent the rest of the world to add to the list. It took us several weeks to compile a list of over two hundreds sites. We then used the SEOMoz Trifecta tool to rank the importance and notoriety of the sites most relevant web page.
Whether you agree or disagree with their methodology, there are two nice things about this list: 1) it is a great way to discover new real estate related sites; and 2) the introductory prose is an interesting read.
The Donald didn’t make the list. We came in at #40. Whether that lends or detracts from the credibility of the list is for you to decide.
At least my parents will be proud…