I’ve made no secret of the fact that I dislike the idea of a Barack Obama presidency. Perhaps in 10 years, when the man has had some seasoning, I might like him more. Right now, however, when I believe we’re engaged Norman Podhoretz’s World War IV, I find extremely unnerving having as President an untried neophyte who thinks we can just “talk” to the bad guys to make them guy away. (If you want to read all my beefs with Obama, go here.)
If you are a blogger and are unhappy with a potential Obama presidency, because he is the most liberal member of the Senate, because he is utterly untried, and because he’s a surrender-crat, there is something you can do about it. It’s called “Googlebombing.” As I understand it, it means to link heavily to high profile articles about a particular subject so that people who use Google to search for that subject are more likely than not to be driven to that article. John Hawkins explains:
Once again, the Left side of the blogosphere is plotting out a Googlebombing campaign. From Open Left,
It is time to start bomb bomb bomb, bomb bombing again. No, not Iran, but John McCain’s Google ranking.In looking for a search engine optimization against McCain, the first step is to choose good websites to optimize. Here some criteria for good websites:
* The website should already be in the Google top 100, for searches on John McCain, making it easier to increase the ranking over time.
* The website should have the word “McCain” in the title of the search result making it easier to optimize.
* The website should be from a well-known news source, making is less obviously a partisan attack.
* The website should have a long life span, and not in danger of being removed before the general election.
* The website should be a negative news story on McCain, not an opinion piece.
Of course, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander and in 2006, the right side of the blogosphere actually put together a more effective Googlebombing campaign than the Left did, even though it didn’t make much of a difference in such a lousy year for the GOP.
That being said, it will be significantly harder to make it work this time. Google has changed its search engine rankings to cut down on the effectiveness of Googlebombing, plus, there is so much coverage of the presidential candidates that it’s just plain old harder to drive up links on their names.
Still, making sure a few negative articles show up under a search for Barack Obama’s name could, over the course of the year, turns tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of voters off to him. In other words, if the election in 2008 is as close as the elections in 2000 or 2004, Googlebombing could be the difference between the winner and loser.
That being said, how ’bout suggesting some articles that deserve to be pushed out there? The bigger the news source, the better. I can also tell you that You Tube videos did REALLY WELL in 2006.
So, how bout suggesting some articles that deserve to be pushed up in the search engine rankings in the comments section? You get them to me, I will compile a list, and in the next day or two, I will make sure that they get widely linked all over the place.
As Hawkins notes, you can direct suggestions to him about the anti-Obama articles you favor. You can also link to those articles in your blog — as I have repeatedly done in mine. I think it’s important to get the word out that, in this election cycle, Obama is to politics what Oakland was to Gertrude Stein: There is no there there.
UPDATE: Thanks to Rockdalian for alerting me to this Power Line blog post about Obama’s plans to render America defenseless.
UPDATE II: Because I’m on an Obama role, here’s another article highlighting his plans to render America economically weak. For an allegedly smart man, he sure backs stupid ideas — which is a dead giveaway that he’s an academic, ensconced in any ivory tower of theory unconnected to reality. His complete disconnect reminds me of my conversation with that British woman from England’s north (which has morphed in 25 years from the most English part of England to the most Muslim part of England). She blamed the Oxbridge crowd for the catastrophic immigration and welfare policies, because they spin out their theories while being completely unaffected by the way in which those theories play out on the ground.