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Commonwealth Games Free Medal Table

Posted By Darren Rowse 16th of March 2006 Blogging Tools and Services 0 Comments

Regan over at the Commonwealth Games Review blog (while I have some blogs at that domain I’m not involved in this one) has developed a Free Medal Table for the Games for bloggers to put on their websites. The top 10 medal winning countries will be updated automatically (expect to see Australia at the top soon!)

This is a smart move on his part and is something he’s done before with real success. It’s a useful tool that some bloggers will be really interested in using (not everyone as not everyone is in the Commonwealth or into sport – but quite a few) and it benefits Regan with all the incoming links back to his blog. It’s a good example of a meme tool that can be quite viral.

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  • I think this will be NZ’s best Commonwealth Games yet!

    Very cool how the Queen’s baton contained a GPS in it so its progress around the world could be tracked online.

  • That was very cool as was the fact that it had the message electronically appear on the screen next to her. The only disappointment (understandable, but still disappointing), was that she pulled out a paper version of the speech!


  • Aaron Brazell

    I want to be in the Commonwealth! So I can understand things like cricket and netball. And figure out what “inswinger” means… :p

  • e

    Hold on… Darren, how can you promote these garbage blogs like this one found on the network! How can you not click on an ad? You have created a bunch of bloggers with get-rich-quick mentalities, polluting the internet with regurgitated information infested by AdWords and Citika ads.

    Yeah, this is a rant, but seriously think about this for a second. Who reads wants read a blog with 50% ad coverage.

    Blogging is headed in a downward spiral and you are helping it by encouraging crap like this.

    Stop the internet pollution.

  • I think your problem Mr. ‘e’ is that Australia is going to win the games, and that you are from some country that is destined to lose. Yes, it is true that we will win, as always.

    And don’t you forget it!

  • actually I disagree ‘e’ – I find that blogs like this one actually are useful because their bloggers spend hours looking through different sites for interesting news to report and then collate it all together. This way readers don’t have to spend hours looking for the information that they want – they come to one place and are sent to the kind of news that they want.

    I guess it’s a matter of preference but I know a lot of people use those blogs to follow the news in their area of interest. Others will find their news other ways.

  • Darren,

    Can I just bring up the fact that as this tool is included as an iframe, the links in the table will be seen as being from the same breakingnewsblog domain, not the site where it is featured, as far as i can tell.

    So the benefits for SEO in terms of backlinks will only come from people talking about the tool, not from having the tool on their site, from what I can see.

    Is that the case?


  • Hi Rob,

    There is a lot of discussion about how iframes actually work with SEO. It’s not so much an SEO exercise but a traffic puller.

    e, if you can find all the results on the official website before I’ve got them up then it’ll be a miracle.

  • Thanks Regan,

    I was just trying to clear up whether it was worth using iframes for the benefit of SEO, as in my mind it won’t have any effect. It’s a great idea though, and I think these sort of tools, however they might be implemented, are great ways of promoting your site.



  • sandra

    can somebody tell me why Belgium is not inclusive on the particiapating list