7 Feb 2004 MichaelCrawford   » (Master)

This is a Googlebomb

I've been watching the server logs of my music downloading article pretty carefully. It's been Google's #1 hit for the query legal music downloads for quite some time now. Lately it's been getting about a thousand hits a day, far, far more than anything else I've ever published on the web.

However, although my article doesn't rank so well (ranging from #15 to #20), it's been getting far more referrals for the query free music downloads than any other. Many, many more people must be using that query than any other, with 4442 referrals coming the month of January. In comparison, there were 1251 referrals for legal music downloads.

I'm sorry to be posting the link here again (and have stopped posting it so often at kuro5hin and slashdot, after some complained they were weary of seeing it), but many of the people who have read my article wrote to tell me they felt I had something valuable to add to the debate over copyright, the RIAA, file sharing and the future of music in general.

I worked hard to educate the readers I was targeting, as I think most p2p users aren't that well-informed about the issues. Many, if not most of the posts I see in the p2p message boards aren't very eloquently, or even coherently stated. I wanted to give the typical p2p user some useful arguments to use in the propaganda war being waged by the record industry, lest they fall victim to better educated attorneys, political lobbyists and PR flacks.

If you agree that what I wrote was valuable, you can encourage others to read it if you'll Googlebomb it too:

<a href="http://www.goingware.com/tips/legal-downloads.html">free music downloads</a>

Yes, I admit to being quite shameless, in the way I attract readers by promising them lots of free tunes but deliver a sermon on copyright and political activism while I've got their attention. It is easy to find lots of other articles on the p2p controversy that are much more respectable - but I don't think they're getting attention from the people who need to be reading them, the people who are facing lawsuits because they are trading files.

Please note that I didn't write the article for any commercial purpose. It has only three really bare links to the rest of my site at the top. It's quite likely that any of my clients would be quite appalled if they read what I had to say:

... I feel that the awesome political power possessed by the large corporations is the greatest challenge my nation faces...

The fact that people aren't already dying in the streets in the struggle against the corporations and their intellectual property is not because the struggle is not one worth dying for, but because most people have not yet awakened to the problem.

Recently, a pay site operator offerred me a considerable amount of money if I'd refer traffic to his (rather questionable) site. It was a tempting offer because I could really use the cash. But after much soul searching I turned him down, and have further decided I won't accept paid advertising from anyone.

Thanks for your help.

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