Its nice to know that you dont have to pay people hundreds or even thousands of dollars for good rankings... I think just being relevant, and ensuring you include the same wording that you think people will be searching for will make a big big difference.
Heres some searches of interest to me, they may bore you, but hey - its my blog, and ill bore if I want to...
Tony Hughes (9th in a worldwide search)
Tony Hughes (1st in a NZ specific search)
Nokia 6255 (1st - Google news)
Samsung SCH-B600 (1st Google news)
Geekzone in general:
Telecom New Zealand (Dominates 1st page Google News)
Phone racing (1st)
"Pacific WiFi" (listed before Pacific WiFis own home page in a NZ specific search)
There are many more that come and go (Google news ones only stick around for a short while sometimes), but the bottom line is that GZ is well liked by the search gods. I have not researched other search engines, mainly because I just dont use other search engines unless im researching something really important and dont find enough relevant results in Google (almost never). I suspect lots of people take the same approach??
Remember Altavista? I used to use it exclusively till I found Google. Havent touched it at all since, except to see if its still alive and kicking.
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Won my first race today
Motor racing - new car already... # UPDATED WITH PIC #
No longer at Gen-i - What am I doing?
Comment by freitasm, on 2-Apr-2006 23:35
Yes, it's great stuff. And I think more people will realise this - it's great for ideas exchange and conversations.
Comment by cokemaster, on 2-Apr-2006 23:52
Its been very kind to me. The recent Sky outage articles had a VERY good ranking on Google news. It also made my recent 3500 page views post seem a bit premature.