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Tuesday, January 31, 2006


Blog Marketing Crash Course

This blog is visited more frequently these days but there is still room for improvement so I thought I'd share this article with you:

Blog Marketing Crash Course

Many people with blogs get disheartened after a few weeks or
months when their blog fails to attract thousands of readers.
It is a real shame, because if bloggers followed a few simple
blog marketing steps, then they would probably find that there
is a willing audience just dying to read about most topics. So
what can a blogger do to get noticed? Here are a few blog
marketing ideas that should get most blogs getting reasonable
traffic in a short space of time.

Blog about a niche: The world doesn't really need another '‘vanity blog'’ about what you had for breakfast. Unless you are
a super-model good looking teenage girl who wants to put a lot
of photos on your blog, then you are probably going to have a
hard time getting noticed. If you already have a vanity blog
and are wondering why you are not getting traffic, then you
need to know that the vanity blog market is totally saturated.
Consider starting or changing your blog to some other topic -
an interest or a hobby for example.

Next, you need to start posting to forums. Put the URL of the
blog in your forum signature (don't spam forums saying '“look at
my blog'). If you just join in the conversation naturally, then
people will get curious and you will get a few more readers. If
the forum you post in is also to do with a similar topic to your
blog then you will probably get repeat readers from it! Try to
find the most popular forums in the niche you are writing
about. To find them, just go over to Google and search for your
niche keyword plus 'forum'’ and you should get a list. Try to
find forums with at least a few thousand active members.

Make sure to do trackbacks and pingbacks to other blogs that
you have linked to so that they know about you. When people
find out that you have talked about them, they will come to see
what you said. So will some of their readers. Talking about
popular stories from popular blogs may get you more than just a
few visitors too.

Comment on other people’s blogs as much as you can (without
spamming). In most cases you can put a link back to your own
blog and people do follow these links. It is also good to
target blogs that talk about the same subject as you, because
then you will get targeted readers who are more likely to
continue reading your blog. (Avoid using 'comment spam'
programs as Google can track this and will penalize you).

Most importantly, you need to keep blogging! Nobody will return
to a blog that is updated weekly or only occasionally. You need
to add more content at least once per day, especially in the
early stages of getting your blog noticed. This is hugely

Now if you follow these few rules, then you should be well on
the way to getting a constant readership for your blog. Don't
forget to check out to get more tips on making
your blog popular.

About The Author: Rob Wood runs a site on blog marketing at

The music business seems a little light on some of those features but we shall see what we can do along those lines and conversion of visitors into our main site.

Monday, January 30, 2006


BigDaddy - the facts

A bit belatedly I went to the source on this topic and if you are interested I'd recommend . I can only find one of the BigDaddy locations on MacDar but I suppose that is sufficient.

Quite a big Mozart response this weekend with searchers going much deeper into the search results than usual and finding us.

Another customer has had problems locating his downloaded file so I think I'll extend the advice to cover the problems some people experience with IE/XP default settings which can hide downloads away in hidden folders. Yet another good reason to go with Firefox which has explicit controls built in.

Gradually getting to grips with Analytics and starting to use the trend analysis settings as data accumulates. I still miss some of the Hitslink detail but not the expenditure.

Going to try and tackle the big bounce problems on our iTunes page today because it is clearly consistent and very different to the equivalent iPod page.

I've also been prompted to register on and MyWeb2 the Yahoo equivalent. If you go to our home page and like what we are doing please bookmark us in one of those sites or both. They look like nice democratic web solutions - worthy of our support.

Friday, January 27, 2006


Mozart 250 Anniversary

Even Google pays homage to Mozart today and who are we to buck an anniversary.

We have our own new world percussion versions of two of Mozart's famous Piano Quartets and so I gives that gives us some basis for comment.

