It's well known in the world of people who maintain and cultivate their own blog-driven websites for any length of time that Google has a complex system for ranking sites, and when your own site ends up at the top of a search, you might not be able to explain exactly how it happened, but your discovery generally leaves you with a very good feeling. Given evidence suggests my site doesn't rank too well on searches for "artisan jewelry" and the like, I take my Google Perks when they come my way, and say thank you before I go on about my business. Even when I know in my (now not-so-) secret heart of hearts that Google really wouldn't have put my site there if an actual person had been making the decision to rank my site for that particular search string.
This morning I got some Phenomenal Ego Stroking from the Google Machine. Of the kind that's worth telling you about. Which, of course, led me to do a quick search so I'd have something to link to (thereby making my blog post more valuable to you as my reader.) Which led me here to Google's Webmaster Help Center for those of you who actually care.
But more fun than that, I ended up on the 2002 April Fools Day Google Post and had such a good laugh that I knew you would want to know about it too! In this page, Google employees have gone to great lengths to explain Google's patented PigeonRank™ system, even including quality graphics and graphs, to boot. Love This Page. Love the graphics. Love everything about the sense of humor behind this page's conception.
This little tidbit, for example, made me nearly snort with laughter:
Google's pigeon-driven methods make tampering with our results extremely difficult. While some unscrupulous websites have tried to boost their ranking by including images on their pages of bread crumbs, bird seed and parrots posing seductively in resplendent plumage, Google's PigeonRank technology cannot be deceived by these techniques. A Google search is an easy, honest and objective way to find high-quality websites with information relevant to your search.
Of course those pigeons got it wrong today, in my case. But I don't mind one bit. The search string that led the Wayward Internet Surfer, via google.ca, to melodywatson.com was "how long do chinese leftovers last" and, as you can see either by clicking here to see the actual search results relevant to the day you click this link (which will, no doubt, be different fairly soon, since the relevance of my page to that searcher's goals holds no viability whatsoever. Which is to say my blog does not even attempt to address the question that Google User was asking,) or you can click here to see my little screen capture from today's search and bask with me for 3 minutes over how my own site ended up as the Number One Result Out Of One Million And Thirty Thousand Sites On September Twenty Fifth of Two Thousand And Seven.