When I write my blog, I tend to write about what is at the top of my mind first thing in the morning. Usually it comes to me in the shower. I am not targeting Google when I write these entries. However, sometimes I find that my blog gets Google hits more often than not for things that I didn't intend. It says a lot about Google and its algorithms than it says about my blog. It also says a lot about what content is important in a new media world of participation. It also shows how important a title for reaching people with your blog.
Here are the top blogs that get unintended hits as a result of Google searches:
- Theory X, Theory Y and Theory - This was originally written as a result of a conversation. However, it showed me that Theory X and Theory Y are not dead, since people are looking it up every day.
- What the heck is Microsoft Sharepoint 2007? - Apparently, I am not the only person asking this question. This blog gets hit with a number of different combinations of Sharepoint 2007 and other related terms. Closely related and almost hit as much is Heard on the Street: Sharepoint Scalability. Seems people are constantly searching for how scalable Sharepoint is.
- An American Entrepreneur in Europe - This gets hit whenever an American is looking for a job in Europe or people want to know how to be an entrepreneur in Europe.
- Katie Couric's Blog - Well, this was a shameless attempt on my part to build traffic. As soon as I saw that she was going to start a blog, I thought this was my chance to get hits on it. Little did I know that my fears expressed here were well founded and that she (or really her staff) have been accused of plagiarizing other people’s material. Her “page from my notebook” posts have turned into YouTube-like, tepid sound bites with no depth.
- SQL vs. Xpath vs. XQuery - A Query Language for Content Management - Seems lots of people want to compare SQL and XQuery as well as Xpath. It is still a hot topic of debate in the JSR-283 committee. It is a typical the potential future vs. the strong legacy debate.
- I want my Joost TV - I was only going to do the top 5, but I have been intrigued by the response to this post. I only recently posted this, but it shows how hot Joost is going to be.
Special mentions go to Game Theory and Open Source because Game Theory is still an academic subject and Is Crossing the Chasm Dead? because Geoffrey Moore, who I greatly admire, has such a powerful impact on Silicon Valley. Short term Google hits came from my posts on the departure of Marc Fleury and Dave DeWalt where my blog was a high up on Google when searching their names. I am also quite happy that when you Google my name, John Newton, it shows up on the first page despite the fact that there is a more famous John Newton.