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Help me with a Google experiment
Thu 24-Dec-09
3:29 pm
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Danny
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Just exactly how Google decides on the order in which to display search results has been kept a closely-guarded secret since its inception. Some aspects we do know, such as busy "authority" sites are ranked on top, like the BBC and Wikipedia, Jamie, Delia, etc. It always gives Fiona a great kick when one of her articles makes it into the top 5 overnight, nestling alongside or above those lumiaries.

I have always wondered if the click-through rate on the Google search results is a factor.

So this simple experiment revolves around the recent Emma Bridgewater article. If you search for the two words Emma Bridgewater on Google, Fiona's article appears in position 17 on page two.

So go and Google it, and then click on Fiona's entry. Close the Google window (do not click on any other entry) and leave a post in this thread so we can count the clicks and observe any changes.

Thanks!

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Thu 24-Dec-09
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OK, did that - what now? Confused

I'll try that again!

Thu 24-Dec-09
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Thanks, Agent TA.

Now pour yourself a nice glass of sherry, put your feet up on a stool by the fire and bask in the glow of a job well done! Cool

Let's see how many people do it over the holiday season. We probably need between 10 and 20 to make any significant difference (I guess).

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Thu 24-Dec-09
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Danny said:

Thanks, Agent TA.

Secret Squirrel me!  As for the sherry, not a drop of alcohol in the house, no fire and I'm in bed most of the time anyway!  Oh, Just remembered the Sloe Gin - but I'd better save it for tomorrow!

I'll try that again!

Sun 27-Dec-09
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Wow - Fiona's article is now in position #2 on the first page, just below the official EB web site.

May I please ask other forumites to repeat this experiment to see if it does make a real differemce.

Thanks all!

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Mon 28-Dec-09
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That is very impressive!  I've been doing it at least once a day, sometimes twice.  I'll just do it one more time...RunAway

I'll try that again!

Mon 28-Dec-09
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Thank you very much, TA. That is probably enough.

Google systems are intelligent enough to pick up multiple click-thrus from the same IP address, which could prove self-defeating if you do it too much. You are a brilliant lab assistant! Rose

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Mon 28-Dec-09
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Thank you!  I keep getting this white lab coat dirty though...Whistle

I'll try that again!

Tue 5-Jan-10
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Number one when I just done the search.

I do know that google can massage the appearance of pages, as they done it to eBay. When eBay would not accept Google checkout, if you typed in an item to find where to buy it, it would be the fourth page before an eBay link came up.

AJ

Tue 12-Jan-10
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Done, have done my name and came up 1st page at the top but my old site has gone now it the car .

Tue 12-Jan-10
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Finally got around to doing it! Fiona's page was third one down on the second page RunAway

Tue 12-Jan-10
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Just done that - Fiona was 2nd on 2nd page

"Work for a cause, not for applause
Live life to express, not to impress
Don't strive to make your presence noticed
Just make your absence felt"
Tue 12-Jan-10
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Thanks, AJ, mutley, Joanna and brightspark - obviously Google adjusts everything almost daily.

Now it's 3rd on the 2nd page.

Never mind - it was an interesting experiment anyhow.

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