(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. 🙂 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”. 🙂
So, thanks pornospammers! But don’t try too hard to help me out. 🙂