So I’ve made a couple of changes to the CSS, and it should look a wee bit more subtle now. For a while anyway.
I still need to write the style for the stats page, put back in the funky underlining when links are hovered, and probably something else I can’t think of right now.
This new hack I added yesterday – the one that does the auto-linking. Now I think it’s really cool, not only how it works and the benefit to the page, but also that it can speed up a visitors linking to other pages, but, and I’ve said this to the developer, there could also be another side to it.
Comment spammers have targeted blogs, and have tried to place words and urls into those comments so that when Googlebot pays a visit, it sees all these wonderful (and to it – recommended) links, thinks that the linked site must be something good, and so raises it’s profile in the search database. That’s why the comment spammers do what they do – to generate traffic to their sites. In some ways, this tool could be misused then could it not ?
If I write abody abody abody abody abody abody then Googlebot will now see six links to abody (oops, that seven !) and presumably this information, or at least some of it, will attach to the ranking of the abody site. So, I could open another blog – sorry – a WordPress blog – and then on a daily basis, or even more often, post a prepared entry consisting purely of words that will be automatically hyperlinked, googlebotted and presumably the search ranking changes. I suppose that’s already possible though …
And it won’t just be WP, no doubt the MT hack will be available soon.
I upgraded my testblog very late last night – I really ought to sort that out too – and it was painless :) A few behind the scenes changes that I’ve yet to play with in more depth, but so far, looks good. I have mentioned that there is a WP import tool for MT blogs haven’t I ?