I noticed something very strange in google results whilst searching for referenes to pinitto.me online today. After the usual links to github, the site itself, and some various small references I noticed the following in the results:
I checked several of these links fearing my site had been hacked and it turns out none of the pages exist. There’s also no reference to them in the admin section of the site or from grepping site logs. The posts seem to have been posted over the past few weeks according to google.
Have google search results been hacked/tricked? Or is there something else going on with my wordpress install? Currently running wordpress 3.5.1.
Clearly google did see something at some point:
One of the fun things I’ve been involved in whilst working for Tracesmart is the names directory. Basically we took our huge information database and pulled out a big pile of stats about various names.
The process is all one big SEO effort in order to draw more traffic to the site, but it also provides some interesting information and name statistics.
Here’s an example for my name Lloyd Watkin, or I suppose more correctly Steven Watkin. Take a minute to look up your name on the Tracesmart site, might be interesting ;)
We’ve also got names statistics data on the names directory page which tells you what names have been searched and how recently. Its quite interesting to see famous people’s names fly up the stats when they appear in the news. A recent example is that of Liam Neeson who’s wife died from a skiing accident recently, although obviously people aren’t quite right on the spelling (hence the huge numbers of hits on this name) — Liam Nilson.
Once the names directory was created we set about creating a facebook application which we duely named ‘My Name‘. The facebook application is an extension of the names directory and provides some additional statistics. In order to add the names directory to your facebook account please visit: