Not to the red carpet.
Not to some upper level of social distinction.
And not to any nearby mountain top.
It was a proud day when I could Google myself and I appeared. Not really ME, but The Goat Cheese Lady.
And, this did not happen instantaneously either. As a knows-very-little-about-the-internet computer user, I assumed that if you get a website, someone could Google you right away and…find you.
Not so. After some unsuccessful self-Googling, I began researching. How can someone Google “the goat cheese lady” and have me appear?
Here is where the Googlebot comes in. Whatever that is. The Googlebot scans the internet every 3 seconds or every 3 weeks, I have no idea which, and grabs up new websites that weren’t there the last time it scanned. Apparently, the Googlebot had not grabbed up mine.
For way longer than I cared to wait.
I mean, when you’re The Goat Cheese Lady, you have a special group of followers who may, mistakenly type www.thegoatcheeselady.com instead of typing www.thegoatcheeselady.wordpress.com. Now, that is an understandable mistake. It would be easier not to have to remember to add .wordpress, but it is necessary, because if you just type www.thegoatcheeselady.com, you’ll get nowhere.
So that led to a predicament. All 3 of my loyal followers had to, at some point, Google me, because they had forgotten about the .wordpress part. But, I didn’t come up. Not even on the 9,233,210th listing.
You can see how that can be problematic for business.
So, in my research, I learned I could put my site’s name (called the URL) directly into Google’s records so that the Googlebot would find me sooner rather than later.
I did that.
And, now, I have arrived.
It’s a good day in the life of The Goat Cheese Lady.
– The Goat Cheese Lady, #5 on Google