Just When I Thought I Understood Google’s PageRank

I used to publish ChasNote on Google’s Blogger platform. My last post to chasnote.blogspot.com, though, was July 3, 2006. The Blogger site, relative to ChasNote.com, doesn’t have much content in its archive (ChasNote.com has the full archive from the old site, plus around 4 new posts per week for the past 4 years), has almost no inbound links and only a very small handful of comments.

So why does the Blogger site (yellow arrow) rank higher in Google results for “chas edwards” than ChasNote.com (red arrow)? Does Google give special PageRank treatment to its own websites?

Vanity Search for Chas Edwards

At a time when vanity searches play an important part of our daily routines, what’s a vanity searcher to do??

  1. # Michael Arrington said: October 13th, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    The first result looks perfect!

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  3. # Paul Spyksma said: October 13th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Could it possibly be that “a time when vanity searches play an important part of our daily routines,” is the real problem, regardless of how Google ranks anything? Just sayin…

  4. # Chas said: October 14th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Mr Arrington: How on earth did you get through my comment-spam filter?! I’m calling WordPress this instant. :)

  5. # Chas said: October 16th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Paul: What, you want me to dial back on my vanity searching?! You take all the fun out of the Internet.

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  7. # Rick Klau said: October 19th, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Chas – couple comments. First off, the search results you’re seeing are personalized. When I do the same search for “chas edwards” when not logged in, chasnote.com comes up before the Blogger blog – you’re likely seeing the Blogger blog ahead because of past clicks or other indicators that it’s a relevant result for you.

    Second – part of the reason Google thinks that the Blogger blog is still relevant is that as the site owner, you haven’t told us otherwise. If you use rel=”canonical” in your page’s code, you can signal to Google that the authoritative site for your content is at chasnote.com, which would effectively remove the blogspot.com URL from the index and direct everyone to chasnote.com. See here for more details:


    Hope that helps. We definitely do not preferentially index Blogger above other blogging platforms!

  8. # Chas said: October 19th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Rick–You are the man! Thanks for the insight and the link.

  9. # rolfsf said: October 19th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    You know, I was just going to say that google search results are personalized (something a lot of people don’t realize), and that when I do a search on Chas Edwards, the Blogger site is listed after the chasnote.com site…

    but then, google knows everything, and what do you know, they’ve already been here to make my comment for me. Kinda creepy…

  10. # Chas said: October 19th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    If you think Google is creepy, you should meet Rick Klau. Just kidding, Rick! I love all ChasNote readers equally, all 12 of you.

  11. # Stephen Howard-Sarin said: October 21st, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Funny update: Google now show this very post as the first Chasenote.com result. It’s kinda meta.

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