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September 21, 2004
I Got Nuthin'

I spent most of the day helping a relative try to fix a hijacked browser. Gads.

Virus writers, spammers, crackers: hangin's too good for 'em. But it'll have to do.

So I've posted nothing whatsoever until now, and I'm still getting traffic at levels comparable to my busier days (which, compared to the big dogs of the blogosphere, ain't that busy.) (Or even compared to the middle-sized dogs.)

I'm getting traffic today from search engines. Everyone does, but sometimes people search for things that can cause a traffic spike. Here are the last 20 search engine queries that have brought people to this site:

   "jonah's military"
   Eugen Armstrong beheading
   beheading of eugen armstrong
   eugen armstrong beheading in iraq
   eugen armstrong beheading
   eugene armstrong beheading
   watch the beheading of eugen armstrong
   spirit of the bayonet
   saddam trial
   emersons lumber
   Eugen Armstrong beheading
   "miserable failure"
   john kerry sailboarding
   iraqi tv
   rico statutes
   "Katherine J. Lopez"
   eugen armstrong beheading
   beheading of Eugene Armstrong
   california bmg cartridge

See a trend here? (Apart from the fact that a lot of people can't spell "Eugene"?) The odd thing is that I haven't written squat about recent terrorist murders of civilians in Iraq.

So if you're one of the snuff junkies looking for video of a real murder: get bent, you perverts.

In other Google-related news, after more than a year at the top, I've dropped to #2 in the search for "Thomas Friedman idiot".

Update, 9/24: Back to #1.

Posted by Russ at 08:55 PM, September 21, 2004 in Miscellany

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Did you try booting into safe mode and running Hijack This (http://www.spychecker.com/program/hijackthis.html)? It works.

Posted by: RTO Trainer at September 21, 2004 11:31 PM

I recently ran across a software program that somehow uses fake search engine referrals to add their URLs to refferal logs. I can't say for sure as I'm not a techie, but I suspect this is what these strange search engine hits really are. I posted something about a simular program called Reffey.

What many people don't realize is that this is a real threat to the ad revenues of all websites as they artifically inflate readership and reduce the value of our websites.

Posted by: Billy The Blogging Poet at September 22, 2004 12:12 AM

I quoted a comment from a reader in the update to a post once. When I quote, I quote verbatim, typos and all. Because of the reader's typo, I still get hits from people doing searches. I suspect that for a while it was as significant as 1% of my traffic.

Posted by: Brian B at September 22, 2004 11:47 AM