Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Search me (again)

By far, my favorite Google search that brought a visitor here:

the Velvet Cucumber billing department

It brought them to the June archive, because of this entry.

For the life of me, I can't figure out what this person was really searching for. What is the Velvet Cucumber??? Does it really have a billing department?

Come to think of it, that would make a great name for a band.

The ways of Google are indeed mysterious.


Peruby said...

Mysterious, indeed. If you go to the June archive about pickles and such, and choose view, page source from the pull-down menu, you will find that there is the word 'velvet' and 'cucumber' (of course) and the rest is throughout the page as such:

'billing' 'department' is distributed about the page source as such:

'bill' = bill clinton (mentioned by you on your page)
'ing' = mindspring.com (a reference for theme scheme radio)
'de'= de7008 (a code for a certain color)
'par'= parent window (code document)
tm = html (hyper text markup language)
ent = document (document write)

That is how google found velvet cucumber billing department

If the user did not put quotation marks around the words, then google will find bits and pieces of it as it can.

I tried googling moon velvet billing department without quotation marks. I chose the first hit. I found moon on the page and velvet. billing was no where on the page, but if you choose view, page source I found 'bill' and 'ing' and 'department' was in the page source.

Well, probably more than you wanted to know but that is how a search engine searches. Going through line after line of source code. Boggles the mind.

That is also why they made the little tricks of +, - and quotation marks. And, if you really, really want to know you can go to www.howstuffworks.com and search for "search engines"

Jim Donahue said...

Facinating! Thanks for the explanation.

(This is Jim, not Freddie.)