I see that Google has at least partly come back to its senses about where I should appear in a search for phil: after a few months in the outer darkness of the second page I’m back at number 5, with three of the four ahead of me making use of Google’s excessive fondness for the .gov and .edu TLDs.
Note to college students: if you’ve got free web space in .edu, you really should use it for something, since foo.edu/students/stuff/public/~you/there/ may well outrank there.com; however, most universities frown on you using it for a redirect to a pay-per-click pr0n site.
Note for the irony-impaired: there’s really no need to post about my swollen ego and how I’m crowing about my mastery of Google after previously crying about it not ranking me high enough. It should be obvious that Google should rank hundreds of people named Phil higher than me; ironically, they don’t. I search my name because it’s handy: Phil is a common word that I can type quickly, Ringnalda is a rare word that I can still type quickly. Google and its rankings are important to me because for most things any more I just type a word or two in Phoenix’s address bar, and let it send me to Google’s number one result. Simple as that. Nothing to see here but a change in algo, possibly back to what it was before the change in late September.