VMware KnowledgeBase needs to be made Findable

Tomorrow is a special day for me.  I start a six-month rotation out of tech support into our knowledge management team as a Knowledge Champion here at VMware. The role is rotated through different members of the tech support teams globally, giving front line folks a chance to spread valuable knowledge both internally and externally.

A large part of the job is scrubbing rough notes that support engineers have jotted down in the haste of solving a customer crisis, and turning these diamonds in the rough consumable and re-usable.  I think I have something more to offer as well.  Running this blog and several others has taught me a few things about web sites and search.  For instance, do a Google search for the phrase “vmotion fails“.  How is it that the number one result of this search is this blog, while VMware’s own Knowledgebase article Diagnosing VMware VMotion failure at 10% (1003734) is nowhere to be found? Another example is a search for “ESX logs“.

I know why.

No SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

I won’t go into the details of why here but the is that no one has made these important web pages search engine friendly. Microsoft has no trouble making their knowledgebase searchable. Well, I’m really hoping I’m given a chance to help with that. Readers such as yourself will be able to find resolutions to your problems more easily and support staff will enjoy fewer repeat calls for the same problem over and over.

If you start seeing VMware knowledge base articles in your search results over the next few months remember the VMwarwolf sent ya.

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  1. Excellent … it has long been an irritant, that VMware items do not regularly appear in Google searches. Here’s another vote for taking the time to make this resource searchable!

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