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Pro-Lifers Urgently Need to Engage in the SEO War

There are so many good things going on in the pro-life world right now. Forty Days for Life is in full swing, and Simcha Fisher recently posted a roundup of encouraging news like the closing of abortion facilities, investigations into Planned Parenthood, states fighting back about abortion funding, and poll results showing that the public is increasingly uncomfortable with abortion. The pro-life movement is making great strides right now. However, there is one area where the fight for life is not going well at all, and it happens to be one of the most important arenas for evangelizing the culture: the online world.

Web developer Craig Berry recently did an analysis of how Catholic websites do in terms of their appearance on the major search engines, and he gave the Church a failing grade (for example, only one Catholic site came up in the first page of results for the term church). Last year, Matthew Warner did something similar, with an equally concerning outcome. Inspired by this idea, I decided to conduct my own analysis of how well pro-life sites are doing in terms of search engine optimization (commonly referred to as SEO). The results were sobering.

Below is a chart that shows how many pro-life vs. pro-abortion sites came up in Google search results for key terms related to abortion. In calculating the ďpro-abortionĒ number, I didnít count sites such as Wikipedia that simply offered information (even though many of those seemed biased toward the pro-choice position); this is the number of websites that openly encouraged women to consider having abortions. Since Google customizes search results for each individual, different people might see a slightly different set of pages, but I had friends check these terms and the ratio of pro-life to pro-abortion sites remained about the same.
Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/jennifer-fulwiler/pro-lifers-urgently-need-to-engage-in-the-seo-war#ixzz1bI0ZkpGs
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The more I follow the online discussions ... the more I follow the debates and disagreements in the Church about administrative unity, or the concerns expressed about the moral or personal or administrative or leadership failings of the bishops or the clergy, the more I become convinced that whatever might be the truth of these concerns, ALL of this is simply a distraction. No, itís more than that. Itís a justification, an excuse, for not helping each other and those outside the Church fall in love with Jesus Christ. How easy it is to talk about everything, but about Jesus hardly at all.


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