Tech Crunch today points to a new service for bloggers called Blogstorm which tracks the number of other websites linking to a blog on a post by post basis.
They are already tracking a number of blogs – including ProBlogger (see our stats here) and provide some useful information. The numbers of links are from Yahoo! and as a result it’s not really a real time statistics (as it takes a while for Yahoo to index sites and find the incoming links to your blog) but if you’re more interested in some bigger picture metrics it could be a useful tool.
The downside of the tool is that from what I can tell it tracks all links – including those from splogs and links where content/headlines are re-syndicated etc.
This means that sites from Weblogs Inc (like Engadget) have artificially high counts on their posts because their headlines appear in the footer of all of their other blogs at WIN.
As a result I’m not too interested in using it as a service to work out what’s hot or not in comparing between blogs – however it could be useful as a blogger wanting to track incoming links on your own blog on a post by post level.
For example the graph below (in the extended entry section) shows ProBlogger’s spikes in terms of incoming links over the last month – and shows just how successful the Group Writing Project was at generating incoming links.