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How to increase traffic to your blog

I run several blogs and I always wondered – from the first day that I started – how to increase the number of visitors and comments. I started surfing and found lots and lots of information and tips. Ranging from: “be provocative” to posting many comments on other blogs that have the same topics as your own blog. So that people who are interested can find your blog.

And yes, those things work for sure. But, in the end there is nothing like a well picked title. It must be snappy, short, to the point and draw attention.

But if I look at the statistics for my blog. One thing cannot be denied. The word ‘sexy’ pays off big time in cyberspace. The article ‘sexy hips’ I wrote some time ago about Shakira (yes, I worship her) is still getting a lot of hits. From search engines. Everyday at least ten or more people find my blog because they typed in the words sexy hips, or sexy shakira or sexy nerd (Yes, I know. I’m hot) into an internet search engine. There is no doubt about it. The word sexy is important. No wonder they call everything trendy ‘sexy’ in marketing. I always knew there was a real reason!

Another idea to increase traffic. Get a discussion going. How? Just ask the readers to voice their opinion. Invite them to write comments. Yes, you heard me: start writing those comments!!!

And here is one of the links I found while searching for tips:

Tips

August 24, 2007 Posted by | computer, internet, rant, rants | Leave a comment

Terminator 3

I just love Sci-Fi and have always enjoyed the Terminator trilogy. Especially the third movie with Kristanna Loken. So, here are some fan videos I found on youtube. Very cool.

August 24, 2007 Posted by | sci fi, video, youtube | Leave a comment

Crime aid: support the psychopaths

This is the number one concert man. Bigger then live aid. The gangsters need your support!

Very funny clip.

August 19, 2007 Posted by | internet, video, youtube | Leave a comment

Hand-to-hand combat on the Jerry Springer show

Ok, sometimes I can enjoy a good ‘talk’ show, but since most of those shows are all talk and no action…They can get pretty tiresome, even for a hardcore nerd like me. Hence, I can enjoy them sometimes. I get tired of them after a few weeks, stop watching until I forget why I got tired of them and then I watch again. But fortunately, not all talk shows are without breathtaking action. Yes, I’m talking about the regular wrestling competitions and boxing matches on the Jerry Springer show. That, I never get tired of. And the best thing is: No rules. Yeah! Here are some clips I found on youtube that I can enjoy in my current angry nerd mood.

August 18, 2007 Posted by | rant, rants, video | 1 Comment

Canadian seal massacre

Lets be blunt. These ‘hunters’ are monsters. There, I said it. And it must be said. There are no other words for it. Year after year I see the same shameful images on TV, and as I am not just a crazed nerd but also a devout animal lover, it really pisses me off. What the hell are those people thinking? Have they ever heard of the word conscience? It would appear not.

And this kind of column pisses me off big time. I mean, come on.

The truth today is that there are now about 6 million of these seals, and they are not spending all the time lolling defencelessly on the ice. They are very efficient eaters of fish.

They eat 1.5 tonnes of fish a year each, and given that there are only 50,000 tonnes of cod left off Newfoundland and Labrador, you can see that the ecosystem is badly out of whack.

Yeah right. If we don’t wipe out their cubs – who coincidentally have soft fur that is popular with snobby celeb wannabes – all the fish will be eaten in the sea. They can all juggle the numbers around as much as they want. The fish-stocks are diminishing globally. Overfishing is the real and global threat to the environment that apparently many people do not take very seriously.
As far as I know, killing hundreds of thousands of seals can even be bad for the fish-stocks. Since those seals also eat ‘predator’ fish to put it simply. You know, the bigger fish eat the smaller fish? Well, if the seal numbers diminish, so will the number of those fish being eaten by the seals, which creates an unbalance. yet again.

You could find what looks like a more humane way of bumping off the seals, such as shooting them. The trouble is that this method is barely more humane than clubbing, and the gunshot lead is expensive and not environmentally friendly.

Oh yeah, this makes even more sense. Shooting an animal in the head is barely more humane. Right. I suppose hitting an animal over the head with a blunt object is way better. And naturally skinning seals alive is good for their welfare. I am impressed. Let me ask you a question: If you could choose to get shot through the head and be done with it, or be struck over the head until you finally kick the bucket. What would you pick?

Very ethical of course:

The five eminent vets – two British, two American and one Canadian – who monitored last week’s hunt in the Gulf of St Lawrence found that more than 40% of the seals caught were unlikely to have been unconscious, let alone dead, when they were skinned.

And for what? All because of the fur industry. All because somewhere out there there are men and women who couldn’t care less what happens to these animals or the environment. This can make me so angry at times.

Oh, and one other thing. Sometimes these so-called experts – read fur traders – will point out that animal activists are misleading the public with images of white seal cubs. Since they can no longer be killed. Well, I hate to be a nitpick but:

The killing of newborn seals – those that still have their white fur – is outlawed, but because the animals lose their white coats just 12 days after birth, up to 90% of those caught in the Canadian hunt are between two weeks and one year old.

