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Pimp My Domain for Dummies: Experts Weigh In

Techies following Ampgate are beginning to weigh in with their interesting analyses and thoughts, which are worth spending some time considering:

According to Ben Metcalfe:

This is the intriguing story of the (male) owner of a popular multi-author pro-feminism blog, who hits hard times and needs to make some money quick. Enter the cunning SEO agent who has panache for improving the hit rates of his porno-peddling clientele…

Barry… reveals that his web host was informing him that due to the popularity and functionality of his blog he really needed to pay for a (more expensive) dedicated server account.

It’s a shame Barry didn’t understand what he was getting himself into. The sneaky SEO’er was essentially buying the PageRank generated by the goodwill linkage that his domain had received. It’s disappointing that the opportunity to continue to blog on the same domain (post-sale) was sadly seen by Barry as a kind favour – when in fact it was a cunning ruse to keep those in-bound links pointing to the domain when the blog would have otherwise disappeared.

There is also the important issue of the integrity of blogs when the sites/domains they live on are sold to third-parties who have an alternative (often ulterior) motive for the site. By having Barry continue to blog on the domain, the SEO guy was setting up something very smart (albeit negative). I can see this model occuring elsewhere, because on the face of it it’s a win-win for both the blogger and the SEO merchant (but undernethe bad news for both the blogosphere and the blogger concerned).

It’s a shame, however, Barry couldn’t or wouldn’t see that his editorial independence – and thus his credibility in that expert community – was being flushed down the toilet by accepting this offer. I’m sure this could apply to many other bloggers given hard times and a golden cheque being waved in their face. But in this case, he not only soiled his own reputation but potentially those of the co-authors of the blog.

Finally, perhaps the saddest thing of all for Barry is that he’s actually been cheated in his contract. He says that he was promised to be hosted on a dedicated server but alas some technical IP lookups show that he is actually being served from the same box that hosts such bastions of bad taste as, and

15 sites are hosted from this box, which probably makes it no different to the shared hosting environment (Barry’s old domain) was hosted on before.

I’ve given Barry a hard time on this blog post – my one wish is that if he reads this post he can use the technical evidence I’ve ended on as some kind of leverage away from his original for-porn deal.




9 thoughts on “Pimp My Domain for Dummies: Experts Weigh In

  1. If you click on that link up there, these are the websites that are hosted on the server Amptoons is hosted on:

    Domain Name



    Posted by womensspace | October 14, 2006, 4:56 pm
  2. (NOTE: NOT FOR CHILDREN, however, there is no pornography of the human kind, at least on the following links. Not safe for work, though.)

    I steeled myself and clicked on the “Extreme KinK” dot com site. Oh my god. Not what I expected.

    Does everybody already know about stuff like this and this and this? How about “Sex in a Can”?

    Choose your own orifice?


    Posted by womensspace | October 14, 2006, 5:22 pm
  3. “and thus his credibility in that expert community – was being flushed down the toilet by accepting this offer.”

    I believe the current status of his credibility is somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic right about now.

    Posted by stormcloud | October 14, 2006, 5:25 pm
  4. Ben Metcalfe does have a way with words doesn’t he. And he modestly implies in his movie reviews link that he’s not a bookish guy. Pshawww.

    Posted by Pony | October 14, 2006, 5:35 pm
  5. Heart I blogged about this some while ago. Now I get over 100 hits a day searching for ‘fleshlight’ I guess it IS popular.

    Posted by sparklematrix | October 14, 2006, 6:16 pm
  6. Sparklematrix,

    I think that was the point of pimping Amp’s domain. If I read all this correctly.

    Posted by Helen | October 14, 2006, 11:35 pm
  7. Geez, sparklematrix, who’d a thunk. Then again, I cannot stand any sort of artificial parts like this, be it dildoes or these “fleshlight” thingamabobs. What the heck. How, I ask the universe, do we ever revision sexuality if we keep thinking of it in the same old ways?

    Argh. I did have a good laugh over those things though, despite myself. If you step back a bit, read the descriptions, look at the absurdity, it is funny! In a really macabre, black humor sort of way. :/


    Posted by womensspace | October 15, 2006, 2:44 pm
  8. I rather like the tampon holder for the thong, well and then the penis pump. Bit boxy though Sparkle. Will the 2007 model be out soon?

    Posted by Pony | October 16, 2006, 1:39 am
  9. fleshlight. LOL

    After I got past my outrage, the irony in the whole Ampgate thing amuses me to no end.

    Posted by Txfeminist | October 18, 2006, 5:20 pm

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