Honkatonk (1892); OT:Google changes

Bapopik at AOL.COM Bapopik at AOL.COM
Wed Jul 5 18:10:47 UTC 2006

"Honktonk" is 1892 in the newly digitized Galveston (TX) Daily News. I  
posted a "honky tonk" entry to my site. (The Wikipedia is wrong and the term is  
not from NYC's Tonk pianos. Gotta correct Wiki for free again.)
OT: About one in four of my Newspaperarchive searches are slow and  
eventually crash. For about one in ten searches, the egg-timer freezes and stays  in 
place for about ten minutes. Anyone else have these problems?
28 July 1892, Galveston (Texas) Daily News, pg. 6:
FORT WORTH,  Tex., July 26.
A youth named Goodman, who arrived here from  Wilbarger county this evening, 
entered Andrews’ honkatonk on Fifteenth street  and was ordered out on account 
of his age.
As I've said, Google changes have decimated the my website hits and what  
little income I actually make from my life's work.
Google search results for almost every term I researched and wrote  about 
have dropped off the first search page and are now just about last.  If you 
search for my work directly (as with "Smoothie" +  "barrypopik"), my site comes in 
last, behind complete computer-mangled  garbage.
Google Adsense responded to my query, but not specifically:
Hi Barry,

Thanks for writing in. I'm sorry to hear of this recent  situation.

As you may know, Google's advertising programs are independent  of our
search results. Participation in AdWords and AdSense doesn't  affect
inclusion or ranking in the Google search index.

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My site is no  longer included in the search results. What happened?
Answer:  http://www.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=20921

How can I  improve my site's ranking?
Answer:  http://www.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=480

Why doesn't my  site show up for a specific keyword?
Answer:  http://www.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=483

I know this may  not be the specific answer you were looking for, but
unfortunately I'm unable  to provide you with any other details at this

I appreciate your  understanding, and wish you luck in returning to your
previous page views and  earnings.


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Original Message  Follows:
From: "Barry Popik"  <Bapopik at aol.com>
Subject: Other
Date: Sat, 01 Jul 2006 16:37:57  -0000

My name is Barry Popik, and I have a website called  www.barrypopik.com
"The Big Apple." I research NYC words and phrases (I'm a  consultant to the
OED), and I post my scholarship to my website. It used to  be quite
popular, getting 7,000-8,000 hits per day. My ads and popularity  were
increasing steadily. My website has many links, such as to the  Wikipedia's
and NY Public Library's "Big Apple" web pages. If you typed in  simply "Big
Apple," my site rose last month to number five on the first  search page.
Google changed everything this week. Now, if you type in  "Big Apple," my
site is nowhere to be found! If you search Google for even  "Barry Popik" +
"Big Apple," my website is on the eighth web page. This is  ridiculous! I'm
even several search pages behind the "Class Brain"  website--where a grade
school kid plagiarizes my work!
What's  happened to Google? Why are the search results so bad now? Why did
no one  inform Google Adsense users of the changes?
My money and my hits have  been decimated overnight!
Please register my  complaint with  Google and give me answers!!

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