So, a little while back, I got to complaining about those folks who pop onto my blog here in search of information on b10-data sheets. (Yes, that’s code, so this post doesn’t show up in the searches; from now on, I’ll refer to it as “BD”.)
If you missed that post somehow, the gist of it is this: I get a lot of traffic for folks seeking information on BDs. I don’t know why. One time, I asked how someone constructs one, what it was, etc., because I was applying for a job with a company as a writer of some kind (tech writer, I think). They wanted writing samples, and all I had was some of my fiction … which probably isn’t appropriate to the task. I needed to put some together, and one of the suggestions the company offered in their posting was a BD. Okay, I thought, what the heck is that and how do I write one?
Well, I put out a call for some input here on my blog and got a couple of helpful pointers. Next thing I know, I’m getting hits for BDs … not just professional ones, but personal ones used for marriage proposals. Now, I’m not going to do any sort of cultural commentary here about why you have to submit a resume to propose marriage. To each their own. But I got tired of having so many search terms come up that way and that post be so popular for one lousy statement, which didn’t provide what they needed.
In jest, I got off my rump and did a Google search. I compiled as much information as I could find, included the links to relevant sites, and made all manner of disclaimers. In short, I caved and gave the masses what they wanted. The traffic on my blog went up over the next couple of weeks, and anywhere from a third to a half of my hits now are from people searching out BD information.
All well and good, but I’m tired of catering to that crowd on a blog that’s not about that, never was, never wanted to be. So I thought about moving it. I didn’t do it last weekend for laziness’s sake. But yesterday, I finally made the plunge. I used to keep a free web site over on a defunct host called FreeWebs. They’ve since become Webs.com, and they’ve done a lot to improve the joint. So I went over, decided against using my existing account to host the BD stuff, and started a new site. I copied all the information over, with all the links, re-did all the specifics so we have live links instead of text code, and voila! – a new BD-specific site lives.
The nice thing is, I could register the site with Google, Yahoo, and include SEO site tags. I put the description in. And I enabled (finally! stupid thing) the stats counter. Then, I went over to my BD main page, put in a notice of site change, and now, I’m watching for the hits to gradually move over there. (This may not happen until I don’t physically have the information on this site anymore.) And, for a traffic whore like me, this is going to sting … seeing all that traffic, all those hits, go somewhere else and watching my little bouncing hit-counter ball drop? Oh yeah. Hard to do.
So, that’s my big news for the weekend. It took me about half an hour to do it all told; the site builder there is really terrific and easy to use. It’s not going to have the power or flexibility of a pay site, but for free?
Hey, I’m all about the cheap and free, baby.
So go check it out and let me know what you think. Here’s the link.
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