In Mozart's case we approached the adaptation of his work with more than usual trepidation. His orchestration seems so much part of the work that one really does hesitate to alter it in any way and his orchestral works have eluded us so far. But with the chamber works like the quartets we found that the combination of steel drums and Mega Moog synthesizer gave a new expression to the music with fresh angle on the light and shade so deftly handled by Mozart. Unusually we were even able to include the slower movements of these works including the tottering introduction of the Larghetto movement of the E Flat Major. These are also instances where the sunny overtones of the steel drums bring the music out of middle European drawing rooms and give it an optimistic New World flavor.

Oh Happy Day!

Thursday, January 26, 2006


Google Analytics Timing Issue

Having been used to Hitslink statistical package I had made some assumptions about Google Analytics. One of those was that the time periods reported would be complete but that doesn't seem to be the case.

Specifically Tuesday's visitor numbers have been revised upwards while Wednesdays are shown at the same low level as Tuesdays was yesterday - if you see what I mean. So panic over - BigDaddy is not knocking us for six - it is a statistical anomaly. This gives a much less hands-on feel to the whole operation - but then again it is free and Hitslink was getting more expensive as our increased volumes took us through one of their pricing thresholds.

Back to BigDaddy - this is being downplayed in the SEO chat room and best news of all - the silly results that we spotted on MacDar yesterday have disappeared this morning. Nevertheless there is significant movement afoot - as reported by Rankpulse - much more than the normal daily flux.

Today's lesson as the Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy said more than once: Don't Panic!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006


Ouch - BigDaddy is on the move!

Yesterday's fears are being realized as we write.

The BigDaddy algorithm has started to roll out to more data centers - around the first 25% so far and we have already taken a dramatic hit on our visitor numbers.

The irritating thing is that Google seem to be picking up less optimised pages for targeted keywords and not surprisingly then ranking them in the hundreds. Thankfully it is patchy and we will obviously be having a look at the affected pages to see if we can get them back in the frame. No analysis in the chat rooms yet so we are out on our own in the dark with this one.

Other than that we have made some progress with the goals set up in Google Analytics but it is not practical to track customers going to BitPass so I'm going to contact them and see if something can be done about this.

We also have a published privacy policy now in line with the requirements of the Google Analytics Ts&Cs. I imagine that a lawyer might be able to pick holes it but to me the point is to make a personal commitment to our visitors and customers in respect of their personal data. If anyone thinks they are going to get some satisfaction by taking us to court over that sort of issue they don't understand the business. In practice we are simply committing to good industry standards - nothing more and nothing less.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006


BigDaddy is a nasty lurker!

For new readers that headline demands some explanation.

BigDaddy is the designation assigned to the next big Google update as reported in the SEO chat fora.

We can see what we think is BigDaddy sitting on one of Google's many data centers while they test it. We are hoping that the tests are giving rotten results because all the checks we have made on our key words are significantly adverse for us. BigDaddy has been around for a while and it looks as if they are trying variations because it wasn't this nasty at first blush.

This just reinforces the uneasy feelings induced by a new monitoring package as we continue to get used to Google Analytics.

On the plus side we tracked down our elusive customer's order details and have sent him the tracks that he paid for. We're not sure but it looks as if the link back from PayPal failed. At least we now know where to look in the database for the relevant details if this ever happens again and we will be able to respond in a much more positive way. From our point of view this is a failsafe mode but it is upsetting to customers so we have our fingers crossed against any recurrence.

Monday, January 23, 2006


Google Analytics are Go!

Yes our patience has been rewarded and we are now successfully established with Google Analytics as our website visitor tracking solution.

It is always a bit of a wrench when you change analysis packages. Most of the data is the same but the way it is presented is always a bit different. With Analytics we gain a strong Goals focus but loose a lot of detail compared with Hitslink. The navigation analysis is much more responsive and it will take a little time to get accustomed to that.

The first impressions are that Google pay much more attention to the duration of visits and what they refer to as 'bounce' i.e. very short duration visits. I speculated in an earlier article that they may find that useful data when analyzing the success of searches. At first blush apart from the problems we identified some time ago with our iTunes page there seems to be an issue with a few of the composer pages where visitors don't seem to be stopping for long.

