23 June 2006

The bots, the bots ...

I don't pretend to understand the frequency of bot reindexing or what they measure. I post to the blog an average of once per day but I'm not always diligent enough to do it every day. The search engines interpret what I have done in very different ways.

This blog shows an increase of 129 pages during the last month on Google, an increase of 6 links on Yahoo and 1 page and 1 link on MSN. Who is right? They can't even agree on how many pages there are on the blog. Does this make sense? Well, up to a point. Metrics frequently have meaning only when you view trends within the metric itself - trying to compare one metric with another is often futile.

Relax, watch the trend and not the absolute numbers.

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