Feb 14, 2008
If you’ve ever wondered just what happens when you post something to your blog, you’re not alone. Some things are obvious: the post ends up on your blog, and if you have date or category archives, it gets dropped into the right spots to appear on those pages, too. But you’ve probably heard a lot about how blogs are ideal for generating search engine results and Web traffic, and maybe you’ve wondered how that happens exactly.
Wonder no longer. Wired magazine ran a story on January 22 that explains exactly what happens, complete with an amazing info graphic.
The Life Cycle of a Blog Post, From Servers to Spiders to Suits—to You
Imperceptibly and all but instantaneously, your post slips into a vast and recursive network of software agents, where it is crawled, indexed, mined, scraped, republished, and propagated throughout the Web. Within minutes, if you’ve written about a timely and noteworthy topic, a small army of bots will get the word out to anyone remotely interested, from fellow bloggers to corporate marketers.