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Searches Reaching My Site

I’ve had Google Analytics on my website since it became free. It’s amazing the amount of detail it gives you. I barely use 10% of the data that it provides.

Recently a friend of mine did some research on search terms that people used to get to his site. I was inspired to do some reflection on the search terms used to get to my site as well. Some observations.

  • While only one person visited with the search phrase “what is the distribution of coins in your change jar” that is a very special visit. No doubt hitting on the Change Game, but this curious person proceeded to click on 41 more pages of the site.
  • A surprising number of people put my URL “” into a search engine so they can then click on it and go to my site. It seems the search box and the location box are a bit confusing at times.
  • I’m pretty surprised by how many searches there are for people that work with me and then somehow end up at my site.
  • I’ve only ever written one post about the Earthroamer RV, but I’m stunned that it is the most popular search term of people reaching my site.
  • Similarly, I once entitled a post “Pokipsy” and now 59 people have visited using that search term. Not surprisingly they left right away since there isn’t a thing about Pokipsy in the post titled Pokipsy.
  • “Twitterific”, a term I used only a two weeks ago, has already resulted in 21 visits to the site. Amazing!

1 Comment

  1. I can back up what you were guessing about how people use the search field instead of the address field. At home the browser starts at google, and the cursor is right in the search field, so every single time Brenda uses the internet she starts by typing “yahoo” and clicking the first result. (Because I haven’t been able to get her to switch from yahoo mail to gmail.)

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