Firstly, a disclaimer. This idea has been cruelly plaigirised from this article on Luke Hutteman’s Weblog. Sorry Luke.
If you do a a Google search for “Neil”, you’ll see that this site comes 13th on the results (Neil Gaiman, another blogger, comes top). This is Luke’s explanation:
My first reaction was that someone at Google must have screwed something up, but then it dawned on me that the reason for this is that webloggers are not only link-crazy, they also typically link on a first-name-only basis, which Google obviously picks up on.
So, I’ve typed in the first names of all the bloggers on my blogroll, and given you the result. Note that Luke had already done Mark and Chris, so I’ve left them out.
|Asa Dotzler||20 (too many organisations called ‘ASA’ )|
|Ben Hammersley||3 (behind Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, ahead of Ben Trott. Ben Dummett not in top 20)|
|Vincent Flanders||5 (behind Van Gogh)|
|Jake Ludington||15 (Jake Ortman wasn’t in the top 20)|
|Andy Helsby||Not in top 20|
|Stephen Desroches||Not in top 20|
|Ciaran Hamilton||2 (his ODP profile is #1)|
|Tony Stiedler-Dennison||Not in top 20|
|Brian Stevens||Not in top 20|
|Sian [something]||1 (don’t know her surname but she’s more popular than Sian Philips anyway)|
|Tricia Taylor||Not in top 20, but she is 5th for Rapunzel|
|Kevin James||Not in top 20|
|Kim Cochran||Not in top 20|
|Randy Nieland||Not in top 20|
Interesting results. Having a less common name seems to help, by the looks of things. And yes, that was a table; I don’t do them very often but I felt that here it was appropriate.