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January 09, 2005

Well, it's probably bogus...

Most of y'all know the the Ecosystem at Truthlaid Bear.

We here at the Castle have been Playful Primates for months now - since the first Spirit of America fundraiser. All things considered, I've been comfortable with that niche, as a result of links. I think the true measure of appeal is more closely related to traffic, where we drop down considerably. The links ranking measures your notice among bloggers - traffic is actual visitors, an important consideration if you are considering advertising to get some cash to offset the cost of blogging.

Kinda like the difference between being famous in your family as against being famous in the nation... we're noticed in the family.

Any, N.Z. Bear has been tweaking the system, which is producing a lot of change in the rankings.

Which has resulted today in the fact that we at the Castle did something I never expected: Mortal Humans!

I'm sure it will all settle out as the Bear gets his optimizations done, and we've probably not been optimized - but yeah, you can bet I did a screen shot of this!

Update: Looking at who I've moved ahead of, I'm even more sure that I haven't been 'optimized', or whatever NZ is doing, yet. This isn't false modesty, either. I'm guessing part of the optimization involves deleting links from old, undead blogs that aren't active but haven't been deleted, etc. Heck it took me a year to get around to blowing away my old Blogspot launching pad.

Just guessin' - but you can bet this day's graphic will *still* get stuck on the 'fridge!

Comments on Well, it's probably bogus...
cw4billt briefed on January 9, 2005 11:38 AM

So, the 908 is--what?
1. hits per hour?
2. hits per day?
3. hits between 0145 and 0545?
4. total posts by reformed moonbats?

Jack briefed on January 9, 2005 12:15 PM


I've gone down in the rankings. Oh, well... Slowly sinking into obscurity isn't too bad.

Eric briefed on January 9, 2005 12:34 PM

.. yeah, it is hammering me too... talk about inflated.. heh...

anselm briefed on January 9, 2005 01:18 PM

Congratulations, but I must take the credit - I added you to my blogroll yesterday, I'm sure that pushed you up several eco niches! In all seriousness, you have a cool and unique site.

SangerM briefed on January 9, 2005 06:12 PM

Big Time OT re: War Poetry. This may be interesting to whomever likes the stuff.

International War Veterans Poetry Archives

Some good stuff, like this:


SayUncle briefed on January 9, 2005 06:17 PM

Cool. I can say "I knew you when"


Crystal briefed on January 10, 2005 12:42 AM

CoNgRaTs even if it is shortlived! Somehow I doubt you won't truly reach it at some point soon. I too seem to be jumping alllllover the place...For myself though it is just the difference of flying or slithering

Boudicca briefed on January 10, 2005 08:43 AM

Cool! That means... I KNOW A BIG BLOGGER!!! heh heh heh! It makes sense. Every time you link to me, my traffic goes through the roof. You joke about Instalanches, but Argghhhalanches are pretty damn big.


cw4billt briefed on January 10, 2005 11:31 PM

Now, lemmesee if I've got this straight:

On 9 January, you had 908 unique links and were number 30 in the ecosphere. On 10 January, you had 949 links but dropped to number 33.

So, an increase of about 4% actually equals a decrease of about 10%--is this here thet thar "New Math" stuff ah bin hearin' bout' lately?

John of Argghhh! briefed on January 11, 2005 06:11 AM

No. You have to understand how the Ecosphere works.

Unique links includes blog rolls and links to articles on any given blog. If there are multiple blog rolls (A 'regular', Blogs for Bush, things like that)on a blog which link to the main index page of the Castle - you get credit for one 'unique' link. If the person then links to 4 separate posts, you know have 5 from that one blog.

I get 2 for example, daily, from Jack at Random Fate. One for his blogroll, and the other because he has a sidebar link to my "Wahabism Delenda Est" post.

Links in posts drop off. Other bloggers write posts that generate attention. So, if someone 5 below you in the ecosphere writes a post that generates 30 links, you write one that generates 30 links, and you have links dropping off as people's blog entries drop off, say 6 - your relative standing drops as that blog moves up and displaces you one. A 4-5 variability on any given day is not unusual.

Another aspect of it is if a blog is down, or a hosting service has an outage when NZ Bear's 'bot is out - they don't get counted that day.

So, it's fairly variable - but pretty stable over time. Since the net count seems to be dropping, I think the Bear is tuning his system to do things like not count 'dead' blogs, however he may be defining that. There are an enormous number of blogs that people start, find out it's harder to do/takes more time than they realized, and they just cease logging in. If they are using a free hosting service, they just ignore it but the blog still exists, inansmuch as any collection of electrons exist.

The Castle's initial digs on Blogspot stayed out there (and getting hits from Googlers) for over a year until I decided that everybody who was really interested knew I'd moved, and I blew it away.

Most people who abandon free blogs don't blow them away, and I have no idea what Blogspot and similar operations do with them. Since they still get ad revenue when someone pops in, I would guess they'd only remove them unilaterally if server space got to be an issue.

cw4billt briefed on January 11, 2005 10:13 PM

Okay--if I were a gummint accountant, the explanation would make perfect sense, BIJAR. This whole deal is convoluted enough to justify the existence of a CyberSpace Overlord...or an NZ do you guys DO it?!?