#1 on Google

January 30th, 2008

I started this blog 5 years ago. In that time, I’ve written about Linux on the desktop, photography, international peace, version control systems, ice storms, Haskell, health care, rural life, Kansas, and infants.

Today I realized something: I am the #1 hit on Google when you search for smelly ducting. This will take you to a story I wrote back in 2005 about an odd odor in our house. I believe it is my most popular story ever, with almost 100 comments — and comments continue to trickle in, a few a week.

What’s the right word to use for that? When the great worldwide democratizing force that is the Internet collectively decides that your most important blog post is about smelly ducting?

I’m glad folks know what matters. Wouldn’t want to worry too much about what’s going on in Iraq, Washington, or Kansas if your ducts smell, that’s for sure.

Obviously every single Presidential candidate has missed out on a key issue in voters’ minds. If only someone would come out with a freshly-scented ducting platform, this country could finally move forward!

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  1. Central Services

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  2. Caught at one hundred and twenty metres per second

    John, don’t get too excited.
    I hate to disappoint you, but I got #1 for “mysql takeover” on the very day I wrote…

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  3. cliff

    Hi There, I also want to talk to you about ducts. Do your ducts stink? If so, don’t plan on any of the current candidates for president to do anything but add to the smell.

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  4. marty

    there use to be a word for finding the right combination of words to make you #1 on google… not “vanity searches” but something else… use to play it with Andy in the office. the person who could use the least number of words in the search won… well you’re down to two words! Interestingly enough, “debian smelly” gets you to #1 too.

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    John Goerzen Reply:

    Hi Marty,

    I remember that, too… I think you might be thinking of Googlewhacking, but I’m not 100% sure.

    “Debian smelly”, eh. That’s funny.

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