December 05, 2003

In the Google Dog-House

Google, in its wisdom, has decreed that my Nettle site should not be in the top-10 searches for the word "nettle". No, instead of being something like #5 as of a month ago, now it is #681.

Google says there are 1,140 links to That's more links than all of Google's top 10 search results for "nettle" combined. I.e., if you go see how many links to the URLs identified by Google as being the top 10 URLs for the term "nettle", and add up the total number of links for those ten URLs, it is way lower than my 1,140.

Despite the fact that result Google can find no other websites that link to the URL in #680 (sorry, I'm not going to be the first), and that no other websites link to the URL in result #682, it dumps me at #681.

I wonder if Google is punishing me for being recently blogrolled at Doc's blog? (Interestingly, if you search for the word "doc" in Google, Doc's blog is search result #2. Surely that can't be right, Google! Quick, go move it to #681!)

If you like the Nettle blog and would like to see it return to its rightful place on the top-10 list of "nettle" search results, please post something in your own blog, a full sentence that includes the word "nettle" as a link to Maybe we can get Google to wake up and correct its error.

Posted by brian at December 5, 2003 06:34 AM


I have a feeling that this sort of Googlebombing technique is what Google is trying to compensate for in the algorithm, which is probably why you were dropped in the first place. In an attempt to defeat weblog comment/guestbook link spammers, I think Google may have thrown out the baby (e.g. ranking results using inbound links) with the bathwater.

Posted by: Andy Baio at December 5, 2003 03:36 PM

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