An answer to a small mystery

January 6th, 2010

I’ve long been stupefied by the fact that one of the most common search terms that leads people to my website is “medical sign”. Type that into a Google search and you will not find a link to B[b]otH anywhere near the top (I gave up checking after ten pages).


Run that same search on Google Images. Either at the bottom of the first page or the top of the second page – I don’t know why it fluctuates – you’ll find a picture from this old post of mine with “” link underneath it. Which apparently gets a fair share of clicks through.

I have no idea why a picture from my site would be near the top for a query that returns 62,500,000 results, but page ratings must not work the same way between regular searches and image searches. I don’t know whether to be proud that I lap almost the entire Internet on one specific search query or to be upset that success does not come whence I would like it.

At least, I stumbled across an explanation for something that bothered me for a long time…


  1. January 6th, 2010 at 12:51 | #1

    The ways of Google, like the ways of women, are mysterious, and not meant to be understood by mere mortals.

  2. January 6th, 2010 at 15:16 | #2

    After so many years of married life, I don’t find ways of women all that mysterious, Vince 😉

  3. January 13th, 2010 at 13:06 | #3

    The name of the JPEG image is “MedicalSign.jpg.” My guess is that somewhere, someone has that image on their page by referencing in their HTML, rather than making their own copy of the image, and that their reference is driving up the Google PageRank of the image.

    I have the same phenomenon with this image. Go figure…

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