I’ve been a fan of Alltop – “We’ve got all the top stories covered all the time” – from early on and I admit that having this site listed on the social media page there has helped. Alltop describes itself as an “online magazine rack” of popular topics. It’s an amazing resource for finding blogs from a great range of topics.
I had an example just today of how helpful Alltop can be in that regard.
I was responding to a friend who is thinking of setting up a travel blog. I wanted to send her some examples of quality travel blogs and – this is not an area of specialization for me – the only one I could think of, off the top of my head, was Sheila Scarborough’s excellent Family Travel Logue.
Then the penny dropped. Alltop, of course! Assuming they had a travel section, which I quickly discovered that indeed they did. I counted 56 sites listed on the Alltop travel page. Authors included kitchen expose guy Anthony Bourdain who writes about travel and food, Lonely Planet co-founder Tony Wheeler, the FareCompare guy Rick Seaney, the dynamic Travelling Mamas and the inimitable Sheila Scarborough as previously mentioned.
Back in November last year there were, according to Alltop co-founder Guy Kawasaki, some 350 topics on the site overall. There are no doubt plenty more now. And there is an email update system so that fans like me or the just plain interested can receive direct notification of new topics when they are launched.