Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bizarre Referring Urls And You

I just happened to be looking at the referring URLs where visitors to my humble blog were coming from, when I saw this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montel_Williams



Now as far as I know, before now I've never mentioned the mighty Montel, talk show host and actor extraordinaire and I've never covered anything he's been involved with, but hey that's the internet.

It got me thinking, what's your strangest url or google search referral to your blog?

16 comments:

Wes M said...

We've spoke about this in the past Mart and you well know the kind of pressure I'm under at the moment :)

I've been getting a lot of hits this week from some Spanish car forum - I can't actually find my way back to the exit link to my blog - it's a members-only forum, but there must be a film section on the board and someone dropped a link to my blog in the "Gore y Terror" thread - so muchos gracias to whoever that was over there...

I get some bizarre stuff turning up in the keyword analysis stats - someone found my blog one time from entering into Google - "Stick a hot firecracker up Milan's ass" - the very meaning of that still haunts me today...

Seriously though, blogging is hard work, and you hope people come visit and reach out to you and make a connection. I do the blog for myself - it gives me a way of thinking about Cinema, but I always hope people stop by and when they do, it might add something to their day...

Daniel Thomas said...

On my film blog; things are pretty normal. The most hits I get is a review of 'Spring Bears Love'; probably because people doing 'Bae Doo-Na' image searches appreciate my choice of poster.

http://dandan76.blogspot.com/2007/08/spring-bears-love.html

With Hong Kong On Film; things are less normal although in six months I have had as many visitors as my film blog had in five years...

The second most popular search term (first is hongkongonfilm.blogspot.com) is 'segst zdvmo', for which Google returns zero hits. I'm confused.

I also noticed that 'bestiality f***' had brought someone along too. Great...

Still, most of the searches are just Hong Kong place names and I find that Google Image Search seems to throw up a few of my captures whenever I search for anything Hong Kong related.

I don't get any hits from Wikipedia, as they banned me when I added a couple of links to film pages. They told me that it was spam and that I would only be allowed back on Wikipedia if I wrote a statement which detailed how I would be a productive contributor. Tossers...

A hero never dies said...

Wes, I know exactly what you mean and I know you love the attention! Love your last paragraph that's exactly how I feel about the whole thing.

Dan, Is there a hidden section of your blog to have brought the bestiality visitor to your blog? Come on now you can be honest! (not that I'm interested in any way!)

Honestly, Wikipedia need to wake up!

Giovanni Susina said...

I’m constantly getting traffic from a site called RISING TASTE http://risingtaste.com/win-clothes.html , which is some kind of Chinese fashion site for women, but not once have I mentioned Chinese fashion on my blog, I’ve mentioned 70s fashion though. I don’t mind really, the more links the better, but I honestly cannot find the link to my blog on the site, so it really is a mystery to me. It also seems like an unusual demographic for the type of stuff I cover.

Wes M said...

Yeah, Wiki knocked me back a few weeks ago - for one of my posts, I did a nice bit of Video Watchdog style recon about the Artificial Eye VHS edition of Andrei Tarkovsky's Mirror (which contains some interesting subtitles not included in any subsequent DVD release), so I thought I'd add it to Wiki's Mirror page, not wanting it confined to my little obscure blog... but a few hours later the link was removed and I got a message saying "no blogs" ! I love Wiki, I use it all the time but they can go suck it...

Changing the subject - how does everyone feel about "Following" ? I have about 37 followers at the moment but there's maybe only 6 or 7 that truly keep up with what I'm doing. I'm assuming the other 30 or so became followers like people collect random friends on facebook - I hate that !

A hero never dies said...

Giovanni, Welcome and thank you for commenting. It's really odd isn't it? I could almost put the Montel thing down to a mistake as it's only happened once but for yours to be repeated, it just doesn't make sense!

Wes, With some of the crap they do allow on Wiki, you would think they would be grateful for some quality writing.

As for the followers, as I'm trawling for things to read, if I find a post of interest I will follow the blog, hoping for something else of interest later. For me personally I would rather people only follow if they are actually interested in anything on my blog rather than tit for tat following, I think some bloggers see it as a duty to follow back.

