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Simonseeks rankings: what you should know
Every day people upload travel guides to Simonseeks and interact through comments on blogs or guides, sharing their passion for travel. In turn, you, the community, acknowledge the most active and talented community members through guide ratings and marking people’s comments as useful (or otherwise!). We value this contribution and want to acknowledge it in the Rankings, hence the term Simonseeks Ranking is more appropriate than just “Writer Ranking”.
We also know people are trying to trick the system, thinking that by viewing their guide lots they will move up the rankings and earn more cash – you know who you are! This isn’t the case, and never was, but we want to do all we can to ensure the Ranking is a fair and consistent measure of a member’s contribution, quality of writing, popularity within the community and other important factors.
So what’s changed?
The Simonseeks Ranking is a complex algorithm, which we’re not about to give out, that takes into account more than just views. Some of the factors are easy to figure out, for instance the higher the guide ratings the better, however others are less obvious; How many comments have you added? How many of those comments were found useful by others? How does your guide rate against the site Bayesian average?
How will this affect me?
The new Rankings have already been updated, you can go to your profile to see your current position or look at the list of Writers to see how you stack up against others (this currently just lists our 600 or so writers but will soon become a full list of our 5000+ community members).
Do Simonseeks Rankings affect payments?
No. Well, not yet anyway ;0)
What’s the benefit of a high Ranking?
Let’s be honest, most people like to rank highly within their fellow community. We also believe the higher your Simonseeks Ranking, the more trust a reader will have in your guide/s.
But it’s not all about stature, sometimes it’s just about good hard cash, and as Simonseeks becomes more successful we’ll look for ways to reward members for their contribution. We’re in the process of giving away 20 grand in writing prizes to our community.
How do I improve my Simonseeks Ranking?
Just get involved. Write guides, rate guides, add comments, rate comments, check out the blogs... it all helps. But whatever you do, don’t try and trick the system! Feedback from the community (such as guide ratings and comment helpfulness) plays a big part in determining you rank. Writing dozens of guides may help in one respect, but only if they are good. Adding hundreds of comments is great, but you want people to vote them useful. We can also spot vote stuffing (rating your own guides lots) and it can work against you.
How often are the Simonseeks Rankings updated?
Rankings are updated both daily and monthly depending on the ranking factors we’re using. You may notice small changes throughout the month but the biggest shuffle is likely to occur about once a month - we'll tweet about it to keep you informed.
I can’t understand my Simonseeks Ranking position?
Don’t worry if you can’t figure out why your Ranking is exactly where it is. Instead, focus your energy on getting involved, contributing good quality content and making your guides as inspirational and informative as possible - see the Editor's blogs for tips from top earning guides and ideas for new guides.
But I still don’t understand????!
Don’t worry, you don’t need to!