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Hack – Display Your Technorati Rank in a Sidebar RSS Widget (Dapper + Yahoo Pipes)

Posted in IDT Labs Software Development, Technology, Technorati, Yahoo Pipes by engtech on March 26, 2007

technorati rank imageWordPress.com bloggers can’t use nifty WordPress plugins or Javascript to doing something as simple as displaying their Technorati rank in their sidebar. Dapper.net and Yahoo Pipes both give the users the ability to create their own mashups of existing web services. Neither of them quite get it right — Dapper doesn’t give you enough output / programming options and Yahoo Pipes doesn’t give you an interface for scraping any page the way Dapper does. Which is my long-winded way of saying I got Dapper to create RSS feeds that contain nothing but your Technorati rank.

Of course, the interface to the Dapper RSS feed is less than stellar, which is where Yahoo Pipes comes in. Yahoo Pipes also lets me create several flavours depending on what people want.

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To Use

1. Pick which ever of the following most appeals to you and click it.

2. Change the URL to your blog. Add any text you want to appear before or after the rank. Click Run Pipe.

technorati rank rss feed yahoo pipes widget

3. Copy the RSS feed link.

technorati rank rss feed yahoo pipes widget copy feed

4. Cut-and-paste the RSS feed link into a sidebar RSS widget and adjust it to only display 1 item. technorati rank rss feed yahoo pipes wordpress sidebar widget

I’m assuming you’re familiar with sidebar widgets. They’re under Dashboard >> Presentation >> Sidebar Widgets. More info.

You can also subscribe to that URL in your RSS reader to track your Technorati Rank changes. I have no idea how often the rank updates — maybe once a day?

If you find this useful please consider adding my blog as a Technorati favorite.

This was a fun project for myself to get familiar with Dapper and Yahoo Pipes. Neither of them are a complete solution on its own, but using Dapper as a web page scraper to create RSS inputs for Yahoo Pipes seems to be an optimal solution for glueing things together on the Internet.

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  1. timethief said, on March 26, 2007 at 10:18 pm

    Hi there I’ve been displaying my Technorati rank and the “favorites” button in my sidebar in a text widget for some time now. I manually updpate it once daily but your idea would provide automatic updating. Thanks for this and for all your do for wordpress.com bloggers. :)

  2. judyb12 said, on March 26, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    You’re amazing. I have favorite-d you :-)

  3. Friedbeef said, on March 28, 2007 at 1:21 am

    Thats a great tip… fave’ed you too :)

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  7. janesjournal said, on April 06, 2007 at 6:14 am

    This is brilliant! I have added you to my Technorati Faves, which I consider small payment for your great help. Thanks muchly! :)

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    thank you very much! I have fav’d you!

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