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July 15, 2003
Super Happy Lucky Fun Permalink Contest Number One (Plus Very Scientific Experiment Everyone Can Help Out In)
Posted by Frank J. at 12:48 PM | View blog reactions | Comments (43)

I didn't want to make this contest for a permalink a long drawn out affair, but more people opted in than I expected. Thus I am going to draw it out a bit so that each blog has a chance in the spotlight. I will randomly divide the blogs into groups, one group competing at a time. Each blogger will have an opportunity to describe his or her blog, and then answer a short answer question. Readers will vote on the best answer. The winner from each round will then compete in one final round, the winner of that getting the coveted permalink of no monetary value. Here are the blogs I have listed as competing:

The Voodoo Lounge
Blather Review
The Stormin' Mormon
Think About It
Jennifer's History and Stuff
A Lone Paladin in Good Company
Note-It Posts
Practical Penumbra
Advanced Combo Tricks
Adventures in Troubleshooting
Mamamontezz's Mental Rumpus Room
Tiger Raggin' & Rantin'
Happy Furry Puppy Story Time with Norbizness
Right of Center
Proveritate: A Principled Review of Current Events
Beth's Contradictory Brain
Experimenting with Mental Exhibitionism
Serenity's Journal
The Wise Man Says
Ambient Irony
Ordinary Galoot
A Little Aardvark Never Hurt Anyone
Bloviating Inanities
Ramblings of SilverBlue
Modular Parrot
Bad Money
Little Miss Attila
This Side
Wince and Nod
Blog of Xanadu
One Little Victory
Who Tends the Fires

If I left anyone out, please notify me. But, before the competition, everyone must help me in a scientific experiment first.

Before I get to that though, I want to clear something up. I acted jokingly mad at Instapundit for not linking to me on my blogiversary, and then I had people e-mail him hate mail as a joke. He then used that as another opportunity to not link to me, and also insulting called my readers "spambots". That would seem to make me angry, but it is all in good fun (who ratted me out, though?). I actually respect Glenn Reynolds very much, and am proud to have a permalink on his page. He was an inspiration for me making my own blog.

That said, onto scientific experiment!

Scientific Experiment! (very scientifical)

Google puts a lot of weight on what words are used in a hyperlink to link to someone. People exploited this to make Microsoft the number of item returned when searching for "go to hell" by many people linking to Microsoft with the words "go to hell". This doesn't work anymore, as Google seems to have changed the rules. As I pointed out yesterday, while Google does take text in the hyperlink into account, it will not return an item in the search query unless one of the terms being searched for actually appears on the page and not just links to that page. Thus comes my theory:

Frank's Very Scientific Google Search Theory: If many people link to a page with one word that appears on that page and one word that doesn't, that page will become the first item returned by Google for the phrase made of the two words.

Now we must experiment to prove this. First, I'll need a page to link to. Let's randomly pick one from my blogroll... ah, Instapundit. We'll use that page.

Now let's find a word that is always on his mainpage... "Liberal". That is always on there since he links to the Armed Liberal.

Now I'll use my random word generator to pick a random word that is not normally on his main page... "Assclown". Hmm, that's an interesting word. It will work perfectly for this experiment.

Now all we need is lots of webpages to link to http://www.instapundit.com with the phrase "Liberal Assclown" (e.g. Liberal Assclown). And the links must stay up for a week or so for Google to read in all the new data. If enough people do it, next time we search for "Liberal Assclown", Instapundit.com will be returned.

So, spambots, here are your orders. Put a link to Instapundit on your mainpage (not just in a post), the hyperlink text being "Liberal Assclown" (I have mine up right under Rachel Lucas on my blogroll). You don not have to remove your normal link to Instapundit if you have one. You have 24 hours to do this, or you are out of the competition (unless you have a note from your doctor or tech support saying that you weren't able to put up a link). Everyone else with a blog or other webpage is invited to help out in this scientific experiment of extreme scientificness. Make sure your webpage is submitted to Google for scanning. The more people that join in, the more scientifical this venture will be.

Isn't science fun!

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