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Domain Mapping With WordPress – Kiss Your Traffic Goodbye (in the short term) July 31, 2007

Posted by showmescifi in b5, babylon 5, blog, blogging, doman, doman mapping, exile, google, technorati, traffic, wordpress.

It’s been three weeks since we moved from showmescifi.wordpress.com to showmescifi.com – thanks to a WordPress domain mapping feature.

In principal it’s a great idea, a great service and is easily done. We had a small issue for a few hours when we didn’t realize that the existing mail server would no longer work – a friendly wordpress.com support person helped out and now email works (thanks to WordPress and Google Apps).

The only REAL problem for ShowMeSciFi is that since we’ve moved, traffic has been cut by nearly two thirds.

Why is that?

I’d speculate a number of things..i think we lost alot of our Google/Technorati juice for one.

Google and Technorati now treat us like a new site almost – with no history of authority and links.

It’s really quite unfortunate that such a great service can have such a negative affect on readership.

That said – we’re committed to building ShowMeSciFi and continuing to populate with the stuff that SciFi fans care about. Thanks for being part of the journey.

Star Trek Inspirational Posters – AWESOME July 14, 2007

Posted by showmescifi in babylon5, blog, Darth Vader, funny, games, google, Kirk, LucasArts, Sci Fi, science fiction, sciencefiction, scifi, Shatner, Star Trek, star trek tng, startrek, starwars, Trek, upsps, William Shatner.

We’ve all seen the ‘inspirational’ posters in local malls..the Star Trek variety are a bit more interesting for those of us that prefer Trek.

It’s a great idea with some really keen satire too.

Check them all out on the full Star Trek Inspirational Posters site.

TV website Seeks SciFi Writer/Editor – but don’t expect big $$ April 6, 2007

Posted by showmescifi in blog, craigslist, science fiction, scifi.

ShowMeSciFi is a volunteer enterprise with no one being paid for anything. That aside, it’s always interesting to see what others are willing to pay for this type of activity.

A new job posting on Craigslist’s in SF pegs the value at around $20 a post or so.

Here’s the job listing:

TV website Seeks SciFi Writer/Editor

Reply to: job-306903134@craigslist.org
Date: 2007-04-05, 7:12PM PDTTV website seeks part-time Writer/Editor who lives and breathes SciFi TV.

– Manage the SciFi section of the site by writing or assigning, editing, posting and marketing a minimum of 5 stories/week (at least 400 words each).
– Performing telephone interviews as assigned by Managing Editor
– Marketing stories via message boards, SciFi blogs, etc.

– $100/week
– $100/week bonus if traffic numbers are met.

– 1-2 years experience writing and editing for online/offline publication
– Familiarity with the following shows:
• Supernatural
• Battlestar Galactica
• Heroes
• Stargate SG-1
• Dr. Who
• Smallville
– Interview skills
– The ability to turnaround stories and reviews the morning after a show airs
– Familiarity with Typepad and/or other Content Management Systems
– A love of SciFi like no other

If you’re interested in applying for the position, please email us the following:
– Resume
– 1-2 paragraphs on why you think you’re perfect for the job (no more, no less)
– 2-3 URLS to writing samples about SciFi, one of which must be a review of a SciFi show
– List of favorite shows

Technorati doesn’t like free wordpress.com users February 18, 2007

Posted by showmescifi in blog, blog search, google, news, scifi, technorati.

There was a time when I though that Technorati was the ultimate blog search tool.

That is until i moved to wordpress.com and realized that Technorati is inferior to Google’s blog search in terms of getting new posts indexed. In fact Technorati in my opinion is so far behind Google in getting wordpress.com indexed that i think that wordpress.com users should avoid Technorati all together.

Allow me to fully explain.

Technorati has a description on it site of how to do automated ping for wordpress. The problem is that it doesn’t work with WordPress.com.

What really alarmed me and showed me how far behind Technorati is – comes from a recent experience where a post of mine was the top post on WordPress.com for the day. Technorati showed inbound links citing my post – but suprisingly the post itself was not listed in content feed for showmescifi.wordpress.com until nearly 12 days later.

I contacted Technorati several times over this period and all i ever got was a form email:

[technorati.com #65651] AutoReply: [Support] Indexing – Last Updated date for my blog has not changed though I ping Inbox


to me

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Feb 7 Dear Technorati User,

Thank you so much for taking the time to drop us a line. If you are reporting a problem you may be having you will be contacted by a support technician once we have had a chance to review your message.

If you don’t hear back from anyone within a week, please accept our apologies for the delay as we may be experiencing a backlog in Support. Please feel free to send us a reminder of your ticket. Please be sure to include the subject and ticket number, “[Support] Indexing – Last Updated date for my blog has not changed though I ping #65651], ” in your note so we may properly track your issue and its progress. In the meantime, you can also check our Support FAQ located at “http://technorati.com/help/faq.html” which may answer some of your questions.

If you have written us to share feedback, ideas, or suggestions (if the Subject line contains [Feedback] vs [Support]), you will not normally receive a response but we do appreciate and value any and all comments, alerts and suggestions.

We appreciate your patience and thank you for using Technorati! We hope we may be of service.

Best Regards,
Technorati Support


Now let’s take a look at Google’s blog search in comparison. Google is up to date for ShowMeSciFi.wordpress.com within 3 hours of a post. Technorati doesn’t even come close at anywhere from 2 days to almost 2 weeks even if I do a manual ping.

So the question is – what’s up with Technorati? Is it just for bloggers who host on their own? I used to wonder why Technorati was till independant and hadn’t been bought by Yahoo! Google or Microsoft. I think I now have part of my answer.

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