Alltop.com is a popular directory for blogs on all sorts of topics. (The bold text highlights how Alltop got its name.)
Alltop uses RSS feeds to curate and display content across its many categories. Typically showing links to the latest five posts, and one to your home page.
To have your listing accepted on Alltop, your blog must be original, regularly updated and meet the submission guidelines.
Fair enough, right?
How to Submit your Blog to Alltop.com
To submit your site to Alltop, you must first create an account. For this, you just need a username, email address and password.
On Alltop.com, scroll down to the bottom of the page and look in the right-hand corner for the ‘Log in‘ link and click on it.
Clicking the link opens a header bar at the top of the page. Click on the link for creating an account.
At this point, you will be automatically logged into Alltop, and sent a verification email. Go check your account and click the validation link.
Now you’re ready to submit your site.
Scroll to the bottom of the page again and look for the ‘Submissions‘ link.
Complete all the fields in this form (the first field throws up options when you start typing).
The first one is the most suitable category for your blog. If you’re not sure where you fit in best, have a look around the site.
Choose the most suitable category for your blog, then fill out the other fields. One of them asks for your site’s feed URL.
If you haven’t created a feed with Feedburner or a similar provider, simply add the word ‘feed’ to the end of your blog’s address.
For example, the direct feed for Digital Internet is http://digital-internet.com/feed/
If you have created a feed with Feedburner, the address to use is similar to ours: http://feeds.feedburner.com/digitalinternet.
It’s important you test the feed before submitting it. If the feed doesn’t work, your submission will be rejected.
Run your feed through the validator suggested by Alltop before moving forward.
This is the message you want to see.
I submitted a site of mine without first checking the feed. I received a rejection email within two hours. The email doesn’t go into specifics, but I soon discovered the broken feed was the problem.
Here’s an extract from the email:
Although we can’t provide a specific reason why we could not include your site, these are the most common reasons:
- There was an error reading the feed
- Our server was unable to read the feed within 20 seconds
- The site has not been updated recently or on a regular basis
- Posts in your feed do not have a date/time (a valid pubDate tag)
- There is not enough original content on the site
- The general quality of the site does not meet our standards
- The site is primarily promoting a business
- There is no appropriate Alltop topic
- The site is not in English
The submission form
Now you’ve created your account, checked the RSS feed works and validates, it’s time to complete the submission form.
You might notice I suggested the “internet marketing” category. While I don’t think it’s the perfect category for this site, I thought it the most appropriate. The editor at Alltop thought otherwise and added it to the “tech” category.
If your submission gets rejected, it’s because of one of these reasons.
When you’ve completed the form, check if for errors and once you’re happy the information is correct, hit the ‘Submit‘ button.
You should see a message like this one, which is what I received after I submitted one of my other sites.
The only thing you can do now is wait for the email telling you the result of your submission.
The process for submitting a blog to Alltop.com is relatively easy, and it should only take a few minutes from start to finish. When I’ve submitted a site to Alltop, I’ve received a reply within a few hours, so I knew if the site was in or out.
Is it worth your while? In my opinion, it’s worth it for the link and for the validation that a large and important site like Alltop deems your blog good enough to feature in its listings.
Will you get traffic? Maybe.
One of my sites sits glumly at the bottom of the page. Above it there’s around sixty more feeds, so I doubt it will get much in way of traffic.
Maybe it will as time passes and the listings move further up.