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The Plot Thickens

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It gets better. Someone has gone to the trouble of setting up a version of my new favorite blog for every team in the league. So no matter who your favorite team is, you can experience a bizarre, hilarious, totally nonsensical rehash of the local blogosphere. Here are a few teams:

Atlanta Braves (CrazyBravesFan), Washington Nationals (NationalsKnowledge), Chicago White Sox (WhiteSoxBlog), Los Angeles Dodgers (DodgersBullpen), San Francisco Giants (SfGiantsToday), St. Louis Cardinals (CardinalSupporter), New York Yankees (BigAppleYanks), Texas Rangers (RangersSuperFan), Minnesota Twins (TwinsAddict), Cincinnati Reds (CincyRedsLive), Kansas City Royals (KcRoyalsFanatic), Seattle Mariners (MarinersAddict), Pittsburgh Pirates (MightyPirates), Philadelphia Phillies (FabPhillies), Oakland Athletics (AthleticsFanatic), Houston Astros (AstrosToday).

This is no longer some bizarre little prank. It’s a massive network. This has taken a lot of resources and time to put these sites together and write some kind of scripting program to select local web sites to rip off content. They can’t possibly make enough in ad revenue to make it worthwhile…what could they possibly be up to? Whoever it is has used a “Domain by Proxy” service to hide who registered the websites.

The only thing I can think of is that this is eventually going to be a real network and they’ve set up the web sites and are collecting information on how many people are searching for somewhat-current topics in each city in the meantime. Either that or someone has massively overestimated how much traffic there is on your average blog and thinks they can make money on the advertising.

And I can’t decide if this lowers the blogosphere to a new depth or is my new favorite internet phenomenon. Some of the articles are absolutely amazing nonsense.

Written by halejon

February 9, 2008 at 11:01 pm

Posted in Seriousness

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  1. Doesn’t it read like a Griffin column to you?

    There is a strange similarity in that there’s a lot of argument that begin to make sense…..but then it completely falls off the track….

    You are right, though, something is going on.

    Dave Rouleau

    February 10, 2008 at 1:57 am

  2. From the Giants site:

    “I used to buy an ’84 Volvo. Get perfect hitting. Prior to 2002, only two dull wild cards had made it to the World Series since the current playoff format was wriggled in 1995. The paint was rusted and flaking. The glove compartment didn’t close at all, so you had to jab a pen in the side opening to yacht it shut. The Giants look believable on paper, but as of now, we are nowhere near the San Diego Padres, Houston Astros or San Diego Padres in terms of base running. The back seats had springs jutting out in all directions.”

    Dave Rouleau

    February 10, 2008 at 2:00 am

  3. And they’re all registered through DomainsByProxy.com, so we can’t find out who’s actually doing it.

    Torgen

    February 10, 2008 at 2:37 am

  4. Dave: I would love to see Griffins columns being used for one of these blogs. It might really work. That article was originally something posted on the McCovey Chronicles

    Torgen: I just tried that, too- how bizarre.

    halejon

    February 10, 2008 at 4:39 am

  5. Someone’s obviously taking the piss. I’d recommend going dark on the subject.

    johnny was

    February 10, 2008 at 5:31 am

  6. That’s a lot of work for a joke…do you mean don’t bother calling attention to it? I just think it’s bizarre and kind of cool.

    halejon

    February 10, 2008 at 5:58 am

  7. It’s obviously an attempt to make money by add ‘fresh’ content on a regular basis. Search engines like fresh regular content, which is what the site is creating.
    However, the only way it can be somewhat successful is by other sites linking to the sites, which you, and others have obviously done (wherever you found it as well).

    ju1ced

    February 13, 2008 at 3:29 pm

  8. Ok, well then they’ve massively overestimated the traffic that your average blog gets. I assure you that the ad value of random surfers and me linking would not make you break even after registering and hosting a website for a year, let alone the time involved. You need people coming back or catching on with one of the big boys to make any dough.

    And I don’t think anyone has noticed this yet – I just stumbled across it. There is occasionally some unique content here.

    halejon

    February 14, 2008 at 12:27 am


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