Thursday, September 27, 2007

She is watching the detectives...

I love Elvis Costello. Always have.

So, I was tootling around the stats for this blog the other day, giggling over how many searches were done for "roadkill in Georgia" on the day of my quiz, when I got to noticing a rather disturbing trend.

People stumble across this blog for all kinds of reasons, usually a Google search that has nothing to do with what I'm writing about. Why they click on this blog, I'll never know, since they never comment.

But can you guess what the most common Google search was that led people to my blog?

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, and the song FIRE!

You might remember a while back I did a post about the Great Wake Up Crew Fire of 2004, and I used that song as the title. Well, it turns out, there are a whole lot of people in Germany who are intensely interested in the song, or my story. One or the other. Because so far, I've counted over 150 page loads from that search alone, and they all originate in Germany, usually in Berlin. I'm at a loss to explain why, and I'm not sure if I should find it creepy, or incredibly hilarious.

Of course, I also get a lot of hits from people looking for song lyrics, and they've usually gotten them wrong. My favourite is someone mistook "You Can Leave Your Hat On", for "You Can Leave Your Head On", and they spelled head wrong. Gives the song a whole new meaning. Cat Stevens' "Morning Has Broken" is always popular, with a lot of searches coming out of Poland, for some reason.

Some other fun Google searches:

"Suggested pregnancy well wishes", which brought them to "What a lovely way of sayin' how much you love me..." I can only imagine their surprise and disappointment.

"Bad highlights" or "highlighting cap" has been polled over two hundred hundred times, and of course brings up my disastrous run-in with said highlighting cap. I can only imagine how many people have decided against having their hair done because of me.

Another favorite is "Lad I don't know where you've been", which has clocked an astonishing four hundred hits since I wrote the post.

There's also this PR firm that comes over to my blog every time I mention Duke's Mayonnaise. So, since you're here guys, I'd be happy to be your spokesmodel, or blogmodel. Really. I work cheap.

But the Google search that makes me laugh the most is for "Rotten Correspondent". RC, do you have any idea how many people are searching for you? I've had over fifty hits from people searching for "rotten correspondent". And I'm starting to wonder if it isn't RC herself doing the searches.

Friday Five tomorrow, and then I'm taking a very short vacation to see the in laws, so don't expect to see a post this weekend. But feel free to stop by. Maybe you can convince the guys from Duke's to hire me.


The Rotten Correspondent said...

Dang it Jen, you're on to me!

I'm so relieved that I'm not the only one to spend time checking out my stat counter. It really is funny to see how people find you. I haven't done an official count, but I get a bunch of hits off of an I Love Lucy still that I did probably two months ago. Also, god help me, the shirtless Brad Pitt picture brings me loads of heated up women (and men, I'm sure).

I'd love to hear what comes out of their mouths when they see Cherry Ames and her nursing cap.

perfect code - uunoy. Do you annoy Brad Pitt fans? Yeah, baby!

Mya said...

Search queries are always so funny. I wrote 'testicular torture' in one post and got lots of hits from fans of that particular pastime. Pics of naked men are good too. When aren't they?

Have a good break over the weekend and rest up.

Mya x

Dumdad said...

Elvis Costello - his song Green Shirt is a favourite although I haven't heard it for ages and I don't have a CD of his.

Someone told me if you put certain words in blog headlines you can attract traffic. Obviously, anything to do with sex but song titles, Harry Potter etc.

I must go and check my stat counter immediately. I tried a few counters when I first started blogging and none of them gave the same numbers! One counter that listed countries visiting my blog had to be making it up, and my so-called traffic quickly went into the thousands. I scrapped that one.

I don't attract much traffic (155 page loads in one day is my record) but the hits I get are from the people (you, for a start) I want to read my stuff and that's sufficient for me.

PixelPi said...

I have the lowest stats on earth, but I did have 2 strange Google searches:

photographs of dead people


boys in dresses

I think I'll start searching for RC and see what sites I come up with. Muwahahahaha.

Dad said...

Apparently Arthur Brown is rather popular in Germany. Go figure.

Strange code "vvnje". Say that five times fast!

Jo Beaufoix said...

Jen I too love Elvis Costello. I'm dying to see him live.

'Alison' makes me so sad and 'Ship Building' is gorgeous whilst 'I can't stand up for falling down' just makes me think of alcohol. Hooray.

Love the searches. People are so weird aren't they?

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