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Extortion

I was on an internet search engine checking which websites are linking to this one at the moment. I came across several sites that claim to monitor a site’s visitor traffic, search engine ranking, and all that other good stuff. Not a single one of them was anywhere close to accurate as regards this site. Big deal, you say. Well, it’s not a big deal at moment, but suppose to help cover the cost of registering and running this site I was prepared to carry some advertising. The first thing a potential advertiser would check would be how many visitors the site by got by going to one of these supposed monitoring sites. Now there’s even one monitoring operation claims this site gets one visitor a month. The interesting thing was that several of the sites offered to do an “audit” of the site for a couple of hundred pounds. I’m guessing that’s when they would discover the real visitor figures and number of incoming links, etc. So, basically, I have to give them a couple of hundred quid if I want them to tell the truth. Interesting. And while I'm being grumpy; what's this with making-up new words when we already have good existing ones. I read recently about a food being "healthful". What's wrong with "healthy". I once made up a word, but you won't find it in any dictionaries. I even got into print, in a column for the Shetland Times. I thought a word was needed for people who could work in both Imperial and Metric measurements. The word was bi-calibrate.

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