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January 8th, 2010


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08:39 am - Movin' on up (on Google)
Well, the Grove is getting there. . . and by "getting there" I mean that after 7 years of having a website, our Grove site has climbed onto the first page of results when you type in "columbus druids" (w/out the quotes) in Google.

Until today, we'd never cracked the first page. Now, we're the last result on that page (though the top result is to a story in the paper about us). This is progress, indeed.

I've been working hard to make this happen, actually, though you might not know it: I've been working on keywords and googlebombing the Grove from as many different sites as I can, and now it's paying off. The thing is, it's not dishonest (unlike most googlebombings): if you're looking for "columbus druids" you're looking for us, period. It's just the way it is. If you're looking for Druid Hall, you'll search for "druid hall columbus". If you're looking for the Columbus Children's Theatre's "The Druid Tree" musical, you'll search for "The Druid Tree". If you're looking for the Druid Hill monument to Columbus in Baltimore, you'll search for "columbus druid hill baltimore".

I've often felt like I was clawing up the Google mountain, trying to reach that top spot. Advertising for the Grove is something I've always taken seriously, and getting the site to where any seeker looking for Druids can find them in Columbus (regardless of how tech-savvy they are) has been a primary goal, mostly because I remember the days when you couldn't find other Druids. Those first few years of Druidry were pretty lonely, and I know I didn't know how to search for others.

It's good to not be so lonely in my religion, and especially good that the people I'm not lonely with are so wonderful.

Edit: Haha, well, we were the tenth result on that page. . . Looks like we're back to page 2. . . Fame is short-lived!
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From:acousticdryad
Date:January 8th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
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Mentioned this on Facebook already, but if you need SEO help, let me know :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:January 8th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
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You know, in light of the discussion on SD, it might be good to have an article in the GOH about "increasing your Google Rank" and "search terms that actually matter."
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From:acousticdryad
Date:January 8th, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
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Not a bad idea, I'd be interested in helping with that.
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From:skylark913
Date:January 8th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
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it's the 3rd result on the first page when i search it :)
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From:skylark913
Date:January 8th, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
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and this entry is #5
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From:chronarchy
Date:January 8th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, isn't that freaky? :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:January 8th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
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I wonder if it changes, depending on the weather, or Google's mood?
From:treasadreaming
Date:January 8th, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
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From what I understand (and it's been about six years since I worked in the web industry, so I'll pass around salt when I meet you) google's results vary based on the person searching (to the limits of googles ability to determine what a person is) and the location of the person's access to the internet. All that gets shoveled into the computer which determines what it thinks you probably want.

Oh, and nice work on getting the results in the right place! Congrats!
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From:gigglingwizard
Date:January 8th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
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On the other hand, you've always been the top result whenever I've searched "three cranes" (without quotes).
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From:chronarchy
Date:January 8th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
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Which is grand :)

The first time I sent out an announcement for a ritual, I indicated that more info was available at threecranes.com, which (at the time) was the website for the Three Cranes Council, a Boy Scout council in Texas, I think. I had to send out a correction note pretty fast. . .
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From:lesyoyo
Date:January 8th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
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See even with out trying Texas is thinking of yall, lol. Sorry just had to. I have never been good at getting google searches to put things further up for me so the tip guide to google would be helpful!
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From:anivair
Date:January 8th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
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I think the fact that this very entry (made today) is post number 3 when I look makes for some interesting commentary of google's crawlers.
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From:athenamsb
Date:January 8th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)

You're google just hates you.

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I just did a search for "columbus druids" with no quotation marks. A map to Druid Hill was on top, then a link to the Dispatch article about us followed by a link to the 3CG site. I clicked on it for posterity's sake. :)
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From:seamus_mcnasty
Date:January 11th, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
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I thought we made it when due to weather we made the local news list of meetings that were cancelled. Nothing like seeing your Grove right up there beside evening bible classes etc...

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