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Computing & Technology > Internet: Godaddy Etc

Internet: Godaddy Etc

The biggest companies get too unwieldy to work right, in my experience. Just look at Facebook, who never bothered to take protective actions it was supposed to, and now it’s so big it is a monumental task to even begin. Godaddy, the biggest domain registrar in the world, doesn’t know what all its parts are doing, so it’s messing up. Its website sends simultaneous but conflicting emails with instructions that are wrong, and the people on the phone tell you as much, saying to ignore this or that. And it is the worst place to sell a domain name.

It had a good reputation in the past, partly because of their customer service; you can always get someone on the phone and they are thoughtful and courteous. (I am forced to call a lot, and only once was spoken to snippily.) But the people on the phone have difficulty handling the problems stuck in their system.

It is a shame that the kinds of things I have had to work on over the years are so… dull. Really, everlastingly boring! Domain names, well, the history of the internet is involved and that part appeals to me at least. A decade or so ago, it was poker stuff I had to work on — articles & editing. And if you have no interest in cards or gambling, this too is deadly dull. I don’t know how people can spend their lives at it. Prior to that, I think I spent a lot of time writing phrases, blurbs, descriptions, and even full articles that were not intended to be read by human beings, but by search engines. Or at least it didn’t matter if humans read them or not. That’s how a lot of webmasters worked back then, with no regard to what real people wanted or needed online; we did what Google and MSN/Bing and Dogpile and AltaVista and Alexa(.net) found necessary, because those search engines determined the fate of your website. And their methods were still not very good for people surfing online.

I remember webmasters who tried to rank high on Google by tricks. There was someone whose home page was a big white blank with just one word on it. He was ranked very high in the results on Google for that word, because that keyword represented 100% of the text on his home page. And later, when Google made sure people couldn’t game the system by doing that, webmasters would put invisible text on the page to affect their search rankings one way or another.

Soon invisible text would cause Google to downgrade you, too. But the race to make Google read your website and rank it highly by using tricks went on and on for years. These days it’s simply called “optimizing” and it is expected. Because Google naturally doesn’t tell you what specific criteria it uses to rank websites, search engine optimization is partly your own theory.

There’s been a big change in Google’s ways for the surfer too. Now, when you search for a phrase, you may notice that the results — which show in bold the words you searched — are just as likely to be reversed, split up, etc. For example, if you searched for “heart rock” your first results might include “rock heart” listings, or “heart of rock” or “rock down in the heart” — because Google considers many of these equivalent now.

And now I will stop.

posted on Apr 23, 2018 1:26 PM ()


thanks for info, will use your links.
comment by tealstar on Apr 25, 2018 7:23 AM ()
I think from my experience raising thoroughbreds that DMSO is used for treating sore muscles in horses but it has been 35 years ago and my memory for facts once relevant to my life is not that sharp. People were using it then on their arthritic pain. They rubbed it on the site of the pain. I would not say it was safe. I use naproxen sodium instead. Dramus, thanks for the information. You need some excitement in your life and I think you should schedule a girls night out with your sisters. Be wild and crazy, I would if I were not ancient.
comment by elderjane on Apr 24, 2018 7:14 AM ()
You're right.
reply by drmaus on Apr 26, 2018 11:57 AM ()
Like tealstar "Most of what you explain is a mystery to me," Internet technology ain't my 'thang'!
comment by greatmartin on Apr 23, 2018 3:35 PM ()
One of the things I hate about the search engines is when they hash together search terms and create links to fake businesses. I haven't noticed it so much in the last year or so, maybe because I wasn't searching for those kinds of things.
comment by traveltales on Apr 23, 2018 3:22 PM ()
I don't know.. there's a kind of scammy site I've always hated, but it seems to be actually a successful sort of page -- the very, very long text ad for a book or other product. These have proliferated and I can't believe anyone wants to look at them.
reply by drmaus on Apr 24, 2018 1:47 AM ()
Most of what you explain is a mystery to me, but I do get that huge internet companies are a mess. And I also get annoyed when a search gives me stuff I did not ask for. I tried to find out how to use DMSO recently, and the only site that will (supposedly) tell you requires a download. I don't download anything if I can help it. FYI, this is a product that is supposed to reduce arthritic pain. It came without any literature, and the label on the bottle says not for human use, and don't use it on your skin. !!!?? Also, the provider was a veterinarian supply company, and all the reviews on Amazon raved about it. WTF?
comment by tealstar on Apr 23, 2018 2:21 PM ()
I found it on WebMD -- https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientreview-874-DMSO-DIMETHYLSULFOXIDE.aspx?drugid=874&drugname=DMSO-DIMETHYLSULFOXIDE

And another site had information too: https://www.virginiahopkinstestkits.com/dmsorisks.html

I remember my sister being intrigued by it early in her med training years. I remember it is a carrier substance, a way to deliver other stuff into the bloodstream without injections. I didn't realize it had uses by itself. But it sounds a little tricky to use.
reply by drmaus on Apr 24, 2018 1:39 AM ()

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