Friday, November 07, 2008

It's Better To Be Lucky Than Good.

We're learning as we go from our blogging experiment.

We see the "key word" searches that bring visitors to our site, and we anticipated that folks would be searching on-line this week for (1) predictions about the effect of Obama's election on appointments at the FDA, and (2) analyses of the likely effect of Obama's election on the Supreme Court generally, and the doctrine of preemption in particular.

We were right; in the last couple of days, we've seen a lot of traffic from people searching on-line for that information.

For new visitors to the blog, please don't overlook our earlier posts on those subjects: Obama's likely effect on the FDA, and Obama's effect on the Supreme Court and the preemption doctrine.

Also, we can't resist noting that we predicted two weeks before Election Day -- on October 21 -- that Obama would win the presidency and the Democrats would capture 58 seats in the Senate. Obama's now clinched it, and the Democrats have 57 seats in the Senate, with three races still too close to call or headed for recounts.

We'd like to correct only one thing from our October 21 post. We inadvertently wrote on October 21 that our projection of 58 Democratic Senate seats was the result of basically "picking a random number . . . between 51 and 60."

We meant to write that we've developed a complex, multifactorial algorithm that projects with perfect accuracy the result of any upcoming election. It took years of effort to develop that algorithm, but we'd be ready to sell it -- for a price. If either the Democratic or Republican National Committee would like to make us an offer, please contact us off-line.

1 comment:

Steve G said...

If you're trying to pull people in with search terms, Google's pagerank seems to weight the title of posts much higher than the content. So if, e.g., you expect people to be searching for commentary on Conte v. Wyeth, it seems that you'd get better search rankings from including one or both of those words in the title.

YMMV of course. My opinion is based on the hit data coming from two sources. One isThe Legality, an online law journal at the University of Oregon. The second is my own "personal" web page, where I post family photos and stuff like that. It used to be that searching for my first and last name at google would return 5 or 6 pages before mine. But when I put my name in the page title, it was result #1 within a week.

At The Legality, we regularly get lots of 'organic' search hits for words in page titles. Lots of hits from "forever21" searches to an article about copyright and fashion, lots of hits from the phrase "can police search text messages" where we have an article that pops up at #1 in google.

Just a thought :-D And if you're wondering, I found you because you got linked by Howard Bashman at How Appealing...