Archive for August, 2010

Problems with the driver blogs on the front page

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

As some of the bloggers probably have seen there are some issues with the latest blog posts published on the front page. Some blog posts are disappearing, returning, disappearing and then returning again. I’m using Yahoo Pipes to merge all the different driver blog feeds into one to publish them on the front page at Driver Database and for some reason it decides not to fetch all posts every once in a while. The most probable thing is that that particular feed is not responding quickly enough when Yahoo Pipes updates its feed and it therefor decides to skip them. As the Yahoo Pipes feed is using cached data and only updates when the moon is in the right position and all the stars align it might take a while for new posts to appear and for previously disappeared posts to reappear.

If anyone can point me to a better alternative than Yahoo Pipes I’d be very grateful! :)

The Premier Profiles seem to be working

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

The reasons for the Premier Profiles that were added about six months ago was so that the drivers with one of these profiles would get more exposure on the website than the normal profiles. The second reason was of course to be able to get a few Euros to be able to continue to provide the service of the Driver Database website to all the visitors, drivers, fans, teams, managers and series promoters.

If you look at the little screenshot to the left, a snapshot of today’s Most buzz list, you can see that nine of the twenty drivers are in bold and that they have a Premier Profile. 45% of the most visited driver profiles yesterday were upgraded to Premier Profiles. Not bad considering only 0.06% of the driver profiles at the website are Premier Profiles.

So it does seem to do the trick it was designed for, the drivers who have upgraded to Premier Profiles get more vitits to their pages than the drivers without one.

To see the advantages of the Premier Profiles, have a look here:
Premier Profiles – it’s not just all in the numbers anymore