After three years of hard work I am now #1 on the planet for “andrew”!

Feel free to throw a few more links this way with “andrew” in the anchor text to reinforce my position of global andrew domination. 🙂  That dude at #2 has owned the #1 spot for years.

I love the smell of #1 in image search in the morning.  It smells like #victory.

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  • Dev Basu  July 26, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Done. I have renamed the link on my personal blog from Local SEO Guide to just “Andrew’s Blog”.

  • Andrew Shotland  July 26, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Thanks Dev, but change that one back – rather rank for “local seo guide” than “andrew” 🙂

  • David Mihm  July 26, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Dev, Andrew really meant you should link to my blog with ‘Local SEO guide’ and keep his link saying ‘Andrew’.

    Unfortunately Beckham and Michelangelo appear to have doomed me to several ‘pages’ deep into the new infinite scroll.

  • Dev Basu  July 26, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Or you guys could link to Powered by Search and help it rank for “local seo services” – much better conversion rate on that one ;).

    I don’t have a shot at beating slum dog millionaire star Dev Patel either.

  • Andrew Shotland  July 26, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Man Beckham owns that results page. David Patterson could have done some damage, but he didn’t want it bad enough.

  • Kyle Tully  July 26, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    I guess this is generation y’s version of, “if you looked up X in the dictionary, you’d find a picture of him.”

    You now define Andrew for all mankind.


  • Andrew Shotland  July 26, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Hey Kyle, this is a p.c. blog. I now define Andrew for all humankind.

  • Liam  July 26, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Damn, I just did an image search on my name, and I think the “defining image of Liam” is far worse than having David Beckham! It’s that Gallagher character. Plus there’s a terrible pic of Liam Neeson with his pants off. Damn you Google image search.

  • Jim Rudnick  July 27, 2010 at 6:37 am

    wooT! what a hoot, Andrew….

    and nope, me neither in beating Jim Carrey or Jim Morrison or Jim Belushi….sigh…

    still funny! and I’ll do a blog on it myownself too….nice find Andrew — expected from the #1 Andrew in Google tho, eh!



  • Grow Clicks  August 8, 2010 at 12:57 pm


    Not at the office right now, otherwise I’d do a little research on your links before I typed it but this is such a cool trick that I don’t want to forget about it… just curious, did you actually build link campaigns around your name? If so, did you ever link directly to the image and how many links did you create?

    Also- be careful how you tell people about how to find you this way, because people logged into Google may confuse this with ‘social content / social circle’ area on the bottom of the serp (right above news) where its almost always profile pics.

    That brings me to the question- how do you know when a search brings up an image-box on the homepage?

    (patent-pending on the term ‘image-box’……. kidding, but its catchy, right?)

  • Andrew Shotland  August 9, 2010 at 8:51 am

    A while ago I asked readers to link to my site with the word “andrew” in the anchor text, but that’s about all the effort I made.

  • Andrew Shotland  August 9, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Re the image-box, not sure what all of the triggers are for this.

  • Grow Clicks  August 9, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Interesting….. I just assumed it was from your comments on blogs with the name ‘Andrew’ in them….. what exactly are the factors to getting an image to rank? Based on your site I would assume it to be backlinks to a page with that name in the anchor text which matches the name of the alt text of the image.

    Also, I wonder what would happen if you uploaded a new image named andrew.jpg…. would it reset all the work done thusfar?

  • Andrew Shotland  August 9, 2010 at 9:49 am

    I think it’s the number of backlinks to the site with “Andrew” in the anchor text plus the image optimization I have done on the site.

    If I changed the image I imagine it would reset.

  • Grow Clicks  August 9, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Lets try it………………… Just kidding.

    Just curious though…. how many hits do you actually get a week now for the keyword ‘Andrew’?

  • Andrew Shotland  August 9, 2010 at 10:02 am

    According to Webmaster Tools I am doing 8,100 impressions/month for the term. The CTR is lower than what you would think because the other guys look so much more interesting 🙂