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The Daily Whim

Wed. Apr 14, 2004

Spilled My Google Juice

Prior to my MT blowout, PhotoDude.com had a pretty high Google Page Rank for just One Guy’s Site. On Google’s scale of 10, I was a 5 (Instapundit is a 7). Not too shabby.

Then when I switched to Textpattern, my setup dictated that the old home address, “photodude.com/index.shtml”, be changed to “photodude.com/daily/”, and this relocation “spilled my Google Juice” by making the old page “disappear.”

To make it work, I used a 301 redirect within my .htaccess file, which means that anyone who types “photodude.com” in their browser will be taken to the ”/daily/” directory. They say that Google will eventually honor that redirect on the next rejuggling of their index, and convert my old Page Ranking to the new location. Right now I have a Page Ranking of Zero.

But I’m beginning to wonder if that’s altogether a bad thing. Because Google may be broken in some ways, and I’m not the first person to argue that.

It all started humorously enough when I discovered a certain household member had become the #1 Google return for the phrase, “rotten kitty.” But over the following weeks, I began noting certain search returns from Google, and how well I fared in them.

Some are silly and inconsequential, but the fact I rank so high is odd nonetheless (these rankings may change due to my spilled Google Juice); “pansy leftist” (#1 return), “defacing Saddam” (#1), “Les Nessman” (#1), “hoochie mamas” (#1), “floppy eared dogs” (#1), “humorous photos” (#1), “buy aluminum foil” (#5) “very ugly faces” (#6). “Kerry flip flops waffles” (#7).

But some make no sense at all; “The Daily Bleat” (#2, and until recently, I was #1, ahead of James), “Shakespeare dogs of war” (#1, but shouldn’t ‘Julius Caeser’ be #1? Or at least a literary site?), “fly strip” (#1, and I don’t do pesticides), “we love to fly and it shows” (#4, but shouldn’t Delta be above me?), “bathrobes” (currently dropped to the 2nd page of returns, but last week I was #5 ... for bathrobes!!!), “Lensbaby” (#3 and #4, but thankfully the manufacturer has moved to #1), and “crayola” (#3, and #1 is another blog, Daring Fireball. The actual manufacturer, crayola.com, isn’t even on the first page of results)

But perhaps my favorite return is one for which I’m #3: “googlefree.” Given my spilled Google Juice, that may be just where I’m heading. And given search returns like the above, for the well being of the web, that may not be a Bad Thing.


Peanut Gallery

1  Zack wrote:

Very interesting. Those are some strange search results.

Did you find out this info from your referrer logs? Or did you go hunting for keywords for which your website is #1?

BTW, the new redesign is spiffy. How do you like Text Pattern, compared to Movable Type?

Oh and you are doing some strange stuff when you add new entries. You are pinging weblogs.com with different URLS. So I don’t get to see if you have updated.

2  Zack wrote:

Google gives really high (in my opinion undeserving) PageRank to weblogs. Mine used to be a 6, but has now gone down to 5.

PS. Why am I required to preview my comment before submitting?

3  Reid wrote:

Questions, questions, let me see if I have answers.

Did you find out this info from your referrer logs?

Yes, I’d see several visitors from a particular search, and figured I must rank high on that one, so I’d save them intending to place them in this article. Of course, over a couple of weeks, some of those rankings shifted.

And you’re right, Google does give more weight to weblogs, and that’s why I found some of the search results … disturbing. If you’re looking for Shakespeare or fly strips, I shouldn’t be the #1 place you get sent. So I’m not sure I really care if Google catches up to my URL move.

How do you like Text Pattern, compared to Movable Type?

I’m not sure I’m ready for that question. Right now, it feels a bit like, “how do you like your new car compared to the old one that’s totalled?” Well, I can drive one, but not the other, so there’s no comparison.

I’ve still got an awful lot to learn about how Testpattern operates, and I haven’t had the spare time to devote to it. But the differences are quite stark. It’s a rather different mindset, and I’m not sure I understand it well enough yet to explain it very well.

You are pinging weblogs.com with different URLS. So I don’t get to see if you have updated.

Ah, thanks for pointing that out. Textpattern has ping capability built in, but with both Movable Type and Textpattern, I found it didn’t work about half the time. So I use a bookmark to manually ping Weblogs.com. And I just realized, I haven’t changed that bookmark since I swapped URL’s. I’ll fix that today. I’m not sure how Blogrolling works, but if your link to me points to “photodude.com” rather than “photodude.com/daily/” it still may not show up as “updated.” But a link to “photodude.com” automatically redirects you to the right place, because I didn’t want to break anyone’s links.

Why am I required to preview my comment before submitting?

Because you are a human being who is capable of doing so, but a spamming comment ‘bot is not. Forcing a preview blocks robotic attempts to spam your articles with comments.

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