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Friday, June 10th, 2005

I’m Sick!

No kidding, you say. I mean the icky, achy, coughing up buckets of phlegm-type sick.

I’d love to blame my illness on that Mexican restaurant I ate at earlier this week, but it’s kind of hard to attribute a chest cold to food poisoning. I missed two days of work and probably shouldn’t have come back in today, but with the baby around it’s almost more restful to be at work.

Web commented on my last post how similar my blog entry was to his about our meeting, and he’s right. I’m going to try to include a trackback to his post, but since it’s on Yahoo’s 360º, which is in beta and I don’t think has trackback capability; and since this is the first time I’ve tried using a trackback, I guess this is an experiment, which means I also have to put this post in the “My Website” category as well.

As I understand the trackback system, my trackback sends a “ping”, or a little notice, that I have written a post that he might be interested in, rather than putting in a comment on his website. This way, I retain editorial control of my comment. The ping is supposed to include a text excerpt and a link back to my blog post. So if the Yahoo 360º truly is incapable of trackbacks, I guess it means that my ping won’t get posted as a comment on his post. I don’t expect it to work – in order to comment on Y360 blogs you must be signed in to Y360, and it’s still invitation only. I guess we’ll see.

The other interesting thing about trackbacks is how they affect search engine rankings. The Register reported last October that trackbacks were messing up Google rankings. While this sounded like an appealing way to boost my own website visibility by setting links back to my site on other people’s sites, surely the expert spam commenters and other web marketeers figured this out a long time ago and tried using it to improve the visibility of whatever they were trying to sell. The Google system doesn’t seem to have collapsed yet, so I’m going to have to assume that their wizards figured out a way to filter out the influence from trackbacks, which means it won’t help me.

Ha- I guess I can see for myself what happens by also including a trackback to my own, unused Y360 site. I have it only so that I can comment on Y360.

Posted by Greg in My Website, Posts About Me

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