Well that was easy. PaulHedger.com is now number one on Google. Of course, it’s a fluid medium, but as long as I keep adding content it should stay reasonably buoyant. I also added disclaimer and privacy pages to the site, since Google seems to like these.
Google sometimes customises your search results based on past searches and previous web history, even when you’re not signed in. This is remarkably annoying because it means I can’t compare my results to other people’s for the same search terms.
Just a minute ago I did another vanity search for Paul Hedger and found my own sites pushed further down the listing, with other not-me results near the top. Turning off customised results improved my own rankings.
Stop trying to be clever, Google.
Less than one day after creating this tumblog it’s already on Google’s first page of results for the term ‘paul hedger’ (without quotes). Why do people pay thousands for SEO experts when it’s so easy?
Currently redesigning PaulHedger.com to show an RSS feed of my latest posts. It uses a simple RSS parser I wrote in about 40 lines of PHP. Not the most robust script, but quick and efficient. Sooner or later I’ll get round to adding a graphic design, but the layout was achieved easily with the excellent Boks CSS grid tool.
Paul Hedger’s latest drawing. Using a cheap graphics tablet and Photoshop. Total time: approx. 2.5 hours.
A while ago I bought the domain paulhedger.com and grabbed the vanity facebook url facebook.com/paulhedger - this was enough to get me majority share on Google’s front page, but I’ve dropped off since. So I’m using this tumblog to post snippets of Paul Hedger stuff to reclaim my rightful place as King of the SERPs.