Old 01-17-2007, 05:49 PM   #1
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I don't really have too much time on my hands - just the opposite - but for some reason I tend to take notice of how many people are online at Al's whenever I log in.

Today has been an interesting day.

This morning at work, when most of my American friends were tucked in their beds, I was the only member logged in. However, I was accompanied by no less than 60 'guests' most of which were Yahoo Slurp spiders, but even so! Busy morning, I thought to myself.

Well the trend has continued through much of the day. I have dipped in and out in odd moments - breaks at work and since I've been home etc.
While the members online have remained at 2 or 3, or maybe 5 or 6, the 'guests' have been averaging 35-40!

Most days the 'guest' list tops out at around a dozen.

Not sure what has sparked the peak today, but it is good to see.

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Old 01-17-2007, 08:46 PM   #2
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What is a Yahoo Slurp spider?

I drop by here all the time, whenever I need a distraction from work. Or in the evening, as I'm doing right now. If I need a life... that's just too bad, I guess!
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Old 01-17-2007, 10:14 PM   #3
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Old 01-18-2007, 04:30 AM   #4
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I don't know about anyone else, but for me thre are days I can't wait to get here. I just love reading posts and chatting with you all. But the question the comes to mind is .... who are the "guest"? and what is a Yahoo Slurp spider???? never heard of it before.
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Old 01-18-2007, 04:34 AM   #5
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I just went and looked and its at 46...are these real people, or search engeines?? Or does it even really matter??
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Old 01-18-2007, 05:08 AM   #6
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Yeah, what is a Yahoo Slurp spider?
I don't know about anyone else here, and not that it matters, but sometimes I lurk around before signing in, which might explain some of the "guests." It's good to know that there are a lot of people coming to this site, though.
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Old 01-18-2007, 06:26 AM   #7
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I also really enjoy getting on the site, reading through posts and stuff is fun! It's good to have busy days aswell (The most people i've ever seen online was like 8 Members and about 30 Guests) Good Times then!!

BTW: Haven't a clue about a Yahoo! Slurp Spider though.....but spiders are scary.
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Old 01-18-2007, 06:36 AM   #8
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As far as I understand it, slurp spiders trawl the net finding links to assist search engines in finding as many hits as possible when you put in a query.

Some sites don't like them because they can slow the server down if too many are running round at once.

However, if you want new people to discover your site, they can be very helpful in getting you noticed!
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:01 AM   #9
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Yes, there are several search engines that trawl the site daily. That's how so many new people are finding us every day!
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Old 01-21-2007, 11:27 PM   #10
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