the Big List doesn’t show up in google
Posted: 09 July 2015 07:33 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I’ve now gone in five pages deep in a google search using “Glitch etymology”. No Big List, even though the word is there, though written in 2006 before Zimmer’s article.

My main question is Why doesn’t the BL show up?

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Posted: 09 July 2015 07:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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It’s indexed. If you go to advanced search and limit the domain to wordorigins.org it pops right up.

Where it appears on the Google’s list in a general search is entirely dependent on the vagaries of Google’s algorithm, which depends in part on your own search history and is also continually changing. The Big List entry for “blurb,” for example, is #2 when I search for “blurb etymology.” Why glitch is way down the list, I don’t know. Perhaps because few people have linked to that particular page. (That’s one of the factors.)

If I had a for profit site, I might care more about this. But I really don’t have the time or inclination to write my site so that it is optimized for search engine rankings.

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Posted: 09 July 2015 08:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Makes good sense, Dave.

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