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Monday, October 31, 2011

Google Searches Coming Here

According to my statcounter,

This post comes up first on:

which became more popular after he was named MVP of the Series.  (He doesn't seem to be, by the way, as he's not listed here.)

This post comes up third on:

which became popular after the UN announced that there are that many people in the world today.


At Tue Nov 01, 11:03:00 AM 2011, Blogger Daniela said...

I have a question: why do you (and a few other blogs) set up all sort of beacons, trackers, analytics - with no opt-out option for these third-party "services". I realize that advertisers pay for those data, and that you wish to get a return for your valuable time, but it's my data and I don't like this (and I do my best to block it, via hosts file, plugin disabling, and data pollution).

At Tue Nov 01, 11:25:00 AM 2011, Blogger yaak said...

I track my stats for no financial gain, but simply to see popularity of certain posts and the blog as a whole. I also like seeing who's linking to my blog.

Besides inflating and deflating my ego when it goes up and down, it also encourages me to write another post when I say: "hey, my numbers are going down - it's time for another post".

As for my ego, I know that I would only get 35% of my hits if my blog weren't linked from Shirat Devorah and Moshiach101, so that thought helps keep my ego low enough.

Every website worth anything uses a tracker of some kind. It's part of the Internet and it's not going away. So if you don't want to be tracked, don't use the Internet or use the methods you say you use to block it.

At Tue Nov 01, 01:25:00 PM 2011, Blogger x said...

The trackers don't identify people individually, just counries/cities.
If you clear your cookies regularly, people can't really track you at all.
If you don't want to be found at all, you can use a proxy server, such as

At Mon Nov 07, 05:40:00 PM 2011, Blogger Daniela said...

Thank you both to your insight.
In fact I have taken the liberty to show your comments to someone whom I was toasting for having a website infested with trackers and beacons. I told him that obviously not everyone minds those tools, that my personal opinion is that customers usually don't like them, but of course, as your comments prove, people might not mind.


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