Seeking: Girl Riding Shark

The sheer magnitude of analytics available on the interweb is astounding. I guess that could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you look at it. Figuring out which words or phrases for which people are searching is important if your goal is to increase your readership and eventually get paid ads on your site, for example.  Or, you can do what I do: blog about the mundane things that happen in your life and hope that someone other than the people your parents paid good money to read your site1 actually read it. Ahem. 🙂

I follow a motherload of blogs and the majority of them reference their blog stats at one point or another. Until recently, I could have cared less about my stats. I knew WordPress tracked them, but I was not the girl who rushed home every day to check her stats, or even worse, refreshed my stats page on an hourly basis to find out how many more fools around the world wasted their time reading my drivel. Until recently, that is. When I finally checked things out, I had a slight moment of shock and awe. Some of the phrases for which people search are pretty effin’ hilarious, such as “snidely whiplash bondage” or “how about texas? that’s a random state”. Or, my personal favourite, and therefore post title, “girl riding shark”. I mean, seriously, if there’s some girl out there riding a shark, she is someone I am going to be required to meet. Also, let me just add that there seems to be an abnormal number of people — a plethora, I’ll say — out there searching for Dudley Do-Right. At least 15 hits per day come searching for my very brief reference to the great do-gooding Canadian mountie. Forget Google analytics and listen to what I’m telling you: blog about Dudley Do-Right and you’ll be a paid ad millionaire in no time.

Now, take a gander at some of the other phrases, and places, for which people have searched, and from whence people have come, to feast their eyes on the goodness that is A Texas Girl’s Adventures in Canada. I’d say judging from the search terms, it has been an adventure, indeed…and whoever had the “nude thai girl date” sure didn’t invite moi.

The last 25 searches that brought people to my blog:
dudley do right
snidely whiplash bondage
canadian things that start with “i”
sorting mail
funny iphone
film semi server
montreal hispanic buildings
india garbage girl
dudley doright
things that failed
poutine roll
dudley do right
au pied du cochon
dudley do right villain
texas girl’s adventures
how about texas? that’s a random state
girl riding shark
best way to soup up a f350 [snicker]
nude thai girl date
garbage monkey
dew blue
david ninjas po po
toronto outdoor adenture show photos
traditional culture in vietnam
apparently
reuters board times square
people walking down in a street and thin
garbage streets montreal
full garbage
naked bike riders
crazy people walking
tim hortons in texas [ed: uh, no]
rated pg13
texas girl canada carmen
  
The last 25 cities from whence my blog readers came:
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Atlanta, Georgia
Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Ottawa, Ontario
Woodbridge, Ontario
Pierrefonds, Quebec
Etobicoke, Ontario
Houston, Texas
Grande Prairie, Alberta
Oxford, Ohio
Göteborg, Vastra Gotaland, Sweden
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Kiev, Kyyivs’ka Oblast’, Ukraine
Toronto, Ontario
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Mountain View, California
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Annapolis, Maryland
Amsterdam, Noord-holland, Netherlands
Los Angeles, California (by googling “restylane”, not surprisingly)
Teller, Alaska
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Dublin, Ireland
Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania

And lastly, some good old-fashioned geek stats for the monstrous nerd in you!
2009 blog postings: 64, because I believe quality is more important than quantity (read: someone injected me with lazy)
2009 blog postings still in draft form: 46 (ditto above)
Number of blog visits to date in 2009: 16, 457
Average number of hits per day: 55
Most popular blog post: Reason #7,482 Why I Love My Province
Busiest day on my blog: Sunday, June 21, when I posted The Day I Joined the iCult
Number of blogs I follow on Google Reader: 49 (two of which are my own because I really am that narcissistic)
Number of blogs that are currently unread on my Google Reader: 367. Clearly I have some work to do.

1 I jest, of course. I have only paid one person never paid anyone to read this blog. People just seem to show up on their own. Suckas.

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3 responses to “Seeking: Girl Riding Shark

  1. Okay, I will admit – I found your blog searching for “Houston Junior League”. I’m planning to write about my experiences joining it, so I wanted to see if anyone else had, too.

    But then I got stuck reading your blog, and I love it! I’ll be adding you to my reading list.

    Just one question: how can you see the last 25 places your blog readers are coming from? That seems like the perfect thing for me to be OCD about next.

    ~Courtney

  2. Hi Courtney! Thanks for your note and stopping by ATGAIC! We are happy to have you join our little gong show. 🙂

    I use StatCounter.com to keep up with my stats. It’s free, easy to install (you just add a widget to your template) and seems to do the trick. You can also add Google Analytics to your pages and that’s free as well.

    Let me know when you get things up and running — I’d love to tag along on your HJL adventures!

    P.S. I was a provisional in the Houston League in 2006-2007, just before I moved to Toronto where I joined the JLT and, let me just say, the two experiences have been *light years* apart. Light years!

  3. Thanks, Carmen! I just added the blog counter, and will figure out Google Analytics tomorrow, I guess. Too tired tonight. Ugh.

    I find out in December if I’m “invited” to join JL, so we shall see. However, I’ve heard things have changed quite a bit from past years, and as long as I completed the application correctly and pay the dues, I should be fine getting in. Cross your fingers for me!

    ps: do you care that I’ve totally fallen in love with a couple of people on your blogroll and added them to mine? We clearly have very similar “blog tastes!” haha

    ~Courtney

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