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Inspired Advocates Launched

By Rachel L. West
The Political Social Worker

Social Work License Map has launched a new resource that ranks advocacy blogs. According to the organization “Inspired Advocates is a dynamic resource designed to build community and awareness around websites documenting social justice efforts.”

Websites are scored based on a number of factors including the frequency of updates and level of engagement on social networking sites such as Facebook.

There are four major components of the Inspired Advocates scoring, which is aggregated when calculating a blog’s rank. These four components are:

  • Social (40%) – Engagement as determined through its combined Facebook shares, Tweets and StumbleUpon visits to the blog and its most recent posts. Ranking weighs shares pointing back to the blogs 10 most recent posts as well as for its main domain.

  • Activity (20%) – The frequency of a blog’s updates. The more frequently a blog is updated, the higher its activity score

  • Authority (20%) – The overall authority and influence relative to the rest of the web as determined by the number of sites linking to the blog. This methodology is one of the foundations of the Google Search Algorithm and is a commonly used measure of a website’s authority.

  • Inspired Advocates Score (20%) – This is the single subjective factor in the evaluation of Inspired Advocates. Inspired Advocates considers how media is used throughout a blog, how topics are discussed, the timeliness of blog content, the capacity to inform, and the overall presentation of the blog. (source)

Currently The Political Social Worker is ranked at #32.  Social Work Helper (#5) and Notes Form An Aspiring Humanitarian (#30) also made the list.  You can see the full list and learn more about the project here.

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Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.

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