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Strange Google Effects

Here's one for my readers who like to watch Google. As I mentioned in the comments to a post on Massachusetts gay marriage, one of the reasons for using the term 'kritarchy' (rule by judges) in the title was because it's a fairly uncontested word, and I wanted to see how Google's search engine would respond to a use in the title on this blog. (Sure, also a good term in and of itself, and played off the idea of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, but occasionally good ideas have multiple purposes.) As of day two, something a little strange seems to have happened.

Status as of Monday
Before I wrote the post, Googling for 'kritarchy' didn't find a single blog on the first page. For relatively uncontested search terms, that's fairly odd: blogs rate relatively highly, and are likely to use strange words. Most results were dictionary sites, a couple of odd articles, and some stuff by Paul Craig Roberts. So far, so good.

Day of Post
As expected, there were a couple of articles linking to my own, particularly from De Novo, which helped, possibly unintentionally, by putting the term 'kritarchy' in the link. De Novo is a PR5, as is this site, and so I figured that the entry would be a shoe-in to reach the first page.

And lo and behold, looking at my server logs, it seemed that the GoogleSpider arrived on Tuesday. Either that, or my logs recorded something odd. I'm still new at detailed analysis to these things, and Webstats isn't my favorite package. [1]

Today, and Other Strangeness
Which leads to some interesting results today. If you Google for Kritarchy, nothing has changed on the front page. But as of this writing, the number 11 entry is for the Columbia Continuum, a little site I run that aggregates all the Columbia Law School blogs I've found.

Here I'll admit to some confusion: the Continuum is Pagerank 4, and so far as I know no one links to it with any of those terms. And the listing there beats out an entry from Volokh (much more authoritative than myself). Furthermore, I wouldn't expect it to be indexed more often than TYoH. I'll have to put some thought into it, but any explanation of the behavior would be welcome.

[1]: It doesn't help that this blog occasionally picks up large numbers of Google hits for topics that aren't really germane, merely by crossing over into larger internet interests. For instance, because Alexandra Kerry decided to show off her breasts at Cannes, I've gotten 35 hits going to this old entry of mine. (Bizarre, because my site doesn't google on the top ten pages for that search. Ms. Kerry must have a dedicated fan club.)


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Your effects are probably due to Google's semi-rolling update schedule. Once everythings been processed I imagine the orginal piece will be higher than the current entry. Great word btw. As for Miss Kerry, I'd look to the British tabloid photographers (photo originally in The Sun)who take to celebrity events flashbulbs of such power that all but the most opaque dresses turn into sub-editors dreams.
Yeah, although I originally objected to the idea, I am now coming around to the conclusion of several observers that the dress was actually opaque, but made translucent by flashbulbs.

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