I'm an unintentional domain squatter. Electronic Arts will soon open up a new social networking site for gaming called "Battlelog". Some of the earliest press broke today and resulted in an uptick of traffic to my domain "BattleBlog.com". The spike is no doubt attributed to clumsy spellers eager to learn about "Battlelog" after hearing about it from indirect resources like CNET. And actually, they aren't just clumsy spellers, they're disappointed optimists because as it turns out, "Battlelog" is not actually the active domain of the new social network, or at least not yet, if it ever is to be. Right now it's a generic "parked" type domain splash page which may or may not wind up being the actual site. Standard domain records show "Battlelog" belongs to one of those anonymous proxy registrars.
So, the traffic blip must be people doing what I instinctively did entering "www.battlelog.com" on the assumption they might visit the social network and scout it out. It must be disappointing to find my poor little Battle Blog "away" message instead, but at least it inspires me to get back to cracking on the new version of Battle Blog and maybe enjoy some unexpected exposure to the product.
The new social networking site aside, it seems that EA uses the complete word "Battleblog" for its press blog for Battlefield, which, not surprisingly, makes the announcement I discuss above. So chances are a lot of the traffic to my site since whenever has been the result of people looking for information related to all that.