Google Bombing progress report 10/28

It is good to keep an eye on this. No matter how well the Google Bomb project works or does not work this year, learning what works and what does not is instructional for us down the road--Chris

Overview: progress is positive overall, with most non-wikipedia articles moving up, but also several others dropping off the search entirely, mostly due to competing articles on the same site.

One other winner is the term "google bomb", where Chris's MyDD post now shows up as link #6. :)

I'm been home with a wracking cough all week - no GOTV or calls for me - so I might as well go through the links to see where we are.  Data retrieved between 2:30PM and 4:00PM PST Saturday.

Over the flip for the data...

I'm cutting and pasting Lucas O'Conner's earlier diary and adding to it (thanks, Lucas!), analysis follows:

--AZ-Sen: Jon Kyl was #6, now not in top 100

--AZ-01: Rick Renzi wiki was #3, still #3

--AZ-05: J.D. Hayworth not in top 100, now #8

--CA-04: John Doolittle wiki was #2, still #2

--CA-11: Richard Pombo wiki was #3, still #3

--CA-50: Brian Bilbray was not in top 100, now #14

--CO-04: Marilyn Musgrave was not in top 100, now #8

--CO-05: Doug Lamborn was not in top 100, now #25

--CO-07: Rick O'Donnell not in top 100, still not in top 100 (2 other links from rockymountainnews.com are ranked higher)

--CT-04: Christopher Shays was not in top 100, now #8

--FL-13: Vernon Buchanan was not in top 100, now #4 (!)

--FL-16: Joe Negron was #4, now #3

--FL-22: Clay Shaw was #11, now not in top 100

--ID-01: Bill Sali was not in top 100, still not in top 100 but link #3 is "Daily Kos: Idaho GOP picks Nutjob for House seat - Meet Bill Sali"

--IL-06: Peter Roskam is broken- page not found, still broken

--IL-10: Mark Kirk was not in top 100, still not (2 other links to cbs2 already in top 100)

--IL-14: Dennis Hastert was #16, now #6 (see below for more about Hastert)

--IN-02: Chris Chocola was #78, now #63

--IN-08: John Hostettler was #5, now #7

--IA-01: Mike Whalen was #26, now #27

--KS-02: Jim Ryun was #7, now #6

--KY-03: Anne Northup is was not in top 100, now #6

--KY-04: Geoff Davis was #7, now #22

--MD-Sen: Michael Steele was not in top 100, now #6

--MN-01: Gil Gutknecht was not top 100, still not in top 100

--MN-06: Michele Bachmann was #7, now #6 (though under different link)

--MO-Sen: Jim Talent was #85, now #78 (and MyDD tag is #6)

--MT-Sen: Conrad Burns was #28, now not in top 100 (2 other links to billingsgazette in top 100)

--NV-03: Jon Porter was #5, now not in top 100 (2 other links to lasvegassun.com)

--NH-02: Charlie Bass was #15, now #12

--NJ-07: Mike Ferguson was #28 with different url, now #24

--NM-01: Heather Wilson was not in top 100, now #8

--NY-03: Peter King was #65 with different url, now not in top 100

--NY-20: John Sweeney was not in top 100, still not (2 other links to timesunion.com)

--NY-26: Tom Reynolds was #59 with slightly different url, now #7

--NY-29: Randy Kuhl wiki was #2, is still #2

--NC-08: Robin Hayes was #96, now #11

--NC-11: Charles Taylor is not in top 100, still not as hidden behind disambiguation issues at Wiki

--OH-01: Steve Chabot is not in top 100, still not

--OH-02: Jean Schmidt was #64, now #18

--OH-15: Deborah Pryce was #5, now not in top 100

--OH-18: Joy Padgett was not in top 100, now #5

--PA-04: Melissa Hart was #11, now not in top 100

--PA-07: Curt Weldon was not in top 100, still not

--PA-08: Mike Fitzpatrick was not in top 100, now #5

--PA-10: Don Sherwood was #6, now #3

--RI-Sen: Lincoln Chafee was not in top 100, still not (2 other links to washingtonpost in top 100)

--TN-Sen: Bob Corker was broken- registration, now works but not in top 100 (2 other links to knoxnews.com in top 100)

--VA-Sen: George Allen was #6, still #6

--VA-10: Frank Wolf was #32, still #32

--WA-Sen: Mike McGavick was not in top 100, still not (2 other links to seattlepi.nwsource.com in top 100)

--WA-08: Dave Reichert was not in top 100, still not (2 other links to seattlepi.nwsource.com in top 100)

A good strategy for next time would be to highlight respectable, though lesser known sites, as the google bomb seems to have the strongest effect on these pages, though sometimes the desired result is no longer in the top 2 links to the site.

Well known sites aren't seeing as much movement, with wikipedia links having seemingly zero effect.

Also, there's oddness in the Google indexing updates, where articles completely drop off the list when moving to a new position.  I've tried the Dennis Hastert link many times, and it has been all over the place: #16 in Lucas' diary, then off the chart, then #49, off the chart, #8, now off the chart again.  And while writing the summary, I checked again and it's now #6, so I updated my list from "not in top 100" to #6.  Clearly, there's motion happening, and we're seeing artifacts of Google's indexing scheme. Update: Hastert's link is broken, might be adding to the weirdness

Keep up the GOTV, folks!  As for me, I think it's time for some more hot tea.  <hack, hack>

Tags: googlebomb (all tags)

Comments

19 Comments

Re: Google Bombing progress report 10/28

I don't get it, yesterday OH-1 Steve Chabot was at #4... and now he's off the list?

