Help Make Blogs More Visible!

There are by some estimates more than 3 million weblogs. But most of them get no visibility in search engines. Only a few “A-List” blogs get into the top search engine results for a given topic, while the majority of blogs just don’t get noticed. But this posting could solve that. Let’s help the smaller blogs get more visibility!

This posting is GoMeme 4.0. So far we have tried 3 earlier variations. Our first test, GoMeme 1.0, spread to nearly 740 blogs in 2.5 days. This new version 4.0 is shorter, simpler, and fits more easily into your blog.

Why are we doing this? We want to help thousands of blogs get more visibility. How does it work? Just follow the instructions below to re-post this meme in your blog and add your URL to the end of the Path List below. As the meme spreads onwards from your blog, so will your URL. Your blog will be part of the pat for everyone downstream from you. That way they can see where they got this message from. Everyone in the Path List below benefits in a similar way as this meme spreads. Try it!

Instructions: Just copy this entire post and paste it into your blog. Then add your URL to the end of the path list below, and pass it on! (Make sure you add your URLs as live links or HTML code to the Path List below.)

Path List
1. Minding the Planet
2. (your URL goes here! But first, please copy this line and move it down to the next line for the next person).

(NOTE: Be sure you paste live links for the Path List or use HTML code.)

Social tagging:

59 Responses to Help Make Blogs More Visible!

  1. teknos says:

    Minding the Planet

    Minding the Planet TESTING!

  2. Steeph says:

    I joined. See what happens.
    Thx for this. Even if has little effect, it is still fun to do.

  3. A Sabre Geek says:

    Help Make Blogs More Visible!

    There are by some estimates more than a million weblogs. But most of them get no visibility in search engines. Only a few “A-List” blogs get into the top search engine results for a given topic, while the majority of

  4. fling93 says:

    Man, you’re really getting meme happy. And you make it sound like a Ponzi or pyramid scheme or whatever.
    I wonder if this might have a backlash effect, causing Google to finally change its pageranking system to exclude blogs, as some have been clamoring for.

  5. Nova Spivack says:

    Ha ha, well it’s not a ponzi scheme, it’s just a way to reward people who forward something for helping it along. As for Google not ranking blogs, no way — they can’t afford to ignore blogs. That would create an opening for a different search engine to beat them, and they are not that stupid. Besides, the bloggers would be very angry. Won’t happen.

  6. OK here’s a cool experiment

    This is the second “blog experiment” in as many days that I’ve come across.

  7. steff says:

    ok I signed. let’s have a try! 🙂

  8. Bill says:

    As of this minute. MSN has no copies of this in their index, Yahoo has 20 copies indexed, and Google has 103.
    Search for “Help Make Blogs More Visible!” with the quotes.

  9. CenterFeud says:

    Help make blogs more visible!

    Hat tips to Minding the Planet for creating this fascinating experiemtn and Preemptive Karma for helping to get it out into the blogosphere.

  10. Help Make Blogs More Visible!

    There are by some estimates more than a million weblogs. But most of them get no visibility in search engines. Only a few “A-List” blogs get into the top search engine results for a given topic, while the majority of blogs just don’t get noticed. The r…

  11. GoMeme 4.0

    i missed getting GoMeme 3.0 up on the site before 4.0 showed up by that much. Minding the Planet Help Make Blogs More Visible! There are by some estimates more than a million weblogs. But most of them get no

  12. Nick says:

    That’s interesting, I just checked a few gomeme infected blog’s hit counters: apparently the keywords “GoMeme” and “help make blogs more visible” are refering tons of visitors their way.

  13. Well, yes it is a Ponzi scheme. A little reward to people who forward it along would be one link, to the single place where you discovered it. Links to your entire upline, to borrow the perfectly appropriate term from multilevel marketing, makes it a Ponzi scheme.
    Untold riches for the first person in line, a hope of profit for the second, not enough people left on the planet to give anything to the nth? That’s a Ponzi scheme.

