Tuesday, May 09, 2006

What Google thinks of this site

In theory has more than the three or four readers a day that I expected and, interestingly, almost no reader comes from a random web search. (As opposed to, say, a targeted search like "Luca Trevisan in theory".)

The exceptions are interesting, especially because they show what Google thinks that this site is relevant for.

  • Some readers were directed here when searching for "P NP", a search for which In Theory is in the top 20.
  • A few readers came searching for "feminism for dummies", a search for which we are ranked number 3.
  • Most amusingly, a reader came here searching for "evil masterminds", a sentence that I never wrote. (The power of anchortext and google-bombing.) This is site is ranked number 3 for this search.
  • Finally, some readers have found this place as the number 1 result for "Beijing stinky tofu".

Draw your own conclusions.

p.s. these are the rankings before this entry was posted. Your results may vary.


  1. Anonymous Anonymous
    5/10/2006 05:45:00 AM

    What Google 'thinks' of this site.

  2. Anonymous Anonymous
    5/10/2006 07:34:00 AM

    Luca, what do you think about the rich-get-richer dynamics w.r.t citing papers?

  3. Blogger Andy D
    5/10/2006 08:25:00 AM

    Luca, your travelogue on China was very entertaining and a great way to introduce your site and yourself.

    Give us an 'origins' story sometime--how did you become one of the evil masterminds behind complexity theory?

  4. Blogger edwardahirsch
    5/11/2006 08:56:00 AM

    Luca, some people read "syndicated" copies of your weblog (such as this one), Myself, for example.


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