There are by some estimates more than a million weblogs. But most of them get no visibility in search engines. Only a few “A-List” blogs get into the top search engine results for a given topic, while the majority of blogs just don’t get noticed. The reason is that the smaller blogs don’t have enough links pointing to them. But this posting could solve that. Let’s help the smaller blogs get more visibility!
This posting is GoMeme 4.0. It is part of an experiment to see if we can create a blog posting that helps 1000’s of blogs get higher rankings in Google. So far we have tried 3 earlier variations. Our first test, GoMeme 1.0, spread to nearly 740 blogs in 2.5 days. This new version 4.0 is shorter, simpler, and fits more easily into your blog.
Why are we doing this? We want to help thousands of blogs get more visibility in Google and other search engines. How does it work? Just follow the instructions below to re-post this meme in your blog and add your URL to the end of the Path List below. As the meme spreads onwards from your blog, so will your URL. Later, when your blog is indexed by search engines, they will see the links pointing to your blog from all the downstream blogs that got this via you, which will cause them to rank your blog higher in search results. Everyone in the Path List below benefits in a similar way as this meme spreads. Try it!
Instructions: Just copy this entire post and paste it into your blog. Then add your URL to the end of the path list below, and pass it on! (Make sure you add your URLs as live links or HTML code to the Path List below.)
1. Minding the Planet
2. Luke Hutteman’s public virtual MemoryStream
3. geek ramblings
5. (your URL goes here! But first, please copy this line and move it down to the next line for the next person).
(NOTE: Be sure you paste live links for the Path List or use HTML code.)
6 thoughts on “GoMeme 4.0”
Hmmm. I am a bit split on the subject. This action/MEME is link-bombing google – adding even more noise to their databases. Cross linking each other is the same that porn sites do to raise their ranking. We all want coverage and a good google ranking – but it should be based on quality, not sheer brute of force linking?! As an experiment about Googles efficiency it’s a nice idea.
Google isn’t the only indexer out there. There are also services dedicated to tracking blogs, links between them, and meme popularity. c.f. Blogdex, Technorati, Popdex, DayPop, to name a few.
Memes tend to be short-lived. And thus, they only affect the Google indexes for a short time. Once the meme links fall off of the front page of a blog, the meme’s ranking drops accordingly. Blogrolls, which tend to be more permanent, have a much stronger affect on search engine relavance over the long term.
I actually am more interested in how this effects Google more than raising my page rank. As Dougal says, memes are short lived. By the time this propogates enough to make a difference, most of the links will fall off the front page of the various blogs. The only difference between this one and the Meme Propagation Test I tried is that this includes a full propagation list. Considering that test only got about 177 entries (at least that’s how many links to the GUID a quick Google search brings up), I doubt this one would even make a dent in most pageranks – as Dougal says, it’s the blogrolls and permanent links that have real affects (as they should). In the meantime, a few google searches and monitoring of your logs might provide some interesting information on who pays attention to your site.
Incidentally, orange, I do agree with you about Google-bombing being a bad idea in general, but I see memes like this as being so minor in the long run that they barely count.
As far as the other indexes… indices go, I know some of them. Technorati seems to be doing much better these days (it never seemed to gather much info from lesser trafficked blogs (like mine) in the past, and the redesign was well done). I’ll have to look more into the others, as I’m very interested in how information sweeps through the blogosphere and what obscure sites quickly become must-sees.
Your guys are pretty persistent! 😉
Ok, I’ll give it a try …
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