# Making TP.SE googlable / reachable

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While it is easy to send the full link by e-mail, I found it hard to spread the word by (literally) the word of mouth.

No one*) will remember.

*) Up to the error bars.

Search for it!

Well, I guess that it is going to be a long time until (hopefully) one typing theoretical physics will find TP.SE.

I will type it in your computer...

Well, the original version is a bit lengthy, but http://bit.ly/tpse isn't.

Still, I think it is crucial to have a few catchy words that can be easily googled (i.e. one of the first results will be TP.SE). Any ideas are welcome. Maybe it is about the elevator pitch / tagline (e.g. Theoretical Physics - real questions), maybe one needs to invent an alias (e.g. ResPhysica) or there is sth else one can do.

Do you have any ideas how to make it easy to remember and to google TP.SE?

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Maybe the unnecesary, obvious answer but I will offer it anyway.

Increase the site's pagerank by linking to the main page and specific questions or answers on blogrolls and blog entries. For example, I just posted this entry on the CSTheory Community Blog.

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answered Nov 7, 2011 by (130 points)
Maybe the unnecessary, obvious comment but I will offer it anyway. That'll take a long time, and when tp.se becomes the top result for "theoretical physics" the site will be very well known, diminishing the need for it to be easily findable. We need a solution that works *now*, to ease the task of promoting the site.

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@Mateus: Don't underestimate the power of what seems like a handful of links. The topics of this site are not "Barak Obama" or "Justin Bieber." They are things like "quantum money." If a few more sites included the question-link that I included in my blog entry, then that question would probably be the #1-3 hit for "quantum money."

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That's true, but does not answer Migdał's question. People won't search for "quantum money" intending to find tp.se.

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I answered, "how can we make this site more googleable/reachable?" I won't respond further to your comments here, as I am getting the impression you are annoyed that people didn't like your name change idea and you are taking it out on me. I look forward to your constructive suggestions.

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That's a very offensive thing to say. If you're not my comments seriously, there's no point in writing them.

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@Mateus Araújo: no, it doesn't take a long time. You just need to have a reasonable number of users link to it from pages with high rank like their university homepages. A few links from homepages on MIT/UCB/... websites have a considerable effect.

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@AaronSterling: Well, linking is an obvious thing (and it is good you brought it to the attention). But my point was not to make TP.SE reachable by random, but make it also reachable on purpose. I.e. in a way you can say someone 'Just google for XXX and you will find it.' The tricky thing is that as we have no distinctive and easy name (well, I don't expect people to learn the full name easily), the standard approach does not work. So I am curious how to go around it.

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Search "theoretical physics q and a" and see what happens.

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I should point out to @PiotrMigdal and Mateus that tp.se is actually a registered Swedish domain, and so I think it is a bad idea putting too much effort into trying to make google find us first for that particular query.

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@JoeFitzsimons: I used TP.SE as an acronym for people how are already inside.

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@Piotr: Sorry, I thought you literally meant you wanted the query "TP.se" to point here.

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Here is a counterintuitive thing: right now if you search for "theoretical physics" the area 51 for TP.SE page is among the first 30 results and is ranked above the main site, mainly because people have linked to it when the proposal was in the commitment phase.

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"theoretical physics exchange" works right now.

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answered Nov 8, 2011 by (130 points)
The area51 page for the TP.SE is on the first page when I search for: theoretical physics question

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