Heather McNeil: The Bet

Important update!—I’m not so keen on having the picture I’m using hosted by Flickr. In fact I don’t even know if Flickr photos show up in GIS results. So I’ve switched to a copy of the picture hosted on Soylent Red. If you’ve helped with the campaign so far I’d really appreciate it if you could update your sites to point at the new image. Links to this post and to the blog are still fine.

And so it came to pass that Heather McNeil bet me that I couldn’t get a picture of her to show up in the top 10 results for a Google Image Search for “Heather McNeil”. I have until the weekend of 8th/9th September to make this happen. If I fail, I face a forfeit. According to Rachel, who had a hand in deciding the forfeit, I really should try to win.

Step 1: I have found the image I want to promote:
Heather McNeil
(Heather McNeil at K4)

It’s from K4, and I chose it because it was the first one I found. I wanted to crack on with the game* rather than faffing about trying to find a really embarrassing one. I also think that going a little easy on the embarrassing front could be a good idea if it turns out that I lose the bet.

Step 2: Google likes your search terms to appear in the address. http://heathermcneil.blogspot.com/, the blog I set up today solely for the purpose of winning this bet, should help in that regard.

Step 3: This site has a pretty high Page Rank for many pages, so a mention or two on here should be a big win for me.

Step 4: Your help! Please post the picture wherever you can, or link to it wherever you can. Don’t copy the picture; that’s no use. Just use the address “http://www.soylentred.net/images/heather-mcneil.jpg”. Be sure to put Heather’s full name (Heather McNeil) prominently close to the picture. Alt and title text is ideal, if you know what those are.

It’s also useful if you can link to this post or to the blog wherever you can.

Step 5: There is no step 5.

Step 6: Victory!

* (I just lost, by the way. The other game I mean.)