Adding your site URL to Google

April 17, 2007

I manage several websites, all of which are fun projects for the most part, nothing serious or commercial.

However, times have changed a great deal in the last 7+ years when it comes to getting your web site spidered and indexed by the big search engines so that it can appear in search results when someone types in your URL (address) or keywords that apply to your site.

For one thing, in the last 7 years Google has come to the fore and now dominates the search engine business. Why it became so popular I am not sure, but the term “Googling” is synonymous with “searching” these days when it comes to web searches.

Back in the day, it was relatively easy to submit your site to the many search engines around at that time. All the sites, Google included, used to include a link on their main page that webmasters could follow for submitting their website URL to that particular search engine.

These days however, the placement and ranking of a website on a search engine is very big business indeed. As with most things in life, if its free at first and holds merit, it will eventually become commercialized and costly.

The easiest way to see if your site has been indexed is to type your URL e.g. in to the search field and hit search. If results come up, you have been indexed. Google chooses not to add every site that it indexes to its mammoth search engine database, however, even if you don’t know about Google, Google knows about you! Google’s spidering web-bots, the AI software it uses to index and spider websites, can land on your domain and look at your pages whether you are aware of it or not.

For example, four days ago I launched a new website. I had not announced it and there were no links on my new site that linked out of my domain to any other websites. Yet, less than two days later I was monitoring IP addresses and noticed not one, but two Google bots examining my site, and not just the homepage either, they were 3 levels deep. How do they do this? I have no idea but Google is like the silent big-brother of the web.

Now to the point of this post. I had a need this morning to submit a site of mine to Google as I wish it to be indexed. A simple task I thought. After spending 15 minutes following links on Google’s website I finally found what I was looking for, buried deep in their site. “My dear Google, one could be forgiven for thinking that you really don’t want people to manually submit their sites to your search engine any more? Is there something you are not telling us?”

Anyway, to save others the time and frustration, here is the URL submission page for submitting your site to Google (at least until they decide to move it again):

Add your URL to Google here!


Pull This!

April 15, 2007

Tag from a toy horse’s butt.So, for Christmas this year, my wife’s young cousin (a girl) received a new toy horse as one of her gifts. However, after getting help opening the box, the girl’s parents were somewhat amused after unwrapping the gift to find a tag hanging from a rather unusual location about the horse’s person.

They took a photo before their daughter had a chance to notice, and then removed it.

Not wanting to keep this to ourselves, here it is for your enjoyment.

Gandalf versus Gandalf

April 13, 2007

OK I have had these two figurines sat atop my desk now for a long time. Here they are:

Gandalf the Grey - Tolkien - Lord of the RingsGandalf the White - Tolkien - Lord of the Rings - Ian McKellen - Peter Jackson

What struck me is how the general public’s visualization of the character Gandalf, from J.R.R.Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ has been greatly impacted since the release of Peter Jackson’s staggering movie adaptation of the book trilogy starring Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf.

Prior to this movie, and Ian McKellen’s portrayal as Gandalf, the typical mental picture painted by the Gandalf character, both from reading the books and seeing past artists renditions of their interpretation, led us to see him much more in the traditional ‘wizard’ style.

Note the first picture which is a figurine produced many years ago, long before Peter Jackson’s adaptation. The figurine depicts Gandalf the Grey with his staff and sword and the traditional wizard’s hat. Note the basic design of his flowing robes. Nothing fancy there. If my memory serves me correctly, these robes changed little (other than colour) after Gandalf ascended to become Gandalf the White.

Now look at the second picture and we see what is clearly a replica of Ian McKellen from his movie portrayal as Gandalf the white. However, the fundamental changes here are a) the absence of the hat, b) a more youthful interpretation of the Istari and c) a noticeably shorter beard.

This all means absolutely nothing, of course, except for the fact that it suddenly dawned on me that even in my own mind, my mental interpretation of the Gandalf character has gone from the old to the new. Which is remarkable considering I had read the trilogy 3 times before I was 20 years old and my mental picture remained the former interpretation until the release of Peter Jackson’s movie.

April 13, 2007

I’m Sorry! How many dimensions?

OK this is a really short rant.  I just have to say that if I hear Dr. Whatshisface say one more time “Discover the beauty of being matched across 29 proven dimensions of compatibility.” I think I am going to call him out on it.

I have no idea what irritates me so much about this statement.  Somewhere in my brain my mind is telling me “fictitious, contrived, manufactured, cooked-up”.  I have no doubts that the service has helped couples find one another but the rose-tinted picture of perfection that is painted by the good Dr. makes me wonder just how many of these couples end up splitting up that we don’t hear about.

I’m sorry, but the only person that matches me in 29 dimensions, is me!

Nothing much to report.

April 7, 2007

Well, not much to write about lately as far as staying “on topic”.  Been very busy with real life.  Both my wife and I have been working non-stop for the last 3 months to convert our home and get licensed to run it as an Adult Foster Care home for the elderly.
At the same time I’ve been trying to bring back together a bunch of gaming friends that have known each other for close to 10 years but who have drifted away to do other things over the last 2 to 3 years.  I have a reputation (according to my wife) of being “the glue that binds”  when it comes to getting and keeping people together like this and I’m determined to see the good times roll but it takes work, and someone has to do it.

I’m sat here typing and two things struck me.  First, its freezing cold, windy, and snowy outside… and its APRIL for goodness sakes.  I’m supposed to be dethatching the lawn.  Oh well thank heavens for small mercies.

Meanwhile, in the warmth and comfort of my living room/office I am frequently being drawn away from my computer screen to watch a re-run of the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang  which I haven’t seen since I was a small kid (we’re talking at least 30+ years here).  I think someone must have digitized and re-colored this version because it looks fantastic for its age.  It has prompted me to think to myself, where are the lesser known actors from this childrens’ classic today?  Well check out this wonderful page which does its best to inform us exactly that:

Well, its almost Easter and its time to go and color easter eggs with my wife and children.  After being up all night consoling a fussy infant, and then being required to boil 3 dozen eggs first thing this morning, I’m much more inclined to go lock myself in my bedroom and have a damn good nap.   Still, that’s a lot of egg-salad sandwiches which I adore.

Happy Easter Everyone!