blogs on Google

The Register has an interesting article about the effects blogs are having on Google. I’ve noticed a recent increase in comments, partly due to comment spamming, but also due to more people finding my blog, presumably through Google. I’m guessing that in their never ending quest to improve search results, the pendulum has swung back to giving blogs more importance. I’m confident that eventually they’ll strike a balance between blogs and other web sites.

It was surprising to find my site listed when I searched for ‘utah trax‘ a few days ago. It wasn’t particularly helpful, because I knew my site didn’t have the information I was looking for, but it was still kind of cool. Besides, the first result had the information I was looking for.


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  1. What I find strange is when my blog is WAY down a list of search results and people end up at my site because of a search.

    I don’t know that I’ve ever went past page 3 of a search I was doing. If I don’t find what I need in the first few pages , I modify my search. People have come to my site when I’m on page 19 of their results. Craziness!

    Comment by Renee on October 20, 2003 @ 11:17 am
  2. Sometimes If I can’t find something on the first few pages of Google I go to the last few pages. You can find some interesting stuff back there. I think that may be what’s happening to you, Renee.

    Comment by Jan on October 21, 2003 @ 7:21 am
  3. Yes Dan, I find your site listed on way too many of my searches. Although, it’s rather amusing.

    Comment by Mel on October 21, 2003 @ 11:44 am
  4. Aha! I’m gradually taking over Google’s search results.

    I used to be the 117th ranked dan, but now I’m lucky number 13. Before you know it I could break into the top 10 Dans of all time.

    Comment by dan on October 21, 2003 @ 12:39 pm
  5. Hmm, I’m Cameron #119. If I can get rid of Cameron Diaz, I’ll move way up. The worst thing about her though is that she makes people think Cameron is a girl’s name. Argh!

    Comment by Cameron on October 21, 2003 @ 12:48 pm
  6. I’m the #4 A blog if that counts for anything.

    This is kind of interesting. If I counted correctly, Levi is #15, Jason is #181, Renee is #2, Mel is #87, Carlene is #6 and Jan wasn’t listed in 854 search results (though the site is in Google because it’s the #1 result for liahonajan).

    Comment by dan on October 21, 2003 @ 1:22 pm
  7. Yeah, yeah. I know. A zillion of those results were Scandinavian and the Jans listed there are men. A zillion more were abbreviations for January.

    If you google plain old liahona I’m 5th.

    If you google jan lynn I’m 1st! Woohoo!

    Cameron, if you google “social moron” you’re #13. Of course, I feel a little bad since I’m the one who put that in your comments. Heh. If you google “social moron” jan you’re #2. I’m not quite sure why my site wasn’t even listed since 26% of the people who clicked on a link to my site from Google used that phrase to find it. Weird.

    Comment by Jan on October 22, 2003 @ 9:25 am
  8. Google ahoyhoy and I rule the roost, #1 and #2. Some of the other ahoyhoy results are pretty funny though. In particular, #6. It’s been under construction for well over a year, and as the site states, “This site blows”.

    Comment by jason on October 22, 2003 @ 9:38 am
  9. Jan: I laughed out loud when I read that because of you, Cameron’s site shows up on the social moron search. Hah!
    It’s also possible that I missed your site, but I did searches 100 results at a time and searched each result page for “liahona” and came up empty. Strange.

    Jason: You’ve successfully knocked me out of the running for ahoy hoy. I couldn’t even find mine anymore.

    Comment by dan on October 22, 2003 @ 9:56 am
  10. Dan, is that Comment Bombing? or maybe Google Bombing? I don’t know. It seems that there should be a name for it. As for the liahona search, Google is weird.

    Comment by Jan on October 22, 2003 @ 12:33 pm
  11. It’s kind of like Google bombing except you’re not linking the text to some site.

    Comment by dan on October 22, 2003 @ 3:32 pm

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