ehowton (ehowton) wrote,

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Google Whack

I do not own the server which hosts my images, and now that I think about it, I don't even own the domain name. Every year for the past four years I've promised drax0r I would move all my images onto livejournal, and off the domain I use, and every year I beg him to renew the domain. Hell, he doesn't even own the intellectual rights to the domain name, our lawyer does, having used it for our failed start-up.

Those who perform a descending view of the directory will often get glimpses into upcoming posts, and see new music. At the suggestion of the server's owner, I recently disabled search engine spidering, as hundreds of Russian websites were popping up with direct links to the tarballs & odd mp3's I'd stored there. I'm also more...creative with my naming convention these days, as my images were a hotbed for hotlinking MySpace users. I couldn't globally disable hotlinking though, because that's why I had the images online to begin with - to use. At the same time, I'm trying to be more responsible with the bandwidth. The spidering being disabled seems to have helped (from an independent search for the domain name itself, though the record should show I ran across a picture of me standing outside the yet to be completed Chipolte in Saint Louis on someone's page with the caption, "He really likes his tacos.") However, I still run across cached images on GIS, which I find amusing and at the same time disappointing. Its a thorn in my side when searching for new content. I learned the same thing about lilvejournal - having to be very careful when I posted, as it often showed up in my search results prior to my research concluding.

And though I'm not listed in the whois, neither am I completely obfuscated from the domain apparently. I rec'd an email this morning (which I initially thought was spam) from some motivated individual in the United Kingdom who congratulated me on an online vocabulary repository I'd created, and pointed out that it was a 'Google Whack.' I didn't know what a 'whack' was in the context of Google, and furthermore, it wasn't my content - I'd simply created a flat-text (i.e. browser-searchable) file of words not oft-used and their definitions for my personal use.

Apparently, I am the only site which shows up in Google if you're looking for a silver drinking cup which bears the ecclesiastical banner of Christ's monogram.

Go me.

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