If you haven’t read the first 2 posts please do, they’re still pertinent and still what I would recommend as first steps. Today though especially with the hindsight of 7 years now running this website I would like to discuss something which is super pivotal and I don’t think I’ve ever seen discussed. That is the importance of spreading the word of websites on your own/the google effect.
Back in 07 when I started truthinourtime.com it was over at google owned blogger. At that time I was just getting my feet wet, I knew some things that I wanted to say but I was getting everything down, which direction I wanted to take etc etc. Back in the early days it was roughly 20 or so hits per day and I was encouraged. Within the first 2 years I’d say it was a few hundred visitors per day. I had an article make it to the front page of Digg (when that actually meant something) and had over 30k visitors from that (thankfully it wasn’t self hosted at that time). So the traffic was never an issue. At the peak for traffic I would say maybe 3 years in I had a page rank of 4 (out of 10) and had close to 1000 visitors on average per day. But then something happened. For one thing as I became more jew wise and began writing about that, jewgle took over $50 of adsense credits it owed me (it only pays out once you reach $100) and believe me it takes a long time to make $50 bucks at a penny per click. It’s hard to remember the exact time frame here but around this time my page rank dropped from 4-3 and ultimately to where it still is today which is 2. Now pagerank is what google uses to assess how respected your site is and how prominently to place it in search results. This is proprietary “algorithms” which are tweaked from time to time but nobody really knows what all goes into what ranks where. But I can tell you from first hand experience that my traffic from google searches decreased by 3/4 to the point where yahoo and bing were sending me equal amounts of traffic even though their % of the search market is laughable compared to googles.
So consider what happens when you want to find something online, you go to a search engine and search for something and click on one of the first few links or at least what’s on the first page. When is the last time you looked all the way through to page 5 or 10? So if you have a website which is on googles hitlist and they through their “proprietary algorithms” demote you, basically blacklist you, if not for links from like minded websites or word of mouth you may as well not even exist. So you can understand how google, bing, yahoo can shape what you see online and you would never even know it. What do you think the world would be like if websites such as this or incogman were ranked as highly in search results as CNN or Foxnews? Of course they couldn’t have that.
I am not the only one who has this issue, I venture to say most independent bloggers who dare to speak out against protected groups face the exact same thing whether they realize it or not.
So what can you do? You can do whatever you can to let people know that websites you enjoy exist. Share a link on social networks, or email them to someone. Get creative, whatever it takes. Google and other search engines are covertly censoring what people have access to and who will stop them? I could sue them of course, but who do you think would win in court? It will take more than a lawsuit. It takes YOU, not other people but actually YOU to do something. I’m not talking just about this blog because at this point you can see how infrequently it’s updated, but any website of this nature. If it’s content is important to you than let someone else know about it, go out of your way to tell them because otherwise they might not be able to find it.