Submission for ranking is voluntary of course. I like to think that the most serious, committed bloggers do (or the most self-conscious, insecure and egotistical!) Wikio provides a widget for your blog, which updates your position automatically when the rankings are recalculated monthly.
How are these rankings compiled?
The position of a blog in the Wikio ranking depends on the number and weight of the incoming links from other blogs. These links are dynamic, which means that they are backlinks or links found within articles.
Only links found in the RSS feed are included. Blogrolls are not taken into account, and the weight of any given link increases according to how recently it was published. We thus hope to provide a classification that is more representative of the current influence levels of the blogs therein.
Only links found in RSS feeds are counted. Blogrolls are not taken into account.
In December 2010, retweets were added as an additional factor to the ranking algorithm. For each twitter account, only one backlink per blog is taken into account each month.
Our rankings are updated on a monthly basis and also include Top Blogs for several categories: Technology, Politics, etc. New categories will be added on a regular basis.
That bit above was for the technically minded among you. Good luck with that.
Once a blog gets into the top 100 in its subject category, it gets good exposure in Wikio's online online list - which should help maintain a good position next month.