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) | TrackBack

I've had a similar problem since Google decided I was home to the best shot of the Eiffel Tower on the web.

Posted by: Greg at February 18, 2005 11:11

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.

Posted by: Scott Martens at February 18, 2005 11:36


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.

Posted by: john b at February 18, 2005 12:34

Heh, it seems to happen to enough folks that I wonder if there is a paper in it for somebody.

Posted by: Scott Martens at February 18, 2005 16:54

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.

Posted by: John Emerson at February 20, 2005 19:30

Why are you being gay? where is the picture?

Posted by: bbvbv at February 27, 2006 4:29

Please show us the picture of Phoebe Cates topless. Please!! where is it?

Posted by: rod at April 28, 2006 11:46
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