Technorati—the World’s Largest Blog Directory—is Gone

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  • Thanks for the article, it’s a very interesting piece of news. I’m surprised that larger sites like Techcrunch and Mashable haven’t noticed this

  • this really sucked. One day it was there and the next it was gone and yes, it surprised me as well that it was near impossible to find any coverage of this? This is pretty big? I used Technorati as a source to help me find blogs of interest, see who was rising or falling in rankings, etc. This is nearly as huge as when Google Reader decided (wrongly) to shutter their doors… Ugh! Do you know of any alternatives or similar sites like Technorati USED to be?

  • Why would they take it offline while “redesigning” it? Every relaunch ever keeps the preceding version up until launch date. Seems like there’s more to the story than Technorati is telling us.

  • Not just that, but accounts have also been summarily deleted without any notification whatsoever. While there is nothing wrong in deciding to chart a new course, a tiny effort to at least notify users (and particularly those having accounts) of the impending changes would have been appreciated.

    • I agree. I did later discover that they had a blog post that mentioned the transition the day they did it, but the mention was just an afterthought, buried within the article.

      I wonder why they decided to make their move under-the-radar like this.

  • There’s nothing like insulting the group you’d like to get to carry advertisers on their sites. Whoever their head of marketing/pr should be shot. Trust is the most important factor in a business relationship and they just said, “So what. We don’t care.” It will be interesting to watch how they recover and roll with this virtual slap in the face to their once loyal blog base. Google does ahve a “blog search” of sorts:, but I don’t think it’s a focus of much.

    • Thanks! I forgot about the blog-specific section of Google. I just checked it out and found that it pulls a lot of non-blog content, including from article repositories.

      the “intitle” operator helps to make the search a little more category based, but it’s still tricky, as the titles of each page on a blog are searched (as opposed to just the home page, which would be a better indicator of the niche).

  • Here at Technorati, we value the hard work creators do to build content that informs, entertains, and connects us all. After making creators of great content discoverable and relatable, we chose to undertake the harder challenge of rewarding them financially for their efforts. We have turned our authority algorithm into a value accelerator for their advertising impressions. We use it to connect the best content creators with advertisers who truly value their content and the loyal readership they’ve accumulated. There is a new way to “join” Technorati, and this one pays out directly.

    Our website,, is still free and now home to an authoritative team of contributing writers. Many of our writers are publishers themselves who want to help each other maximize their readership and impression value through sharing success stories, strategies and best practices.

    Shani Higgins, Technorati CEO

    • With all due respect, Shani Higgins, I believe you’ve shot yourself in the foot. I don’t understand why you think your ad network is any different, or for that matter, any more unique than other ad network currently out in the marketplace today. You’ve alienated the vast majority of your contributing writers (which you pay nothing) and somehow you have the temerity to say that you value “hard work.” How is Technorati’s ad network any better or superior to VentureBeat’s? Or Techcrunch? Or Mashable? You’ve completely shut down any creative for Technorati by focusing on two of the least interesting topics I can imagine, display advertising and “programmatics.” I can only presume it was some sort of data telling you that this is what your advertisers wanted in terms of content but I can tell you right now, it won’t make Technorati a success. I’m sorry you didn’t listen to others on your staff who had more progressive ideas about what direction Technorati should take as a publisher. What’s sad is how you’re so not interested in building creative content and instead you’re just another typical CEO. It’s all about dollars and cents. My, you are a wonderful example.

  • Translation: the site that was once useful to the blogging community and consequently put Technorati Media on the map has been converted to something not directly useful to the blogging community but it will continue to poll your websites to come up with opportunities for Technorati Media.

    Nice thank you to the community that helped you get your business off the ground.

  • I completely agree about the surreal feeling on discovering it’s complete disappearance! One has to wonder if not acknowledging this change is good or bad for business.

    • I had published articles with Technorati and an authors bio as well. Surprised to learn they had transformed and that my login no longer existed, I contacted the company to ask what had been done with the original works their volunteer bloggers submitted or where was user information being stored? My understanding is that that information is gone forever. But, thinking about this logically, why would so much useful material just be dumped when it makes for good reading, as well as web and ad content. I did a little searching for my articles by name and so far, I found one of them being used on another site. While this is flattering it begs the question as to whether these articles were sold or simply deleted, and more importantly, what were their terms of use, does anyone remember? I don’t recall if I fully released my content to them… And Were the actions they took legal?

  • I am very saddened that they are gone. Technorati was indeed unique, it seems there is no real alternative to Technorati for bloggers.

  • Thanks for covering this! I was like oh what happened. I used to write for them, I think I only wrote about 3 pieces but I felt so honored they would issue like queries to folks on their list on a topic. I was so proud, then I fell off somehow and went back to look and it was a totally different website- like boom! Weird.

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