Well, I’m baffled. It’s times like this I wish I’d actually
attended paid attention in my lectures at University and learned more about programming. I mentioned and ‘winked at’ that Linkie Winkie site yesterday, in the hope I’d get the reciprocal link that others seem to be getting, but I got nada.
My friend Udy at UnderYourNose had a crack as well – also to no avail, it would seem. But there’s a linked post with no mention of LW at all, and Haute Gossip posted a baffled statement about it (even citing my post as proof of general bafflement), and there they are at the top of the wink list. Go figure.
More evidence is accruing, though; this post here indicates that not only is the site automatic (so I shouldn’t feel snubbed, I just somehow failed to meet the right criteria), but that there’s a lot of giggling, nudging and secret handshakes going on among certain SEO geeks. So I’m figuring I’ve been brushed by the coat-tails of something that is destined to pass me by. I think maybe the crawler is looking for a certain core number of regular readers before it links back, which would explain the lack of reciprocation quite adequately – VCTB is a bit of a backwater, to be honest…(sob, whimper, etc)
…although a mention at The Valve of my ‘History of SF’ review (which is either ripping the piss out of me or Adam Roberts, or maybe both) has shunted across a one-day blip of high traffic, which appears to mostly be literary boffins who’ve been less than impressed by my ramblings. Ah, who cares. I am what I am. Selah.
I think the moral of the story here is probably that I should spend less time looking for a ‘free lunch’ of traffic, and more time producing decent content which will encourage people to drop by of their own accord. So this is the last I shall bother following this Winkie business – I have more constructive things to be getting on with. Bitter? No – why do you ask? 😉