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"related" links done wrong

I think there should be a simple rule for "related" links: make them actually link to related things. I just looked up some lyrics on a site, and this is what it said at the bottom:

Visitors interested in The Dresden Dolls Lyrics may also interested in:

  • Green Day Lyrics
  • My Chemical Romance Lyrics
  • Good Charlotte Lyrics
  • Eminem Lyrics
  • Avril Lavigne Lyrics
  • Mariah Carey Lyrics
  • ...

Now, if it's automated, I can understand getting a few wrong, but there's something really wrong about suggesting a bunch of pop divas known for hollow lyrics, a rap star, and an altrock band, when the source page is lyrics for an obscure, angry, instrument-and-voice duo who've opened for bands such as NiN.

Let's see, folks, "popular on this site" is not the same as "related to this page". It baffles me that people can be that dense when designing a site.

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engnyath
Sep. 19th, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
Oh come on. You know there's an obvious link between the Dresden Dolls and Mariah Carey. Really now.
apollotiger
Sep. 19th, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC)

As I pointed out to Aria: they’re all people who make sounds with their voice that some people call music. That’s obviously a common link.

aredridel
Sep. 19th, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
Well, your mom is related, and I don't see her on the list.
calerque
Sep. 19th, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
Two words. Page Rank.

I don't think we are dealing so much with brain density as moral fiber. In order to get high marks for high traffic terms, webmasters feel it is ok to abuse their own content. From a usability standpoint, it would also make more sense to drop the word "lyrics" from each of those links and make it clear in the heading that the list was to similar artists lyrics, but they would loose points if they did.

Sometimes it frustrates me that so many webmasters are so willing to implement whatever hacks (dirty or clean) it takes to to get attention that those of use who make the quality of our content and usability of our sites first priority end up having to work even harder to get noticed.

Caleb
aredridel
Sep. 19th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I know it's for page rank, but it still baffles me that people are so into making a quick buck and so uncaring of their own sites.
sirdentofdoom
Sep. 19th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC)
I'm always on LastFm (its an internet radio thing) and its supposed to pick out similar music to what you type in and play it for you....yesterday I typed in opera/italian opera and I got a solid stream of death metal/pop punk bands. So I decided I'd go with something "tori amos". Apparently, Tori Amos has a lot in common with Greenday and the band Hole, whom I detest. *sigh*
aredridel
Sep. 19th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
I heart last.fm, but yeah — the "related" links there are based on what other people listen to, so it's at least socially accurate, even if it's not what I think of as related.
thelhf
Sep. 19th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
You think that's bad?

Yesterday day I called the local internet provider. The first thing I do, of course, is go to their website to find a phone number.

There was no phone number. No contact information on the whole freaking page.
aredridel
Sep. 19th, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
and this is why I'm so easily still in business.
thelhf
Sep. 19th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
*grins* The only reason I'm going with the local company is because they're offering wi-max in my area. High speed interent in the middle on nowhere!
aredridel
Sep. 19th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
Wow... an actual WiMAX deployment? Not WiFi abused to be long distance?
thelhf
Sep. 19th, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
Um, I'm not sure. I've been told it's WiMAX, but I don't know for sure.

Man, now I want to look into that.
aredridel
Sep. 19th, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC)
I'd love to know if it's WiMAX. WiMAX requires a spectrum license from the FCC ($$$) as far as I know, and so it's usually only larger companies that use it.

I could be wrong though, and I'd love to know.
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