Manipulating the (blog) market

Freshness Warning
This article is over 15 years old. It's possible that the information you read below isn't current.

I’m wondering how much influence a single blog can have on the Blogshares price of a blog. For instance, I am now the majority shareholder in a blog called the Spastic Yak. Yay for me. On a related note, my blog has an outgoing link value of nearly $900. So what happens when I link to said Spastic Yak? Will the share price shoot up and make me a rich man?

Protect and Gamble
April 17, 2003 7:46 PM

Not much, instead of being worth $0.49 your shares would be worth $0.18 more, that's $0.67. Since you have 3900 shares, that brings your investment from $1911 to $2613, that's a small $702 more. Now when Movable Type links to somewhere, it sends it an additionnal value of $20000.

Adam Kalsey
April 17, 2003 10:29 PM

Since I wasn't seriously playing Blogshares, I didn't spend much time figuring out how it works. But now that I've RTFM (read the fine manual), that makes perfect sense. But since the stock price went up when I bought all those shares, my initial investment was only $1092. So that $2613 is a fair increase in value.

Trey
April 24, 2003 10:31 AM

Actually, I don't think linking to the blog will _necessarily_ raise its price. Only selling/buying change the price. What it will do (when it is indexed next time) is lower its P/E making the blogshare more 'attractive', and thus more people might buy the blogshare and THEN the price will go up (and I have a sneaking suspicion that the amount the price goes up actually depends on the P/E, but I'm not sure). But if no one buys the blogshare, even with its greater valuation/lower P/E, the price won't change. (for example, if all shares are already owned, none can be bought, price remains the same) At least that is my take

Adam Kalsey
April 24, 2003 11:49 AM

Blogshares does use incoming links to value the blog. That's what the "outgoing link value" is all about. How much links from your blog are worth to other blogs. The p/e is then used to calculate how much the blog value and incoming link affects the share price. The reason that my experiment didn't work is that Blogshares didn't index this site for a few days. And when it did, the link had falled off the front page.

Your comments:

Text only, no HTML. URLs will automatically be converted to links. Your email address is required, but it will not be displayed on the site.

Name:

Not your company or your SEO link. Comments without a real name will be deleted as spam.

Email: (not displayed)

If you don't feel comfortable giving me your real email address, don't expect me to feel comfortable publishing your comment.

Website (optional):

Follow me on Twitter

Best Of

  • The best of 2006 I wrote a lot of drivel in 2006. Here's the things that are less crappy than the rest.
  • Where do the RSS ad startups fit in? Yahoo's RSS advertising service could spell trouble for pure-play RSS advertising services unless they adapt their business model.
  • The importance of being good Starbucks is pulling CD burning stations from their stores. That says something interesting about their brand.
  • Rounded corners in CSS There lots of ways to create rounded corners with CSS, but they always require lots of complex HTML and CSS. This is simpler.
  • Lock-in is bad T-Mobile thinks they'll get new Hotspot customers with exclusive content and locked-in devices.
  • More of the best »

Recently Read

Get More

Subscribe | Archives

15

Recently

One on One meetings for managers: Frequency and Duration (Nov 28)
How long should your 1:1s be? How often should you run them?
One on One meetings for managers (Nov 26)
A one on one meeting is one of the top ways you can build your managerial leverage
How the Sales organization in a large company slows innovation (Nov 16)
If you have a new innovative product inside a large established company, it can be much harder to reach product market fit than it would be for the same product in a startup.
Networking as an entrepreneur (Oct 23)
Having a network is crazy important. Networking is not.
Stretching your team (Jun 11)
Stretching your team is one of the best ways to improve your output, your team's happiness, and your velocity. But they'll need coaching.
Physical camera shutter for Cisco Spark Board (Jul 6)
A 3d printable design for a camera shutter for a Cisco Spark Board
My Travel Coffee Setup (Jan 20)
What my travel coffee brewing setup looks like, and how you can build your own for under $100.
Turkey Legs (May 30)
Product naming gone awry.

Subscribe to this site's feed.

Elsewhere

Tropo
Voice and communications platforms, including Tropo and Phono. Work.
SacStarts
The Sacramento technology startup community.
Pinewood Freak
Pinewood Derby tips and tricks

Contact

Adam Kalsey

Mobile: 916.600.2497

Email: adam AT kalsey.com

AIM or Skype: akalsey

Resume

PGP Key

©1999-2018 Adam Kalsey.
Content management by Movable Type.