One In 25,500,000
As the Heck Of A Guy Blog prepares to enter its sixth month, Google, whose spiders had never listed a single page of the blog, has not only begun to index these posts but has, in fact, ranked this humble URL as the web’s #1 Heck Of A Guy.
In response to a one-week effort during which meta tags were fixed, sitemaps restructured, and fractured URLs repaired,1 Googlebot has begun roaming the files of the Heck Of A Guy Blog.
Admittedly, there are still more glitches than there are indexed pages. In fact, today, the only posts that are searchable are the most recent posts when the initial indexing took place, from How To: Compare Costs Of Shipping Packages on July 19, 2006 to A Balcony For The Blogroll on July 27, 2006, and, for reasons completely unclear to me, The Prodigal’s Fishy Recipe: Dishwasher Salmon, which was posted 25 March 2006.
After prolonged trial and error, however, I believe I now have a handle on the remaining problems and have, in fact, installed another round of fixes that only await the next visitation from Googlebot to determine if they were effective – or if they wiped out any progress I had made to this point.
Incredibly enough, no one has yet written the rock anthem celebrating the sine qua non of success in this cultural epoch – top ranking on Google. I think, nonetheless, that there is a song to be sung, one that recognizes an analogous accomplishment and evokes the appropriate tone.
From the 1972 classic, The Cover Of The Rolling Stone, by Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show,2
But the thrill we’ve never known
Is the thrill that’ll getcha
When you get your picture
On the cover of the Rolling Stone.