I'm in the same boat as you Wes, I think only a handful of the current 58 I have actually keep up with what I'm doing. The ones who choose to follow me first are the ones I value most. Sometimes you do find a mutual connection as we did Wes, but mostly I'm afraid it's the "collecting" mentality.

Rich Flannagan said...

I get a couple of referrals a week from a German girl's blog. God knows why, all she does is chat about her day, and shows her photos. No connection to me at all. I can't beat Daniel's 'Beastiality' link though!

A hero never dies said...

Giovanni, I had the same website referral yesterday, it had a list of blog sites at the bottom of the page but mine wasn't in the list.

Rich, I can't remember the name of the blog but I think I may have had visits from the same site, I was puzzled too!

Wes M said...

Has anyone been bootlegged ? I did a post last year for a short Irish film starrring Orson Welles and some guy posted a comment saying he reposted the entire thing at his blog, text, screenshots, the lot... I was more surprised than annoyed but after a day or two I deleted his comment, which invited people to check out his blog using the url he provided... What a cheek !

M C Thomason said...

Hey, you got a "Montel Williams" referral too! I got two, one for both blogs.

The most disturbing referral I've had of late was one from Google: "Norway killer+uncensored photos" - which, of course, pointed towards my review of "Cold Prey", as it comes from Norway.

Personally, I think that's as sad an indictment of the internet community as a whole as the masses of vitriol and venom that have surfaced on comments, forums and in general directed at Amy Winehouse for the lifestyle choices that undoubtedly contributed to her untimely passing.

Wes' last paragraph in his initial response really struck a chord with me. Movies are JUST entertainment, and those of us who write about them in a blog medium usually do so out of love of what we do and for no financial reward.

It's a sign of a really sick, compassionless and self-centred global society to see some of the referring "searches" that direct worthless members of that society to our labours of love. In fact, it's downright depressing to see the callousness and morbidity of some of those search queries...

PS: Yes Wes, I've been plagiarised regularly over the years. My Dr. Lamb review at HK Rewind has been pinched in part, and wholesale, ever since it was first published online at the SexGoreMutants website. Hence the note at the footer on HKR...I loathe talentless people who steal from those with obvious abaility.

Wes M said...

I totally agree Mike, and I would be slow to hitchhike on the Information Superhighway considering the lunatics out there. It's the price we pay for the Web, I guess...

A hero never dies said...

Are you a Montel fan Mike?

People just seem to have an incredible ability to be shit, no matter what the subject matter. Unfortunately you can't filter out the morons from the good ones and as Wes says that's the price of the internet.

YTSL over at Webs of significance has had the worst case of blog plagiarism I'm aware of. Absolutely no excuse for it whatsoever!

Daniel Thomas said...

Hmmm... I notice that I now have referrals from http://risingtaste.com/clothes-for-free.html

The plot thickens...

As does a certain demographic of the interwebs. Still, like Wes says, it's a small price to pay for the wonders that one can find.

As for putting work in for the sake of just doing stuff; I have a friend who is a writer and has a bit of a hard time getting to grips with the fact that I am just sharing and not looking to profit from it or sell advertising space.

M C Thomason said...

What happened with Yvonne? I wasn't aware of that one... :(

Eric Cotenas said...

Daniel, I've got two referring urls from risingtaste as well:

http://risingtaste.com/clothes-for-free.html
http://risingtaste.com/win-clothes.html

as well as their facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/risingtaste

just as odd are the ones from:
http://iteethwhiteningguide.com/2011/04/dental-white-review-4-you-smile-teeth-whitening-kit/
http://iteethwhiteningguide.com/2011/06/teeth-whitening-best-fastest-way-to-bleach-teeth-at-home/

Odd and annoying, but... quite a few of my referring urls weekly actually come from this blog "A Hero Never Dies", which makes me quite happy.

A hero never dies said...

Dan, Everyone seems to be getting those risingtaste ones now. I can understand your friends opinion as he is used to being paid for his writing, it makes sense he would feel that way I suppose.

Mike, Take a look at this post http://webs-of-significance.blogspot.com/2011/07/blog-content-theft-taking-place.html

Eric, Glad to be of service!

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