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April 6th, 2004
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misc Fanciers blather
Odd notes on Fanciers:

We come up as #2 on a Google search for "cats". #2? Some people sweat bullets trying to do that kind of search engine placement, and we managed it by sitting around and providing useful information. Who'd'a thunk it.

Possibly the truest thing that Philip Greenspun ever said was that links should never be broken. I have a heap of redirects in this site, and it grows as I shuffle things around.

Now the top level page desperately needs a redesign (the whole thing can really be relegated to a standard left-side menu). I'm just not sure what to be featuring at the top level. It should change regularly, obviously. It will not be a blog about cats. I'm just not up to it. Could be some sort of book-of-the-day or URL-of-the-day goop... it's not as though we don't have enough candidates.

Got ideas? I hate website redesigns, I would rather have my fingernails pulled out, because I just don't get ideas for this sort of stuff. I find something I like and file the serial numbers off, but I haven't found anything I like yet.

Some people should go the fuck to BED so they'll have some brain left by 5pm tomorrow. Er, today.

Current Mood: accomplished, tired too

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From:rfrench
Date:April 6th, 2004 09:32 am (UTC)

Google placement

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Yea, the web page I used to run on square dancing comes up as #1 on Google. I gave it away because I didn't have time to maintain it anymore, but it just goes to show Google's page ranking actually seems to mean something. Amazingly enough, the ancient URL at Stanford where the whole thing started in '95, which hasn't had any content for at least 6 years, is ranked #6. I guess most people never update their links.
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From:ambar
Date:April 6th, 2004 07:32 pm (UTC)

Re: Google placement

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I guess most people never update their links.

You said it yourself... people don't have time to maintain this stuff, especially with the rate at which links go bad.
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From:liralen
Date:April 6th, 2004 12:30 pm (UTC)
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I'd pick the URL of the day or even of the week, something that someone could follow if they're interested or would come back to catch.

Yeah... my cutting quill pens page is #2, too, on Google, eventhough I haven't updated it since 1999... *grin* Though it's quite a bit more esotaric than your subject matter. I still get a steady trickle of email about that page, though, which is nice.
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From:eichin
Date:April 6th, 2004 02:47 pm (UTC)
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While the internet doesn't need another blog about cats, blogging tools might be a useful way for you to get other people to do link-hunting and such to supply the content - the overhead for "post to blog" is so much lower than "edit web page" that just from a workflow perspective, blogging tools can be a nice way to split out content from presentation. Then just set some high editorial standards, and you're off and running...
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From:ambar
Date:April 6th, 2004 08:18 pm (UTC)
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Good point. Although my reaction to "the internet doesn't need another blog about cats" was initally "the internet has any blogs about cats?"

Then I thought. Oy. :)
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From:rrauwl
Date:April 7th, 2004 02:14 am (UTC)

Woot! #2 is godly.

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Content is KING. I'm starting a couple of content driven affiliate sites, and I plan to BEAT the site that I'm partnering with when their name is entered. :)

Seriously, whether or not you get a lot of pats on the back, you should be really proud of this. A lot of people clearly think that you're the cat's meow.
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