Between now and September 13th, I’ll be surprised if Nickelodeon makes any Korra-related announcements that will be considered news to us. The network has been on a bit of a spree these past few months with the unveiling of Book 2’s trailer and release date. But the surplus of news has to stop at some point, and I think we may have hit that dead zone where Nickelodeon will no longer be of service to us. Why? Because if you really think about it, what more information do we actually need in regards to Book 2?
Over the course of these past 15 months, we’ve had almost every question about the new season answered. We haven’t been told specific plot details, but we’ve been informed to a point where we can go into September 13th happy with the knowledge we’ve acquired. We’ll be able to listen and understand – much like a wallflower in case any of you can make that connection.
I just really wanted to make a reference to The Perk of Being a Wallflower because I adore that story. By the way, there’s a troll…in the dungeon! (That’s for you, Potter heads)
Have I ever mentioned how much I love trolls? I probably haven’t since I’m usually cursing them out in the heat of the moment. But if you actually knew me, you’d know that I mean them no harm. To tell you the truth, I find trolls amusing. I even ‘feed’ them from time-to-time because its fun to argue with people who clearly don’t know what they’re talking about.
But I digress.
Have you ever heard of a website called iDigitalTimes.com? I don’t have much beef with them, but I still have to be honest when I say that the writers of the site are trolls.
They’ve been trolling Legend of Korra fans for quite some time now, but it only struck me to write about it today because – well – why not, right?
Let me explain the situation:
When a web site gets popular and acquires multiple authors, it’s eligible for program called Google News. It’s a hard program to get into, but if a site is accepted, Google will rank all the latest articles at the top of their search results based on the topic at hand. The articles aren’t ranked on top forever, but they’re ranked there long enough to get a good amount of exposure.
IDigitalTimes managed to get into Google News.
Whenever the website publishes an article about the Legend of Korra, which is quite often, the article hits the top spot of Google’s search results. Unfortunately, the authors of these articles abuse the power of Google and troll Legend of Korra fans at any chance given.
Before Nickelodeon announced Book 2’s release date, iDigitalTimes titled all of there Book 2-related articles starting with “Legend of Korra Book 2 Release Date…” It was at the top of the Google Search results, so anyone searching for the Legend of Korra was naturally inclined to click it.
Guess what these readers never found? A release date – because it never existed at the time. Now that a release has actually been unveiled, iDigitalTimes can’t troll people with the same title, but that didn’t stop them from coming up with a new one.
Behold – iDigitalTime’s latest troll title:
‘Legend Of Korra’ Season 2 Episode 1 Online: Watch ‘Rebel Spirits’ Before The September 13 Release Date [VIDEO]
Guess what readers didn’t find? A video of ‘Rebel Spirit’. They also weren’t informed on how to watch the episode before September 13th. The title had very little to do with the article’s actual content.
Again, I have absolutely no beef with iDigitalTimes. I just thought it would be worth pointing this out so fans wouldn’t have to get trolled by this website on a weekly basis.
The next topic I’d like to discuss is something that I’ve been emailed and asked about in the comments several times now: the rankings of this blog.
Yes – I know it’s fallen. This blog used to be ranked closer to the top of search results, and now it ranks closer to the bottom, and sometimes, even on the second page. It’s impacted the traffic quite a bit as I now get around 11,000 views a day rather than 15,000 to 16,000. It’s a bit depressing to think about, but it actually makes a lot of sense.
All this time, I’ve been covering the Legend of Korra with very little competition. Popular news sites don’t post about rumors or speculation, so there coverage on the Legend of Korra has been nonexistent up to this point.
Now that Book 2 has a trailer and release date, popular news sites have Legend of Korra-related material to post about. Sites like IGN and Yahoo are starting to write about Book 2 and they instantly out-rank this blog because they’re so much bigger.
Part of the reason why I implemented this new blog style is because the old style was an outdated theme that didn’t exactly do my Search Engine rankings any justice. This new theme is more Search Engine friendly and it should give me a bit of a boost as I get annihilated by these big news sites.
There are other factors that have resulted in this loss of traffic, but I don’t want to bore you with the technicalities. I only ask that you keep reading and spreading the word about this blog – if you enjoy it, of course.
Lastly, I should probably mention that I’ve implemented a Chatango widget on this blog. It’s basically a chat room where readers can interact with each other and talk about the Legend of Korra. I’ll be in there from time-to-time so be sure to check that out if you’re interested.
As always, thank you for reading and enjoy these next few weeks the best you can. It’ll be slightly rough, but at least you have Republic City: Hustle Part 3 to look forward to, right?