Q&A Friday #33: RWN Search Engine Results

Question: “Why is it that when I put “rightwingnews” in Yahoo the top links are sites like Stormfront and your site is nowhere to be seen? It doesn’t do that on Google, and unless “rightwingnews.com” is entered in Yahoo your site doesn’t even show up on the top of the results. I haven’t bookmarked the site on my PC at work, although I usually drop while I eat lunch. Is this some sort of plot by some savvy left-leaning computer geek to lump you with the skinheads?” — Charles Zambori

Answer: I don’t have a real answer to this question, but the bloggy computer geek in me thought it was interesting enough to post on and see if a read knew what was up.

If you go to Google, the preeminent search engine on the planet, RWN comes up first for rightwingnews, right wing news, or rightwingnews.com. That makes sense since it is a highly linked, fairly decent sized blog called “Right Wing News.”

On the other hand, if you go to Yahoo, which is supposedly built off of the Google engine, it’s a completely different ball game.

rightwingnews.com does bring up RWN first. But there are no direct links to RWN as deep as I checked (50 deep). However — and this is odd — the first link is Brass Knuckles Webzine, which was created before RWN, and is now aliased to RWN.

Then at rightwingnews, there are again no direct links to RWN as deep as I checked (50 deep). However, the overwhelming majority of links that go 50 deep are references to RWN, although most of them are old. The Stormfront link CZ mentioned? It’s a forum post from those Nazis complaining about my ripping on them from way back in 2002 (By the way, it’s kind of cool to have Nazis mad at me).

I really don’t think it’s any sort of plot, but something does seem to be a little odd there. Any of you search engine prodigies out there have any idea what’s happening with Yahoo and RWN?

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