Search engines are not a big contributor here and have not been for years. Direct traffic is dominant by far with loyal readers. Google has improved the page rank to some extent but it may be several more weeks before the traffic recovers to historic levels.

Search any engine wth “hardcoregames”:

Ask not found
Baidunot found
Yandexnot found


Яндексу необходимо поработать над тем, как функционирует их база данных и возможно использовать искусственный интеллект, чтобы он лучше выбирал контент как в русскоязычном, так и англоязычном сегменте интернета.


Google now recognizes the site’s latest domain. It may still before the content is more relevant for the contemporary needs of the gaming community. Google alters now recognizes some of the content suggesting the indexing is ongoing.

ExcludedDiscovered – currently not indexed0
ExcludedCrawled – currently not indexed196
ExcludedPage with redirect109
ExcludedDuplicate without user-selected canonical15
ExcludedDuplicate, submitted URL not selected as canonical2
ExcludedExcluded by ‘noindex’ tag2
ExcludedBlocked due to other 4xx issue1
ExcludedBlocked due to access forbidden (403)1
ExcludedDuplicate, Google chose different canonical than user1
IncludedSubmitted and indexed5448
Google after 4 month of submitting sitemaps daily, total of 13 clicks in 3 months

Google has finally indexed the site almost completely. Indexing the last 196 pages should not take long. Now the next phase is handling queries relative to the contemporary needs of the users. Google has adjusted the search AI several times which does impact on the content selected slightly.

The Google Site Kit that is provided for WordPress uses shows that since the last report traffic is up by 43%. The chart is a moving 28 day average which tends to smooth day to day fluatations. The moving average is also used when analyzing the stock market trends.

The post on the $99,999 RTX 3060 was a traffic spike that lasted 7-8 hours before it petered out. Apparently it was shared all over as there was close to 300 page views in total. Earth to Google, come in Google, earth to Google.

The post on games and Windows 8 still was the highest traffic load so far. Google dumped about 30,000 page views in one day. It ran for a week before it petered out. Microsoft fixed all of the problems with Windows on that post with the 8.1 update.


Bing seems to be out to lunch as well. It seems that while crawling is not the problem, it’s the logic of the search parameters. It finds backlinks more readily but content indexing is slow in inefficient.


The usual trademark infringers are dilutive and when I get around to it, the are going to face trademark litigation. On the todo is a long list of claims. Once COVID-19 is history the studio will be more powerful and able to provide better content.


Retirement, when I fall over dead. Regardless that I feel Left 4 Dead, if I can still press the fire button I can still play Halo. The Spartan Master Chief returns for a new saga in Halo: Infinite.

Been updating a lot of posts on the site based on search engine results. Keywords are not necessarily very useful but URL taxonomy is more useful. There is lots of room now for a title with the theme in use and the layout.