A bit of Warcraft and Internet attention

A friend of mine found this blog while digging for information about the WoW expansion. What interests me is the way that search tools will index and rank pages. I know Google has a very serious algorithm for ranking page results, and I’m always impressed with how effective the indexing is.

The results are skewed in because:
– The expansion name is the same as my website, which I think helps a lot.
– I used Warcraft in the site meta-tags, and also have a category called Warcraft.
– its been updated recently and it existed before the expansion was announced.
– my nickname is elsewhere in Warcraft forums and blogs as I try to use the same name in most places.

I doubt that anyone has linked to this page directly, and I know that only a few index sites have found this site due to the small number of hits. It has been submitted to a few sites for Blog ranking, but more for my learning on index and submission rather than looking for traffic.
Searching: Try Googling yourself
I google my name every 6 months or so, just to see how much junk I have added to the bandwidth problem in the web. And I’m not surprised that I can find most of the content online somewhere, and usually one link.

The last thing I want is a huge volume of traffic from Digg or Slashdot. The /. and Digg readers are a fairly caustic bunch (I’m one of them), and the traffic they cause if it gets read will make my ISP start charging for my usage. So read but keep the Internet zombies away.

One-link principal:
This idea comes form the (mis)conception that only valuable items are linked to. The theory is if its only got one link then its not a huge resource, and somebody is not maintaining it. I get this, but it’s really not true. Some of the best resources for real content are often hidden away in web visible directories, but not heavily linked.

E.g.. The MP3 download game a few years back. Many years ago if you searched for “.mp3 index apache metallica” you’d get all the Apache private servers that Google has indexed, but not ranked highly. This is gold because geeks liked putting stuff online, but not link it to sites. You could download a huge amount of material with ease.

One-links are powerful, because they exist in the Google directory somewhere, and all you need to do is find them.

Nowa-days Google have stopped that little trick, but I still search by file extension when looking for documents. e.g.. .pdf is great for content by competitors. They publish this stuff and its all there for the taking in the drives, even if the website does not list the links directly, and often you get the files without signing up to a newsletter.

And all with only a single link, or track-backed link.