Image: Aral sea, Nasa. Story; here.

In 5 months under the WordPress format The Coffee House has hit it’s first 10,000 views. By far, the post pulling in the largest hits, was Keith’s Great Global Warming Swindle with over 1000 views! Most searches to it came via Google Images with people looking for a sunspots photo.

While we do have fellow bloggers regularly visiting our site, most visits are now made up from Google hits. It’s always fun to find your site has managed to top a Google search list and even better when it climbs above the likes of the BBC, Reuters, Defra, FOE, Greenpeace and even Rolling Stones magazine! To be referenced in forums around the world (eg. France & The Czech Republic) and on other websites is an honour.

Many thanks to those of you who have kept with us. For the ‘environment’ these are interesting and indeed, testing times. We must all continue to speak up for it. 🙂

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9 Responses to 10,000

  1. earthpal says:

    Well done you guys.

    T’is a very informative and helpful blog which contributes greatly to getting the message out there regarding the Earth’s plight.

  2. matt says:

    Thanks earthpal and for all your support, feedback and contributions. 🙂

  3. the Grit says:

    Congratulations! The behavior of search engines is an interesting field of study. I just posted a bit on my limited understanding of this. Even better than Google, is when you get a top rank on a Yahoo search. Before we moved from WordPress, we had one post, something about Nancy Pelosi, that, somehow, got top billing on Yahoo. It got 3,000 hits in one day! It smacks of magic.

    the Grit

  4. matt says:

    Way to go Grit! Politics has certainly come alive again your side of the pond. Its caught fire in France too!

    I do find the whole search engine ranking thing mysteriously interesting. How our blog can rank above The Guardian (one of the biggest news sites on the internet) on some searches is beyond me! A curious form of democracy in action. Now if our countries were run the same way ….. 😉

  5. the Grit says:

    Hi matt,

    For one thing, Google just recently changed their algorithm to, apparently, put more weight on out going links to sites with a good reputation. Since the big boys don’t link to sources that much, it gives us small fish a bit more chance. There’s more to it than that, but this would explain why we get better ranking on Google than Yahoo. I post stuff like this under “blogging” when I find it. We had to turn the category list off, as it was getting far too long, but the search box will pull it up. You should also check out ProBlogger.com. He touches on search engines every now and then.

    As to politics, you bet we are busy! Of course, the extended length of this Presidential campaign has turned the race into a marathon! I just hope I have the stamina to see it to the end. I would say, however, that my blog partner, the Brit, has been filling me in on UK politics, and it is fascinating. That Scotland might withdraw from the Union is astounding. And all the different parties, how do you keep track? On the other hand, it would be nice to have a larger menu to choose from.

    the Grit

  6. matt says:

    You’re right about UK politics also being interesting. The SNP are kind of the elephant in the room at the moment regards possible devolution. I say kind of because obviously SNP & their plans are being talked about but, no one really believes the Scots will ultimately leave because they will be financially worse off. It’s probably the English that will be happy to see them do it!

  7. the Grit says:

    Hi matt,

    That sounds a lot like Canada and the French-Canadian separatist thing. I just hope that none of y’all have as much difficulty settling the matter as we did.

    the Grit

  8. ClareCat says:

    Those pictures and the linked words are truely awful. Is the Aral Sea the same as the Ural Sea, or did I just make up Ural Sea and its actually the Ural Mountains? I remember a few years ago seeing pictures in a magazine (maybe National Geographic) of the devastated landscape around a sea which I thought was the Ural, but was probably the Aral Sea. One particular pic was of a grounded boat, surrounded on all sides by sand to the horizon. It was utterly desolate.

    I found this 2005 article Arctic to Aral about pumping water to save the sea. i guess it was a bit of a pipe dream – are you laughing at my amazing wit 🙂 But this really isn’t a laughing matter. I’m amazed that any life forms other than ppl are still around, but i guess not for too much longer 😦


  9. matt says:

    It is confusing but it’s the Ural River and Aral Sea. Check this incredible image out;


    (Update: you’ll notice the above image link hasn’t worked! I’ll attempt to blog this separately because I think the image is excellent).

    If anything can show in one single photo what madness is unfolding with ill thought water usage projects that’s it right there.

    I have serious reservations about that Ecoworld article that you link to. It talks about manipulating iceberg melt flows and huge canal construction projects being somehow beneficial. Human beings have to stop thinking they can play god, so to speak. We’re just not that clever!

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