If you have just become a member of technorati.com, you are probably trying to get your new blog some visitors and can hardly wait. Although becoming a member is easy, the last step involving the “claim token” (mine is HDRERA3EZ6FC) can cause confusion and perhaps avoidable delays. Here are the first steps to get your blog listed in technorati i.e. claim your blog:
- After signing up scroll to the bottom of your profile information and add the url of the blog you want to “claim”.
- Fill in the required details
- Under your “Claim Status” it said: “Aug 10, 2011. We are evaluating your claim.It may take quite some time for evaluation.
Read more: http://technorati.com/account”
You will then receive an email saying something like:
This is an automatically-generated email.
Thank you for submitting your blog claim on Technorati. Technorati will need to verify that you are an author of the site http://www.reportsfromearth.com by looking for a unique code. We have just assigned the claim token ############ to this claim. Please visit http://technorati.com/account/ for more details, including how to use the claim token.
After this email the confusion begins as there are no details to be found how to use the claim token. I was very tempted to believe I just need to wait until the details appear but instead I googled impatiently.
I found this site and through it also the rather long http://technorati.com/blog-claiming-faq/ which I never read completely. It said that I need to put the token somewhere at the beginning of a post so technorati can verify my claim for that blog.
I added the token to my last post and checked the claim status on my technorati profile only to see it still hasn’t changed:
We are evaluating your claim.It may take quite some time for evaluation.
I was expecting to wait from now on perhaps days or weeks… until I realised that technorati.com probably uses the rss feeds to read the token and only new posts are likely to appear in the feed. So I thought let’s post something new (this post) it may help some other humans in that situation and I get my first feed with the token and the whole claiming the blog with the token issue over and done.
I will let you know if it worked and how long it took.
1st update: It did not work within 5 minutes or so. I then suspected my feet url may be wrong and I used http://example.com/?feed=rss according to this site. Of course I had to wait again about 3 minutes to receive the new claim token number since Ihad to delete my old claim and start a new one again. Simply changing the feed url was not possible in technorati.
I now found the following under my claim status in technorati:
Technorati will need to verify that you are an author of the blog by looking for a unique code. Please put the following short code ########## within a new blog post and publish it. Once it is published, use the “Verify Claim Token” button to tell Technorati your blog is ready for verification.
Ok – it was now explaining the procedure I and others had too google. The token number was the new/second one – so it was not a delay of the first one. For some reason this time it actually showed some info.
2nd update: 2 hours and again it shows: We are evaluating your claim.It may take quite some time for evaluation. I can’t wait to find out what quite some time means.. I keep you informed of any changes.
3rd update: After about 8 hours I received this email:
Thank you for submitting your blog claim on Technorati. We have successfully crawled your blog and found the claim token, and your claim is now awaiting review.
4th update: Success! After another 8 hours I received this:
Congratulations, your claim is now complete! Please allow 24 to 48 hours for Authority and recent posts to begin showing for your site now that it has been successfully claimed. Once they are there, we will update your site’s Authority once per day.
At first you may not see your site listed in the Technorati Blog Directory for all of the categories you’ve selected. As you write blog posts around those topics, you should see your Topical Authority in those categories begin to rise.
In August 2011 it took me about 16 hours to formally claim my blog by after I posted something new (!) that includes the claim token number. According to the last email from Technorati it takes another 24 to 48 hours for recent posts to begin showing on your site (I will confirm this).