I used to visit technorati all the time to see my score. I didn’t care about anything else other than increasing my score. My personal website had a super low score, but obeygiant.com’s score was rising. I kept adding blogs to it, and seeing how others had such high scores and doing the same techniques. I would favorite it, love it, do whatever to get the score higher. It never really got as high as I wanted it to be, and it only moved up a few places after all that work I did.
I figured out that obeygiant wasn’t tech enough for technorati, I mean duh, tech is in the title. So I moved on, Come five years later and Klout is the new technorati. I did the same thing, I gave out klout points to everyone, to random people in hopes that they would give klout back. Which they did in turn, the klout score got super high (this is all for obeygiant.com again), and I got some klout perks. Which I never ever used because I don’t want free shampoo or to see a live screencast or whatever they were giving away.
Now I just sign up for these services to sign up, to have a presence. When they first came out, I did spend a lot of time on them trying to improve the score. But for an artist, its harder to get high scores on these sites because art doesn’t translate well over the internet. A lot of people link to obeygiant.com, but there are smaller non techy sites. And I only did this because I thought that they would bring hits to the websites. None of them ever brought any significant hits to the website, except for wordpress’s showcase page. Obey Giant is listed as one of the most voted on links and that brings in about 100 clicks a day, everyday, and rising. Now 100 clicks a day isn’t anything, overall, but It adds up. While technorati, klout, whatever brought in zero links a day, brought in no more internet points ever.
Now this is old but David Galbraith, had said that technorati shouldn’t give up from it’s fight with google. That it should be a blog search engine. “I say all this because Google have finally got their act together with Blog Search, and the window of opportunity for Technorati to be what they are, and what they created, is closing.” Well I never think technorati was ever that, I just think it was only got tech blogs. I never thought that it was for anybody else.
I have done four posts so far for #throwbackthursday, And I thought I would share the general permalink structure for 2007. Some of the top websites (I am just guessing, but sites I think were top back then), have a .html or .php attached to the end of there posts.
kottke.org used .html, but the site is currently a custom site with a much different permalink structure.
a link of http://www.kottke.org/remainder/07/05/13417.html which now goes to http://kottke.org/07/05/on-the-battlefields-of-iraq-and-afghanistan. His website is one of the only websites which redirects the old post to the new updated post.
consumerist.com used a .php file extension for there website, I don’t know what the blog software was but it is now using WordPress. The permalink structure back then for them was:
which is now:
They don’t have redirecting setup so I have to Google the title based on the url.
laughingsquid.com is exactly the same!
lifehacker.com used and uses a custom blogging software. The old links used to be:
and now they are:
They have a redirect from the old post to the new post.
www.boingboing.net is exactly the same
Just a few examples. When I moved obeygiant.com over to WordPress, it didn’t have single pages for single blog posts. It was basically just archives of blog posts so I didn’t have to think about preserving the url or permalinks. But now that I move forward with websites I think hard about the permalink structure than I did before. I want to make sure that they last over time. And also, if there is a current one, not to mess with it.
Today I had to transfer a mysql db from an old host to a new host. I used to do this with phpmyadmin and export the db and hope that it would work properly on upload. I did a quick google search today and came up with the line:
$ mysqldump -u username -p'password' old-db | ssh [email protected] mysql -u username -p'password' new-db
It took about one minute to transfer about 400mb of information. I am sure that there are other ways to do this, but it just worked for me perfectly.
I am no web designer, I use the internet a lot. I don’t normally browse the internet per say, I use it to answer my question. But when a website tells a story, I will read it. But how I and a majority of people use the internet is like this, google question, website answer. And most of the time the answer isn’t on your homepage, its on a single page deep inside of your website, on a post that you did years ago. So the most important part of your website is going to be the single page. And I am not going to click on home to find out more about you, I might click on the about page to see more about who you are personally, and what else you have done. But then what? Most of the time thats a dead end and I close the page altogether. You shouldn’t use the navigation above as the only way to navigate, in the about page could maybe show more articles that you think are important. Relavent links are always welcoming, I have never clicked on any, But I like seeing that you are at least trying.
If you have a home butto in your navigation, You lost the internet. It is common knowledge that clicking on the logo of the website will take you home. The navigation bar is very valuable space that needs to be curated very precisely. It shouldn’t be the only way that you get people to navigate your site. I think internal linking is a lost artform, but if use it properly people will do it more.
– Don’t make the homepage the most important part of your website.
– Tell a story with your website.
– Find out where people enter your website and figure out how to get them to click somewhere else in your website.
– Don’t let your website have a dead end.
This is just a blog, so I have tons of dead links, but as a company you shouldn’t be just a blog. You should be telling a story with your website.
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So the time has come, There once was a time that I used to subscribe to Slashdot. It was hard but one day, I couldn’t handle any of the articles, I didn’t read any of them. Then came Digg, And I read most of the articles from there. But now, I don’t read anything, except for the Antoine Dodson: Hide Yo Kidz, Hide Yo Wife . And that will be the last Digg article I click on.
R.I.P. Digg 2010