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sarahlee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 01:54 PM
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GoogleBomb the Elections: Final Revision
Edited on Mon Oct-23-06 02:03 PM by sarahlee
Yesterday's information on this action can be found here:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Time is critical enough to make this work that I am posting this update in a new thread.

Since it is always good to start off with something funny, check out the rave reviews this campaign is getting from the right-wing blogosphere. Hot Air writes:


Fascinatingly evil... It takes a devious mind to come up with a convoluted way to rig Google search terms, tie that to Google ads and hope to move democracy your way via online hypnosis. What would such a mind do from inside Congress, or the White House?


Well since I will never be running for public office, they needn't worry about that (party office is as far as I will go), although it is nice to know some people out there think of me as potential White House material. Outside the Beltway writes:

The unscrupulous Chris Bowers has hatched a devious plan to influence the election:


Anyway, after yesterday's amazing group research produced articles on every target race, I spent a number of hours sifting through the articles and subsequent blog comments. I am very confident in about fifty of the seventy articles that we found, and I am now almost ready to proceed with the Google bomb for those fifty campaigns. I removed about twenty districts from the target list, because I would rather not conduct a Googlebomb than conduct a bad Googlebomb. I removed some districts because we could only find ticky-tack material (in the future, we really need good blogs in those districts to help change what might be a passive local media not producing any hard-hitting stories). Also, in some districts, we could only find strong editorials. I removed those, because that runs counter to the general purpose of the project. In very few cases, I kept partisan media sources or unusual media sources, just because they were so darn good (Raw Story on Heather Wilson, Rolling Stone on Marylin Musgrave). In the end, I think we now have a list of fifty excellent Googlebombs, which I reproduce below.

The purpose of this post, as with the post I ran last night I MyDD, is to run a final check on the remaining targeted districts. If you see any problems with the fifty remaining potential Googlebombs, say so in the comments. If you have something truly delicious on a district not listed, post that too. I intend to purchase the ads and send out the final Googlebomb code by tomorrow morning. This is our final chance to edit and add. Speak now or forever hold your peace. Here is the current target list:


Go here to read the list:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/10/23/1399/8985

Spread the word!

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sarahlee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 01:55 PM
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1. Please Recomend and keep this kicked
It is going to take a LOT of us to make this work in a short period of time - before voters start hitting Yahoo and Google to find info on canidiates.
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populistdriven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:00 PM
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2. k&r
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Fridays Child Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:01 PM
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3. K&R
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:01 PM
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4. Forgive my ignorance...
What is google bombing?
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sarahlee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:05 PM
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7. Check out the link to yesterday's thread on this
linked at the top - look for my post replying to someone else with the question and linking to Wikipeadia for the explanation.

Short on time, so don't have time to look it up myself right now.

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Capn Sunshine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:03 PM
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5. Nice work sarahlee
I appreciate the constructive effort made vs just keyboard commandos. THIS might actually move some voters.
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sarahlee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:07 PM
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8. Well, it is Chris Bowers, not me
Edited on Mon Oct-23-06 02:11 PM by sarahlee
I'm just trying to help get the word out to the rest of the crowd.

Wish I had the time and guts to go see what Free Republic was saying about it. As Chris wrote:

Right Wing News, for example, has suggested a counter Google bomb for about half as many campaigns. Don't get too worried: they suck at it, and nearly all of their links are to overtly partisan sites and / or editorials.

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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:55 PM
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13. Freepers have NO knowledge of the G-bomb. No ref to
a g-bomb simce early September. (I just did a search of their cavemanesque website)
ROFLMAO!
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sarahlee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 04:30 PM
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16. I love it!
Thanks for braving FR to find out!
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:05 PM
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6. K&R
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sarahlee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:12 PM
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9. This may be on CNN
You might see something about this campaign on CNN later this afternoon. I don't know if it is a good thing or a bad thing to advertise that we are doing this, but I'm making snap decisions based on snap ideas. With onyl fifteen days left, I'm not sure how else to act.

