How the ratings are scored

How things will be scored:


I will leave part of this to where I will use your current rank on  However, because I don’t want Alexa to have too much say on the matter, I will use their score on basic bell score model.  For example, if I have 200 sites in the database, the site with the best Alexa score will receive a score of 99, where as the person with the worst score will receive a score of 0.  Everyone else will fit in between.

My Score

I will also be judging your website myself.  I will get a score out of 500 using 5 fields of judging. 1) site layout 2) site content 3) quality of writing 4) photography and 5) contribution to the travel community.  From those score I will take the average to give my grade of your site out of 200.

This way, Alexa will have one-thirds the say, and I will have two thirds say.  I know, so much power vested in the hands of only one man.  Thus, if someone has an alexa score of 80, and a score from me of 150 from me, they will have a score of 230.  But since everyone like scores out of 100, I will divide it by 3 to get a score out of 100… in this case:  76.7/100

The highest score will be the top site!

How Often do I update?

Well, the truth is I used to update more often.  Now I’m hoping to update this list monthly.


  1. Hi Brendan,

    That’s amazing. But it means you have to check every blog every week?! Very exicted about being part of it and a huge thank you to you for putting it together:)

    Happy travels, Annabel

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  2. Thanks so much for this list I’m sure it is full of wonderful blogs and bloggers I want to be like when I grow up, I’ll be working my way through for sure 🙂 ! As a “newbie” to the travel blogging scene we’ve lots to learn and even more to share, fingers crossed we make it to the top 100 some day 🙂

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  3. Even though I am writing, posting and traveling the best I can I appreciate your dedication to giving us something to work towards! Earning a spot of your site would be such an accomplishment and I appreciate the challenge to improve my newbie blog! Thanks!

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  4. Looking forward to getting involved in your top 100 travel sites. Working on charming Alexa at the minute, a little bit to go before we’ve met that particular requirement. Fair play, it must take a lot of time to sort through all the entries- cheers! 🙂

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  5. I love this list! It’s definitely that added motivation needed to get better at what we do! Thanks for taking the time to do this!

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  6. Harrison-stetson method has always been the best for all kinds of statistics. How do you rank contribution to the travel community and why is that important for top travel blogs?

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  7. Here is an improvement idea: start ranking the blogs according to how much they pay you and at the same time claim to use impartial and objective scoring. That would follow the travel blogger style of publishing paid advertisers as individual, independent and non-commercial travel accounts.

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    • Thought about it… unfortunately, that has little to do with the site and more personality. Also, 5$ can buy 1,000 fake followers… too easy to manipulate.

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  8. Brendan,

    How does one get considered for the list? Toss my name in the hat, please!

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  9. Great stuff Brendan. We’ve been working really hard on our new site over the last few months. Our Alexa score is improving rapidly so I hope to submit to the list soon. After traveling independently and blogging for many years we are just starting to dip our toes into running our own website. Being able to see many of the best through this list will definitely improve what we have on offer.

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  10. Awesome idea and list. Would love to be included sometime but as I just bought a new domain name, I doubt my rankings will be high enough just yet. Please keep me in mind though. 🙂

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