I got a weird idea and started googling all the letters of the alphabet to see which pages had managed to SEO themselves into the top position. The results are quite interesting — well, to be honest, some are boring, but perhaps half are surprises — and you can see some trends: W3C specifications and Wikipedia entries for letters are common, if not on the top position then in the first page. Also Google has trouble with apostrophes, so the top hits for the letter s are all companies with names ending in ‘s. Jennifer Lopez is the only person who makes it to the list, but when I re-checked the results today (I did the initial searches yesterday) she had been bumped down to fifth place for the letter J. She’s still in my list because I kept all the data from the first run, and it would be a shame to remove the only person.
Read on for the complete list.
Note: the letter is a link to the search results, the name is a link to the page which was the first in the search results. I have abbreviated some of the titles.
Links in HTML documents
From the W3C HTML specification
Physical Review B
C (programming language) – Wikipedia
Physical Review D, Journal
Maker of a popular anti-virus software
Welcome to Gmail
H and M
The Swedish clothing company
A bit surprising that it wasn’t iPod, iTunes or ICQ (iTunes is #3, ICQ is #5), but this YouTube competitor likely gets more inbound links.
The acress, and the only person on the list
K Desktop Environment
Linux desktop environment
Typesetting software popular in academic circles
Info on the film, from IMDb. H and M (which took the first place for “H” is #5, not bad)
Paragraphs, Lines, and Phrases
From the W3C HTML specification
The R Project for Statistical Computing
More academia, apparently also called “GNU S”, but didn’t show up on S.
There’s a surprise, I guess that Google doesn’t understand that ‘s is part of the word, which is supported by the fact that most of the other hits also end in ‘s.
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, apparently commonly called the “T”
The University of Arizona
Followed by the universities of Alberta, Minnesota, Washington, Illinois and Pennsylvania
V for Vendetta
Promotion site for the film, the second place is taken by IMDb’s entry for the same film and number three is Star Wars: Episode V.
A hotel chain, George W. Bush is at place 3, 4 and 5.
I had expected The X-Files, but I guess that was too long ago. Instead this Linux project takes lead, followed by XFree86 (another Linux project), Apple Mac OS X and Xbox — so all computers.
No surprise that Yahoo! takes the Y, Yahoo! proper is second.
Last but not least is the leftist culture magazine.
This link text is extremely common (not least on this blog), but strangely the link is broken.
Cascading Style Sheets, level 1
A W3C specification…
Cascading Style Sheets, Level 2
…followed by it’s successor.
Welcome to 3
A british TV-channel
Another british TV-channel — awfully imaginative names they’ve got.
Internet Explorer 7
A bit ironic
TV and TV Guide – Yahoo!7
Yahoo!’s australian branch’s TV-guide
US Small Business Administration. The full title reads “SBA – 8(a) 8a 8A 8(A) Business Development”, it seems like they really, really want to make clear that they have something to do with 8(a), whatever that is (but having all the variations in the title seems to have payed out).
The 9 on Yahoo!
Oh, well. That was another wasted hour.