Your fifteen minutes of fame on Google

I entered “Ripples” in Google tonight and got the surprise of my life. My weblog appeared at the top of the first page. I was #1 of 470,000 listings for Ripples!

Ripples
Ripples. In a category of its own – stable data for handling a turbulent world. Jan 05, 2004. An Irreverent View of Paradigm Shifts – Pt 2. … ripples.typepad.com/ – 92k – Cached – Similar pages [ More results from ripples.typepad.com ]

Clicking on “more results from ripples.typepad.com..” produced pages of listings from my weblog. I was absolutely shocked. The last time I had tried this, I showed up on page 10, where no one would ever find me.

As I sat here basking in my own glory, I decided to enter “Smokyblog” in Google . It also showed up as #1!

What is this? Has every blogger I know become famous?

I tried “Fragments“, “DaGoddess“, “Switched at Birth“, and “What’s your Brand Mantra” with the same results.

All of these blog names showed up on Google as the #1 pick!

I don’t know if we are just hitting our stride, or if Google has changed the way they rank websites. Whatever it is, it feels just great to appear as #1 on the world’s greatest search engine, even for a transitory moment.

Give yourself a lift and enter your blog name in Google. Maybe you’ll have a nice surprise.

UPDATE:

On a hunch, I entered my own name in Google and… lo and behold, it appeared before all others!

I tried the same with Fred First and Jennifer Rice and got the same result. We are getting personal publicity from our weblog exposure! This area of personal publicity is worth a whole blog post in itself, but more importantly, it holds out a promise of some commercial potential!

I need to finish the endless rewriting of my novel, Fallen Gods, about Prometheus’ return to earth and get it published while the glow still lasts. 🙂

Wayne Hurlburt, a frequent visitor to this site and the creator of Blog Business World, has written about the esoteric aspects of search engine optimization. Unfortunately, my head begins to hurt when I try to understand the permutations and combinations involved in site ranking.

All I can say is that I made no conscious effort to play to the strengths of Google or any other search engine. I just write from the heart and try to frame my output in a way it can be easily understood.

Maybe there is something to this idea of weblog as the ultimate power tool.

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0 Responses to Your fifteen minutes of fame on Google

  1. Zoë C says:

    lol, mine was not there at all, but how different is ‘zoes blog’ lol oh yeah real origional. Then i tried ephemeron and that was there, then i tried ephemeron zoe, and mine was there entitled ephemeron individual entry, lol so i guess this could be down to the domain. Is google number one really?! didnt realise i always use yahoo i must be a bit out there then lol >_<

  2. Everyone gives into the “vanity” search sometime.

    Both of my blogs are #1 for their name, and in fact, both of my blogs appear on Page One, in for a search for one. In the other search, my other blog takes up most of the top ten spaces, or is referred to by the other results.

    In fact, it’s not really a bad idea to keep checking how your blog is doing in the various search engines. You can track how well your efforts to get higher rankings in the search engines are working.

    Remember, static website owners are searching their search engine placements, all of the time.

    Searching in Yahoo has been similar to using Google. Up until now. Yahoo has just announced it wants to use its own search, and not Google results any longer.

  3. Trey says:

    “Only Connect” has the same result.

  4. I recently recapped my last few months of very interesting google hits.

  5. oldcatman says:

    Interesting…..oldcatman has over 1000 on google
    and 99.9% are mine…so silly…..seems like if you sneeze while on line with your blog, Google picks it
    up. I wonder at what point in time the FILE gets so big that it explodes and we’ll all have screen savers raining
    down from our various Google sites!

  6. Beth W. says:

    To quote John Travolta from the movie Broken Arrow, “Ain’t it cool?”

  7. Jamie says:

    Obviously the Google algorithm is something that only their software architects can fully explain, but we can tell by the ranking of most blogs in Google that part of their algorithm is the frequency with which a site is updated. I found that as I continued to update my blog my rankings on Google for my vanity search increased. Further, the fact that you link to other blogs provides more fodder for the indexing engine, since linking supposedly has one of the largest effects on the Google ranking. As each blog becomes more highly ranked and has links with other blogs, it influences the ranking of those blogs, etc. etc. etc.

    The resulting inflation of the Google ranking for many weblogs has lead to a lot of people complaining about the overall algorithm and questioning its usefullness as personal publishing continues to increase. Personally, I believe that with time the algorithm will evolve, but the current one doesn’t do too badly.

  8. The interesting thing about the Google algorithm (talk about a boring name)….how about the Google Beagle…sniffing out the sites?….anyway…the…ummm….algorithm is constantly changing to reflect new web realities.

    The recent “Florida” update kafuffle (I like nonsense words…too much “Alice In Wonderland”)….was an example of a major change made to the calculation formula.

    The mad scientists at Google, tweaked and twisted the mathematics, and came up with the new one. It may have been changed again too.

    Blogs rank highly because of a) lots of freshly updated content to feed the internet spiders….and b) lots of incoming links from related sites, usually blogs

    Embrace the slgorithm…or Google Beagle…it’s a blogger’s friend!

  9. Darren Rowse says:

    google likes blogs….actually…it likes webpages that update regularly (and most blogs fit into that category).

    Also I notice you’ve been getting mentioned on a number of other blogs lately which helps your ranking too.

    Well done on the ranking. Now you need to make it work for you and get ranked on some highly searched for terms also…..like…ummmm

    Britney Spears! 🙂

  10. David says:

    Jamie, Wayne and Darren have provided a possible answer to the shift in my visitor traffic.

    I am seeing an upsurge in visitor volume and in number of pages read per visitor, but much of this new traffic is from search engines. Right now, search engines account for 41% of my traffic.

    As Darren points out, I need to make it work for me. There are a number of possibilities I can envision.

    Casual site visitors should be given an opportunity to exercise their buying instincts as well as their intellects. Links can be provided to lead them to books on Amazon, for instance. This could be a useful setup for a blogger with POD (publish-on-demand) titles.

    The ideal scene would be for the weblog site to retain its original aesthetic, or entertaining, qualities and discreet links would route interested traffic to more commercial venues.

    For example:
    …Like to write a revue of my latest book, anyone?..click here…

  11. As noted above, Google highly ranks sites that have many inbound links and that are frequently updated.

    I got #1 ranking on the phrase “bad presidents.” 🙂

  12. Kiran Pal says:

    Its very simple and infact well known google trick. Google *always* knows the last page its been invoked.. meaning the very last page a user is on before invoking google search.

    It always starts displaying results from website the user was last on, followed by other sites for the search terms.

    As a result, top most links (#1 Bigos!) in the search result page would *always* be from this last page/website provided such terms do feature in last page/website.

    -Kiran Pal

  13. ChefQuix says:

    Another technique you may want to use is to make up words. I ‘made’ up perceptionalism and now I’m #1! Of course that means bubkis as nobody is really searching for it.. 😉 Ah well, it’s still cool to be #1.

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