Google Toppers: pick your title carefully24 Nov 2005
Everyone with a bit of SEO (Search Engine Optimalisation) experience knows that the
title of your HTML pages is crucial. But just how strong is that tiny part of your HTML? When I noticed I had become #1 for the Google query “
media technology belgium” in Google (3 words I put in my blog title), I started investigating a bit further. I was first in a total of 18 million pages (according to the “of about” part in the top right of each Google results page). Could I do better than that? I could -as can be seen lower- but there are much stronger examples from other blogs.
Some remarks up front:
- Keep in mind that Google has indexed something like 15 billion pages so the theoretical walhalla of search results would be:
#1 of about 15.000.000.000 pages. Impossible to reach of course (expect if Google would allow to search for the character “.” in an URL, e.g.) – but let’s see how close we get.
- Search term combinations with e.g. the word “blog” will always be smaller than 512,000,000 since that is the # of pages in Google for “blog“.
- Sometimes the # of results for a query with 2 words returns less results that a query with the same 2 and 1 extra word. Does not make sense, but there results might come from 2 different servers/stat versions/indexes.
- All results below are subject to change. You might do the same query now and get another #1 or another total. It’s normal, Google is a huge beast that is always on the move.
Google Toppers Game
Try to guess the blogs that can claim these word combinations in Google:
- [scripting news]: #1 of about 32,400,000 (*)
- [inside google]: #1 of about 49,200,000 (*)
- [talking points]: #1 of about 65,900,000 (*)
- [yahoo blog]: #1 of about 74,400,000 (*)
- [microsoft blog]: #1 of about 95,900,000 (*)
- [media matters]: #1 of about 98,500,000 (*)
- [paid content]: #1 of about 99,500,000 (*)
- [google blog]: #1 of about 117,000,000 (*)
- [daily source]: #1 of about 148,000,000 (*)
- [free photo weblog]: #1 of about 20,400,000 (*)
- [marketing thoughts]: #1 of about 22,300,000 (*)
- [directory wonderful]: #1 of about 28,800,000 (*)
- [gadget]: #1 of about 30,900,000 (*)
- [apple blog]: #1 of about 48,700,000 (*)
- [camera]: #1 of about 243,000,000 (*)
- [blog news]: #1 of about 302,000,000 (*)
- [center science education]: #1 of about 398,000,000 (*)
- [google owned]: #1 of about 19,200,000 (*)
- [because ugly]: #1 of about 25,600,000 (*)
- [I remember house before]: #1 of about 61,900,000 (*)
- [hand feeds it]: #1 of about 77,200,000 (*)
- [hit run]: #1 of about 93,000,000 (*)
- [go yourself]: #1 of about 162,000,000 (](http://gofugyourself.typepad.com/ “gofugyourself.typepad.com”) or [, depending)
- [news source]: #1 of about 827,000,000 (*) – the champ for now
Do you know of any other impressive search queries that can be claimed by a blog? Is there a
#1 of about 1,000,000,000? Add them to the comments!