Minor Updates and Dancing with Google


+ Changed (again) the copy on the left column. Wording things well is very, very hard.

+ Re-added # people interested to the dropdown lists.

+ Bolded the 1K added daily label.


+ Now that the design updates are settling down, I need to start thinking about how I’m going to attract new visitors to the site.

+ Expect a long month-in-review post to celebrate Domain Pigeon’s 1 month anniversary next Sunday.

+ I purchased On Writing Well after reading about it on HackerNews. Besides becoming a better writer, I hope to pick up a lot on web design, as I think there are a lot of similarities between the two disciplines.

+ I spent most of the morning trying to figure out how to crawl Google so that I can display the number search results next to the domain names on Domain Pigeon. With a little luck, visitors to Domain Pigeon will be able to sort by the number of Google search results in about a week. For example, there’s 29 search results for iInsomniacs. How fascinating!

As it turns out, Google doesn’t like people crawling their site. Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think? At least they apologize:

After a few hours of toying with timeouts, I can now happily report that I am crawling Google at the breakneck rate of two searches per minute. Technically, I’m not even supposed to do this, but I doubt my low intensity campaign will cause any alarms to go off. At least I hope not.

It’s a calculated risk. If they don’t Google ban me (please don’t Google ban me) I get to add a valuable metric to Domain Pigeon which will will make it easier for people find good domain names. If they do Google ban me, I’m pretty much screwed, as my entire online identity is in their hands.

But hey, Domain Pigeon is three weeks old and you’re supposed to fail early, right?

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