  14. Bill says:

    It is still moving slowly but picking up speed.
    The first day there were a few, then 30, then 103.
    Right now, Google is showing 179 results.
    Results 1 – 10 of about 179 for “Help Make Blogs More Visible!”.
    Yahoo is still at 20 so they are falling down on the “freshness scale” and msn.com has 0 still so they are highly defective for finding new content.
    Alexa is up to 73 references.

  15. Nick Lewis says:

    Perfect, it must be escaping the enviroments which were exposed to the 3 previous GoMeme strains. I’m suprised its made it so far, I figured most people who stopped by this blog would have been immune. Than again, I may have underestimated the diversity of this blog’s traffic. What will be really interesting is when it hits those personal blogs where people mostly discuss their “feelings”.

  16. Help Make Blogs More Visible!

    There are by some estimates more than a million weblogs. But most of them get no visibility in search engines. Only a few “A-List” blogs get into the top search engine results for a given topic, while the majority of…

  17. Bill says:

    Just got back from a birthday party for our one year old grandson.
    Yahoo is now showing 46 results instead of 20.
    MSN finally picked some up. It is showing 5 references for the search
    “Help Make Blogs More Visible!”
    Google is still at 179.

  18. Nova Spivack says:

    I’m seeing 161 on Google… funny how Google shows different numbers of results.

  19. Nova Spivack says:

    This is a reply to Phil Rignalda’s comment above. A Ponzi Scheme usually involves some form of payment by the participants, this does not. The problem with Ponzi schemes is that eventually a point of “market saturation” is reached such that the last people in the pyramid have nobody else to sell to, and so they don’t recoup their investment or make a profit. In this case, there are over a million blogs — so saturation is far, far, far away. Anyone who participates in this is likely to get some benefit — it is very unlikely that market saturation will *ever* be reached in this experiment — it just isn’t going to spread that widely (at least I very much doubt it, based on the previous 3 experiments). It is true that the earlier one is on the list, the more the benefit to them in terms of the number of links they will get. However, given that the list can branch at any node, and that saturation hasn’t even been nearly reached, everyone who participates at this stage has roughly the same potential benefit. If this spread much more virally than it seems to spread, such that most or all branches stemmed from just a few nodes near the top of the tree, it would disproportionately benefit just a few nodes. However, I think the branching of this meme is much more chaotic — in fact, a node far down the list could generate a lot more branches than a higher node and end up with many more links. So it’s not so simple as you would suggest in fact.

  20. firemind says:

    I saw an older version and it looked interesting. I followed the links to your blog. I posted it in my blog and we shall see what happens.

  21. Bill says:

    Since blogs are, after all, blogs, and owners can post whatever they want, whenever they want,
    (is the phrase “Blogs will be Blogs” coined yet?)
    If everyone were to take the largest Path List they can find and post a link to it that would increase the importance of the longest paths and improve the spread and effectiveness of the nodes which spread the farthest.
    Yahoo has increased from 46 results to 50. All others have not updated this morning.
    One reason Google may be showing different results is that when you query google.com you actually get results returned from one of many data centers. Each data center may, at any given time, be in a different state that any other data center due to the time it takes to copy the new or updated information between them. Somtimes they have radically different results in the San Jose Data Center than at the one in VA, IN, etc.

  22. Bill says:

    Perhaps we should all post this search to our weblogs so it hits the top links on some of the aggregators (those which work) and people will become more curious about it.
    http://www.google.com/search?q=%22Help%20Make%20Blogs%20More%20Visible%21%22
    Google Search: “Help Make Blogs More Visible!”
    That might help propagate it a bit faster.

  23. Bill says:

    Google links are up to 237 now. Yahoo back down to 50 and msn is at 5. Alexa has risen to 81.
    I also checked Ask Jeeves, just for chuckles, and they have no results but showed lots of spam in place of any real results.

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  26. Bill says:

    Yahoo is now at 121. No other changes.

  27. Brian says:

    241 at Google as of now

  28. Bill says:

    Some interesting negative results in the last few hours.
    Google has dropped to 186 from 241
    Yahoo has dropped to 116 from 121
    Alexa has dropped to 72 from 81
    MSN is still sitting at an incompetent 5
    and Ask Jeeves still says: Your search for “Help Make Blogs More Visible!” did not match with any Web results.

