Ghana’s No.1 Blog & a look at Afrigator rankings

I suspect there has been a lot of rank dancing at lately. I have noticed that the rankings of Africa’s top blogs have been shifting radically in recent times. Is it possible that they have improved the algorithm behind their ranking of Africa’s top blogs? One of the outcome is that as of now, my blog – Oluniyi David Ajao – has been pushed for number 21 down to 69, in the Africa ranking. On the other hand, yours truly has risen to the No.1 spot under Ghana.

A snapshot of Afrigator page, ranking blogs in Ghana
A snapshot of Afrigator page, ranking blogs in Ghana

I have been eyeing that top spot for some time now; I am not ashamed to admit that. I ask myself, why would someone who left Ghana long ago take the top spot at Afrigator? Okay, his heart’s in Accra, but my heart and body is in Accra. πŸ˜‰ This served as a motivation to work harder/smarter at making my blog better. Before now, my blog had sat at the number 2 spot since the beginning of Afrigator’s lifespan.

Afrigator is a social media aggregator and directory built especially for African digital citizens who publish and consume content on the Web.

Afrigator stats in context as of today, is the only authority on African blog rankings because it is truly pan-African and is the most comprehensive social media aggregator in Africa; therefore, their official ranking carry enormous weight. However, there are a few points to note:

  • Optional listing: Not every African blog is enlisted on Afrigator. Listing is done by blog owners who know about it and care enough to join.
  • Tracking code: Not every enlisted blog embeds the Afrigator tracking code into their blog. The tracking code is necessary as it gathers data that goes into calculating how popular or otherwise a blog is. Blogs not using the code thus cannot be ranked accurately.
  • Country listing: Some blogs are not listed under specific African countries because their content isΒ  predominantly pan-African. Thus, it is possible that there are more popular blogs about Ghana for example, that happen to have been listed under “Africa General”.

Factors considered in ranking blogs on Afrigator are:

  1. Most Visited – this examines how often a blog is visited
  2. Most Viewed – this factors the number of page views a blog receives within a period of time
  3. Most Linked – this checks the number of post links a blog receives from other blogs within the Afrigator network

A closer look at the Afrigator stats reveals that at the time of writing, there are 152 blogs listed under Ghana. I would do an in-depth analysis of the African blogosphere, in future. For now, cheers!

What are your thoughts about Afrigator? Feel free to discuss your opinion on the Afrigator rankings.

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Oluniyi D. Ajao is an Internet Entrepreneur and Tech Enthusiast based in South Africa. Follow him on twitter @niyyie for more tech updates.


  1. With all due respect, David, you’re no Ethan Zuckerman. Wiley and creative, yes, but you’ll need a lot more success to be seen as more influential than the man who helped start Geekcorps and Global Voices.

    But if you want to narrow the contest to blogs written in Ghana or just about Ghana, then yes, you would edge him out. But just πŸ˜‰

  2. Great post David! We’re reworking/improving on our ranking algorithm, therefore the radical changes of late… Will update you guys when we’re done with it.

    David, please feel free to contact us if there is any way we can maybe assist you in your analysis of the African blogosphere.

    • Thanks for sharing this information, Stii. I’m keeping my fingers crossed to see where I’d rank when you are through with improving the algorithm. I’d surely be in touch should I need some more intelligence gathering at the time of writing my comprehensive analysis of the African blogosphere.

  3. Hi David,
    I don’t know how i missed this post. E.K. Bensah posted about Afrigator yesterday so that led me here. There certainly have been changes since i last checked. It looks like things have changed even since your post. Eg. Ghana pundit has moved from number 3 to number 11! Congratulations on being number 1. Or number 2. I don’t dispute that Ethan Zuckerman is a force, but does he blog enough about Ghana to be ranked even in the top 5 Ghana blogs? My own tests for this would be local popularity and local relevance. Both tests, i doubt “My heart’s in Accra” would do brilliantly at.

    But hey,I’m happy to see even Ethan can be knocked off the number 1 spot. It makes the rest of us see that reaching number 1 doable.

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