After twelve days they lose their white pelt. They are still just cubs that can hardly fend for themselves. To claim that it is inhumane to kill a cub of 10 days of age, but acceptable to kill a cub of 19 days of age is misleading the public. They just lost their white pelt. That’s all.

If you want to read more about the environment, ethics and animals be free to visit my other blog

August 17, 2007 Posted by | animals, environment, rants, video | Leave a comment

Sexy hips…

…Yes, sexy hips. Who or what am I talking about? Good question, and as you well know, you never know for sure when talking to a nerd. But, of course it is not very difficult to gather who I am talking about. I am a nerd, spend way too much time behind the computer and tv and have no life. So, it must be some celeb that I am ranting about at this moment. And she is famous for her sexy hip movements. Ergo, I am talking about Shakira and her famous belly-dances and amazing voice.

Not surprisingly I have a thing for Shakira. I can’t help it, Who doesn’t digg a chick who plays the guitar? The more I think about it, the more she becomes the embodiment of the perfect girl. She is an exotic beauty with a varied multicultural background, her father is an American of lebanese-catholic ‘extration’ and her mother is a Colombian of Italian-Spanish decent. Wow, that’s five nations. On top of that, according to Wikipedia she has an IQ of 140. Great, brains and beauty. Plus, I can’t stand stupid people. Which is very natural since my IQ is so high nobody has ever been able to measure it. (Oh I am such a narcissist)

She can dance, belly-dance, has amazing vocal abilities and Shakira doesn’t only sing in English (because we hear that enough already), she sings in Spanish too. That I find refreshing, for now anyway. More and more artists are dropping Spanish and Portugese lines in their lyrics these days and it won’t be long before I get tired of it.

And thanks to Shakira I found out that I actually like the Spanish language and have recently started studying. Thank you Shakira for the many hours I will spend behind my desk cramming words and Spanish grammar in my thick skull. But, it’s worth it. It’s a world language and it sounds sexy. Well, except when some fat Mexican guy starts jibba jabbing… *sigh*

And lucky that I am, I just happened to have an old Spanish course lying around the attic. If I study hard enough, soon I might understand what she is singing about in this clip…

Wish me luck! Oh, and well now. I just did my very first nerd rant on my blog. About the Spanish language and Shakira! The things I don’t occupy myself with day to day.

Want to know more about Shakira? Click here.

August 17, 2007 Posted by | music, rant, Shakira, Spanish | 1 Comment

Tesla coil

Behold: The biggest Tesla coil of Oklahoma in all its beauty and sci fi like splender:

You want to know what a Tesla coil is? Click here and find out!

I always liked that sort of light show…

August 16, 2007 Posted by | technology, tesla coil | Leave a comment

Are we internet junkies looking for a fix?

I guess so…

While surfing the web I found this CNN article about technology and internet addiction.

Appearantly there’s a debate going on concerning excessive internet use and excessive gaming in relation to mental illness. Well, in fact it could be considered a mental illness according to some. A sort of addiction…And yes, there are people out there who do show symptoms of withdrawl:

“‘I’m not a doctor; I’m not an expert on addiction,” says Levy (speaking on a regular cell phone). “But this certainly looks like an addiction. It has all the characteristics — people who are away from it have a craving to get back to it; it interrupts normal social intercourse, etc.””

I am sure that just about everybody who reads this now, knows someone that has to a more or lesser extent symptoms of addiction to the internet, games or computers. Perhaps we all do… How much time don’t we spend behind the computerscreen typing and gaming away?How would your day look like if you didn’t have your cell phone? Your palmtop, laptop, e-mail or computer games? What would you do? Let me guess…watch tv? I think we are all addicted up to a point. The matrix has us!

Of course not everybody agrees with the idea of internet addiction in the article. A psychiatrist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is quoted as stating:

“Computers are such an integral part of our life that in a certain sense we’re all addicted to the technology,” he says. “But we’re ‘addicted’ in the same way that we’re ‘addicted’ to automobiles.”

Perhaps… Still I think there is something to the whole addiction idea. Am I an internet junkie?

August 16, 2007 Posted by | internet, technology | Leave a comment

Mac browser for windows

Since I am on-line way too much, I am always on the look out for a new browser. Why? I guess it’s an obsession. At this very moment I am running both Opera, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.

Since I am a curious guy and always wanted to know how it feels to surf the web Mac style, I downloaded the Beta version of the Safari browser for windows today. I installed it straight away and I must say. It is great!

The browser has a slim look, is stylish and from what I can tell up until now quite handy. What I like most is the option ‘private surfing’. You can turn this on or off as you please. When activated, no passwords will be saved automatically by your browser, no browser history or google searches are stored and so on. This way you can easily share the same computer with multiple persons, without the risk of them knowing your passwords or favorite sites. Quite handy for big households.

You can customize the browser as you see fit. You can hide the toolbar whenever you want, the statusbar,…

Here is the link if you want to download it and try it out. And don’t worry, you do not have to give in your mail adress if you do not wish to. Just uncheck the boxes, leave the enter form blank and click download.

August 16, 2007 Posted by | computer, internet, technology | Leave a comment