Five O'Clock Somewhere

Welcome to Five O'Clock Somewhere, where it doesn't matter what time zone you're in; it's five o'clock somewhere. We'll look at rural life, especially as it happens in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, cats, sailing (particularly Etchells racing yachts), and bits of grammar and Victorian poetry.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

How hard is it to find me?

Visitor #201 to this blog was my first visitor to come by way of a Google search. That got me to thinking, how hard is it for someone who doesn't know this site to find out about its existence?

First, I did a Google search on the name of the place, Five O'Clock Somewhere. That search got 693,000 results, so I figured, since this site is extremely new and doesn't have all that many connections, it was unlikely anyone would find me using that search string. Still, I decided to have a look and see what came out. To start with, there were lots of sites featuring the lyrics to the hit song that Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett did. Further down, there were sites offering to sell sheet music and/or karaoke software. Then a surprise: at 101 on the list, the original rock-stacking episode from last summer from Jer's blog, Muddled Ramblings.

Heartened by seeing this place mentioned so high on the hit list, I went on. I encountered a bunch of interesting sites, including a really nice beachside cottage for rent in Florida (2600 SF, 5BR, 3BA, sleeps 16, for $1250/wk winter, $2250/wk spring break, $2500/wk summer). But after getting to about 400, there was no further mention of this place, so I gave up.

To compare what happens with a well-established blog, I searched for Muddled Ramblings. Jer's website came out Number 1 out of 15,800 results. That's what happens when you don't choose the name of a really popular song for your blog, and when you get lots of traffic.

Then I tried the search string that led my first Google hit here: Pirates of the White Sand. That search got 376,000 hits. Most of those were about Caribbean vacations, discussing the history of the area and the composition of the beaches. Fuego's Place was Number 17, and links to Muddled Ramblings came in at 46, 52, 159, and 155. The article in the Albuquerque Journal about the Duke City Shootout was Number 111. At 219 was a boat for charter, a 50-foot Beneteau named Pirates Lady, that might have been interesting to charter if only her captain had paid more attention to apostrophes. But by 300, I hadn't found a reference to this blog. So whoever got here just after midnight last night must have been pretty dedicated, to go through so many search results.

The moral of the story is that, until my blog becomes a powerful media force like Jer's, if you can't remember the address and you're on a computer (such as at work) that doesn't have this site bookmarked, the easiest way to get here is to search for Muddled Ramblings and then use the link there.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Jerry said...

Of course, the Google world is one of shifting terrain, but the search grammar moment Dulce Tres came up in second place this morning. Can anyone come up with a search that scores 5 O'Somewhere on top?

Fri Aug 19, 12:38:00 PM MDT  
Blogger Carol Anne said...

How many hits was I the #2 of?

Sat Aug 20, 12:24:00 AM MDT  
Anonymous Jerrry said...

You are now number 1 for that search, out of 714. I'd like to think my clicking it last time put you on top.

Sat Aug 20, 11:20:00 PM MDT  
Blogger Carol Anne said...

At least that search string is more relevant than elevator ocelot rutabaga.

Sun Aug 21, 12:15:00 AM MDT  
Blogger Carol Anne said...

The latest bizarre search to lead someone here was an MSN search for Albuquerque skunk vet. I'm guessing the searcher did NOT find relevant material here.

Sun Aug 21, 01:31:00 AM MDT  

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