Damned lies and statistics

All over blogdom, Tam’s seen ’em:

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a blog that is a Large Mammal! in the Ecosystem, with a Technorati score of One Hojillion! and then I open its SiteMeter and it’s getting 100 hits a day, all from random Google searches. It turns out that they’re on every reciprocal blogroll known to mankind. Feh. That doesn’t get you the eyeballs; good writing gets you the eyeballs.

Wait a minute. There are reciprocal blogrolls?

I dunno if I’m getting eyeballs, but some body parts seem to be showing up here and on the meter.


  1. Heather »

    4 September 2007 · 10:53 am

    It is funny how this whole thing works isn’t it? I really try not to get drawn into the popularity contest aspects of blogging. Although, I couldn’t resist the sitemeter thingy, and at one point I thought someone was stalking my blog–numerous visits and pages viewed on a near daily basis, eventually I deduced it was me. I was stalking myself! LOL! It really cracked me up. Pretty sad in a way.

  2. CGHill »

    4 September 2007 · 10:56 am

    You can set SM to ignore your own visits, in case you’d like to stalk yourself unseen. :)

  3. GreenCanary »

    4 September 2007 · 11:34 am

    Does the fact that I have no idea what a “reciprocal blogroll” is make me a loser of a blogger?

  4. McGehee »

    4 September 2007 · 11:54 am

    blogoSFERICS/Yippee-Ki-Yay! (this was before I separated out the old bS posts from the less old YKY posts)) had just begun to evolve into a Hairy Primate when I decided I wanted a new URL, and everything went swirling down the drain.

    I think The McGehee Zone is now an insect, which is really about where I would have been anyway had not Glenn Reynolds blogrolled me in 2002, and the Bear Flag League taken off on its Gray Davis recall-buoyed flight in 2003.

  5. Brett »

    4 September 2007 · 12:51 pm

    “I dunno if I’m getting eyeballs, but some body parts seem to be showing up here and on the meter.

    Well, to be honest, I surf with my islets of Langerhans…

  6. Mister Snitch! »

    4 September 2007 · 6:20 pm

    “good writing gets you the eyeballs.”

    Yeah? Then explain this.

  7. triticale »

    5 September 2007 · 5:59 am

    That, Mister Snitch, is all the result of a misunderstanding.

  8. CT »

    5 September 2007 · 9:09 am

    The real mystery is why that Truth Laid Bear site is still considered some sort of accurate measure. There’s no analytics at all behind it — almost completely handmade. I think a site doesn’t even show up in the rankings unless it’s submitted. Why is anyone still paying attention to it?

  9. CGHill »

    8 September 2007 · 10:15 pm

    Some people set great store by it; I thank NZB for his work, but I don’t obsess over my standing (which I tend to obscure in my linkage anyway).

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