If you're a garden blogger with a competitive streak, or a marketer looking to connect with the top garden blogs, there are several ways you could rank a garden blog's influence. You could check a garden blog's page rank, the number of inbound links, the number of comments or the Technorati ranking of a blog. A garden bloggers sphere of influence may extend beyond a blog and fellow garden bloggers. While social media sites may seem like a waste of time they have broadened the audience for many garden blogs and created a whole new breed of online influencers.
Klout, a social media analytics company, measure influence on Twitter and allows marketers to target influential Twitter users. In October Klout's list of the top Mommy Bloggers made the rounds on Twitter and it got me wondering who some of the top garden bloggers were.
Below a list of 20 garden bloggers with 40+ Klout scores.
- Twitter: @MyRubberBoots Blog: http://myrubberboots.com
- Twitter: @GardenFaerie Blog: http://gardenfaerie.blogspot.com
- Twitter: @MrBrownThumb Blog: http://mrbrownthumb.blogspot.com
- Twitter: @SharingGarden Blog: http://sharingnaturesgarden.blogspot.com
- Twitter: @C_Vanderlinden Blog: http://inthegardenonline.com
- Twitter: @TorontoGardens Blog: http://torontogardens.com
- Twitter: @ContainerGarden Blog: http://containergardening.about.com
- Twitter: @Lelonopo Blog: http://www.lelonopo.com
- Twitter: @MalvernMeet Blog: http://vegplotting.blogspot.com
- Twitter: @CristinaGardens Blog: http://www.therealgardener.com
- Twitter: @BetweenTheLimes Blog: http://readbetweenthelimes.blogspot.com
- Twitter: @YouGrowGirl Blog: http://yougrowgirl.com
- Twitter: @ZanthanGardens Blog: http://www.zanthan.com/gardens/gardenlog
- Twitter: @Heavy_Petal Blog: http://www.heavypetal.ca
- Twitter: @FromTheSoil Blog: http://fromthesoil.com
- Twitter: @RainForestGardn Blog: http://www.therainforestgarden.com
- Twitter: @PlantPassion Blog: http://www.plantpassion.co.uk
- Twitter: @Back40feet Blog: http://back40feet.blogspot.com
- Twitter: @HostaGeek Blog: http://cheeseheadgarden.blogspot.com
- Twitter: @AnnieInAustin Blog: http://annieinaustin.blogspot.com
The list was complied by checking the Klout scores of garden bloggers I follow on Twitter with my personal account and the @GardenBlogger account over the course of a few days. It took me a while to find 20 garden blogger with Klout scores over 40, but once I did I noticed that many garden bloggers had Klout scores higher than those on Klout's list of the top mommy bloggers. The other interesting thing to note here is that many garden bloggers fall into the same demographic as mommy bloggers (as do their readers), but garden bloggers don't get the same kind of love from marketers. You can proof my list or check your own Klout score at their website.
What's your Klout score? Do you even care? Maybe you should.