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11. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Way to go Angela!!!

If I type mine in - I get my TP stuff, including my photo gallery listings and diary entries. (No, I don't have them passworded.) I also get the listings for other websites which are linked to mine.

If I just enter Gretchen Wilson - it's all for that other one who has won a ton of Grammies. She stole my name and all I got was lost in the back pages of google's archives.

12. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Kris' brings up TP first, then all of his brewery-related things. (At least one of us has celebrity status... I know it's not me... )

13. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Well my TP profile makes it to the first page... but that blasted producer of NIRVANA and Pearl Jam and Korn.. etc, etc "Brendan O'Brien" has taken the spot light from me. :(:(

14. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

See also the Wikipedia! Blasted foiled again!

15. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting Brendan

Well my TP profile makes it to the first page... but that blasted producer of NIRVANA and Pearl Jam and Korn.. etc, etc "Brendan O'Brien" has taken the spot light from me. :(:(

Brendan - we can suffer together. Maybe we get take that otherBrenda and that otherGretchen and do something or other to them. Still working on that part. But it has to be good... Something where they will never haunt us ever again... Ever...

16. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Wow -Wikipedia just told me there have been three tropical storms named Gretchen - or two storms (1966 and 1970) and a hurricane (1974). So, that other Gretchen better not mess with me because I can be fierce! Or something like that...

17. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

Whoa. I type my username and I get the Fran├žais SVP thread that I posted in.

18. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

how it works is through PageRank. Google ranks pages by how many inbound/outbound and internal linking a page or site has.
being a forum ofcourse TP would have loads of said links.

This is just one reason, TP also has a clean interface with marginal use of Stylesheets and HTML tags. Could be better ;) but otherwise a decent design and good use of web guidelines. Part of my MSC thesis involves this topic, so im quite involved in this.

for more info - http://www.seochat.com

19. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Actually JeffG, pagerank is overrated and not the reason pages rank highly (anymore).... but I'm sure you have noted that for your thesis! There's really a whole bunch of reasons, the main one being that when searching by first and last name (or username) like this, you're already severely limiting the amount of results that will display just because there (generally) won't be that many people with the same name/username. That's why member profiles (often with no page rank) still will show highly in the results.

There's tons of other reasons, the number of posts also being important, but I don't think the 'marginal' use of stylesheets is one of the reasons. If anything, we'd like to add more since they're just so darn cool!

20. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 11y

Yeah, a stylesheet modifier - if any - would be absolutely marginal. And Googlebot doesn't load stylesheets at all.

What I think is most important on these name searches is simply word order (and proximity), which Google has started paying (relatively) a lot of attention to in the last few months.
It will still show you results with words out of order, and list them first if they score highly enough in other things, but for example the first page of results is identical for queries on "Anne Reinstein" (the quoted phrase) and for Anne Reinstein (not quoted).