I started my first Blog about 3 years ago. I don’t mind telling you it wasn’t very good. Luckily for me, the focus of that blog was the Pacific Crest Trail, the 2600 mile behemoth hike that begins right here in San Diego, and ends just a little ways north of the Canadian border. Even if the writing was terrible; the pictures, I can assure you, were magnificent.
I’m not going to claim that my blogging has improved despite the numerous websites I’ve begun since then. At no point in my writing career however, has Google removed one of my sites from its search listings. That is actually pretty extraordinary because much of my writing since then could best be described as, ‘controversial.’
Yet here I am toiling away at a neighborhood blog that Google refuses to show in its search results any longer. How do I know? I may not be much of a writer but I am one very capable researcher. Being the diligent researcher I am, you can imagine that I monitor all of my websites regularly. So when a search for the keyword combination ‘Normal Heights Blog’ -literally the name of this blog!- doesn’t merit so much as an ‘impression,’ I tend to notice.
Interestingly several other sites with outbound links to this blog do show up, specifically my Flickr account. Even more interesting, is that Bing, one of Googles’ competitors has this very same blog occupying the top two spots when a search is performed on that engine using the same keywords. Others too…
- Yahoo: Top two Spots.
- DuckDuckGo: Top two Spots.
- Bing: Top two spots.
What is going on here? Why on earth does Google refuse to even acknowledge this Blog exists? I’ve received no manual web-spam actions. Google’s Search Console indicates everything is chugging along just fine.
But I know that’s not true. And Google knows I know.
I own eight domain through the Search Giant, and use almost every product of theirs I can get my hands on. I’m writing this from a Chromebook, for god’s sake.
Google and I clearly need to have a chat…
Talk to me Google, what’s going on. love? You’ve never acted like this before. Even when I told the world I wasn’t voting. Google, if you’re listening, and I know that you are; I hope this doesn’t have anything to do with me revealing hidden park locations in the Normal Heights community. Because you see, that’s not going to stop Google. I’m sorry….I’m a mapper and you’ve always known that. The parks will continue to be exposed. Don’t worry about whomever is flagging my content. I’m good to you baby, you know that, don’t let anyone come between us….
Either way, it’s an interesting little phenomenon, and I’m happy to report that since most of my traffic comes from direct Social Media referrals; I’m none the poorer. In fact the whole thing segues directly to another Blog I’ve begun, the topic of which is Google in its entirety! From Search to Development. The fact is that I use the tech giant far too much to not at least attempt to help others by revealing all the little things I’ve learned about Google over the years. Whether your want to insert raw HTML into your Gmail, Actually discover something in Search, or insert Slides into your Website Header; My Google-Trickery Blog intends to examine all the different cool things one can do with a free Google Account. Sounds fun, eh?
By-the-by, I’ll keep monitoring the situation with Google Search, and let you know how it goes. Meantime…. Have you ever thought to yourself, “hmm… I wonder if there is some sort of path or trail that connects Mission Valley to Normal Heights, North Park, and Kensington? Of course you have! No-one has ever passed through Mission Valley and not thought about it.
Well, stick around for my next post to find out EXACTLY where that route is. Cheers! 😉