Since the end of last year, I’ve presented more or fewer links of the week every Sunday which briefly link to various posts, articles, etc. – and I’m asking myself (or rather you) if you think this should continue like that, or if I rather should present some or all of them on any day (i.e. when I come across them myself) in a separate post each, in which I’d write one or two sentences more or show a picture (if possible).
Background is that I think that on the one hand, some interesting things might rather pass unnoticed in the links of the week, and on the other hand (too?) many short “link posts” would be the result… so what do you think?
Links of the week or separate presentation?
Keep links of the week as they are now (78%, 7 Votes)
Partly this, partly that (11%, 1 Votes)
Don't care (11%, 1 Votes)
Rather separate posts on any day of the week (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 9
You can, of course, use the comments for further ideas.
I was wondering several weeks ago why the “raw” access counter for my music quote list was going through the roof (and the usage statistics showing unusual changes) without similar increases in “real” visitor numbers, but did not pursue this matter further yet. Earlier this month, a post about spam protection on Holy Shmoly! (whose feed is also included in the WordPress dashboard) also mentioned additional traffic caused by the AVG LinkScanner – an additional program of AVG’s virus scanner which loads all links on search engine results paged beforehand and checks them for malicious code and scripts. AVG Watch has all the background information on that.
At first, this doesn’t sound too bad an idea, however it generates lots of traffic without the found pages actually being read by someone – it would really be sufficient to check the pages when accessing them… And this additional traffic and the tampering of statistics it caused – statistics that have financial consequences for professional sites, and statistics analysts could, at best, only react with some delay on these effects – was what drove many webmasters crazy.
Now, basically, I got unlimited traffic included in my little shared hosting package (though I don’t need to test how unlimited that actually is) and the server didn’t seem to crash under the load, and I certainly wasn’t going crazy – but I did want to have a closer look and of course see whether it really was this AVG LinkScanner that caused the access increase I had noticed. So I grabbed my logfiles and analyzed them for the four different referrers characteristic for AVG – the following chart shows the result for the aforementioned music quote list, which is the post that got the (relative) majority of search engine referrals by far, especially for English sentences (click for large version with longer period):
* both without my own accesses
Meaning of the labelled days:
1: Public release of the new AVG version with LinkScanner on April 23.
2: Holy Shmoly! reports, and I add the .htaccess redirections.
3: Small change in redirection, thus letting through a few again.
In the mean time – AVG changed LinkScanner’s behavior – the “false traffic” has decreased greatly again.
But it actually had a positive side effect: You could get a little rough impresion of how often your site shows up on the search result pages without the users clicking them…
Word clouds on steroids, if you will, can be created with Wordle, with some options for font, layout and color. For instance, this may look like the following image (click to enlarge) for my “On the trail of afterlife” article:
That could be turned into a kind of blog baton – for everyone with a sufficiently large blogroll, ideally with descriptions: How does your blogroll look like in Wordle? I don’t pass it on specifically, though, if you want to participate, just do it…
This is 500th post in this li’l blog o’ mine (don’t get confused by the number in the URL, that one also counts drafts, pages and uploads). And it’s already a tradition to show you some of the search phrases (with grey background; neither shortened nor extended nor made up, I just translated the German ones) that brought people here:
do you know why we should break down and cry
You can find some reasons in here, since there’s an answer if you reach into your soul.
bandaged feet of verona poth
Who’d want to see that?? i fucking dont care!
i think im in love with a girl who lives
That’s certainly better, necrophilia is really abnormal (and illegal).
sex with spectacle wearer
Certainly possible. What’s your problem?
in coffee naked
Warning, hot! And certainly expensive to have that much coffee in a cup that large to contain a person. Or hard if you mean coffee beans.
a fuck of coffee
So, cheers and enjoy! If that, whatever exactly it is, is something to enjoy…
i want my pray come true
Well, who’d pray hoping the prayers were useless? Alright, they are, in general, all rather useless – and even Google won’t be able to change that.
internet page enter numbrs and predict
There you are, enter a number and click OK:
My prediction was “” — as you can see, I was right!
numerological preview 2008
…says: “Numerology still is rubbish and nonsense.”
predictions for end of the world
There are many, and not a single one turned out to be true. Guess why?
Finding the proper words and spelling them correctly is not always easy: exist other planet with lyfe youtube every morgen wake up -mother hope you came my life yeah yeah are you love same tonight tables do you see the light aaaaa oh oh oh oh oh may there be no pools tonight you got a reaction that’s bed in you me “where you” feel when i am look love that “but now” i have below the machine cook can i can i every want to send on the blue oh tell me why
That’s it for this time, bye!
please don’t stop c’mon
Okay, call me when you want it i give it, so let’s continue:
schnuffel kuschel bedclothes
There’s a university for that? Where??
top commenters blog
You’re a comment spammer, hm? Then why didn’t you comment here yet – don’t like that I don’t count from the start of the month, which would make it easy to place your link in the list, but the last 30 days instead?
This, now, really is the end for this time. Just a saying:
childhood ends when you stop seeing monsters in your closet and you realise that they are walking on the street