Sudden GoogleGreatness

Last night, I typed “Parnell“ into my Google toolbar and was surprised to see a link to my blog, not just on Page 1 but in the number 3 slot (!). I am now more googlicious than my most famous ancestor, an Irish dude named Charles Stuart (#4).

Like most third-generation Americans, I descend from a long line of proud but really, really hungry northern Europeans and one well-fed politician or aristocrat, real or fancied.


With relatively little effort, absolutely no premeditation, zero googlewashing, and without the aid of trackbacks, I have achieved GoogleGreatness. I have unwittingly surpassed Parnell Pharmaceuticals, Parnell Genealogy, Parnell Playing Cards, the Parnell Cricket Club Online, Mel Parnell, the great Red Sox southpaw, the Parnell Community Trust, Parnell & Associates, a personal injury law firm in Las Vegas, and even Parnell Worldwide, Inc, to name just a few. Will wonders ever cease?  Just three more Parnells to bump off before I am the most googlicious Parnell in cyberspace---[dr. evil laugh]---. They are: 

2. Mystery writer Parnell Hall

1. The Ascot Parnell Luxury B&B in Auckland

0. Lee Roy Parnell's* Online Roadhouse.


So how can you too achieve GoogleGreatness?  Blog.  Blog.  Blog.


*Lee Roy, bud, if you're reading this, I have the following words of advice: start a blog with trackbacks, update it more often than me (which isn't too hard), point to a few friends and contemporaries, and make sure that your Website is running ASP.NET! Don't worry, your Web designers will know what that is. Oh, and the next time you come to the Seattle area to play at Puyallup or Marymoor, do drop by. We can play John Madden Football on my XBox and compare family histories.

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Comments (14)

  1. - says:

    Can you post some screen shots of the new SourceSafe version?

  2. Mike Walsh says:

    Like you I’m descended from someone of Irish Origin. (Someone who left Ireland ca 1853)

    But I have to query your use of "Northern Europe" for Ireland.

    I live in Finland. Not *that* is Northern Europe 🙂

  3. We have much in common then. My mother’s parents (Carlson/Peterson) were both Swedish (with a touch of Estonian on one side).

  4. mike says:

    I recently started having a similar experience, where the blog is ranking high for a number of searches, including my name. Since I think that not that many people *link* to the site, I’m wondering now whether the famously secret Google page-ranking algorithm isn’t a combination of links with, perhaps, click-throughs. I’m basing this hunch on looking at my referrer log, where I can see that people making general searches (e.g. "blog redmond high school") will click the link to my blog. (Which happens to mention RHS, but which I can pretty much guarantee is not the target for a lot of other pages on RHS.)

    Anyway, we Mike Popes are few in number, but we have a respectable Web presence. 🙂

  5. Louis Parks says:

    I’ve happily achieved some greatness too. I’m currently 4th and 5th.

    Curiously, another "Louis Parks" is a programmer and ranks higher than I do.

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