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Blog Challenge: What Keywords Make You Number One in Google

In a recent on testing your blog’s development, mandarine answered:

I have learned one thing: when I google “The happiest person in the world”, I come out #1! That’s pretty cool, huh? (And I am still #2 without the quotes).

Your blog challenge this week is to research what word or phrase makes your blog number one in Google search results.

There is one rule for this challenge. You can’t use your own name.

Sure, I could use Lorelle WordPress on Google and I’d be at number one. Well, of course. That’s obvious.

I want you to dig deeper and find the key words or phrase that pops you up at the top of the list, without using your name or blog name, and blog about it and/or give us the link to the Google search results to test them for ourselves.

Google search results will shift and change over time, so don’t expect you will be on top all the time, but we are testing for top search results for this moment in your blog’s SEO life.

So what words bring you to the top of the list?

This is one of many I offer weekly to help kick your blogging ass. For more challenges, see the category.

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33 Comments

  1. Posted February 21, 2007 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know if this counts, but if you put “girls can’t” in the search box I am numero uno – but that is part of my web site’s title.

  2. Posted February 21, 2007 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Put “John”, “Chow” and “Cult” in at the moment, and I’m at #1. Even ahead of John Chow! That’s gotta be going some.

  3. Posted February 21, 2007 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, to be back again.

    Just to be a bit more user-friendly: If you put in “John”, “Chow” and “Community”, I come out at #2 just behind John Chow, but ahead of John Chow MyBlogLog.

    Woo-hoo!

    But #2 was not your challenge, I know…

  4. Posted February 21, 2007 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    If you type in “sestina our seasons” I have four out of the top five page searches.

    Sestina is a style of poetry and “Our Seasons” is a poem I wrote.

  5. Posted February 21, 2007 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    I had no idea… Just a few words/phrases I found are “senslis”, “desperately seeking venture capital”, “Setting up a conduit toolbar”, “netvibes in australia”, “Firefox vs IE in Australia”. Of course, these aren’t common search terms :(

    Considering I’ve been blogging for less than 2 months and have no page rank I guess this shows the importance of having a *.wordpress.com blog….

  6. Posted February 21, 2007 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    The search “mercedes ipod framework” (words in any order) lists my website/blog as no. 1 and 2. Even though the main topic is “web development”. When I search for “development with gwt and antlr” (words, not phrase), it’s no. 1 and 2, too.

    “al udeid enterprise” (words) lists me as no. 2 and 3 (Al Udeid is an Air Force Base in Qatar).

    Funny, but predictable …

  7. Posted February 21, 2007 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Friendly Tip: If you’re not sure what keywords to try, it you’ve setup the Google Webmaster Tools, they have a section in there that tells you what keywords you rank highly in. Failing that, just check your referrer logs :)

  8. Posted February 21, 2007 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    For me, it’s my wildly popular “ultimate static front page that gets me at the top. Google is also ranking me high for other keywords, relating to the New York State January 2007 Math A Regents exam, and various searches relating to New York City buses.

  9. Posted February 21, 2007 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    The real fun is to find the strange ones you don’t expect. Or even the disturbing. Here are some fun ones:

    Dannemora Jailbreak
    Current Interior Conditions
    Plattsburgh beach
    DEC Head
    Northway Jews
    20 Year Bushman

    Post titles. Need I say more?

    Two word combinations are really the best – easiest to target and see results. Even if you don’t really try!

  10. Posted February 21, 2007 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    I’m #1 for “Last Leaf Designs” :)

  11. Posted February 21, 2007 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    If I search for “Karle Karle” without the quotes I’m number of on Google. Strange…

  12. Posted February 22, 2007 at 2:30 am | Permalink

    I have a training blog that typically gets the traffic of only a few devoted individuals. I recently started to talk about my diet a lot more. It’s a part of training for me and it’s not like diet in the popular context, it’s about nutrition and calorie balance. Surprisingly I found that my traffic went up considerably (for me). When I went to my stats I found a lot more search engine hits. It wasn’t that weightlifting became more popular, it was all the people that were typing in “diet” and looking for tips on weightloss. I was surprised. It is forcing me to stop using abbreviations for some common words and to dump some of the jargon that is only known in my small community.

