This morning I found 347 visitors to this particular blog after the last particular post. I thought for a moment that it was something that I wrote. But after I looked over the stats I realized that the interest came from 3 sources, two of which seem to be the same guy. I am hoping that Marty is legit in his interest. But after trotting over to a search and running what I know... I think not.
One of the searches came through 777seo and when you go there all you get is a blank page. I found Marty at a site for him at googlecorrections which seems to be a legit site. And it turns out that all that is a blog for ads. So then there was the Just for laughs people. I do not know what that is about because it was a lot of tail chasing. So I ran all of this through Google and here is what I found.
seo is an acronymn for Search Engine Optimizer or Optimization. And there is a forum that warns you about an seo getting a hold of your blog and running unauthorized searches from your IP address. Some how these guys direct searches using your computer and as anyone goes digging through the ways and means of a visit the searches get back to you. But the real problem is that they hi-jack your computer and it runs slow. Not only does it run slow, like any other virus it can cause damage and that means a trip to the doctor for your PC.
Now I hope this is not going to happen. But I fear that it already has because I was so excited to see what generated the interest. Even when my friends come here to see new artwork I never see more than 40 hits. Today at 347 I was so many kinds of geeked. But who cares about me and my little blog? Who cares that I barely make enough money to pay my rent let a lone fix a PC that is the life center of my social experience? All that these people seem to care about is hitting hundreds of computers for that almighty click through dollar. Virtual thugs. Why do so many people have to take a good thing and ruin it for others?
I know that I will never guilt anyone into ceasing this behavior. I know that I am just another IP number and that IP number is touted as a means to some glorious end. But I am a person behind the number. And I resent the use of my PC to perpetrate these kinds of hoaxes on other unsuspecting bloggers. I resent being used to dash someone else's hope of reaching fame or at the very least some small recognition for the hours of blogging that they have been doing wondering if anyone is paying attention. It's rude. It is mean. And the karma that you accrue by doing this is going to bite you in so many ways I can only hope to hear about it in the after life.
If you are legit, Marty. I have to tell you that it doesn't seem that way. And you may want to do something to make things seem less selfserving. It would have been nice to know that someone of those 347 visits was real. But I suspect now that none of them were. Why Marty? So you really make that much money making people sad?