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July 18, 2002 01:04

This site tracks website popularity and gives each site a ranking, 1 being the most popular. The primary factor in determining the ranking is each day that a browser visits a site, that site gets a credit. The more people that visit a site each day, the better the ranking will be, in comparison to others that don't get as many unique visits each day. Multiple visits each day don't count, so the site that does the best can get by minimally with a large number of users that visit exactly once each day.

Why does any of this matter? To me, it gives me an idea how MY site ranks with the rest of the websites on the internet. At the current time, I rank 677608. This means that there are 677607 websites that are more popular than mine. This appears to be a very large number, and it is, but when you consider that google indexes over 2 BILLION webpages currently, I'm still riding in the top 0.1%.

The goal, obviously, is to get as close to 1 as possible. The way to achieve this is to have a large number of visitors that drop by daily, if only to check things out for a few minutes and leave. This means that I need a lot more compelling content that would entice more people to visit again and again, rather than the most of the current crowd that goes "wow! cool website... next!".

How do I acheive this? I can CONSTANTLY keep adding new, creative features, so people check frequently to see what got added today. While even someone as lazy as I might be able to keep up with the object of the day (even though I don't), I probably need more substanative projects to keep everyone's interest up. The sad thing is, I have enough time in each day to work on these things. During my extensive lack of employment, this would be the perfect opportunity to spend a lot of time completing a lot of these partially completed projects. I have a lot of projects that would take at most a couple hours to complete if I only sat down and worked on them. So work on them I shall. It means I'll have less time to sit around and chat all day, but there will be more stuff to play with. And I'll get back on the object of the day again.

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