Steel is our business, and we are always on the lookout for excellent resources for timely news and opinions on the latest happenings in the steel industry. So aside from our subjective opinions, we’ve also collected some metrics to show the relative importance and value of these pages as ranked by Google and Yahoo.
For Google we utilized their PageRank for the main page of the news site, blog or forum we were rating. Google defines PageRank as:
PageRank relies on the uniquely democratic nature of the web by using its vast link structure as an indicator of an individual page’s value. In essence, Google interprets a link from page A to page B as a vote, by page A, for page B. But, Google looks at considerably more than the sheer volume of votes, or links a page receives;for example, it also analyzes the page that casts the vote. Votes cast by pages that are themselves “important” weigh more heavily and help to make other pages “important.” Using these and other factors, Google provides its views on pages’ relative importance.
So PageRank essentially rates the main page of these resources’ importance. Secondarily, and based off of the concept of links as votes, we will utilize Yahoo’s index of links to these pages (though, links elsewhere on the domain also would influence this statistic – it’s harder to put into a tidy format).
So with our subjective criteria and these two metrics in place, we’ve assembled the following list of top steel news resources for your viewing pleasure.
|Site Name||URL||Yahoo page links||PR|
|Steel on the Net Blog||www.steelonthenet.blogspot.com||2,697||3|
|Steel Strip World||www.steelstripworld.blogspot.com||191||3|
|Yahoo’s Steel Group||finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/STEEL||106||2|
|The Tin Basher Sheet Metal Blog||www.butlersheetmetal.com/tinbasherblog||75||
|Nerds of Steel||www.nerdsofsteel.com||56||4|
|Steel Business Briefing||www.steelbb.com||30||5|
|News Now Steel||www.newsnow.co.uk/h/Industry+Sectors/Commodities/Steel||2||2|
|Steel Industry Forum||todengine.websitetoolbox.com||2||2|
Anything or anyone we missed? Please let us know.