# Monday, November 27, 2006

I use search engines for a variety of reasons. Sometimes I want to find out how to do something. Other times, I want to find the official page about something so I can link to it here or send it to someone. Since most of the things I want to learn are related to things I already know, and since I blog about a lot of what I know, I have a bit of an occupational hazard:

One of my mentoring clients complained about this to me. "I decide to search the Internet instead of calling you to ask and what do I find? A bunch of stuff you wrote!". Believe me, it's worse when all I can find is a bunch of stuff I wrote. And Peter Near, a fellow MVP, Flyertalker, and Ontarian, has the same problem.

I would get in the habit of excluding gregcons.com from my search results if not for two things: first, a lot of my stuff is published on other sites, and second, from time to time my old words help me remember something I'd forgotten. So I guess I'm stuck with it.


Monday, November 27, 2006 7:25:06 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [2]
Thursday, December 07, 2006 4:22:45 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Such an indirect way of bragging that your blog was ranked highest for those search terms. Come right out and say "hey look at me, I got first place for these terms". By the way, if you use Google, you can avoid the literally pointless advertising at the top as we all know there is no Vista C++ Manifest for sale on eBay, cNet, or smarter.com. http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&aq=t&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGLJ,GGLJ:2006-46,GGLJ:en&q=vista+C%2b%2b+manifest
Thursday, December 07, 2006 4:36:34 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Mike, I don't think we've met. If we had, you'd know that when I'm ready to brag about something, I just brag - and mostly right here in these pages. I'm certainly never indirect. I'm usually too discreet to mention speaker rankings, but everything else is fair game. I just don't think search engine rankings are particularly important and wouldn't brag about being the top hit for anything. I happen to find it frustrating to be looking for new information and not to discover anything new to me.

As for Google vs Live, I switched to Live because it's a cleaner less cluttered result set. The ads on Google results were bothering me... even though I see on your link there aren't any sponsored links. I guess it varies by keyword.

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