Saturday, April 21, 2007

Gigablast Data Trail

While following where my data goes on the internet I found a couple of sites that appear to be using data from Gigablast which include eWoss and searchEstate.

The upside is fewer crawlers as they're leveraging existing data crawls in multiple locations.

The downside is that you have no control where your information shows up so the only way to control that relationship is block the source.

Update: Also found Gigablast content in Webled as well.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Ezilon Also Has Some LookSmart Content

This time my content tracking bugs led me to Ezilon which has content that originated from LookSmart. Don't know if Ezilon is a LookSmart partner or what the deal is, perhaps they scraped LookSmart, but the link to one of my sites in their listings was definitely crawled by LookSmart.

Just goes to show that blocking bad bots from your site doesn't always stop your content from being misappropriated anyway.

Update: Also found LookSmart data in

Sunday, April 15, 2007

5 Reasons Why I Blog - Tagged By a Boy Named Sue

Looks like old anti-spam Connie tagged me because I'm a second-rate blogger that's about as popular as a fart in an elevator, but I'll accept that tag and play the game.

So here goes with my 5 reasons why I blog:

1. Because I'd probably get kicked off most, if not all forums, for saying some of the shit I say. Therefore, the best way to truly express my opinions and not get a boot to the head was to take it elsewhere, and the blog was born.

2. If I didn't blow off some steam every now and then when things are really pissing me off, my fucking head would explode, therefore blogging is also done for medicinal purposes.

3. My wife is probably sick and tired of hearing me rant and rave about things that get under my skin so I blog them out, then she can read it once, or I might read it to her, and it's over with. The blog may actually be saving my marriage until I blog about her one too many times, or about the wrong topic, and then the shit will hit the fan for sure.

4. I actually have some useful information to pass on from time to time and the blog is as good as any place to post it.

5. Blogging about exposing, blocking and whacking scrapers and spammers pisses them off so the blog gives us a nice virtual parking lot to duke it out.

There, I've done the deed, 5 fandamntastic reasons why I blog.

Looks like I should tag 5 other people just because misery loves company:

John Andrews - because I know John dislikes following the herd
MartiniBuster - just so I can imagine him rolling his eyes at me
SpamHuntress - so she'll get off MySpace and start blogging again
John Scott - he's been so intermittently blogging someone needs to kickstart his ass
WillMac - bots make him as crazy as they do me, so he needs to share

That's all for this time and may whoever comes up with the next game of blog tag get a big swift kick in the nuts from all of us that feel dragged into this shit whether we want to play or not.