Don't Do It Alone

I don't know how this works — I'm guessing it's just some sort of the usual, run-of-the-mill collective (un)conscious pinging internet magic — but if you take a look at the bottom of any one of the pages on the Stereophile website, you'll find a list of "Sponsored Links," seemingly appropriate to the page itself.

For instance, at the bottom of our home page, you'll find links to sites concerned with things like power amps, SACDs, and turntables. If you scroll down to the bottom of Wes' blog, you might find links to pages concerned with headphones, as well as more amplifiers, more turntables. If you take a look at the links listed at the bottom of Kal Rubinson's "Music in the Round" archive, you'll notice that they're — duh — related to multi-channel listening. And so on, and so forth. It doesn't get too crazy; go to any one of the Stereophile pages, and you'll find links to other sites that are concerned with audio.

I think this is pretty neat. It makes fine sense. Cool beans.

Funny thing, though:
If you go to the bottom of my blog — this page, right here — and take a look at the "Sponsored Links," here's what you might find:

Inside A Boyfriend's Mind
10 Free Secrets On Men and Commitment To Keep Relationships and Love Alive.

Single in New York?
Meet quality Singles in New York; Parties, Trips, and Introductions.

Improve Relationships
Bring Love, Communication, and Ease; Free NYC Seminar.

And my absolute favorite:

New York Psychotherapy
We can really help you deal with your difficulty. Don't do it alone.

What do I say about this? How do I translate into words the bliss and pride I feel for having attracted such wondrous linkage? I'm tempted to make no comment at all. I'm not sure what I did to deserve this tremendous vote of confidence and love, but I think I must be doing something right.

I do want to add, however, that if you're out there, and you've somehow made your way to my blog in an attempt to get inside your boyfriend's mind, or if you're single and looking for love, or if you want to improve upon your already delightful and satisfying relationship, please, go no further. You've come to the right place.

You are home, my friends. Home.

On the other hand, if you need help dealing with your psychological difficulties, you should probably follow the link at the bottom of this page. I contacted them earlier, myself.

And, yes, I agree: You really shouldn't do it alone.

Jon Iverson's picture

Hey M - here's how it works: Google scans the content on the page and picks a handful of sponsored link advertisers that it (it being the computer program they use) thinks are a good match. Then as the page is posted to the readers web browser, these links are added. Regardless of what we think the page is about, Google will always blow your cover with brutal honesty.

Stephen Mejias's picture

>Regardless of what we think the page is about, Google will always blow your cover with brutal honesty.That's messed-up. Why doesn't Google just write the damn blog for me, too? Effing Google.

Alan Smithee's picture

Google is kinder than Tivo. Watch one episode of Wonderfalls and it's a season pass to Queer Eye for you!

Al Marcy's picture

Same reason Google won't trim your nails for you. Just doesn't pay enough :)Bad Ad / Good AdThe plays the thing ...