The China crawl

When you first look at the title of this entry, you had not a clue as to what it meant. But to anyone that has a popular website they know all too well what that means, and so does Google.

When you have a website you have at your disposal some wonderful tools that let you see where your visitors come from. Some are real people, and some are computers crawling your website to feed their search engines with the latest from your site. Blogs and sites that have a high Google page ranking get several visits a day. Connecting the Dots gets crawled hundreds of times a day, and plenty of that is from China.

From the time Google and China had their little spat about email hacks and Google decided to say screw the Chinese censors, the number of crawls from China started to grow at an enormous rate. A quick translation is China is looking to eventually send Google packing and set up their own search engine.

When a crawl comes from China, it does more than just take a look. It actually initiates a page translation into Chinese using Google translate that we offer and that file gets added to our server. Needless to say the number of Chinese translations residing on our server is more than all the others combined, and that is 40+ languages. With over 1000 posts in English, and having just as many in Chinese spells some grand plan from China.

Good bad or indifferent, China looks to have its way with or without Google. But as you guessed there will be a lot of fallout. For example some companies simply refuse to open shop if they do not have unhindered Internet access. So if a country is blocking parts of the Internet, they are also blocking their growth as foreign companies look for other countries that are not blocked.

What is also bad for China is the Chinese people already had a taste of Google, and suddenly having it disappear can lead to more than minor displeasure. Also Chinese companies are no different than non Chinese companies, they too need unhindered access to the Internet or they will fall behind their competition.

So ready or not Google, here comes your distant cousin from China looking to forage in your garden eating up all your Chinese vegetables, and it looks like they may have an appetite for other Asian foods as well.

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