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I have a vague recollection that someone on my flist needed to get a website to answer to a particular search engine search. I have NO idea how to make this happen, but have been asked by the Newcomb legal team to try to get the site so that google finds it first when a user types in "Newcomb College". Help the clueless? Site:

Newcomb College

ETA: Elsa tells me (she is a goddess) that what I need to do is set up the link like above so people will click on it. And also that I need to get all of you guys to make a link like it and pimp it in *your* journal, just like a meme.

So let's call it the Save Newcomb College meme!

Pretty, pretty please, do this:

(substitute < and > for [ and ] )

For example [a href="http://www.newcomblives.com"]Newcomb College[/a]

Make an LJ post, and ask your flist to click on the Newcomb College link, then post it in their own LJs.

Y'all want more background? Read the website! The University is eliminating Newcomb College, the undergraduate college for women at Tulane University, because they don't like it. But the money which was used to establish the college was donated by a very smart lady, who was very specific in her wishes. She also gave more money to Tulane than it's founding father, Paul Tulane. I could go on for days. Help, pretty please?


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Jun. 16th, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)
The way you get it to happen is you get everyone you know to link to the site from anywhere they can. Have them link from LJ posts, from their own pages, from comments on your LJ.

Google's ranking works by counting the number of people linking TO a site. The more, the higher the ranking. Now, you can make a particular search term return your site first by having people put the term you want to use in the link.

For example ~a href="http://www.newcomblives.com"~Newcomb College~/a~ (Replace the ~ with "<" and ">")

If you can get hundreds of people to do it, you'll be the top unsponsored link on Google. That's how people have managed to fix it so the top result on Google for "Miserable failure" is the George W. Bush campaign website. (The technique is called "Google boming")
Jun. 16th, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC)
I wanna help!!

So, we should actually type in the Newcomb College and then click on it?
Jun. 16th, 2006 11:24 pm (UTC)
Did I do that right, Elsa?

Jun. 16th, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC)
The main thing is to get as many people as possible to post the link. It's not so much how many people click it, but how many links there are. Google's web spiders count links.

The more ethically challenged out there actually have programs that will generate thousands of bogus webpages that contain nothing but the link. For example, I have 5 gigs at Ace-host.net. I would fill it up with pages that have nothing on them but the link. (Porn sites use this technique to raise engine ranking.)

The more ethical way to go about it is to spread the link as a meme, so that each link is on a real, publicly viewable page or blog.
Jun. 16th, 2006 11:34 pm (UTC)
Fascinating. Well, I'll try ethical for the moment. But I better turn on that 'let google see me' thingy at LJ, then, huh?
Jun. 16th, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC)
Where would adding it to the sandlot footer fall on the ethical scale? Do dynamically generated pages count?
Jun. 16th, 2006 11:42 pm (UTC)
I believe dynamically generated pages count. (I can't say to be a code-level expert on this. I read a magazine article about it once [but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express once])

Adding it to the Sandlot footer would probably be effective. As for ethical, lets just say the majority of people posting at the Sandlot are women, so they would have a legitimate interest in women's education. ;-)

Newcomb College
Jun. 17th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
In addition to being less-than-ethical, this is also sometimes less-than-effective. All the major search engines have anti-spam measures in place, so you do run the risk of being categorized as spam and dropped from search results entirely if you try bulding a link farm. Having actual people do the linking is much safer, and I think it should work better.
Jun. 17th, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
Nods. And I've got no time to build a link farm anyway, so...memeing it is!
Jun. 17th, 2006 01:12 am (UTC)
It's called googlebombing, and it was done to the terms "Jew" and "Santorum." I was posting links a while back so that the first entry for "Jew" would not be an anti-Semetic site. I'll be glad to link to this in a couple of places, starting with my LJ.
Jun. 17th, 2006 01:34 am (UTC)
Here's a history of Googlebombing. If campaigns like this could get users looking for "hell" to the Microsoft web page and "liar" to Tony Blair's, we can get your site to the top for your college. (There's a war to see who "Miserable Failure" gets you, and Dubya's winning.)

And it's "Semitic," of course. I am having a bad spelling decade.
Jun. 17th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
I remember that! I did a lot of stuff at that point although it's so vague as to be as if I never knew... I put it in the Sandlot header, and there's an RSS feed on the womenscollege community. I can think of lots of places to put it, actually... Nods.

Jun. 17th, 2006 04:42 am (UTC)
I posted an entry in my writing blog, Chris -- my lj blocks the Google spiders.

I managed four links in three sentences. :)
Jun. 17th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you, thank you! I have, for the first time ever, taken the google spider block thing off my LJ. It's worth the risk right now. Much appreciation, m'dear.
Jun. 17th, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
We've not met, Chris, but I've come across several of my flist referring to your post, so I've put up a post and a link from mine too. I went to an all-women college myself, and I am disgusted at the way so many of them have been closed or "merged", and their identities and the aspirations of their founders just thrown to the winds.
Jun. 17th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
Oh *thank you* Gillo! It's making me insane -- and in our case, they can't even point to flagging enrollments or poor financial performance as an excuse to eliminate. They are spending far more in converting us to a mere program than they have saved by forcing our dean out of the university and its power structure!
Jun. 17th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
I've done some reading about this, and it disgusts me. I do hope the legal action succeeds.
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