Tue. Apr 13, 2004
Spilled My Google Juice
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.