So the next task is to formulate our website goals in Analytics format. Some are pretty straight forward and others may need some work to make them measurable - time for more experiments.

One of the other observations is that rather few of our blog readers visit the rest of the site so we have added a more obvious link on the side bar - why not give it a try?

Friday, January 20, 2006


Deja Vu Again!

As I signed off yesterday's post I had an uneasy feeling,and I was right, we posted that article a few weeks ago - if it confused our regular readers I'm sorry about that. We now move articles into the used folder but I had overlooked that one.

I have just finished reading an excellent book called The Wayward Mind: An Intimate History of the Unconscious by Guy Claxton and I agree with most of the comments in the two reviews on Amazon
except that I enjoyed the history. It provides a frame work to help understand experiences like deja vu and stupid mistakes like repeating an article post after a few weeks.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, January 19, 2006


Shopping Online – Protect Yourself

A slight change of tack - I though that the following article makes a good point:

Shopping Online -– Protect Yourself

These days, there are great bargains to be found by shopping
online. Many items that previously were only available in
stores are now being bought and sold online every day. Books,
cds, DVDs and electronics are all growing in popularity as
online purchases. Then there are things like flights, hotel
bookings, car rentals and the like that are which are well
established in the online shopping world. More and more stores
are putting up websites that allow you to make online orders
and even supermarkets now let you do your grocery shopping
online and they'’ll deliver the goods to your door.

Added to this growth in stores and other big business websites,
there are also millions of small traders offering you goods
online too. Online auction sites such as eBay are experiencing
phenomenal success. These types of purchases however carry the
risk that you do not really know who you are dealing with but
you have to give them sensitive financial information in order
to pay for your purchases. You are forced to choose between
buying from small sellers and then trust them with your card
details, or forgo the opportunities they offer and deal only
with large and trusted names.

Payment Sites

This problem has been recognized and that is why it is now
possible to shop online from lots of small sellers while
maintaining your privacy and keeping your financial information
secure. There are payment sites with the most popular probably
being PayPal, that are set up specifically to deal with issues
like these. Indeed, PayPal is now owned by eBay, which shows
the link in importance between the two services offered by
these companies.

What websites like PayPal allow you to do is open an online
account for free. You can then transfer money into your account
using a standard credit card payment procedure. The advantage of this is that while you are providing your card information to PayPal, this is the only company who you are giving this information to and since they are large and therefore, hopefully, trustworthy, your privacy and security should be safe.

Then when you make all your various purchases with smaller,
more anonymous traders, all you do is make the payment through
paypal and this avoids all the dangers having to give all your
sensitive data out again and again. It is another example of
how using credit cards online are becoming safer and more

About The Author: Joseph Kenny is the webmaster of the UK
credit card comparison site,
where you can find a selection of credit card advice. For US
visitors there is also the comparison site

Of course we offer BitPass as well as PayPal payment arrangements which offers similar benefits although you can fund your BitPass account from PayPal and further limit the exposure of your details to smaller traders like us. At our online contemporary music store you can also use PayPal's creditcard processing facilities to make payments to us.

We have considered going for one of the "trust" marks but considered that the cost to us compared to the benefit to purchasers of a few tracks was not worth it - be interested to see any comments on that judgment.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006


Superb Support from Xara

Xara is a software company that started life 20 or more years ago producing software for the much loved Acorn comupters including a vector based drawing package called ArtWorks that was way ahead of its time. Over the last five years I have been using their current drawing package and their web graphics package called WebStyle and I have continued to be impressed.

When the sub-menu problem emerged we carried out the usual checks and made little progress and then asked for help from Xara. After an inital clarification we noticed that on pages like MP3 Ringtones where a lot of elements are loaded (even on broadband this takes a noticeable period of time) the menu worked properly until the page was fully loaded. Xara support followed up that clue and spotted the clash between one of their javascript variables and the code for Hitslink and proposed the modification which we are now rolling out across the site. So full marks to Xara support for their excellent detective work - we didn't notice the impact of the new code from Hitslink when we installed it and so failed to associate cause and effect - a lesson for the future!

