About a year ago I started to pay attention to our Google ranking. Of course we are #1 if you Google "Austin Planetarium", but I was more interested in simply the word "planetarium". Would we show up at all? And if so, how far down the list would we be?
Well, to all of our pleasant surprise, we did show up in the ranking. On September 29 2008, we ranked number 172. I know this so precisely, because I took a screen shot of the page back then. You can view that image here.
Over the following months I have been following this, and I believe the latest ranking I saw, several weeks ago, was that we had climbed steadily towards being number 100. This is very good news. It means that we are doing our jobs marketing the planetarium, and that others are writing about us and linking to our site. Also, and this may be the most important one, we are simpler to find.
Needless to say, when I discovered this morning that we climbed to place #10, yes ON THE FRONT PAGE of Google I gasped. WOW! If you Google the word "planetarium" we are now on the very front page of Google!
So, I can say something witty that on the 9th day of the 9th month of 2009, we rank number 10, but I think it is more appropriate to say: only 9 to go!