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Scrubbing a certain word from my blog

I’ve always hated the words “pron” and “pr0n.” It always seemed like prudery. Nihil veritas erubescit, I say.

Well, no more. I still don’t blush at the word, but I won’t be spelling “pron” correctly on this blog any more, not even when I use it jokingly to refer to writer pron or whatever.

See, WordPress’s Jet Pack plugin allows me to see the search terms that Googlers use to find my blog, and many of them are searching for child pron. What fucking moron types “little girl pron” (spelled correctly, mind you) into a Google search box?

Unfortunately, I can’t do anything to report these people (I hope Google can) but I can at least change my site so that search engines will (eventually) stop sending them here, where I occasionally talk about my son. So I’ve spent the last hour searching my blog and deliberately misspelling That Word, even when it appears in fiction samples. The only place I haven’t changed it is in URLs inside links, but I may scrub those, too, eventually.

[Update: per advice from Twitter, the URL links are gone, too. I had to drop two old posts into the trash until (if) I can work out a way to reinstate them with permanent short link/redirects.)

Mirrored from Harry Connolly. You can comment here but not there.

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sartorias
Jul. 20th, 2014 06:24 pm (UTC)
Yep. I had to do it, too, because there was some mysterious searcher intersect between these scum bags and some perfectly innocent talk about kids lit and fantasy on my blog.
burger_eater
Jul. 20th, 2014 09:11 pm (UTC)
There's literally nothing we can do about it, but it still enrages me. :/
muirecan
Jul. 21st, 2014 02:37 am (UTC)
I actually suspect that the largest number of searchers for CP... is ... people looking for it to report it. But that is a suspicion. Which isn't to say that there are not creepy people out there who are looking for it to umm well never mind why they want it. :p
burger_eater
Jul. 21st, 2014 01:27 pm (UTC)
If they're searching for CP through Google... that's idiotic. But I don't doubt that people are doing it.
Tim Freeman
Jul. 22nd, 2014 07:01 pm (UTC)
You can tell Google to reindex sooner rather than later
I don't know how long it takes for Google to reindex your site after you change it. If it's going slower than you'd like, have a look here for instructions:

https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/1352276?hl=en

I did that once before when cleaning up after I had accidentally left a mailing list open to the public and Google's indexing. A friend's name came up during jury duty selection. Oops.
burger_eater
Jul. 22nd, 2014 07:09 pm (UTC)
Re: You can tell Google to reindex sooner rather than later
I've tried it. We'll see how well it works, and how long it takes to show results. All I'm seeing now is a greater number of Google search terms that are hidden from Wordpress.
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