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    This topic contains 7 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by macalter macalter 12 months ago.

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    • #6588
      macalter
      macalter
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      Just a note in passing:
      I just used Google to find a person. Top of the list — my site, dated May 23, 2010. I was blown away. I clicked the link and saw the “allowed” information (per my settings). Too much 🙂

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      #6594
      kiwi
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      I’m not sure how to read that. Is “Too much” plus a smiley face a good thing or a bad thing? The words and the smiley seem contradictory (to me). If good, then great, thanks. But if bad, in what way?

      What was the name you put into Google? I’d like to see what result you are referring to.

      Nigel

      My personal kiwitrees site is www.our-families.info

      #6595
      macalter
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      Not bad at all. Just very surprised to see the results. I entered “Dangerfield ADDISON” (I just modified the name but it’ll be there).

      I resisted for years changing access rules so it was amusing to see. Had no idea Google dropped by, albeit 6 years ago.

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      #6596
      Pottsy
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      I often wonder if Google tailors the results according to your personal search patterns. I did the same search and here are my results.

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      #6600
      macalter
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      So, Google was just playing with me. I bet that’s exactly what they do. All those cookies they eat tells them too much. That’s okay. I was impressed. My 1 minute of fame.

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      #6601
      kiwi
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      I often wonder if Google tailors the results according to your personal search patterns. I did the same search and here are my results.

      Yes, they most definitely do. They never say exactly how, but certainly based on your location, and past searching history no doubt. My result is closer to yours, but still different. For me Mac’s link is in 7th place.

      I have on my to-do list writing an FAQ with some basics about Search Engine Optimisation in kiwitrees. It is valuable to think about the issues, whether you want to enhance / encourage search engines or to limit and restrict their visits. Both can benefit from some careful adjustments to all sorts of things. Also important to remember that Google (and probably any other search engine) constantly shift the goal posts, so you ignore any web advice you read about SEO older than a few months!

      And totally ignore offers from all sorts of “experts” to improve your site’s SEO ranking!! They are universally over-priced and often result in the opposite effect as they tend to use methods Google now treats as “unacceptable”.

      Nigel

      My personal kiwitrees site is www.our-families.info

      #6602
      kiwi
      kiwi
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      By the way, and somewhat off-topic, do you ever try searching on Google for your own name?

      Mine does crop up, even sometimes on the first page, though usually with well out of date information either from past employment or projects. Sadly I’m not the bearded Nigel Osborne MBE, FRCM, of some fame in the classical music world!!

      Nigel

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      #6609
      macalter
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      Yes, I have. And because others insist on publishing things to social media, my name comes up. I liked being anonymous.

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