Saturday, January 17, 2009

At Long Last

When I started this blog I did all the things necessary to be indexed by Google. I submitted the URL for crawling, I specified the feed as the sitemap in my webmaster account, and I waited. And waited some more. A couple of months later I submitted the URL again and waited again. And submitted again. The last time I resubmitted the URL was on Monday morning, so imagine my surprise this afternoon when people started popping onto the blog as the result of their Google searches. Sure enough, FFF finally got indexed! The technical trappings of the intertubes aren't as mysterious to me as they are...say...to my mother, but I can't think of any good reason why this took most of a year to happen. Maybe all the talk of Tonka's swollen member got me flagged?

9 comments:

Daun said...

Hey Penguin,
My blog doesn't show up under google is you do the "site" url as you show. But I have lots of people find it as part of google searches. Usually for "XXL draft feet" or "Why is my black horse brown?"

So it shows up in searches, but does not appear to be indexed. Maybe that's the way your blog was?

Regardless, congrats on being recognized by Google!

Grey Horse Matters said...

I'm so computer illiterate that I don't even know if I am indexed, as you say, by Google. So congratulations on whatever this indexing is and I hope you get a lot of people reading your blog because of it.

Funder said...

Hmm. For months now, I've found FFF, Eventing Perch, and my own blog under google when I'm too lazy to type out the url. And I know if you type in the names of at least 2 of my horses, you'll hit my blog. I didn't do anything special, just checked the "show this blog on search engines" box when I set it up.

I decided when I started blogging to never install any kind of site meter software. I think I'd get obsessed about how few hits or how many hits I was getting. I just write for myself and for my internet-friends. :)

cocal: The mountains of California where the coca plant grows.

Funder said...

Grey Horse - you're searchable as GHM too. Click this!

dp said...

Daun: that's in the Google search bar and site:eventing-draft.blogspot.com does show up. For the longest time when I typed that for FFF I got a page saying that nothing was indexed from the URL. Then yesterday it just popped up. I know that a few people have been arriving via Google, but yesterday a whole whack of people (like 10!) arrived from searches like "oral bute dosage for goat" and "crusher dust paddock footing". This is new and I'm sure that something changed.

GHM: My goal is never to have a lot of people reading (I'm amazed that anyone reads at all, quite frankly), but I did want people to be able to find me if they were looking for information on founder rehab.

Funder: My attitude is like yours, but I am a big data geek in real life and I just can't resist the chance to have all that information at my fingertips. The blog had 2 or 3 readers daily when I started -- David and my mom, most likely. Now it gets maybe 70 on a busy day with ~40 subscribers. I don't obsess about it at all -- I just think it's really cool.

jme said...

i'm a spaz with all things IT, so i haven't given it much thought. my blog comes up on google if anyone is looking for it but, alas, no one is ;-) which is fine; i do it for my own entertainment (clearly, i'm easily amused...) i never tried other search criteria, though. probably should...

anyway, glad you got it organized now. i should peruse some of your old posts as i'm rehabbing a rescue horse with a foundered foot...

oregonsunshine said...

dp- At least you don't get searched for moose poop! For the longest time, those were the types of searches that brought people to my blog.

Just remember, you could be known for turds!

noish- what it's called when you're being loud when you're drunk; a noisy shush

Daun said...

I realized ( or is it realised??) that when I tried it I used: site:eventing-percheron.blogspot.com

I don't even know the url to my own blog.

I hang my head in techno-shame.

allhorsestuff said...

It is pretty much GREEK to me!
KK