Cheered Up by Inbound Links :)

I’ve been feeling kind of burnt out lately, and the clutter’s gone full hoard because I found a bunch of medical supplies for free. Now I need to get rid of them.  It’s fun, but also kind of boring, and the clutter is aggravating.

I was messing with some Google queries, and discovered something:


What that search does is list all the pages where my URL is in plaintext or linked from a URL.  There were 390 results, and that blew me away.  (Later, I found it was only around 70 that were considered legit by Google.)

Unfortunately, it looks like most of the links are from forum posts, and the links are “nofollow”, so I don’t get any link juice.  I know why the software vendors and forum admins do this: if they didn’t, people would spam these venues. I get it… but it would be nice if more of these links were boosting my site 🙂

Still, it felt really great to find out that a lot of people liked some of my articles.

The popular articles were: the RAID 5 post, the Django class based views and user profiles series, VLAN posts, the homemade scale post that no longer exists, and the bus vs. car savings calculator.

The RAID 5 one really got a lot of praise. I feel honored to have had that one so well regarded, because I spent extra time on it to make it easy to grasp.

Here’s a partial list of pages. I’ll eventually get them all in, and link back to the ones who linked to me with “dofollow” links.
Welcome to the Blogroll: Kirsten Gronfield and Transform!topic/django-it/agpuvAYkdHI
Hands Up! This is a RAID! An Explanation of the Pros and Cons of Using RAID on Your Computer Evacuación masiva de japoneses en Estados Unidos durante WWII

I’ll finish the list soon.

The Nofollow Blues

Not being an SEO, and not being one to be stingy with links, I never really thought about the toxic nature of the social media sites, at least with respect to people who like to blog. Those big companies use “nofollow”.

Discussion fora don’t pass link juice, but at least the URLs are searchable. Facebook and Twitter are worse: not only do they fail to let users share authority, the URL may not be visible, so that also alters searchability.

When you don’t have this link-authority passing, you can’t create long-term influence for pages. So, you fall back on other forms of influence, like social media lists, or advertising budget.

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