Posts Tagged ‘search’
In 2010 I was less focussed on programming articles on the blog than previous years, still I have managed to create some interesting articles with code in 2010. This is an overview of the activity:
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Again and again I surprise myself with my ability to choose good post titles. Let’s take the post “Barack Obama’s LinkedIn account to be restricted #linkedin“, posted in February 2009 it consistently nets me at least between 10 and 20 hits a week. I am 5th or 6th in the Google search results using the search terms: “obama linkedin“.
That’s why I posted this under a title nobody can find. 😉
I don’t understand why url expansion after url shortening is such an issue that it needs to be implemented for each service separately. It relies on the same protocol HTTP and should be easy to reliably reverse this. Almost all url shortening services rely on 3xx redirection to forward the request using the Location header.
Using the example of the short URL for this post “http://wp.me/phhhb-ul“:
HEAD /phhhb-ul HTTP/1.1
HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 18:22:53 GMT
A url can be put into this script which recursively checks the url. Example run:
$ php http.php http://bit.ly/b0Y2ds
Connect to: bit.ly (22.214.171.124)
Redirection to: http://wp.me/phhhb-ul
Connect to: wp.me (126.96.36.199)
Redirection to: http://webhat.wordpress.com/?p=1881
Connect to: webhat.wordpress.com (188.8.131.52)
Redirection to: http://specialbrands.net/?p=1881
Connect to: specialbrands.net (184.108.40.206)
True URL: http://specialbrands.net/?p=1881
Quite simple really.
Thanks to this article I discovered a feature of WolframAlpha, I can ask for the number of Google yearly visitors and the amount of profit Google made in the last year and get profit made for each visitor in dollars ($), or converted into Euros (€):
I was reading an article in the International Herald Tribune which stated that the search in foreign countries, such as China or India, of foreign news sources, European or American, for news about the home country is high. Citizens of a country like to know what the foreign press is saying about their home country.
When looking at the statistics you can see that the search for India is obviously most performed in India, with second and third place locations being the United Arab Emirates and Singapore. For China the same can be seen, Hong Kong SAR is the number one searcher for China and the second and third place are taken by Singapore and Malaysia.
For me knowing how people search is as important as what they search for. Trends is a powerful tool to do this, and local knowledge is just as important. Whether you are targeting specific regions or want global reach. These search trends also show that some of the targeting also affects foreign nationals overseas.
So how can you use this information?