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July 15, 2008

Link Whoring, Or Lying Down With Dogs

Noticing an unusual number of incoming links from CNN.com today (actually, I don't think I've ever had an incoming link from CNN.com before) I went to investigate. If you go to this story at CNN.com about Susan Atkins, scroll down to the headline "From The Blogs" and click that, it will eventually open up and show you three links...or that's what it does right now. It's probably dynamic, so who knows what it will show by the time you get to it. The three links currently shown are one to a religious blog hosted at the Dallas Morning News, another to a an AP report in a Texas newspaper that has been "serving the Texas Hill Country since 1910," and, finally, a link to Ron's Log. This linkage on the CNN.com page is provided by Sphere which is a service that I'm sure CNN pays for. I hope they don't pay much. It's hard to believe that I represent the opinions of all the webloggers in California, while the remainder of the entire universe of opinon on Susan Atkins is represented by a couple of equally obscure sites in Texas, of all places.

Nonetheless, I am going to try to figure out how I did it and see if it can be repeated. This was a sort of second tier story and I wrote my post a little after midnight. Maybe those are key facts.

Filed under Weblogs | permalink | July 15, 2008 at 05:38 PM


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