A few days back, to be exact on the 29th of January 2013, I wrote a little blog post about the new site Kim DotCom set free on the Internet. DotCom is known for his controversial approach of doing business. When he decided to discontinue the MegaUpload project (because of an Hong-Kong / USA raid on his empire) he decided to open the new MEGA site in New Zealand. Far away from the Internet Moguls and the hassle of over-stressed public servants.
Ok. It’s no rocket science. This 37 year old guy is loaded. He does something that maybe a lot of people have thought doing, but he does it. Making Mucho Dinero’s. I guess you have seen the pictures of his mansion, his cars, his wealth…
Maybe we are not used to someone showing off in this way.
He gets a lot of attention from the bigger companies in the western world, because he attacks them the way it hurts them the most – in their wallets. He is advocating freedom and that’s scary if a company is dependent on their restricted sales of their content. Music, movies, software programs, news, advertisement ‘space’… You name it. It’s beginning to slip out of their hands.
That;s because ‘the people’ are going to own the content. The content that is going to make use of the internet possibilities – ready for a larger audience. What if YOU own the content. Then what? I guess not many people really understand the true consequences when idea’s don’t have a owner – anymore. And YOU are the truthful owner of any content you decide to share, weather it has been your idea to make that content in the first place – or not… I know this may seem far fetched now, but how will things look in the future?
Only a few years the MP3 codec was protected by the big companies because of the potential copyright infringements. A few years later Apple’s iTunes became a fact. Things change over the years.
Controversial links. That’s what happened. One day after i published my post, with a direct link to the MEGA site, the number of unique visitors to my site dropped from a steady 250 a day to 100. And the next day, and the day after that. Organic search for keywords on my blog became almost non existent. Then I decided to take the direct link off of the post and the numbers came back to their regular numbers. Coincidence? Maybe, but I don’t think so.
I know, maybe I’m seeing things here, but is it really a coincidence? My investigations proved otherwise.
According to my log files on my host there was a sudden drop in organic search results, like I said earlier and an increase in hits my Google Bots crawling my site. Why was that? I have no clue, what do you think?
I got single hits from .gov domain sites, but it didn’t look worrying to me. That just happens. I think, or is it?
Anyways, the visitor numbers are back to ‘normal’ and the log files do not show any weird visitor patterns. Googlebots visits are back to two or three visits per day.
Oh well. Just comes with the business… being scrutinized. But it feels like someone entered my ass with a flagpole.
Yeah. I must be seeing things, but the feeling is there…