Originally Posted by GilaMinumBeer
Google just about anything and, often times, you'll get a hit to HBT within the top 10. Is that not the work of a bot crawl?
Originally Posted by Thundercougarfalconbird
For how often HBT comes up on google, I am floored at how often brewers haven't heard of the site.
It doesn't come up nearly as much as you think. Google knows you use the site a lot (as it does I) and so it assumes that results on HBT are either more relevant to your queries or just flat out preferred by you.
If you made the same searches on a new computer (I don't think they track IPs for this purpose) with a new (or simply no) user account, HBT will end up further down the list than the top spots you often see it occupying... in many, if not most, cases (depending on the kinds of things you search for), MUCH further down the list, so as to go absolutely unseen and unnoticed by the average user. Just about anything that tends to show up for a search unrelated to beer or homebrew - and even many that ARE - are a result of this.
(BTW... a bot "crawl" is what Google itself does to both index and rank pages, so it could certainly be said to be the work of that