Today we also had an encouraging message from The Bassman in Las Vegas and in the spirit of promoting independent instrumental music sites you might like to go and hear some of the samples from his Modern Jazz CDs at
Stephane Bertrand

Have a good day!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006


Piano Music Interpretations

I thought you might like to see this article because we have attempted a fresh approach to piano music. Much of the material on our site was originally composed for piano and we have replaced it with combinations of percussion such as steel drums and marimba to achieve a combination of percussive attack with delicate sustain. On other occasions where the balance is more in favour of sustain, typically organ works, we have used the Mega Moog synthesizer.

Piano Through the Ages

Piano has become an integral part of music. Many musical
notes do not seem possible without it. And many notes would
not sound as good as they can do on a piano. Everyone must
have listened with relish to Beethoven's fifth, Gershwin's
Rhapsody, rock and roll of little Richard and Jerry Lee
Lewis. The piano can be played solo or with other
instruments. It would hold its own nonetheless.

Piano has remained unchanged for years, whereas other
musical instruments have undergone immense changes. It was
the change in volume that was last perfected in piano. The
first modern-day piano was invented by an Italian gentleman
Bartolomeo Cristofori in 1709. However, this invention is
debatable, as all experts do not seem to agree. The piano
was known as a harpsichord at that time.

Inspite of the above notion, there is a great difference
between the harpsichord and the piano. It lay in the way
the strings were sounded. The earlier grand piano looked
like a harpsichord on its side. The strings inside the
piano need to be plucked to make music, while the earlier
harpsichord just had a mechanism for plucking the strings
without the player's fingers coming into play. This led to
a problem that although touching the keyboard could produce
sound, yet control over volume could not be achieved.
Hitting the keys softly or hardly had no bearing on the
change in volume.

The modern pianos have overcome this problem by using
hammers to bang the string instead of plucking them by
passing a plectrum. This allowed the sound of the note of
the piano to vary according to the weight of an
individual's touch. This slight modification allowed a
whole new range of musical notes. Now a gentle stroke could
give soft music, while a hard one would be ear shattering

Not everyone was initially convinced by the new instrument,
and even JS Bach, who went on to write the beautifully
nuanced Goldberg Variations for the piano, didn't like the
instrument at first - however he became conviced and he gave
the instrument his official approval in 1747. But by the
time Mozart was born in 1756 or Beethoven in 1770, the piano
had become an accepted favorite.

The Piano's popularity is unmatched. It is the piano that
has been wonderfully used by classicist of all centuries.
For ages, it has been used all over the world for all sorts
of sorts of music - Jazz, blues, gospel, swing and rock. It
seems the world can never get enough of this wonderful
invention that has created music for all moods.

Sica Delenius is the proprietor and delegate of B
Factory Music, your premier source fall of your music needs. Find the musician in you at:

Come and hear some of our interpretations at .

Monday, January 16, 2006


Bigdaddy's in the Wings

Friday's customer mystery is unresolved ...

But meanwhile, word on the SEO street is that, the next major re-index on Google, code name Bigdaddy, is being prepared and a few of our keywords seem to be in play. Since Jagger we have already seen our most competitive keywords drift back into effective obscurity but the rest seem pretty secure at the moment. It looks as if this could cause some further erosion but nothing too exciting.

Our sub-menu problem isn't helping people to move around the site so we must get to the bottom of it. The response from support hasn't been too helpful so far but we shall persist. The production software problem is also proving intractable - technology is great when it works but more than a tad frustrating when it don't.

Friday, January 13, 2006


Customer Contact

Working over the internet you tend not to have too much customer contact. You can see the visitors coming through the site and what they stop to look at or in our case listen to. Even when they progress from visitor to customer the flow of funds and goods are achieved automatically and there is little human contact.

