Day 88 - Low traffic, inspiring ideas, and chatty bots

by alex 29. April 2013 18:13

It's day 88.

Over the last week and a half I wrote a few blog posts on the Build Keeper sales site and worked on a few minor features. Traffic has been generally low, but I'm starting to get hits to the blog from search engines. Actually, it's a bit disheartening at times when I see how slowly progress is being made. The traffic to the site is sparse and there isn't much of a positive feedback loop with this project. What am I doing to get traffic? Mainly blogging, so I'm going to go over and do that some more after this post.

I'm going through boxes hoping to find art supplies because I want to start drawing and painting again. I've followed a few very impressive one-drawing-a-day people through the years and I thought it might be worthwhile to take up a similar task. While toying with this idea in my head, I realized that it's hard to come up with ideas for creative projects. So I started an idea website. It's a tool that prompts users with creative ideas for projects. Kinda like a community, online class. There might be ideas related to painting or food or life adventures.

One idea is published daily per category. Users can then create something from the idea, post it back to the site and link against their blogs and Tumblr accounts. There was a bit of interest from friends on Facebook about this project. Actually, this site probably garnered more interest from friends and family than any of my other projects. It's more of a side project right now, but with a bit of effort and curation I think this project could become something interesting.

In other news, I'm popular amongst the robots!

This blog gets a lot of spam comments. The bots are getting smarter: they're writing comments that actually sound like real people. I don't understand why these bots exist.

In olde tymes (6 months ago) bots were designed to make loads of comments in the hope that all their links would increase search engine ranking or that someone might click on the links and buy stuff. These old comments were posted with links back to a homepage and the comment text might include a url or a link to a product they were selling. But these recent comments are just strange:

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Very strange. That first one sounds like advice to another commenter or maybe an answer to a question in my post - but it isn't. That comment is from my post about taxes and there aren't any comments for that one either.

I understand that more human-sounding comments are more likely to make it through spam blockers and are more likely to dupe real people, but I don't understand to what end the comments serve. There aren't any links, no home pages, no email addresses... just text.

But I think I'm going to blame Twitter for this. The sales site doesn't see this sort of spam and the only different between how I manage and advertise those sites is that I tweet links to this blog's posts.

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