Measuring Blog Reach/Impact…beyond Technorati

Well, it appears that Technorati is somewhat recovered from its earlier dysfunction (see here).  However, it is far from all the way up.  I still need to manually ping it to get posts to appear and I don’t trust my authority and rank numbers anymore.  Never mind the cries for help, satisfaction, and justice I hear that still go unanswered by Technorati support.

Because I’m on a WordPress-hosted blog, I can’t use some analytics packages, but I’m looking to move beyond Technorati.  I’ve found at least three reasonably-useful sites thanks to Sara at Pajama Professional (post here). 

Xinu Returns pulls together a good summary of ratings — especially the backlinks — from a variety of social media sites.  I’ve found it useful to use CubeStat or Website Outlook in conjunction with Xinu Returns, mostly to validate my pageviews/day (which are incomplete in WordPress-hosted stats).

Any other sites/approaches to recommend?

What is the deal w/ Technorati?

Does anyone have any idea what’s up w/ Technorati?  It seems like they’ve had recurring index, link, and authority update issues since the beginning of the year.  I’d like to rely on them — I see backlinks and other comments there I can’t see other places.

Also, I’m surprised Michael Krigsman hasn’t posted on them again.  I’m starting to wonder if they really did get to the bottom of what ailed them six months ago (Michael’s “kudos” post here).

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