Feed URLs into Google’s Safe Search to determine whether they
point at questionable content…
Only three things in life are certain: death, taxes , and
accidentally visiting a once family-safe web site that now
contains text and images that would make a horse blush.
A s you probably know if you’ve ever put up a web site, domain
names are registered for finite lengths of time. Sometimes
registrations accidentally expire; sometimes businesses fold
and allow the registrations to expire; sometimes other
companies take them over.
Other companies might jus t want the domain name, some
companies want the traffic that the defunct site generated, and
in a few cases , the new owners of the domain name try to hold it
hostage, offering to sell it back to the original owners for a great
deal of money. (T his doesn’t work as well as it used to because
of the dearth of Internet companies that actually have a great
deal of money.)
When a site isn’t what it once was , that’s no big deal. When it’s
not what it once was and is now X-rated, that’s a bigger deal.
When it’s not what it once was , is now X-rated, and is on the link
list of a site you run, that’s a really big deal.
But how to keep up with all the links ? You can vis it each link
periodically to determine if it’s s till okay, you can wait for
hysterical emails from site visitors , or you can jus t not worry
about it. O r you can put the Google AP to work.
T his program lets you check a list of U RLs in Google’s
Safe Search mode. If they appear in the Safe Search mode,
they’re probably okay. I f they don’t appear, they’re either not in
Google’s index or not “safe” enough to pas s through Google’s
filter. T he program then checks the U RLs missing from a
Safe Search with a nonfiltered search. I f they do not appear in a
nonfiltered search, they’re labeled as unindexed. I f they do
appear in a nonfiltered search, they’re labeled as “suspect.”