  13. Posted February 22, 2007 at 3:12 am | Permalink

    Hey Lorelle … great question.
    I just typed in motivational podcast into Google and returned the top result for my website. In Yahoo, I don’t make the top ten with the same search query. Funny how that works.

  14. Posted February 22, 2007 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    Before I tried any search terms, I thought about what I would want to turn up for in Google. I would really want to get hits from people searching for something related to my kayaking trip with Outward Bound in Chile. I realized that I have written almost nothing about that trip, though, because I obviously didn’t have internet access while I was there! I’m definitely going to write about my experience and refer to it more often. Thanks Lorelle!

  15. Posted February 22, 2007 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Many business bloggers would consider this information to be a trade secret!

  16. Posted February 22, 2007 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    #1 for “i hate internet explorer 7″
    :)

  17. Posted February 22, 2007 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    This one is pretty huge.. I’m #1 for “access gmail”

  18. Posted February 22, 2007 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    As a matter of fact, I have just found out that even when I use google.com, it still skews the results with sites hosted in France. I am only #3 with “the happiest person in the world” on google.com/ncr (to avoid regional bias).

  19. Posted February 23, 2007 at 6:53 am | Permalink

    “band indonesia” is 1# in yahoo..but not in google :D

  20. Posted February 23, 2007 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    The most interesting one that I’m number one for is wp_list_archives, but I’m number one for a lot of other search phrases

  21. Posted February 23, 2007 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    You did not say we could not use article headings in the query, so I have another one:
    “a mathematical proof that god exists” => #1
    (only number 5 without the quotes)

    but the one I like best is definitely:
    “changing the world in half a minute” — number one with or without quotes and thanks to you!

  22. Posted February 23, 2007 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Mandarine: I don’t know who is having more fun with this. You or me watching you. ;-)

  23. Posted February 23, 2007 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    For a while I was #1 for “pee blog” — and no, that is not my area of expertise. Thankfully that one has faded away, but now I’m #1 for “homework in kindergarten” which is a little bit better of an indication of things I sometimes blog about ;)

  24. Posted February 26, 2007 at 3:43 am | Permalink

    “Amazing circles” – no. 2
    “Steve Jobs in Lego” (lol) – no. 4

    =) Oyvind

  25. Posted February 27, 2007 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    Nice question! When viewing my blog stats I am not that interested in the number of visitors but more in how they got to my blog. The interesting thing is that most people don’t use the search strings that will list me as #1 (published below), they use other search strings that list me somewhere on the first or second page of the search results. So fortunately people still scroll through the search results :)

    ma thesis blogging
    ma thesis wordpress
    ma thesis “software studies”
    ma thesis blog software
    (I also tried -master thesis blogging- which came up with nothing but I actually bumped into some interesting results for my research!)
    thesis bill viola (I actually wrote a paper on Bill Viola, not a thesis)
    boris noorderslag photos

    I like the results since they reflect my blog quite well.
    My favorite search string which results in a #2 position is:
    “And so at last the beast fell and the unbelievers rejoiced”
    :)

    PS: Mandarine, I love your search string results!

  26. Posted March 1, 2007 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    I’m top for ‘eclectisism’ – The article in question is completely irrelevant though so I’m not sure it will help my traffic very much…

  27. Posted March 7, 2007 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Random array: “staples vs stitches during c-section”, “disney hot diggity dog”, “i wonder who sang that” and “persistently dangerous schools in texas”

  28. Posted March 21, 2007 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    I am #1 for Philadelphia blog consultant.

  29. Posted June 2, 2007 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    I am #1 for the word…. decrappifier

    *sigh*

  30. Posted June 8, 2007 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    I wrote “melecut musim” in Google. And, hopla … my blog is on the top list … :D

  31. Mother to My Sweeties
    Posted June 14, 2007 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    Found myself at #1 with the phrase ‘stressed out mother of 2′ (but then again, my blog’s name is Stressed Out Mother’s Life), ‘sun tech day klcc’ and also ‘ashley and hayley’ (my princess)

  32. Posted June 25, 2007 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    If you search for “american idol gives back carrie underwood” in Google it brings up my post on that particular tv edition. :)

  33. Posted December 30, 2008 at 2:22 am | Permalink

    swinger party


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