Caltech Rankmaniac 2012

We are trying to educate people about being CS majors and getting our site to the top of a Rankmaniac 2012 google image search

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Rankmaniac 2012 One Hour Countdown….

One more hour until this competition is finished! Doing Rankmaniac 2012 helps me to learn search engine optimization techniques, and be able to post fun thing on this blog. Hopefully this blog could help people understand more about CS majors, how our lives are as CS majors. This is a final update: we are currently 3rd!

Rankmaniac 2012 countdown

Rankmaniac 2012 countdown


Has anyone figured out Bing yet?

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How are rankmaniacs supposed to get on Bing?

One image from this class appears on Bing – and it took a couple of weeks to get there.  So why can’t we or anyone else get on Bing image search?

According to the top articles found on Bing for the query “how to get on Bing image search”, the image search optimization methods are similar to Google’s:  appropriate filenames, alt text, and something about frame breaking (that I don’t actually understand and don’t have time to look up right now because I’m technically working on a different problem set).  Most of the other results were for how to be the background image of Bing or how to turn off the background image of Bing.

Any advice on how we can get pictures on Bing image search in 18 hours?

Ready for another Rankmaniac 2012 Update?

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Our Caltech Rankmaniac 2012 blog comes up 4th on google web search!

Hello loyal readers of our blog! Here’s an update on our class competition: Rankmaniac Reloaded.    We are doing very well in the image search (check the google site under the “rankmaniac 2012” page above to see exactly how well) and are also doing pretty well in the web search, as you can see above.  Not that the web search really matters for us Rankmaniacs this year.

So, what’s gotten us this far?  Lot of search engine optimization (SEO) techniques – constant updates of our webpages, link farming, title and alt tags for the images, and PageRank.  Funny how all of these things came together to give us the final boost we needed.

While this page has of course comes up when “rankmaniac 2012” is queried, we’ve even gotten a few hits for keywords “caltech”, “shortest unique substring”, and “Facebook weaknesses 2012”.  It’s pretty nice that we are being found for reasons other than our own 🙂

One problem we (and everyone in the class) are having is getting on Bing image search though.  We are indexed by and do appear on Bing web search, but we still aren’t sure how they rank images.  At this point in the competition, just getting onto Bing is equivalent to winning the Bing competition.  So, we’ll see what we can do in the next couple of days.

There are only a few days left in the competition, so this may be the last update before the final checking of ranks.  Come back later for more interview questions and CS advice!