The first day of NaBloPoMo, which now has more than 3,600 participants, should start with a revelation. People seem to think search engines work in mysterious ways. This little exercise can expose the impact of word choice on search engine results. (By the way, the nerdist expression for a page of search engine results is SeRP.)
Here’s the test:
Which five phrases—when entered as Google.com queries—return your blog or website as the top-ranking result?
Tip: Enclose each selected phrase in quotation marks when you conduct the search.
This writing prompt was devised by David Ng, who co-blogs with Benjamin Cohen at The World’s Fair.
Here are my five hits:
- “lingering in the tiny garden”
- “befriend anyone anywhere”
- “Web habitué”
- “sustainable level of cognitive dissonance”
- “to rationalize cruelty”
Bloggers call chain reactions to these prompts memes, but for some reason, I’m uneasy with that use of the word. Analyze the aversion for me, won’t you? It has something to do with a lack of precision, I imagine.
If you try this experiment, I’d love for you to cross-post your five hits here. Just click on the word Comments and/or fill in the box labeled Leave a Reply at the end of this post. If you’d rather email the information to me, I’ll include it as an addendum. Be sure to leave a link back to your blog or website, so we can see what you’re all about, especially if it’s surprising.