In only 19 days since its launch, I am pleased to announce that Searching for John McCain (About the campaign; How to maximize your participation in the campaign, Campaign Widget) is making significant headway. Of the eighteen keyword and article combinations we are targeting, thirteen of the eighteen are now in the top fifty, and fifteen of the eighteen are rising in the rankings. Here is a progress report for all nine articles and two keyword searches, compared to where each ranked eleven days ago:
1--John McCain Votes to Filibuster Minimum Wage Hike. Up 8 slots to 42nd on "John McCain", down 8 slots to 45th on "McCain"
2--McCain housing policy shaped by lobbyist: Down 8 slots to 55th on John McCain", down 12 slots to 58th on "McCain"
Note: While this story is struggling right now, only last week it has temporarily moved into the top twenty on searches for John McCain. I will look into why it is falling in the rankings now, but the past success does indicate that it has the potential to come back with real force.
3--Bush, McCain plug Social Security: Up to 47th from outside the top 100 on John McCain; up to 31st from outside the top 100 on McCain
4--McCain blasts Obama's and Clinton's attacks on NAFTA: Up 7 slots to 58th on "John McCain," up to 40th from outside the top 100 for "McCain"
5--McCain in NH: Would Be "Fine" To Keep Troops in Iraq for "A Hundred Years": Up 1 slot to 21st on "John McCain ", Up 17 slots to 57th on "McCain"
6--McCain: Bush right to veto kids health insurance expansion: Up 36 slots to 38th on "John McCain" up to 88th from outside the top 100 for "McCain."
7--Senate passes expanded GI bill despite Bush, McCain opposition: Up 16 slots to 35th on "John McCain," up to 35th from outside the top 100 for "McCain."
8--McCain says overturn the law that legalized abortion: Up 18 slots to 31st on "John McCain", up to 39th from outside the top 100 for "McCain."
9--McCain Defends Bush's Iraq Strategy: Up 3 slots to 26th on "John McCain"; Up 1 slot to 21st on "McCain."
Overall, in more than half of all the targeted searches, progress has been substantial, with the articles jumping ten or more slots. The goal of the campaign is to place, by Labor Day, three of these articles in the top ten searches for both John McCain and McCain, three in the second ten, and three in the third ten. Here is where the campaign currently stands:
1 article at 88th
This is substantial progress, given that only three weeks ago virtually none of these articles were in the top 100 for either Google keyword search. With eleven weeks to go in the campaign, I remain extremely confident that we will achieve all of our goals, and make 15 million voter contacts as a result.
So, lets keep hitting this as hard as we can. To learn more about the campaign, click here. To learn how to maximize your participation in the campaign, click here. For a cool widget that helps you participate in the campaign, click here.