@carl669@unksol Agreed. Although, not all potential clients are worth the effort. Or the risk to all of your other clients because you are trying to maintain support just for them and retaining vulnerabilities.
@mike808 it’s only a couple clients that use, but one of those happens to be our biggest. the industry our clients are in is FDA regulated. so even a little change like switching browsers would require revalidation of our software to some extent. we can lower the amount by testing across platforms, but they still have to test their particular processes.
some FDA auditors aren’t the brightest stars in the sky, and one might get a bug up their ass if a client didn’t do the above after a browser switch. FDA could literally shut them down until the retesting is complete. so, it’s not really worth it to them to switch off IE/edge.
@jmruru Have you considered bookmarking Meh? That way you always have a button or a menu option you can click to go to Meh instead of typing it into a search bar and hoping Google will do what you want.
To add to this, I just clicked back through all the deals so far in December and not one of them listed Google or any other search engine as a top referrer. They all hovered around 95% of users going directly to meh.com, with Twitter and Facebook bringing in most of the rest.
I wonder now if Google does something weird with passing referrers, if the referrer tracker counts search engines as a direct visit, of if the overwhelming majority of Meh visitors really do come here directly. (And how does Meh compare in that regard to Mediocre’s other stores?)
@lljk I always wondered about that myself. I usually access Meh by just tapping on it in the drop-down menu of my most frequently accessed websites in mobile Chrome, which expands when I tap the URL bar. I’m sure the Meh site counts this as direct access. I wonder what percentage of users are doing the same.
@PooltoyWolf In that case it should count as going straight to Meh, since (unless Chrome also does something weird; admittedly, I trust anything from Google about as far as I can throw it) it would be firing off a fresh request to the URL it knows you’ve been to a whole lot of times before.
Thing is, I’ve met, worked with, and even once had to observe for a Web usability test, the sorts of people who use Google search first for basically anything they want. It drives me batty to watch someone open Chrome, type “google” in the Chrome search bar, go to Google, type what they actually want, and click on the first result (or get bothered if it’s not the first, as the OP did). But when you want to be found on the Internet these days, you can’t afford not to cater to those sorts of people.
It could also be backlash towards Google having too much power in terms of search results being gamified entirely for corporate interests, so non-commercial sites are boosted (but not above that #1 spot reserved for a revenue-generating (for Google) ad.