Friday, March 14, 2008

SearchMe Demos Wicked Cool Visual Search Engine

Looks like I was right on the money back in Oct '07 when I announced that I had spotted SearchMe taking screen shots on one of my sites and I knew this was a hot news item but couldn't get the Sphinners to bite on it.

Here we are 6 months later and the story broke a couple of days ago on the Silicon Valley WebGuild:

Searchme is a new search engine that captures images of web pages and allows users to navigate visually through these page snapshots.
Searchme is currently running a private beta but the flash demo on their web site is real fucking cool so I hope their search technology is as good because this is so wicked it could be a real Google killer.

I'll bet Microsoft, Yahoo or Ask tries to buy this technology ASAP before Google can get their hands on it as something this hot could put any of the lesser search engines back on the map.

If you want information about their spider named Charlotte and IP addresses so you can let Searchme into your site and past your firewall, read my previous post with all the pertinent information.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Welcome to Opt-In Web 3.0 Politeness

Here's a fine example of how the internet may soon look with an email I got recently that actually asked permission to do something because they couldn't just take what they wanted without asking!

The following is slightly edited, but you get the idea:

We use a service called to provide xxxxxxxx of sites that we have links to on our site.

It appears that the is being blocked. I'm guessing this is a tool you use to block crawlers. You can see the error here:

Is there any way you can allow access of your site?
Yes, manners are still alive and well on the internet and someone has politely requested I punch a hole in the firewall and let them in.

I'm leaning towards YES just because they asked so nicely!

Witness one of the first steps in ending the Wild Wild Web.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Gone Fishkin With More SEOMoz Tool Activity

In my continue series of exposing SEO tools we find this little SEOmoz-bot over at SEOmoz.

I'll give SEOmoz some credit where credit is due in they at least identify their tool as a bot so it can be blocked if you want. However, they don't check robots.txt to see if the bot is allowed as I think they assume it's always going to be used by the site owner but it could just as easily be used on some competitor's site as well.

Here are the IPs and the user agent used: "SEOmoz-bot" "SEOmoz-bot"
The IP's belong to HopOne which provides various services including hosting.
OrgName: HopOne Internet Corporation
NetName: HOPONE-DCA2-4
NetRange: -
I think that range is safe to block as it appears they use 'DC' in the net name of their data centers but it's probably worth checking to see what bounces for a few days to make sure.

Of course the best SEO is secure SEO, so block 'em ;)

Smack the SMILE SEO TOOLS Off Your Face

Some spamming assholes in Russia think automatic directory submission is the same as SEO and added one of my sites to their so called SMILE SEO TOOLS.

Here's a list of the various user agents I've seen claiming to be this tool:

The last user agent with an extremely lame ass attempt to mimic MSIE 6 gave me a good giggle.

Here's the list of IP's using this directory spamware, probably mostly proxy sites in Russia would be my guess as they have a ton of proxy sites for spamming over there.

Yes, 114 lovely IP's using SMILE SEO Tools for your veiwing pleasure:
Just to help you understand where these IP's were coming from, here's the reverse DNS of the same list:
Host not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)
Host not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)
Host not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)
Host not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)
Host not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)
Host not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)
Host not found: 2(SERVFAIL)
Host not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)
Host not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)
Host not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)
Host not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)
Host not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)
Host not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)
;; reply from unexpected source:, expected
;; Warning: ID mismatch: expected ID 10615, got 39356
;; reply from unexpected source:, expected
;; Warning: ID mismatch: expected ID 10615, got 39356
;; connection timed out; no servers could be reached is an alias for
Host not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)
Host not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)
Host not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)
Host not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)
Host not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)
;; connection timed out; no servers could be reached
Host not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)
Host not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)
Host not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)
Well, doesn't that really sum it up well?

Enjoy the list, block 'em if you want.

Heck, just block the entire country of Russia and the Ukraine entirely and hide the children in your bomb shelter just in case they get pissed.

More Pesky SEO Tools To Block

Seems there is something in Germany called SEO.AG that has been pestering my site for quite some time.

The IP and User Agent it uses is: "SEO[.AG] - Search Engine Optimizer Bot []"
However, they also run a web proxy on so you have to block the IP to stop all the nonsense.

I'm not sure which is worse, the scrapers, proxies, aggrators, or the SEOs and their tools.

You Know You Drink Too Much When...

When you wake up face down in a pizza you know you got mad drinking skills, especially when you went face down in mid-bite of the pizza.

When you wake up and your pillow is covered in pizza vomit, that's madder skills cause you didn't die in your sleep aspirating on pizza vomit. Having to shave your beard off because you can't seem to wash out all the partially digested bits of pizza is a bit embarrassing. However, having the side of your face that laid on the pizza sauce all night get stained and looking bright red all day is priceless.

When you wake up under your bed, realize you're on cold hard wood, bump your head on wood when you try to get up and suddenly panic thinking you're in a coffin because it's all wood and you can't get up, you've truly arrived.

When leaving a party and the elevator makes your stomach flip-flop you panic as the doors open and vomit down the crack between the elevator and the wall and spew into the elevator shaft just because there's no where else to suddenly yak, you're working your way to be an AA superstar!

When you're leaving a party and have no other place than to barf in a water fountain in the lobby of an apartment complex and as you're leaving giggle as you hear people walk up to take a drink screaming, you're in the club!

When you barf up brightly colored red nacho chips and suddenly panic thinking your stomach is bleeding profusely until you remember what you ate .... and then drink too much and barf a couple of nights later just to make sure that's what it really was.

When you and your friends are out partying all night and you suddenly fill up the floor of the car with vomit and 6 of your friends bail out the window just to get away from you

You know your friends are all alkies too when the topic of conversation is always which one of you wussies is going to drop a street pizza or a technicolor yawn first

Another clue your friends have drinking problems is when they fall out of the car when they open the door

A clue something bad happened is when you wake up on a sofa in a house you don't remember, find your glasses in your pocket and when you put them on can't see thru the thick film of dry vomit that's encrusted them

FINALLY, last but not least, you know it's time to stop drinking when you wake up and flies are picking the vomit out of your nose.

What Time Is It Anyway?

Got up this morning and all the computers and TV's said it was 9:00am but the phones and alarm clocks said it was 8:00am.

Obviously this was the daylight savings bullshit gone bad but how in the hell could someone fuck up the atomic time clock which the alarms and phones feed from?

Had this been an actual day when I really needed to get up and be somewhere by 8am I would've been fucked since both the alarm clock and the alarm in the phone, which I prefer because it's louder, would've both malfunctioned.

Anyway, around 11:00am everything was back in synch.

Don't you just love fucking daylight savings time?


There Goes the Bad Neighborhood

Isn't it ironic that a day after I wrote about stopping snooping SEO tool's here comes one of them trying to crawl one of my websites.

The user agent and IP address are: []
"Bad-Neighborhood Link Analyzer ("
They were automatically blocked on my site because I white list only allowed user agents and they use an unauthorized user agent name, but they could always switch to mimic a browser so in the long run it's best to block the IP range.

Turns out Viviotech is the host of Bad Neighborhood's site:
OrgName: Vivio Technologies
NetRange: -
After you block this data center range the tools from Bad Neighborhood can't be used to scan your site, check your Apache server headers, or any other thing.

Sorry, but you're not allowed back into my neighborhood.

Buh bye.