An Unexpected Benefit of Pornospam

(Originally posted 2007-12-21.)

As I’ve mentioned before I’m using Roller’s “Referer URL” page – for my developerWorks blog – to analyse where my blog hits are coming from. (It’s an informal exercise because I can only really work with hits that involve a search engine of some sort – and some 80% of my hits are said to be “direct”.)

Recently I’ve had a rash of “pornospam” comments to my blog. (As previously noted I’ve a way of hiding these entries from you, dear reader.) This has, in turn, caused search engines to index my blog with various porno terms.

So far so bad. πŸ™‚ But this does have a positive side effect…

It causes a whole bunch of search engines to show up on my radar that wouldn’t have before. For example today’s “new search engine” roster is:

So when “genuine” searches from these engines take people to my (or other developerWorks bloggers’) blogs my analysis code will recognise them.

I suppose there’s an analogy in terms of virology, along the lines of “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. πŸ™‚

So, thanks pornospammers! But don’t try too hard to help me out. πŸ™‚

Published by Martin Packer

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