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By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 14, 2006

The Alexa web search site lets you enter the URL of any web site and learn a bit about the traffic patterns there. Marketing pros like Alexa, because it also offers some information on the commercial products recently bought by visitors to that particular web site.

Checking the CWN site, I was curious to see that blackstrap molasses was among the top 5 products recently purchased by CWN visitors. Hmmm. Didn't really know what to make of that. But my curiosity was piqued, so I entered the URL for the official web site of the US bishops' conference. And I learned-- I am not making this up--

People who are interested in also bought:

  • Learn to Hip Hop Volume 3 by
  • Learn to Hip Hop Volumes 1 & 2 by
  • Goddess Worship: How to make any woman feel worsh... by
  • Blood Orgy of the She Devils by Victory Multimedia
  • Caligula Reincarnated As Nero
  • Orgy of the Dead by Rhino / Wea

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  • Posted by: Janet Baker - Oct. 16, 2006 6:58 PM ET USA

    It certainly does indeed sound like spyware. While marketing folks may like it, I question how ethical it is to use such "services". Interesting tid-bits, but do the ends justify the means? Folks, take note. Always delete your cookies after each internet session. Invest in things like spybot and ad-aware. Make sure your firewalls and virus protection is up to date.

  • Posted by: rpp - Oct. 16, 2006 12:31 PM ET USA

    Alexa, one of the worst of the spyware companies, is notorious for "drive-by installs" of pop-up programs. One of their largest group of customer are on-line porn purveyors. They have never expressed concern over the their theft of personal info. This is a business that conducts itself unethically and supports and promotes those who exploit and traffic in people. Are you really surprised that they make up statistics like this? p.s. You put your computer at risk just by visiting their site.

  • Posted by: Jaki - Oct. 14, 2006 8:54 PM ET USA

    Be careful. I put in and it listed the same products.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 14, 2006 6:13 PM ET USA

    Let's see -If I adjust the Julian calendar with the Gregorian calendar allowing for distortions in the time space continuum and the effects of Global Warming plus the intermiitent wobble of the earth on its axis, October 14 is actually April 1st. Right? Please tell me I am right.