‘Put an odd code in your blog post for verification’: is that a trend or something?
Before any of you code-breaking head try to decipher the code, let me say, “don’t”. Its not a secret message, its for Technorati blog claim purpose.
Isn’t it slightly awkward? While other big names like Google, Yahoo and Bing happy with owner verification by adding a code to html head or uploading a blank file, Technorati chose ‘put an odd code in a blog post’ method. Yes, in a blog post where you readers can see it. Sure, we can remove it later, but it need some time to approve. By that time, its too late, everybody have read your code. Also it stays in feed readers and aggregators somewhere else.
I made the code bolded, to make sure Technorati robot crawler can find it. You also need to to put the code in early part of post to ensure Technorati’s crawler can read it (in case you are publishing partial blog post feed).
According to Technorati you have two option to put the code: in your post or in your blog feed. What a minute, what that supposed to mean? Put in the feed? How I am going to do that? Oh, in order to put the code in your blog feed you need to put it in your blog post. What option are we talking about? You must put the code in your blog post, there is no other option. (later find out you can put a code in your blog feed with a little hack via plugin which is more complicated)
And, according to Technorati:
We realize that putting this odd code text into your feed means that all of your feed followers (and perhaps Twitter, Facebook, and other sites) will see it, but it’s the best method we’ve found so far to demonstrate to us that you control the blog. You can remove the code once the claim is complete.
Read more: Technorati.com/blog-claiming
Well, the part “the best method we’ve found so far to demonstrate to us that you control the blog’ is arguable. At least to me the non-techno person. First, a blog can have many contributing writers. Any one of the writers can write the code in his article and claimed the blog. We haven’t talked about guest writers yet. Your evil guest writer can insert a code somewhere in the post, in a font with the same color as the page which is undetectable to human eyes. Or behind an image, maybe. Now, why on earth your articles contributors want to do that?
‘Put an odd code in your blog post for verification’, is that a trend or something? It’s not just Technorati, another big social bookmarking site also follow suit. I forgot the name, its sounds something like dick or something. Oh, now I remember, its Digg.
For Digg’s crawler, here you go: 4e27d2445e7a47a6b985d39f093e6d30
Well, for Digg, I put the code toward the end of post. Let’s see if Digg can digg deep enough.
Note: The new Digg makes blogger’s life easier by allowing them to submit their own blog feeds. Submitting your blog feed will allow Digg to auto-submit your stories as they are published. Nice!