MyDD

by Chris Bowers

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sarahlee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:18 PM
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10. Social Networking/Sharing Sites
Everyone who belongs to any Social Networking/Sharing sites should make sure theay tag the agreedupoon articles/links with the GOP names - I'm talking about sites like Furl, del.icio.us, Stumble, digg, etc.
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sarahlee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:28 PM
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11. Campaign sites hits from searchs increase during the 2 weeks before
Anyone who has worked on the IT end of a campaign, as I have, can tell you that during the two weeks before an election your web site hits that come from searchs via Google and Yahoo, etc. increase dramatically as election day approaches. That is why this effort can be effective IF we get the canidates names linked to the articles out quickly and in a great many different places - from sig lines to blogs to websites and forums. From yesterday's post:

According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, the number one way that voters use the Internet for political action is to search for information on candidates. During the final two weeks of the election, it is reasonable to expect that as many as twenty million voters will be searching for information on candidates online.

During this key time, this project will help push the most negative article written by a non-partisan media source on all key Republican candidates to the forefront of any search for that candidate. The negative article will appear both high on all Google searches for the candidates, and as an advertisement that appears whenever anyone searches for that candidate. By giving this article two prominent locations on Google searches for the candidate, and because it will come from a non-partisan source, it will increase the likelihood that the article will be seen and trusted by those searching for information on the candidate.
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sarahlee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:43 PM
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12. Campaign sites hits from searchs increase during the 2 weeks before
Anyone who has worked on the IT end of a campaign, as I have, can tell you that during the two weeks before an election your web site hits that come from searchs via Google and Yahoo, etc. increase dramatically as election day approaches. That is why this effort can be effective IF we get the canidates names linked to the articles out quickly and in a great many different places - from sig lines to blogs to websites and forums. From yesterday's post:

According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, the number one way that voters use the Internet for political action is to search for information on candidates. During the final two weeks of the election, it is reasonable to expect that as many as twenty million voters will be searching for information on candidates online.

During this key time, this project will help push the most negative article written by a non-partisan media source on all key Republican candidates to the forefront of any search for that candidate. The negative article will appear both high on all Google searches for the candidates, and as an advertisement that appears whenever anyone searches for that candidate. By giving this article two prominent locations on Google searches for the candidate, and because it will come from a non-partisan source, it will increase the likelihood that the article will be seen and trusted by those searching for information on the candidate.
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sarahlee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 04:16 PM
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14. Social Networking/Sharing sites
Everyone who belongs to any social networking/sharing sites should make sure theay tag the links with the names - I'm talking about sites like Furl, del.icio.us, Stumble, digg, etc.

Google counts the numbers of links so if dozens of progressive blogs just post Chris' list of links and names, that will add to their "relevance" in google's search algorhythm.

It doesn't matter to google how many of us click on the links, Google has no way of knowing that.

The more links the more google will "learn" to associate those Republicans' names with the negative articles about them.
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sarahlee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 04:28 PM
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15. Current HTML Code
If you have a website or blog, here is the current HTML code for the links - it may change as they are still trying to find the "best of the worst news articles" about each canidate, but if you can dedicate a page on your site to this effort, all you need to do is highlight the list and right click on and select "View Selection Source" copy and paste that source code into one of your web/blog pages. (DU shortens the HTML code, so getting if via the source code is the only option)

It will be easy to replace the code with the final version.

Others can pick a favorite to add to your signatures here and elsewhere.

Once the list is final I will post a page with the code in DU's format.

