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Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

Football Traffic

I was getting an unanticipated level of traffic to my football writings (that’s American football, not the FIFA or Australian versions), so I checked the same Google search that someone had as a referrer.

For some unfathomable reason, I’m the 15th result out of 800,000 when searching for chargers playoffs, and most of the sites ahead of me are commercial ticket-selling enterprises. My site comes out ahead of nfl.com and even chargers.com! And it’s been that way for two days now! Yet, if you enclose the search terms in quotation marks, indicating a search phrase, I get no placement out of 707 results.

Do so few people think we have a chance that my enthusiasm stands out? Nah – there are 800,000 results, although technically, all of them except mine could be saying “the Chargers don’t have a prayer of making the playoffs…”, but that idea is anathema to me, and I reject the possibility.

Just when I thought I was starting to get a basic understanding of how Google ranks its search results, little anomalies like this pop up. I was recently reading Newsweek and noticed a side comment within an article mentioning that the Google infrastucture is the most likely place for artificial intelligence to get a foothold. Is it possible that there is already something stirring within the Google servers, and that he/she/it is a Chargers fan?

Posted by Greg as Football, My Website at 06:03 PST

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