Saturday, January 16, 2016
'Bout Those Bots
A wonderful learning opportunity has, at last, come to a close, and I am now gladly back at home. This past week has been a valuable time to expand upon research skills, and I'm so primed to get back to work, putting these newly-acquired skills to good use.
While I was out, however, a different development was unfolding. It seems I have become all the rage among genealogy blog readers in Russia.
What, you say? Do I have Russian ancestry?
Hardly. That, in essence, is the instigation behind my arched eyebrows.
It seems, during this past week, that the numbers of people reading A Family Tapestry has skyrocketed—at least among those situated in Russia. I realize that any blogger will experience stray hits from other nations, but I suspect these are normally search engines crawling the web to keep their inventory of what's available up to date.
When it comes to seeing more people from Russia "reading" my blog than those who claim the same home country as I do, well, something is amiss.
It would be nice to know for sure how many people are taking a fancy to A Family Tapestry, but unfortunately, a popularity like this obliterates such a chance. Who knows how many people are actually reading, and how many are not even people, at all.
Let's just say this is not a challenge I'm going to be tackling anytime soon. Hopefully, Google will catch up with this latest (presumed) 'bot visitor and slam it into spammer jail.