February 18, 2005
It's kind of annonying...
...when you realise that suddenly a lot more people are reading your blog, only to discover that 90% of your visitors are googling for pictures of Phoebe Cates.
Posted 2005/02/18 10:56 (Fri)
I've had a similar problem since Google decided I was home to the best shot of the Eiffel Tower on the web.
I'm pretty sure that the filename is the determining factor for Google image search. I've tried to reverse engineer some of Google's search algorithms, and I suspect it weights filenames much more heavily than you'd ordinarily think. It seems that someone at Google decided that filename were better indicators of image contents than captions are. If you'd called it "qwzlflx.jpg" or "Paris Hilton naked.jpg" your image would never have ranked high on any particularly likely search.
I get an awful lot of perverts looking for "necrophiliac porn". I'm also top for "cunts" on one of the search engines' filtered modes, although I forget which.
Heh, it seems to happen to enough folks that I wonder if there is a paper in it for somebody.
At my site I get a tremendous number of msn.com search referrals (about 25% of my rather low traffic). Half to three-fourths of them are misdirected -- taking individual words scattered all over the front page and grouping them into an imaginary phrase.
I've also shot to the top, or nearly, of google rankings for some topics about which I am by no means an expert -- "chlorocruorins" being my favorite.
Why are you being gay? where is the picture?
Please show us the picture of Phoebe Cates topless. Please!! where is it?