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just when you thought you'd seen everything

 3:09 pm on Jun 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

I take a quick look at the "sites that link to you" section of google's wmt and get hit in the face by 14 brand-new links.

I am small. Fourteen links from a single site is not going to slip under the radar. Numbers in this range generally mean a people-finder type site where they've got search results for every possible name from the e-books, plus possibly one or two Canadian politicians.

But in this case I know for a fact that the site in question doesn't link to me fourteen times, because I made that other site. It links to me once. (And I link to them twice. When you mention someone by name, it would be unnatural not to link.)

Closer inspection reveals

:: drumroll ::

thirteen links to piwik.php. (Aside for those who don't know: piwik uses a single database that lives on one of your sites. Other sites feed into the same database via a snippet of tracking code.)

I mean, honestly. I realize all this information is collected by a stupid robot that doesn't know anything. But it's much of a muchness with the way javascript-literate robots always try to crawl the piwik file.

Do you suppose the googlebot sees your GA tracking code and tries to crawl its own home base? Show of hands...




 3:50 pm on Jun 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

I despair at what's listed in some of my reports. Wacky invented non-existant junk URLs abound. Likewise corrupted and truncated URLs.

One of the 404 errors is for
/$1 and which I now believe to be yet another fruitful visit to one of the JS files by Googlebot. However, I spent many hours suspecting that the htaccess had gone wrong in some way and was now redirecting Google to the literal example.com/$1 URL for some requests.

 4:03 pm on Jun 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

If Googlebot was a dog it would spend a large part of each day gnawing on its own legs thinking "yummmy bones" and then looking reproachfully at you when it fell over, upon trying to run around the yard..


 4:19 pm on Jun 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

If Googlebot was a dog...


You may be onto something... So the next big G* update will be called "Dalmation", keeping with the whole black and white scheme of things. It will result in a drop of exactly 101 positions in search results, for sites not being friendly enough for kids.


Note: Just tried to lighten the mood. delete if needed MOD.


 9:09 pm on Jun 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

:: memo to self: Bring camera to library again. He's on to something. ::

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