Interesting thread, AJ - like you, I wonder what influences this "ranking"... if you can even call it that? When I run the search on [seo], I get myself first (wonder if that's by design more than by algorithm?) and then +Rand Fishkin
, +Todd Mintz
, +Bill Slawski
, and +Cyrus Shepard
Since I'm demonstrably nowhere near as smart as these folks, it's hard for me to understand why so many of you are seeing me here. Also, I note that five of these results are for people and one is for a brand. Why isn't there more of a balance between people/pages? And why aren't more prominent SEOs (or folks who are more prominent in the SEO world), such as, say, +Dennis Goedegebuure
, +Greg Boser
, +Vanessa Fox
, +Matt Cutts
, +Marshall Simmonds
, et al. showing up as well?Some thoughts:
● I'm in a decent amount of circles: 3,363 and rising. Getting mentioned/shared by +Robert Scoble
and +Beth Kanter
had a big impact on that (Thanks, Robert + Beth!). I wonder if either circle count or the amount of sharing in circles has any impact here.
● I +1 a ton of content in search results and on pages. Nearly all of it is SEO-specific. Perhaps having a high amount of +1 activity/strong focus on a particular topic area has an impact as well.
● Not all of these folks are following me, but I am following all of them. Would I still see this same sub-set if I didn't follow these folks?
● I mention "SEO" in my profile title. I also have a "verified" account from back in the day when Google Profiles automated this feature with a credit check.
● I'm not using rel=author for myself or for my site. Are these other folks? Would that even make a difference?
● People/pages/topic search is obviously still evolving. Not only that, but it appears to be pretty dynamic and fluid. I just re-ran the search on [seo] and suddenly +Danny Sullivan
was added to the mix.
● Better still, do a search for [search engine optimization] and check out the results. I'd expect them to be similar, but they look pretty different: +Danny Sullivan
, +Dana Lookadoo
, +Wil Reynolds
, me, +Robert Visser
, and then +Jill Whalen