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08 October 2007 @ 08:48 pm
For one blog writer, these are a bunch of the hilarious reasons. You really need to read some of the unusual search strings people were entering to find that blog.

I used to get stuff like that all the time showing up on my stat tracking pages. For quite a while, it seemed like the only reason that people were coming to my websites was because they were looking for giant inflatable giraffes, or they wanted to see Jamie Foxx doing an impression of Arsenio Hall or they'd entered some kind of nonsense sentence that I just couldn't figure out.

After reading that hilarious blog post, I rushed to my own stat trackers to see which weird search strings I could blog about myself for your entertainment. Alas, the best I could come up with was "true happenings in Colorado." Everything else was so normal.

Then, when I started thinking back, I realized that the search engine queries had been pretty tame for a while. My websites are now drawing nearly all of their search engine traffic according to the keywords that I most want to have associated with them. My ghost-themed website draws people who are actually googling for ghost information, my zombie website pulls in visitors who are searching for information about zombie movies, and The Cryptid Zoo is now on the first page of google results for the word "cryptozoology" most of the time, so that I hardly ever see any other kind of search string entered in order to find it.

I'm a bit disappointed that I couldn't share any entertaining search strings with you, but I'm also kind of happy that my websites seem to be drawing traffic in a more targeting manner instead of vacuuming up the Internet's lost souls.

Current Mood: weirdweird
14 November 2006 @ 11:25 pm
I found a heartening quote about POD self-publishing on Teresa Nielsen Hayden's blog. The quote is from James D. Macdonald, an author and widely respected scam-buster: "Just because you published with a bottom-feeder doesn't mean that you've written a bottom-feeding book."

I've also found a few other tidbits:

Clench Racing - an example of the games that can be made from bad writing. And this series is one of the best examples of extremely popular bad writing (other good examples being the later books in both The Wheel of Time series and The Anita Blake series). I remember the Thomas Covenant series as being very hard to endure, but it was so famous, and it so heavily dominated the libraries and bookstores, that I'd give the books another try every so often. I think the only book I got very far in was The One Tree.

Vanity TV - there is such a scam, and it preys on authors, among others.

GooglePrint has some weird provisions in its contract that sound like they could be very threatening to authors.

Copyscape - search for copies of your page on the Web. I've found (or been notified of) at least two copyright violations of my cryptozoology website in just the last month or so. Plus, it's become quite routine during the last year to see large sections of it (4 paragraphs or more) placed on message boards without attribution. Occasionally people try to argue that I've copied from them, but so far I've always been able to prove my case.

BugMeNot - bypassing compulsory registering by using shared passwords. It's a way to get to articles on sites like The New York Times that require you to register in order to read, but you don't want them collecting information about your reading habits and selling that to spammers.