The quotationÂ “Lies, damned lies, and statistics” is commonly attributed to Mark Twain, although I note with some amusement that he attempted to pass it off toÂ 19th-century British Prime MinisterÂ Benjamin DisraeliÂ and the actual quote was “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” – although Disraeli distanced himself from any association with it for some unknown reason.
The reason I share that piece of historical irrelevance with you, is to illustrate how statistics can be damaging to you and your business when they are innacurate.
Here is the story so far: About six months ago I was communicating with a potential new sponsor for Top Sales WorldÂ and I was outlining the “services and benefits” available. I mentioned that I would also entertain the occasional guest post on my blog, and even write a a couple of pieces highlighting the benefits of their products and solutions. At this point my prospective client asked me what my daily traffic numbers were and so I told him. He then responded that according to the information on Invesp’s official Top 50 Blogs, actually my monthly visitors amounted to no more than 530! I said I thought they must be talking about daily numbers, and even then they were way out. I felt compelled to share my Google Analytics reports with him – even though he accepted my word – but why should I need to do that?
On closer examination of Invesp’s “definitive guide” I found so many anomolies and inaccuracies that it would probaly take three articles to list them all out, but here are just a few examples taken from this page
In fourth place overall is “Sales Machine” which no longer exists. This was Geoffrey James’s blog and he now writes for Inc.com and has done for ages.
In seventh place is “Jill Konrath’s Selling to Big Companies Blog” – Jill has not posted here for months and months. Her “new” location is over at www.jillkonrath.comÂ
In eighth place is Persuasive.netÂ and they don’t even have a blog!
In tenth place is Changing MindsÂ that excellent resource site – but they are not a blog
Neither is BashoÂ in eleventh place.
Sales Practice in twelfth place, virtually stopped trading a very long time ago, and certainly closed their blog down long before that.
I don’t think I need to go on?
This is the real point: Anyone conducting a Google search for “Top Sales Blogs” is going to find Invesp – and given all the mis-information, could well make incorrect decisions about you, me, our blogs, our visitor numbers and even our standing in the “blogosphere” – is that fair?
I have written eight times in the past six months to Invesp and asked them to remove my listing – so far no response.
They are potentially damaging my business so it is now time to go legal.
Next Weekend: “Let’s Expose the LinkedIn Lurkers and the Internet Trolls”