So it is quite nice from time to time to get those little e-mail challenges like the one yesterday who couldn't find his downloaded files. It turns out that he had fallen victim to Microsoft's help in the way of hidden files on XP. Those of us who grew up on 2000 are used to being able to thread our way all round our directory structures - even unto the depths of our temp files with all their wondrous collections of cookies. In XP by default users, including those with admin priviliges, are not trusted to see these nether regions or even be aware that they are there but when IE is also configured to automatically put downloaded files there we have a problem.

Of course as a Fire Fox enthusiast this problem had not happened to me but after a little ducking, diving and delving the relevant menu with the switch concern was located - light was shone around and another customer satisfied.

More mysterious and worrying was the customer who set up an account and paid us some money without leaving any trace of his order in our database. More digging needed on that one as it coincided with a blip in our ISP's stats production - nothing to do with today's date of course - because it happened yesterday!

Thursday, January 12, 2006


Efficient Blogging

It's a bit of a slow news day for us today although we did see our first volume discount earner come through our Contemporary Online Music Store. So here's a short article with some fresh thoughts for tired bloggers:

Efficient Blogging

One of the challenges of blogging is to come up with good posts
that interest readers and keep them coming back. Sometimes I do
not feel like I have good original wisdom. It is presumptuous
to think I can have top quality original material all the time.

A second challenge is the time to blog. I run a $1 Billion
dollar company so when I decided to blog I knew I needed to
figure out how to do it efficiently. My blog is mostly about
efficiency and time management; these are topics I study.

These two challenges can be solved with a simple concept. Copy.

Ideas to use when copying are:

1.– Attribution. Give the credit together with the link to the
original author.

2. Look for something you can add to. Blogs can be
synergistic. Take a concept or part of a blog post and expend
on it and give your opinions, insights or views. In many cases,
this can start a flow of ideas that are enriched from the
original post.

3. You can use either the whole post or most usually just part
of it and point people to the original.

4. I usually ask for permission which has never been denied.
After all copying helps the original author and garners them
some readership. And of course never copy copy written material
without permission (and most blogs are not copy written).

5 . The simplest place to find material to use to copy is by
blog surfing although this can mean a lot of irrelevant
material to filter. One source of free articles sorted by topic

6.– In many cases the person you copy from will point a link
back to you since it is flattering to them. Charles Caleb
Colton said "“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" (one
trick on quotes is to look them up on
These links to you can increase your traffic.

In summary, copying saves time and increases the quality of
material on your site. It can even lead to traffic since in
many cases you will get link backs from the original site.

About The Author: Jim Estill is CEO of SYNNEX Canada a $1
Billion distributor of computer products. He is also a regular
blogger at

So to end with here is quote for the day from Wendy Carlos at :
A nice blend of prediction and surprise seem to be at the heart of the best art.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006


Visitor volumes off the boil

The trend since Christmas has been gently downwards for no obvious reason. The enquiries related to new iPods and iTunes have calmed down a bit but not enough to explain the shift so we are a little puzzled.

Still waiting for a response on our sub menu trouble ticket so still no progress on that front - a bit frustrating really.

However we are making some progress on the music production front and should be adding a few Bach and Beethoven pieces soon.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006


Introducing Children To Music… Strategies For Success

While we struggle to restore full menu fuctionality We thought you'd like to hear about a more uplifting topic:

Introducing Children To Music - Strategies For Success

I've heard a million parents lament the fact that they didn'’t get their children interested in music sooner.

There are also hundreds of adults out there that wish they had learned how to play an instrument when they were younger.

Studies actually support the idea that music stimulates certain brain connections and can actually help children grow smarter!

Music also provides an invaluable outlet for safe expression of feelings and emotions, and can also serve as an important learning tool throughout your children's lives!

Music helps educate in many ways, by developing children'’s memory skills and nourishing their spirit.

Now, some children are a bit resistant to music at first, but you can easily find ways to encourage them to enjoy music in many different forms early in life.

