Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Search Engines Crashed My Server

Today has been pretty interesting. Early in the morning my server basically over loaded until all of the services crashed, including ssh. This is crazy as hell, but I'm not kidding when I say that 800+ Yahoo web crawlers like ( ip ) pounded on my server until all services died : (

I had to reboot my server and I had over 140 days up. My hosting clients can attest to that. On a positive note, I think that my technology site is getting pretty popular with the search engines. I just can't wait for more traffic. This big index or deep indexing was the first time that a search engine has done a crawl of that magnitude on my site, but I guess you'd have to do that to index millions of pages = )~

It was pretty obvious to me that I'm gonna have to step up to a dual xeon server. Preferably with hyper-threading technology. That's what I use for my production work systems.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

My Web Services Empire

Slowly but surely my dream of fully automated recurring revenue from webservices, mainly Amazon Associates and Google Adsense are being realized. I've been setting up new projects such as my amazon web shop

The beauty is that when I'm at work, sleep, driving, shopping, my sites are driving sales and clicks. Definately, a beautiful thing. I've started getting some search engine traffic this week also, which is excellent. I've been doing some seo work to the new sites and was expecting to start seeing something soon.

On my technology site I sell a fair amount of books and dvds, so I'm hoping this newer site fully optimized from the start will kick some ass right from the gate.

The google adwords campaign I've setup has been a godsend. I'm making almost $1.30 for my amazon associates account for each $0.20 of google adwords ppc. Not on all keywords mind you, but a few of them. I'm still testing it out, but if all goes well, I could do this on a much larger scale.

I've got alot of work ahead of me if I'm going to get everything I'm trying to done. I want to add more features into my shops, that will hopefully make them more attractive. Mailinglists are also going to help out. Return visitors are always a good thing. I'll post again shortly with more non-sense.


Monday, March 06, 2006

Network Saturdays

This weekend I was at a client location, setting up some nice network upgrades. Setup a new domain, new antivirus, new remote control software and some two new uninterupted power supplies. It took over eight hours and that was mainly because of all the configuration work, and running up and down to each workstation repeatedly.


When everything was said and done, the systems all had new ip addresses, new dns server, domain controller, and a damn near upgrade on everything. Needless to say I was pretty tired when I finished. I ate McDonald's for lunch, even though I'd just seen the movie Super Size Me the night before. I really didn't want to eat McDonald's after seeing that movie. I'm a computer programmer already, I don't need anything else to make me fat.