Firstly, let me just say thankyou to Jewinda of Library Shenanigans for her idea to add StatCounter to my blog. S/he doesn’t know about me at all but I liked the idea after reading her blog (I’ll be able to see where in the world people are coming from!). Her blog is very amusing, I LOVE the review of The Post-Birthday World (The characters were self-indulgent, boring twats…bland, bland, bland).
On to today’s activity…Rollyo. Rollyo allows you to create a customised search engine. I had a search using the Public Domain E-Books search engine for Alice in Wonderland…the results weren’t anything special and the paid ads that are popped in the middle of my results are hard to distinguish from the actual results.
I registered and, when I went to create my search roll, I found no way to use a generic *.xxx type thing (ie a search roll that would search all Victorian government sites would be *.vic.gov.au). I looked for the non-existant help files for a while…naughty naughty naughty! Help is always good. Finding the search-roll after I’d created it wasn’t too easy either.
AHA! If I type in .li as the website, it finds anything in Liechtenstein. Although I just found out that it ONLY searches top level domains, so if you find a subdirectory you want to allow your search engine to search through…tough (ie a wikipedia article or the cia’s Factbook).
Rollyo is a good idea but I’m not too keen on the limitations.
PS I do love how I can make the widget search my blog though!
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It’s amazing when you put a stat counter on the site how active it really is. I put one on at the beginning and thought I’d get about 10 hits a week. I looked the other day and it was about 250 hits (that’s over 10 days). I also get some stats from Feedburner who hosts my feed. I’ve had a couple of people subscribing to the feed which is cool.
The Rollyo search engine for your blog looks great Christian.
Wow – this is very freaky.. I was reading the email that said how great your library service was going so I came across to check out a couple of blogs and the first blog I click on has stuff about me on it!
Stat Counter is great though & rather addictive – I find it hysterical that there are people from places such as Tel Aviv and Seoul reading my little blog.
WebGurl: I had one person come from your blog according to my history. I’m amazed that I have so many pageloads in all honesty, 142 in the 6 days since I put it up (although a few of those might be me). 140 from Australia and 2 from the US.
I’ll have to look at Feedburner…thanks for the comment on my Rollyo search engine, am not too keen on it (as the post says) but at least I know what is out there!
Jewinda: Sorry to freak you out! Your blog was fantastic though so I had to mention it. I’ve no people reading my blog from any interesting places yet (hello Liechtenstein people…give me some stats!!!) but I’ll just give it time.
hello, just me here, sure you don’t want to be a pirate? Why when I suscribed to your blog on bloglines did I get 3 blogs to pick from, I did all three cos I didn’t know why there were 3!!! Why Liechtenstein they probably don’t have pirates you know
Yeah I have people coming from your site to mine as well. Here’s a breakdown of the top referring domains this week for my blog:
Primrose: No i don’t want to be a pirate…but if I wanted to be a flying pirate then Liechtenstein would be the place (it’s one of two doubley landlocked countries in the world).
And I don’t know why I have 3…I found that with some of the blogs I subscribed to. Ah well.