You need to simply adopt some creative ways to introduce music in your children's life without forcing them to take on a task they aren't interested in (Hint: don'’t go buy a saxophone and tell them to practice or else).

Here's how you can successfully and gently introduce music into your children'’s life:

- Allow them the opportunity to select an instrument they are interested in. Even if that instrument is something you consider too large or incompatible for them. Be willing to let your children make their own decisions and encourage them when they do.

- Play a variety of different music in the home whenever your children are around. Turn on the radio and turn off the TV, and make a point to try and play something different every day.

- Teach your children how to sign songs. Children learn through music. You can use songs to teach numbers, the alphabet and even help develop basic memory skills.

- Help your children make up their own songs. This will encourage them to use their natural creativity and talent.

- Hum a tune with your child. Praise them when they try something a little different.

- Consider taking your children to age appropriate concerts.

There are many concerts specifically designed with children in mind, chock full of songs and beats that will entertain and delight even the youngest of children.

Music is an important part of the developmental process children go through.

Children who are involved in activities such as band or other musical outlets are less likely to get involved in problematic behaviors and dangerous after school activities.

Music has even reportedly increased the intelligence of newborns, particularly building spatial reasoning.

Music also makes the world a happier place to live in.
You'll enjoy learning as much as your children will, and you can even explore music together!

By introducing your children to music while they are still young, you will ultimately improve their lives and their appreciation of the world in many ways.

About The Author: Adwina Jackson is a wife and mother of a young boy. She's also the editor of Inspiring Parenting, an online source of valuable parenting information. Please visit for helpful and free parenting info. Observe your children's health, growth and development by clicking the website.

We offer some original MP3 material that you might like to use on our Children's Classics page - good luck!

Monday, January 09, 2006


False Alarm and other Excursions

At the risk of appearing really stupid we have decided to come clean about Friday's panic.

What we had forgotten was the move to play Widor's Toccata on the iTunes/iPod pages to make sure that those visitors heard at least one example of our music. What we overlooked was that the volume of hits on those pages was so high that it created a very noticeable discrepancy with the expected number of hits from the product page - doh!

Still the fix has worked and visitors will be none the wiser - apart from a few who were caught out by the effect of our changes - it was their problems which caused the penny to drop.

Even more irritating is the return of our menu problem. The integration between Webstyle 4 and Dreamweaver seems to have broken and they are out of step with each other and we think that is why the JavaScript is currently not working for the pull down menus - more testing and checking today.

A bonus from the new stats provided by our ISP was the hint this morning that Feedburner is generating some visitors to this blog. The initial ie first 6 months results had been so boring that we stopped looking and the URL fell out of our Firefox regularly/recently visited sites list. Fortunately we had used pretty standard registration details and were able to get back in and find that 4, yes 4, people have signed up to receive this as an RSS feed. This was matched by 4 robots so the humans have not made the robots redundant yet!

Friday, January 06, 2006


Security Breach?

We have just noticed that our LoFi Sample of Charles-Marie Widor's famous Toccata from his 5th Symphony composed for organ and arranged by us on percussion has become exceptionally popular in the last few days. The exceptional volume is also being accessed directly rather than via the streaming software so we have to put a stop to it.

The location information isn't to be found in Google so I assume that it is either one user or it is being distributed by e-mail.

Obviously we were in two minds about disclosing this but we take the view that one of the key values of this blog is the policy of openness. It is possible that a competitor might gain advantage from this but we see our opportunities in terms of attracting customers rather than carving up our competitors. So we'll let you know how we get on.

Thursday, January 05, 2006


Blog and Ping Experiment

I like the experimental approach outlined in this article and it certainly reflects our experience of this aspect of blogging. Each of these postings if followed by the Pingomatic ritual whether it needs it or not and we do see regular evidence of these postings being picked up and held on the major search engines - progressively boosting the size of our site.

Blog And Ping Does It Work?

I have been doing an experiment with blogging and pinging, one
of the ways which supposedly gets your site listed and ranked
higher quicker.