What gives... my links are still in place =(

by belili 2006-10-28 03:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Google Bombing progress report 10/28

Some of it has to do with how you google search.

If you just put in Joe Smith you will get different results from "Joe Smith"

by kevin22262 2006-10-29 02:39PM | 0 recs
Re: Google Bombing progress report 10/28

I get Deborah Pryce in number 5 with or without quotes.

by BruceMcF 2006-10-29 05:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Google Bombing progress report 10/28

Put some orange juice, vitamin c (ground up), and honey in the blender. Blend, heat, and drink.

My calling experience (for Jim Davis) went very well today.

GOTV folks!

by misscee 2006-10-28 03:31PM | 0 recs
Re: Google Bombing progress report 10/28

Add a little whiskey or bourbon too.  About 1 part to 4 parts of the above.  Don't  blog afterward, go to bed.

by The lurking ecologist 2006-10-29 02:50PM | 0 recs
Re: Google Bombing progress report 10/28

Adding liquor to orange juice isn't already standard operating procedure?

by loyalson 2006-10-29 08:39PM | 0 recs
Hastert article has been deleted

FYI

by Carl Nyberg 2006-10-28 03:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Google Bombing progress report 10/28

Suggestion for next election (with an earlier start).

STEP 1: register a neutral domain name for opposition candidates (e.g., some variation on candidate name like az01richrenzi.com or reprichrenzi.com)
STEP 2: "google bomb" link to that domain
STEP 3: contents of site is single page with
(a) meta-tags and any other search engine helpful info and
(b) extensive excerpt from target content (within fair use limits)
(c) immediate re-direct to target content

MINUSES:

  • Registration costs for domains (minimal).
  • Some admin overhead for web pages (minimal web skills).
  • ?? Would it work??

PLUSES:

  • Fixed address for consistent linking to all campaign season
  • Centralized flexibility for changing target content

Any search engine optimization gurus care to comment... is this likely to work?

by SLJ 2006-10-29 01:12AM | 0 recs
Re: Google Bombing progress report 10/28

Google does not like seeing lots of the exact same links to one page.  So the current strategy of just using the name of the canidate as the link is wrong.  

Google views lots of links containing the same text to the same page as possible spam, particularly when they all pop-up at the same time.  This could account for why some pages initialy went up, then dropped back down.

Better to have everyone pick the text to use as the link then telling everyone what to use.  For example, some people should use 'clay shaw' some should use 'shaw' or 'congressman shaw' or '29th dist rep shaw' etc, etc.

Its importatant to chose articles that include multiple refrences to the name of the target.

This is a great project, but it needs to be started earlier next cycle, and have some input from some good SEO folks.  

Also, the idea of using our own domain is has lots of advantages and should be considered in my opinion.

by JBishop 2006-10-29 01:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Google Bombing progress report 10/28

Well it's up again. Steve Chabot is now at #6...

This is very strange... it's not just moving a few spots, it's moving from #4 to off the top 100 to #6 within a few days....

by belili 2006-10-29 05:54AM | 0 recs
Re: Google Bombing progress report 10/28

Remember, there's a ton of articles, links etc being written about all these people.  It's not surprising there's fluctuation, especially for the major figures like Hastert.

by scientician 2006-10-29 06:28AM | 0 recs
Vernon Buchanan

Great job, that article is now the third result, but most people know him as Vern. Still, I'm sure people are searching for Vernon Buchanan too.

by b1oody8romance7 2006-10-29 12:32PM | 0 recs
Hart

   Melissa Hart moved up to #7 for me.  It's the second non-partisan article after the wiki.  It's also behind two Melissa Joan-Hart sites.

by cilerder86 2006-10-29 12:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Google Bombing progress report 10/28

This comment to my diary at dKos says that it's ok to google bomb your enemies but not your friends... I can take my dKos diary down but wanted to get the scoop before I did so... anyone know?

-Fred

by FredFred 2006-10-29 03:36PM | 0 recs
Re: Google Bombing progress report 10/28

In what sense would it be any more or less OK depending on whether it was good press or bad press?

If everyone "did it", and did it well, then the pro article that supporters want undecided voters to see and the con con article that opponents want undecided voters to see would both show up near the top of the search list.

As long as the intention is to actually share links rather than to generate clicks on click advertising, what is wrong with it either way?

by BruceMcF 2006-10-29 05:07PM | 0 recs
well

It seems to me that we should regularly be providing links to websites and blogs of our candidates.   Then our sites will naturally emerge.    

by John DE 2006-10-29 05:29PM | 0 recs
Re: Google Bombing progress report 10/28

I believe the issue for Bowers was the purchase of google adwords. My guess is that it could be seen as coordinated activities if he did something positive for a campaign that he had some communication with. To avoid any of that he's sticking to funding "AGAINST" activities. [That's just my guess.]

There's no campaign financing issue for an individual to splatter links all over the web of any type. That's free speech. For example, my sig is an attempt to drive traffic (and the search engine rankings) to a candidate's website. It's the spending stuff (an independent expenditure to influence a race) that you have to be careful about.

by SLJ 2006-10-30 01:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Google Bombing progress report 10/28

I'm a little confused.  "Jon Kyl" seems to now be at #6.  We didn't drive the hit piece out of the top 100.  And Curt Weldon, with or without quotes, is in the top 10.  

by Neil the Ethical Werewolf 2006-10-29 10:47PM | 0 recs
Dennis Hastert

We really need an article for Hastert.  This is turning into a close race in IL-14.

Could we please ask people to use this Hastert link instead?  

Hastert Drawing Crowds of Lobbyists

by citizenKane 2006-10-30 02:27AM | 0 recs

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