Looked at my stats since Sunday and wondered what I did to piss off my readers. Then I remembered that was when Rogers started their search page redirects. Before, a lot of people were viewing and/or hitting my site through searches.
Now, as you can see, I’ve dropped by nearly 50%
Rogers Hijacks my views
I wonder if I can get a slice of that lost revenue pie…?
As a reminder for my faithful: my RSS feed link is here. Clicking on “Subscribe Now” for Firefox users get all my post sent to them with a lovely scent of pine.
This morning, Rogers never showed for an appointment to fix our cable. Full details over on SharkBoy.ca.
While we were waiting, SharkBoy calls me over to see that his website wasn’t coming up. After a few manual tries, it worked. But not after seeing a couple Rogers/Yahoo search page result (none of which had his site listed…)
Today, Torontoist reports that this is a new feature! So Helpful! You don’t need to be told you’ve typed a URL in wrong from the server you were trying to reach, no. You need to see shitty ads and crap search results!
Thankfully Rogers subscribers can turn it off after jumping through a hoop or two:
One: type in this.sux.extremely into your browser. Just like that. Ta da! Rogers search page:
Two: Scroll down. You’ll see a little “What. The. Fuck. Is this?!” text link at the bottom. Click it:
Three: The next page, you’ll find another text link to turn it off:
The next error you get will be directed to a Rogers page, but weirdly (ironcially?) it displays an IE style error page with broken images. Funny to see on a Firefox browser. Ha. ha. ha.
Thanks Rogers! Eat diseased razor blades and gimme back my web, YOU STUPID DICKS