With that in mind, we decided to throw our anecdotal results into the fray to demonstrate what Google will do in this very limited case. We also hope to inspire you and your team to do what I call “quick & dirty” tests.
Here is a quick little test we ran here at UpBuild.
We used my personal site for testing (http://www.alexanderramadan.com), because the site is extremely basic in its configuration (built on the Flask framework) and it was really quick to prototype. I’m also not concerned with destroying the site in the name of testing.
In this test, we did the following:
- We made up a word that triggered no results in Google. That phrase was blamboopderpdug.
- We then created a new page on alexanderramadan.com at /blamboopderpdug/.
- We submitted the page to Google’s index and it was indexed within a few hours and was ranking for our keyword, “blamboopderpdug”. Nothing surprising so far. This was expected.
- We had Google recrawl the page and within a few hours our page was being returned for “ulkndwkdhzow” as well as “blamboopderpdug”.
Within 1 hour of submitting the page to the index, Google was returning our page for “nnnndndkskdowd”, our third made up word.
What does all this mean?
Of course, as with any good experiment, more questions were created by our results than actual answers.
Here are just a handful of the questions these results create:
- Is Google weighing their importance?
- Or the method which they were added?
- Would this work for a large block of text?
- How much did our first keyword (blamboopderpdug) appearing in the URL for the page affect it staying constant in the index?
We encourage everyone to run quick & dirty tests all the time, with anything they can think of. Sure, your data might not be completely valid or useful to everyone, but in many cases, we’re just trying to see if something CAN or CAN’T work in a certain situation. Quick tests like this can be the first step in a bigger, more thorough test.