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Most unusual search term to find this blog

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I regularly check my WordPress site stats to see what search terms are used to find my blog, as well as who else is linking to it.

I was rather surprised to find this search term was used to find my blog (on more than one occasion) yesterday:

www fuck me black mensex

Perhaps more concerning (or is it amusing?), one of my posts came up at the top of the search for these terms!

You can see the full search here. Oh, and for it to show in my stats, the searcher has to click on the link to my blog, so I am thinking they might have been disappointed when they got to my blog.

PS: Is mensex one word?  I always thought it was two. :-)

Black and White Version: It takes all sorts.

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Advertising (to Google or not to Google).

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I've decided to test some Google Ads on this site.

I did this for a couple of reasons, but getting money wasn’t actually one of them.

I am of two minds whether advertising actually enhances the look of a blog or detracts from it.  I personally think a small amount CAN enhance it if done the right way.  I would be interested to hear what others think though, so share your thoughts!

For this blog, I have added a small ad on the right hand col, a banner ad in the footer, and an add every 5 comments (only shows if you are viewing the comments).  Too much?  Too little?

Based on my calculations I should only have to wait 429 years for my 1st $10 cheque from Google.  (Actually I have no idea how long it will take, it’s not amount the money, so I haven’t even worked it out).

I’m also contemplating having one or two non Google ads on the site, permanent ads for companies/products,  But I would CHOOSE those, so they are kinda “I like these .. ” as opposed to “Google says these are OK”.  I think most people get that ads are not endorsed by the site they are on, but maybe blogs are different.  Again comments most welcome!

I can say setting up a Google AdSense account was easy peasy (as most things with Google are).

As an aside, I remember I used to get excited when 10 people read my blog in one day.  And to reach that I had to have made a post (on non post days I often got no, or one hit).  Now I get 100/day even when I don’t post new stuff.  In fact the other day hit 400 on a day I didn’t post anything new.  Hopefully I will look back on these numbers in time like I do now at the “10 a day” thing and smile.  In the meantime I go Woowhooo! when I hit 100 in a day (I told you it would be a while till I got my $10!)

Black and White Version: Ads or no ads?

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This Blog 287th in NZ

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Was checking through the incoming links to this blog and spotted this one from NZ Blog Stats for May. Turns out the name says it all, and it’s a listing of blogs in NZ and their rankings via various measures (including Alexa, which seams to be one of the more robust measures out there).

Anyway .. 287th in May 2010 of NZ blogs.  I am actually surprised that it was even listed, let alone around 1/2 way in the list.  Guess one has to compare it with the fact that there are 576 listed, plus around 100 or so that look like they cant be calculated. So around 1/2 way, that will do for now I think.  Oh, and I get a wee mouse thingie next to the blog name, which I can only but guess means I talk about techie/geekie stuff (I couldn’t find it in the key anywhere).

I thought I would post this now so that in a year or so I can look back and compare.

KiwiBlog continues to top the list (one of my daily reads), with a lot of those in the top 10 very recognisable to anyone who reads NZ based blogs.

Black and White Version: This blog was the 287th NZ blog in May 2010.

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ISPs in NZ filtering Google Search Results?

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Something strange happened today.  A mate of mine told me one of my blog posts rated at the top of Google’s search list (it was for Telecom Micro Sim, click on the link to see).  WOOWHOO! I thought. I mean, ‘thanks for letting me know’ I said.

Anyway, I mentioned that I often got quite high up in google rankings, even beating regular media or web site of a product I reviewed.  I used the Golf-R (a car for anyone that doesn’t know) as an example.   I told him on Google.co.nz I was the second to top term for Golf-R, beating even the AA review, and also Volkswagen’s own NZ web site (they make the car).  My friend changed and said “No you don’t, you don’t even come in the top five (it comes in no 8 – although the article he found was not the same that was #2 on my list).

What’s going on?

Auckland, Telecom ISP

Christchurch, TelstraClear ISP

This is the search we both used.  Click on the images above to see the enlarged version.  You will see on the right the blackandwhite.co.nz post is #2.  On the left a DIFFERENT blackandwhite.co.nz post is #8.

