In blog world it's easy to assume that because you write about good things, good people will come or link to your site. The first time I realized this wasn't true was after our High Falls, NY trip when someone made a very disturbing comment about our family, I deleted it and thought - well if it happens again - I'll be worried.
There are two ways I track my blog for unwanted links and referrals: the first is through technorati.com and the other is through googleanalytics.com I find both of these sites great in seeing who is coming and going. The problem I find with having my blog public, is most of the time the people you don't want to visit, have already visited and if your are linked to any sites you don't want to be linked to, how do you unlink it?
The idea that there are people reading my site without commenting is very disturbing to me, as I make it a rule to comment when I visit a site I made plans to visit. This morning I went to technorati only to find that I am somehow linked to a site that lists blog news, however the title had something to do with girls and being, shall we say -not good. For a woman, who likes to think her world is small - this clearly made me livid - as a photo of my web page was placed on this site linking it back to my blog name post about how I met my husband. For heaven's sake - What?
Paranoid, I went to the googleanalytics site to see if I could find out anymore information, and found nothing out of the ordinary, except a site called paranormal playground. OK? When I visited the site, I realized that it's about unexplained ghostly activity - why is someone from this site reading my blog? So what am I writing about that would draw this sort of crowd? Whatever the reasons, I'm shaken and am looking at going private because of these events.
I love blogging and writing, but not for the sake of weirdos in this world. Why is it so hard for people to respect this, to comment when they visit a site, and stop lurking.
What do you use to track your site?
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