--AZ-Sen: <a href="http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/Issues/2006-04-13/news/f... ">Jon Kyl</a>
--AZ-01: <a href="http://harpers.org/sb-the-patty-roe-story-1158246131.ht... ">Rick Renzi</a>
--AZ-05: <a href="http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles... ">J.D. Hayworth</a>
--CA-04: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Doolittle#Controversi... ">John Doolittle</a>
--CA-11: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Pombo#Controversie... ">Richard Pombo</a>
--CA-50: <a href="http://www.kfmb.com/story.php?id=66505 ">Brian Bilbray</a>
--CO-04: <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/12054520/the... ">Marylin Musgrave</a>
--CO-05: <a href="http://www.gazette.com/display.php?id=1322626&secid=1 ">Doug Lamborn</a>
--CO-07: <a href="http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/elections/article... ">Rick O'Donnell</a>
--CT-04: <a href="http://www.connpost.com/news/ci_4509567 ">Christopher Shays</a>
--FL-13: <a href="http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/local/15422... ">Vernon Buchanan</a>
--FL-16: <a href="http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=... ">Joe Negron</a>
--ID-01: <a href="http://www.summitdaily.com/article/20060923/NEWS/609230... ">Bill Sali</a>
--IL-06: <a href="http://msnbc.msn.com/id/14988252 /">Peter Roskam</a>
--IL-10: <a href="http://cbs2chicago.com/video/?id=25835@wbbm.dayport.com ">Mark Kirk</a>
--IL-14: <a href="http://www.ktvu.com/politics/10062284/detail.html ">Dennis Hastert</a>
--IN-02: <a href="http://www.southbendtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?A... ">Chris Chocola</a>
--IN-08: <a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/localnews/2004/04/21ky/B... ">John Hostettler</a>
--IA-01: <a href="http://www.qctimes.net/articles/2005/12/09/news/local/d... ">Mike Whalen</a>
--KY-03: <a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/localnews/2002/08/29/ke0... ">Anne Northup</a>
--KY-04: <a href="http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/15533221.htm ">Geoff Davis</a>
--MD-Sen: <a href="http://www.gazette.net/stories/021006/montsta130223_319... ">Michael Steele</a>
--MN-01: <a href="http://wcco.com/topstories/local_story_229144301.html ">Gil Gutknecht</a>
--MN-06: <a href="http://citypages.com/databank/27/1348/article14760.asp ">Michele Bachmann</a>
--MO-Sen: <a href="http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/politi... ">Jim Talent</a>
--MT-Sen: <a href="http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2006/07/28/news... ">Conrad Burns</a>
--NV-03: <a href="http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/sun/2006/oct/... ">Jon Porter</a>
--NH-02: <a href="http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Top+ai... ">Charlie Bass</a>
--NJ-07: <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A23714-2003Apr... ">Mike Ferguson</a>
--NM-01: <a href="http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/Congresswoman_on_page... ">Heather Wilson</a>
--NY-03: <a href="http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/ny-usking0817,0... ">Peter King</a>
--NY-20: <a href="http://blogs.timesunion.com/capitol/?p=983 ">John Sweeney</a>
--NY-26: <a href="http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/artic... ">Tom Reynolds</a>
--NY-29: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Kuhl#Personal ">Randy Kuhl</a>
--NC-08: <a href="http://www.newsobserver.com/291/story/254053.html ">Robin Hayes</a>
--NC-11: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_H._Taylor#Controve... ">Charles Taylor</a>
--OH-01: <a href="http://www.thehill.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Fron... ">Steve Chabot</a>
--OH-02: <a href="http://www.wcpo.com/news/2006/local/10/11/murtha_schmid... ">Jean Schmidt</a>
--OH-15: <a href="http://www.columbusdispatch.com/?story=217625 ">Deborah Pryce</a>
--OH-18: <a href="http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/ba... ">Joy Padgett</a>
--PA-04: <a href="http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Melissa_Hart... ">Melissa Hart</a>
--PA-07: <a href="http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/28-10162006-7278... ">Curt Weldon</a>
--PA-08: <a href="http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/111-01222006-601... ">Mike Fitzpatrick</a>
--PA-10: <a href="http://www.timesleader.com/mld/timesleader/15646184.htm ">Don Sherwood</a>
--TN-Sen: <a href="http://www.commercialappeal.com/mca/politics/article/0,... ">Bob Corker</a>
--VA-Sen: <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/09/26/politics/main... ">George Allen</a>
--VA-10: <a href="http://www.nationalcenter.org/PRJTHGWolfEarmark1006.htm... ">Frank Wolf</a>
--WA-Sen: <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003224... ">Mike McGavick</a>
--WA-08: <a href="http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/287797_reichertside... ">Dave Reichert</a>

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sarahlee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 10:31 PM
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17. Screen shots from "The Situation Room" discussing
CNN's Situation Room in a little segment by one of their two "Blog Experts", Jackie Schecter.





Story was that Google disapproved of this practice and said that it takes away from "organic search results". She also showed a screen from RedState where this project was criticized as a waste of time - but then the Redstaters rushed home to try it on their own.

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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 11:19 PM
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18. K & R !!!
:kick:
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Oreo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 12:55 PM
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19. Here's the go ahead from Chris Bowers
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sarahlee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 02:41 PM
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20. Thanks for getting it up
I got busy and couldn't react immediately.
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-27-06 06:43 PM
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21. google bomb ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER too--here's code
Check out link to this post.

If you have suggestions for improving the code, please let me know.



http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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sarahlee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-27-06 07:29 PM
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22. You might want to post this on the latest thread
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-27-06 11:50 PM
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23. thanks for the tip--did it.
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