A couple of things to confirm:

  • Both searches used google.co.nz (you can see the “Pages from New Zealand” at the top of both)
  • Both searches used Mozilla
  • Both were made at the same time (and repeated several times)
  • One was made in Auckland through a Telecom ISP, one through Christchurch on Telstra Clear ISP
  • One was on a PC (Auckland), one on a Mac (Christchurch) – the only other difference perhaps?
  • Interesting the Telstra Search gets 47850 compared to 47600 on Telecom.

So this is WEIRD.  I couldn’t think what it could be.  Then I remembered seeing an article on TechDirt about ISP filtering search results, redirecting search terms etc.  That article is an interesting read!

I then further checked with my mate in Auckland and sent him the exact link I used for my Golf-R search over MSN so he just clicked on it.  I thought this would fix it, but no, he still got the same result (i.e. different from me).  So SOMETHING is modifying the Google results he gets (or something is modifying mine).

Try it yourself – which one to you get, or do you get a third result? Comment away please! (Use this link if you like to check - make sure you use google.co.nz too and select “pages from NZ”)!).  Let me know what ISP you used, and what results you get.

I THINK .. and I could be wrong here that Telecom is filtering things.  They shouldn’t, but they do. But I cant prove this (not yet anyway!).  Well I can prove something – they get LESS search results (you can see from the # of searches it shows), so there is SOME filtering going on here.

UPDATE 1: Confirmed now from someone that they get the “Telecom” result when either connected to Telecom through Xtra, or connected to the Telecom LAN (yes they work for Telecom).

Black and White Version: New Zealand based ISPs (Telecom in particular) may be filtering Google Search results.  BASTARDS!

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Grindr – the ultimate gay iPhone app?

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Any gay man with an iPhone will have heard of Grindr.  But since not everyone is gay, and not everyone has an iPhone (although based on my observations of San Francisco, everyone who is gay has one), here’s the run down for you:

  • Grindr is an app for the iPhone (although Grindr for Blackberry is coming soon).
  • It is a simple app that allows users to locate (using the iPhones GPS) other nearby users of Grindr.  It shows people in order of distance, with the closest first, as well as showing who is online now.
  • It allows the user to have one profile picture, and a few lines of text as a profile, as well as location details (it shows how far away the person is, not their actual location, but this can be sent by the other user they want to).
  • You can message the other people.
  • You can tag users, so you can re-message them more easily later.
  • And, most importantly, it can (and is) used by guys to meet other gay guys (hook up even?)

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How to hang toilet paper (or stuff your mum should have taught you but didn’t part 1)

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I thought EVERYONE knew how to hang toilet paper, but a quick google search reveals apparently not.

So, I thought I’d share something I found on the web YEARS ago, that keeps occupying status updates up on people’s FaceBook posts every 6 mths or so.

Often the short version of just the 1st image is shown, but this (IMHO) is just the what do to and doesn’t answer the more philosophically important important of  why we should do it, which is really what all the other images are about.

Click on the image on the right to see an enlarged version.

Black and White Version: There is a right way to hang toilet paper, and it’s the OVERHANG way (ie the end of the paper on the outside over the top, not underneath against the wall).

Hat Tip: Images all come from Chris Regen’s Current Configuration Blog, and the full story of how to hang toilet paper can be found there.  You can even download a pdf that you print and fold into a mini brochure.

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Telecos may rip us off at times, but where is the user responsibility?

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A NZ Herald headline today was Salesman ‘crippled’ by internet charges.

This was due to what NZ mobile teco’s charge when roaming- $30 per MB in most countries.  So that’s $30,000 per GB – which compares to around $10-$20  per GB if on a plan in NZ (and no, that’s not a mis-print – $30,000 per GB).  (Btw, OZ is one of the few cheaper countries, and ‘only’ $8 or $10 per MB depending if you are on XT ($8) or Voda($10)).

Now I agree with DPF on Kiwiblog here that this is a rip off, but I think some serious points are overlooked in the media analysis: (more…)

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