There Is No Cat

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Monday, May 23, 2005

Billions and billions

It sets my teeth on edge every time one of my clients at work asks me to insert a link into their deathless prose using the words "click here" or "more" (the latter mandated as a corporate standard many years ago). So I got curious; what comes up if you search for these terms on Google?

Click here (1.17 billion results)

  1. Adobe Reader - Download
  2. - The Universal Currency Converter ®
  3. Apple - QuickTime - Download
  4. MapQuest.Com Maps, Directions and More
  5. Macromedia Flash Player Download Center
  6. PayPal - Welcome
  7. Rhapsody & RealPlayer - the best audio and video players -
  8. Netscape Browser
  9. Download Center (for Microsoft Windows Media Player)
  10. Internet Explorer Home

More (2.36 billion results):

  3. Google Search: More, more, more
  4. - Enterprise Technology News and Reviews
  5. MapQuest.Com Maps, Directions and More
  6. Cost of War
  7. Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters
  8. The Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
  9. Symantec Security Response - Search and Latest Virus Threats Page
  10. Computerworld

Then again, given the prominence of the companies who come up when you search for these terms, maybe using "click here" and "more" count as best practices.

Posted at 4:46 PM


Note: I’m tired of clearing the spam from my comments, so comments are no longer accepted.

I like how Salon handles it - each page of a document links to every other page. It gives the reader more control and shows how long the document is.

Posted by Kelly at 3:45 PM, May 25, 2005 [Link]

ralph, i went to the top few pages of those results, but couldn't find the words "click me" anywhere on the pages! except for, where the Click Me was an image in an advertisement.

so, why are they coming up in the search results?

Posted by deb at 3:33 AM, May 27, 2005 [Link]

Given the way Google works, I imagine it's more that pages that link to them use the words "click here". So there are undoubtedly countless pages all over the net that tell users to go download Acrobat using the words "click here".

Posted by ralph at 9:12 AM, May 27, 2005 [Link]


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