Google Just Gave Me the John Chow Treatment

Google Just Gave Me the John Chow Treatment

Back in June, John Chow announced that he no longer ranked in Google for his own name. Now I am in the same situation, at least temporarily. If I search Google for my name, this site no longer comes up. And it has been #1 for around two of three years now. Yes, the posts used to go back that far until I had freak smelting accident with Wordpress. Backups, smackups.

I have always had Google suggesting that my name should be Stephen Miller. I am used to that though. Teachers did it in elementary school. Judges did it court. I still quite don't have the balls to refuse to stand up on the basis that the judge didn't call my name. Of course when I was younger, it confused me and made me feel like a freak with a weird name. Thanks Google for the constant flashback of being refused my own name. And you had to take one step further. But at least I am in good company.

But 7 of the 10 links that come up on the first page will take you to one of my sites either directly or eventually. Also 7 of the 10 links that come up on page two will get you to me also. The Gunslinger Media guy, a second rate actor, and some NASRAD scientist are stuffed in there between my links. Unique names aren't so bad now are they.

I haven't looked through the Google results for my name in a while. They are pretty interesting. It seems that my PeopleAggregator page ranked up there quickly. I just signed up last week. My Findory page has been in the same place forever. Blogcatalog ranks up there pretty high, but MyBlogLog is nowhere to be found. Maybe because I searched in Google and MyBlogLog is owned by Yahoo?

Did I "game Google", as a uppity post on Pronet Advertising suggests could be the only reason? Nope. I did more "gaming" in the years before this. So Pronet, bite me, and just keep your Google brown nosing to yourself. Nope, I just commented on a few blogs regularly and joined a few social networks. In fact, I was more focused on links before this occurred than now. I was focusing more on moving around in the social networks.

Am I worried? Nope. I still get search engine hits, just not for my name. And anyone searching has a 70% chance of finding me on the first two pages of Google.

Stephan Miller

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