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  • Who knows how google works? All I know is that when I first started my blog, imaginatively entitled mainly on the plain, back in March, a search on its title had the blog at rank 300 or thereabouts. The phrase dickensian workhouse fare, on the other hand, brought it right up.

    (Since then, I guess there have been enough visitors to bump it up in the rankings)

    October 12, 2007

  • Also, the fact that many people link to a word increases the page rank. Wikipedia often comes to the top of searches because of the interconnectedness.

    October 12, 2007

  • Wordie shows that you can attain googlipresence just playing by the rules. I try to use semantic markup, which, basically, lets Gooble know which parts of the page are important. So the word itself is labeled important, the comments and tags fairly important, the navigation not important at all.

    Although maybe Wordie does well because the spammers aren't going after syzygy and synecdoche. Maybe.

    October 12, 2007

  • I was referring more to the tendency of Wordie pages to rise to the top of the heap, particularly when searching for uncommon words. I don't think John's employing spammer strategery, I think we're just lucky.

    October 12, 2007

  • Oh u, it's not magic! It's caused by spammers imbedding thousands of search terms in their pages (usually in the source code, or sometimes in invisible text on the page itself) so as to force Google to rank their pages higher. Then Google changes their ranking method, and the spammers change their cheats. It's an ongoing war.

    PS love the word, though!!

    October 12, 2007

  • Pervasive in Google search results. Somehow, automagically appearing near the top of the list over and over again, to the point of annoyance. Nobody knows why.

    October 12, 2007