Thursday, October 18, 2007

More information is available than what SiteMeter notices

I notice that on many SiteMeter visits that SiteMeter doesn't see the search terms, that I can still see how the visitor found the "Former Naval Person" blog. All you have to do is to look at the referring URL. One that SiteMeter couldn't recognize was from a Dogpile image search, looking for "Lindsay Lohan Breast". I am still seeing major discontinuities in traffic, during the day. I look at big time blogs, such as Power Line or Ann Althouse, the bar graph of traffic for the current day is pretty continuous, while varying as to time of day. For the last few days, "Former Naval Person" traffic has big positive spikes, a lower look to the curve and some deep valleys. I attribute it to Google censorship, barring a better explanation. I would be interested to know the real explanation, if it is different. The official statement on the subject says:

Does Google censor search results?

It is Google's policy not to censor search results. However, in response to local laws, regulations, or policies, we may do so. When we remove search results for these reasons, we display a notice on our search results pages. Please note: For some older removals (before March 2005), we may not show a notice at this time.

If that is the case, then perhaps the explanation is some sort of outage, perhaps with the Blogger server. That seems unlikely, although I have had troubles uploading images for the last few days. An outage has to be a possible reason for the odd behavior.

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