It looks like our year of living abnormally high in Google’s search results is coming to an end with this update.
Probably as a result of not having enough current news results last September, Google has spent the last year tweaking their algorithm and their crawling habits to make frequently updated pages appear higher in the results, which, combined with weblogs commonly being linked by the author’s name, resulted in our being ranked extremely high for many things, including our names. Last month, I was crowing about being the number two Phil on Google. After this month’s update (assuming it’s now over), I’m number 14. That dramatic drop might be due to Google finally catching up on the fact that I no longer repeat my name below every single entry, but even Dave (you’re welcome) dropped from being the number two Dave to an ignominious, below the fold, number five. Oddly, others seem not to have taken such a hit: Meg, Evan, pb, Jason, and Doc are still at either number one or number two. Hmmm, maybe it’s a special penalty for having mentioned your ranking (I don’t have a clue whether any of them have or not).
But the main thing is, Google still knows who the most important Shannon Campbell is.