Apparently Metro Vancouver, fka the GVRD is hurt and displeased with its google rank and is in need of some serious SEO help.
If you Google it, you’ll get eight other entries, including a newspaper, soccer league and hotel before you finally find the one for the body formerly known as the GVRD.
Staff tell the Vancouver Courier the name isn’t the trouble though, it’s Google’s arcane system, which tracks outside sites still using the old title and they say their webmaster is hard at work trying to find a solution. [News1130]
Apparently the big issue is that the name “Metro Vancouver” isn’t unique or ‘googleable’ enough. Geez and I thought I was anal about my google search results.
Well they are correct, the first result I get is the Metro News Paper, followed by Vancouver Metro Soccer League, the non-downtown Days Inn, Metroblogging Vancouver (yay!) and rounding out the top five is a Urban Vancouver.
According to Urban Vancouver’s poll: ‘What do you think of “Metro Vancouver”, the new name for the GVRD (Greater Vancouver Regional District)?‘ so far 40% of readers welcome the name. As for me? I really don’t want this to turn into a mass amalgamation a la Toronto but it’s just a name change, which doesn’t bother me. And regarding the google search? I’m on results page 3 so count me out of the running, although I’ll be checking back to watch the climb of the District formerly known as GVR, just because I am that geeky.