Saturday, September 29, 2007

Milestones of My Blog

Following is the list of the milestones associated with this blog, in chronological order (as in date format yyyy-mm-dd). Since today is still in the month I created this blog, therefore I (or others?) can easily look up this blog in the future. Only time can tell whether this blog will prosper or diminish.

  • 2007-09-17: blog setup.
  • 2007-09-18: 1st post.
  • 2007-09-30: Google indexed this blog.
    • Google Blog Search seemed to include Blogspot blogs immediately after posting (with no surprise) . On the contrary, this blog has almost no trace on other blog search engines in the first one or two weeks.
    • Just for record, I submitted the correct sitemap to Google on 2007-09-24 and the sitemap was verified several minutes later. However Googlebot seems to have its own mind on when to index new sites (of course, there are hundreds of factors and maybe millions of code related to how this crawler work: this is anyway the bread and butter of Google) , no matter how anxiously and frequently I visited Webmaster Tools and also typed site:*** in Google search box. After some frustration with the long delay to index, I also tried to submit the blog to Yahoo. It's very interesting that just after the submission, the blog related search results just magically appear. Bingo! It seems that the bot was pushed by the competition (although the site was actually crawled 23 hours ago but just shown up in search results).Google Search Results
  • 2007-10-10: first comment from aspir8or (very constructive comment!).
  • 2007-12-02: 1st post marked by others.
  • 2007-12-24: post Weirdness of Erlang emerged in programming.reddit, and number of daily visits (according to Google analytics) is 306.
  • 2008-01-17: 1st authority point in Technorati.
  • 2008-01-30: first post to achieve page rank 2. Actually this is the first time my blog posts are credited with page ranks in Google dance. I discovered this by investigating "Crawl Stats" page in Google Webmaster Tools. It is interesting to note that the homepage of the blog itself does not have any page rank (even 0).
  • 2008-10-08: 10 Google Reader subscribers.

Note: this is a live document, therefore stay tuned for the new exciting events showing up!

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