Sorry; I’ve been cheating on you, but it worked!
Like most of you guys, I have posted my first blogpost (The Google Logo Change) last week (21-09). Since I have never blogged before, I was looking at my own work approximately every 10 minutes, hoping for any kudos. I thought: ‘maybe they are only reading, commenting and rating on WordPress in the evening’ or ‘they will probably look at it tomorrow, I better check the comments then so I can answer any questions’. Nothing happened. Even ‘gabriellapimpao’, our top commenter, left my blog to die in the constant stream of new blog posts.
As you see, these are not the numbers you get excited from when you passionately write a blog for the first time. Desperately and not knowing what to do with my life anymore, I decided to take the matter into my own hands. Again, my inexperience with blogging couldn’t prevent me from doing something stupid. This was the result:
On September 23rd my view count was 205, where the average was 15-20 views for other blogs. My blog was even more clicked on than the home page button. Also the general views, with at its highest 278 views, spiked to 430 on the 23rd. Naturally, this isn’t caused by a sudden interest in my blog, but from a cheat.
As an experiment, I started to examine a web automation tool. This tool enables the user to automate nearly any Internet-action you can think of. Building a loop for my tool was very easy. Unintentionally, I didn’t pay enough attention and left it running, after I tested it successfully. Resulting in the numbers stated above. But this got me thinking. With such tools, any cheat is possible and these cheats could be very valuable. I am personally thinking of generating likes for Facebook posts or pages and inviting as many people as possible on LinkedIn. When you Google on increasing likes for Facebook, you get 2 pages with sites about buying them. Since they exist I am sure they are used; with a web automation tool you can reduce costs. I dare to say that automation tools are already used on LinkedIn by Linked In Open Networkers or LIONs. These people invite as many others as possible to create bridges for networks. After some playing with the software, I was able to create the script for it myself. The tool automatically browses to a profile, clicks on the ‘connect’ button, chooses the right option from the drop downs and types a text. Finally, it is also sends the request automatically.
I am wondering what you guys think these tools could be used for. Besides that I am also curious about your general opinion of using these tools.
With the existence of these tools, I am doubting the Internet even more if it comes to it being ‘personal’. For business sake, I fully understand the usage of the tools but it is and will always be cheating.
Oh, and for the record. I purposely left out the name of the tool since I don’t trust you bastards ;). For the sake of honest competition for most popular blog, I will not boost my views of this blog. If you wonder how far the tool could get our views-rate, let me know and I will turn on the machine again :).