August 28, 2012

I Love You...IN HELL!!; Spam Referral Links

There was a conversation on Facebook the other day about how many times a day we exchange "I love you"s with our spouse. I find that question a little embarrassing to answer. Instead let's discuss how many times a day we tell our spouse we'll see them in hell. (Once per day minimum, upon parting for the day, in case Something Happens. Plus sometimes an additional spontaneous time or two, as conditions merit it.)

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I was recently looking at the statistics for this blog, and found over 500 hits from one particular site. I was like, "Oh! I will click through and thank this kind and popular sir or madam for their link to me!" Annnnnd....it's a porn site. I emailed Paul in a big tizzy, and then thought to Google it JUST IN CASE any other single person in the world had ever encountered such a bizarre and unheard-of thing.

Turns out it's a HUGE THING, and I just didn't know about it. It seems like such an inefficient way to get a single person to look at spam, but I guess it works great on sites that include an automatically-updating list of the places that link to them. In the meantime, there are probably a LOT of bloggers thinking, "I had 500 hits last month---how come I have NO COMMENTS??"

12 comments:

HereWeGoAJen said...

I don't know that I've ever been porn linked to. I have had my content stolen a lot by sites that sell pirated DVDs though, so at least I don't fell totally like an Internet loser.

Robin said...

Do you guys seriously say "see you in hell" when you leave for the day just in case? It's only 7:25am and I am having a terrible day. That paragraph might just turn it around. Really. That is fantastic.

Swistle said...

Robin- We seriously do. We say it perkily, in the same tone we'd use to say "Have a good day, I love you!"

d e v a n said...

Too funny!

I never heard of the spam referral think thing, but then, I've never had that many on the few times i've remembered to check my stats.

Beylit said...

I noticed the whole spam referral link very early in my blogging. I couldn't figure out why I had such a huge Russian viewership, and then I checked the link that most of those hits were coming from and it was just spam. A little disappointing that I am not actually well loved in Russia, but perhaps some day I will be.

I have to say I don't think I have ever said see you in hell to my husband, but I tell him I hate him on a fairly regular basis. It is in a completely sweet and loving way, but you know, its a thing.

Deanna said...

I had a ton of referral hits in the last week too, from the same type of site you mention. I clicked through and got quite a shock...thank goodness I clicked on my home computer and not here at work!

Cracking up at the "see you in hell" thing.

Robin said...

That's exactly how I imagined you said it! Holy crap is that awesome.

There was a movie in the 80s or 90s, maybe The Brothers McMullen, (I know, really helpful description) that ends with the brothers saying "F.. you" to each other and it's their code for "I love you". A friend and I have ended our conversations like that ever since we saw it. This is on that same wavelength. Totally perfect.

misguided mommy said...

The first part of this post is totally reminiscent of what I just posted on my blog. I was actually going to come here and ask you to comment on my post because you have been married for a while and have a lot of kids...so if you wouldn't mind commenting on my post I would love to know what your answer to my questions are.

And now I am curious about this porn site...I hope I'm not on it, how do I find out?

misguided mommy said...

I was just reading what Robin wrote, and with my friends, if I call them an asshole they know what I really mean is I love you and cherish and value this friendship. If I call you by first name RUN

your word verification is being a bitch today... seriously it's much smarter then me, I've had to refresh about 6 times.

Swistle said...

misguided mommy- I GATHER that the porny/spammy sites don't actually link to anyone---that it's more that they find a way to fake out that system so that they show up in referral link sections. But I'm not SURE---and I'm not sure it's always the case.

The word verification is killing me too. I don't know WHAT to do about it. What's next, a picture of a china pattern and we have to identify it?

Swistle said...

misguided mommy- Annnnnnnnd, I can't leave a comment on your blog at all. It gives me this error message: "Could not open socket."

Kami said...

Do your kids hear the "see you in hell" thing? Just curious :-)