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  30. Bibi's box says:

    Help Make Blogs More Visible!

    There are by some estimates more than a million weblogs. But most of them get no visibility in search engines. Only a few “A-List” blogs get into the top search engine results for a given topic, while the majority of blogs just don’t get noticed. The r…

  31. Bibi's box says:

    Help Make Blogs More Visible!

    There are by some estimates more than a million weblogs. But most of them get no visibility in search engines. Only a few “A-List” blogs get into the top search engine results for a given topic, while the majority of blogs just don’t get noticed. The r…

  32. Bill says:

    for “Help Make Blogs More Visible!”.
    Google: about 429 w/ 98 showing
    Yahoo: about 343 w/ 34 showing
    MSN: 5 results
    ASK: 2 results

  33. Bill says:

    LEVEL 27 : http://www.stockhelp.net/personal-finance/2004/08/help-make-blogs-more-visible.html
    I think this is level 26A:
    http://theobusiness.blogspot.com/
    and level 26B from the same person:
    http://freshwineskins.blogspot.com/
    There are several branches in the 20’s
    Google is listing 437 and showing 107 of them.
    Yahoo is at 362 and showing 39.

  34. Nova Spivack says:

    Looks like a few people are trying to use the meme for spam by adding their URLs multiple times in the path. That’s an interesting unanticipated issue — it didn’t occur to me that someone would try that, but then again, I don’t think like a spammer I guess :^)
    In any case, the experiment is pretty much finished now — we got lots of data to look at and most participants were honest and legitimate.

  35. Bill says:

    Are you saying that some people are adding the exact same weblog URL multiple times in the same Path List?
    There is really no point to that. It would not be of any benefit.
    If you are trying to say something else, could you please clarify?
    PS: It seems to me that in order to do what Radar Networks appears to want to do, the ability to think like a spammer would be absolutely critical at times.

  36. Nova Spivack says:

    No what I am saying is that I saw some folks had added several different URLs that they promote into a single path list, all at the same time, and then passed it on as if it had gone through all those URL’s — basically it was a way for them to get links to a lot of sites they promote — which may all be aliased to the same site I supposed — it looked like a spammer up to typical tricks. Anyway, for the record, the GoMeme experiment has nothing to do with Radar Networks’ it’s an experiment that I am doing with a group of interested people, including you — it’s a personal interest.

  37. Bill says:

    It is getting hard to track back through all of the branching but if you actually follow the links in the large path lists, they do all go to legitimate individual sites with unique content.
    Something else I find interesting is the psychology of the people who found the gomeme on someone else’s site but only put your link and their link up on their list. It is the same motivation as a person who gets a chain letter and takes the list of names and addresses and changes them all to himself and his friends.
    I think that we will very likely see that the value of this particular version of the gomeme ends up increasing greatly over the next 2-3 months.
    None of the pages containing it has any PR or backlinks showing in Google. As that changes over the next month or two, many more people might join in from very diverse nodes.
    We may uncover an entirely unknown set of social relationships between bloggers who only find each other via search engines.

  38. Bill says:

    I forgot this:
    Google is at 590 and showing 147
    Yahoo is at 436 and showing 106
    MSN.com has jumped from 5 to 17
    Ask.com has jumped from 2 to 6

  39. Bill says:

    Google is showing 177 of about 1,270
    Yahoo is showing 155 of about 570
    MSN is still showing 17
    Alexa is showing 257
    ask.com is still at 6
    link:http://novaspivack.typepad.com/nova_spivacks_weblog/2004/08/help_make_blogs.html
    shows 211 on Yahoo but on Google it shows no results.

  40. Nova Spivack says:

    Great stats Bill, thank you!

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  42. Bill says:

    Google is now up to showing 238 of about 2,870 references
    Yahoo says 135 showing of 638
    MSN took a big jump up to 154
    Ask is up to 12
    Alexa is showing 369

  43. Bill says:

    Google is now up to 4,070 and showing 274

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