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Moving Up?

Posted on September 7th, 2008

I’m not sure how Google’s PageRank technology works exactly and, despite my best efforts to monitor and improve the placement of this site on Google searches, I am having some difficulties in finding a solid pattern.

Ever since I re-committed to doing this site and did the facelift, I started to pay more attention to where Google listed it when I searched for it using “Justin Chan” and “liber dei.” For the former, I started off somewhere around page 14 of the results and chances of getting hits from that result would be quite low. (I will have to admit that I helped myself out by clicking on it a couple of times!) For the latter, the site was ranked first. (Yay!)

Since then, however, I have started to use Google’s Webmaster Tools to encourage more favourable search results. Today, I noticed that a search for “Justin Chan” listed this site on page 5. A subsequent search placed it on page 4. Yet another search yielded a result on the third page. (I just checked again and it’s back on page 5. What the heck?)

Like I said, there doesn’t seem to be a clear pattern for this PageRank business. I’m quite sure that the algorithm has some rhyme and reason to it but, at the moment, it is currently rubbish to me.

In any event, I am a little curious and this leads me to the following questions:

Where does this site show up in your search results?
And have you tried Googling yourself?
Is it weird to Google yourself?

Update: It appears that I’m on the front page of Google! Yay people searching for “justin chan” and clicking the site! I guess better indexing helps, too.

3 Responses to “Moving Up?”

  1. Jasmine Says:

    It’s not weird to google yourself. Everyone does it. When I googled myself the first 6 hits were about me. (But I had to google using my maiden name. My married name brings up a black chick.)

    When I google liberdei, your site is third. The first hit is liberdei’s flickr photostream.

    Hope that helps!


  2. Don Says:

    A Justin Chan search with no quotation marks has you as the second last link on the fifth page.

    I’ve definitely googled myself (I have an ad!) and I don’t think it’s weird at all. It’s just sensible to know what other people will find out about you from a simple Google search.

  3. Tony Says:

    Autogoogling is pretty common, especially amongst the diggerati.

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