Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Shameless pleas for traffic

I've been suffering from chronic procrastination lately, and part of it is due to some new toys I'm playing around with on the Web. One of them is Alexa, which purports to offer information about Web sites such as overall rank, sites linked to and from, reviews, ownership, and related book suggestions. It's hard to resist checking Mothers with Attitude's ranking 50 or 60 times a day (repeat after me: "We're number 2,081,768! We're number 2,081,768!"). The information doesn't seem to be entirely accurate -- for example, it lists only one site as linking to MWA, and there's lots more than that -- but they have a customer service department that actually writes you back when you ask for something to be fixed, and that makes them my new best Web friends.

If you'd like to join the effort to move Mothers with Attitude into the high 2,070,000s, there are a couple of ways you can help. One is to download our customized version of the Alexa toolbar -- a nifty little doohickey for Windows browsers that helps you get site information as you surf -- and visit Mothers with Attitude a whole lot, giving us the illusion of actual traffic. Another is to go to the site's page on Alexa and write a nice review. Make us number 2,081,768 with a bullet!

Speaking of book suggestions, I've also been playing around with a fancy-schmancy bookshop set-up offered to affiliates, making like a kid in a candy store and setting up lots of pages of best-selling search results for all your adoption and special-needs needs. It's still a work in progress, but open for shopping nonetheless. Check it out.

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