Firstly I'll explain what blogging and pinging is. Blog and
ping is a technique you can use to get your site listed in
search engines. The idea is that search engines like blogs
because of the ever updating content, so they keep going back.
By writing a blog and placing some site links in the posts, the
search engines will spider the links, and pages shortly after
you blog.

Pinging is when you send a "ping" to let the directories, which
keep lists of blogs, and when those blogs are updated, know that
you have added content to your blog. These are allegedly closely
watched by the search engine spiders, so they can spider any new
content and add it to the search engine which controls them.

Anyway, back to my experiment, does blogging and pinging really
get your site noticed?

Well my results have been encouraging. I have tested by only
using a blog as the front page of a new information site I
started. has only been
advertised by way of the blog to announce new content, and then
pinged through which distributes the blog
entries to several large ping sites.

Following a week of adding content, and then posting an
announcement of the new content to the blog on the front page
and pinging with pingoat, the site seems to be getting visitors
to most of the sections, which I can see from the log files. I
can also see some of the traffic is coming from search engines,
and also a lot of spider activity can be seen on the site, where
the search engines are crawling the content.

So I have to conclude that blogging and pinging is a way of
getting listed on search engines, or at least of getting
noticed by them quickly.

Should you be blogging and pinging?

Of course that's up to you, but for the time it takes, it maybe
worth trying blog and ping for yourself and tracking the
results. A quick blog post (use if you
don't already have a blog) and then ping with pingoat takes
only a few minutes, and may help a site into all the search
engines quickly.

About The Author: Douglas Titchmarsh writes several blogs
including and and also has a
website at

As time goes on though you begin to appreciate the longevity of blog content. A lot of the readers of this blog visit the archives rather than the current page because they have been attacted by content on a specific topic. This is one of the reasons that we don't worry too much about staying on a particular topic. If we do have a regular readership we seen no trace of them and I would have expected them to have commented about something by now.

Pingoat looks good so I think we'll give that a try - it may even supplant Pingomatic - fickle or what.

Download2mp3 for fun Instrumental Music

Tuesday, January 03, 2006


International Visitors

For a little while now Hitslink has been producing a map showing the locations from which visitors to our site have been arriving. This feature is limited to 200 visitors and so it covers between a half and two thirds of a days worth. Here is today's map:

As you would expect North America and Europe are the predominant sources but it is delightful to see how we reach some of the more isolated parts of the globe.

Today also saw a new development. A merchant on e-bay has made a link from his Nut Cracker Suite Musical Box product picture to our streaming page for the March from the suite. I suppose that this can only be seen as an endorsement for us since our product is demonstrated and made available for purchase although it is a bit cheeky not to seek permission. We will watch this development with interest - perhaps a visible credit is going to far but some alt text to strengthen the value of the in bound link might be something to go for together with some advice about HTML to use to avoid clicking away from their page such as [target="_blank"] or a pop-up window.

Monday, January 02, 2006


Happy New Year

We are going to start the year by adding a few new recordings to our collection and work on this started yesterday.

We also got the monthly stats update on search engine shares and browsers.

Surprisingly our search engine share is reasonably close to the average now with a couple of noticeable exceptions. We get next to nothing from MSN where the average get about 9% and conversely our Google UK share is up a couple of points compared with the average probably because of where we are based. Our Yahoo share is right in line with the average. We do have a few good positions on MSN so it is really hard to understand why they perform so badly for us but we are not going to loose to much sleep over it.

On the browser front Firefox is continuing to make progress and in our case it has gone up two points in the month to 18% - we really are attracting visitors of taste and discernment. ( This blog is produced on Firefox - our browser of choice.)

Yesterday was a quiet day and yet again we were prompted to look for a daily search traffic report but no joy. There is a site which tracks internet response times and congestion but there are no direct volume indicators. I suppose it is not in the interests of any of the players to make their data available since competitive and operational performance might be exposed.
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