More on how others find us…

by Lee Hopkins on July 26, 2006 · 2 comments

in miscellaneous

Google the term lee hopkins and you will find me at positions 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6. Refine the search further, using quotes around my name (“lee hopkins“) and I add 10th position out of about 24 million. It is no coincidence that my feed for this blog has the title “Lee Hopkins” in it — just go to my blog via your browser and you will see my name on the title bar.

My main website is equally successful in garnering top 10 positions for many of the keywords I use in my articles.

I am no stranger to the black art of Search Engine Optimisation (‘SEO’). But as for why tuna casserole recipe would be the top search term used to find this blog is beyond my understanding.

It appears that I’m not alone in having strange reasons for visitors. According to the chappy over at WebFeedCentral.com,

The words “more” and “cowbell”, put together by themselves or included in phrases with other words like “video”, “skit”, and “need” have become (and remained) the top search terms for this site. There’s been other search terms that have managed to make their way into the top 20, but right now, 19 of the top 20 search words and phrases include some variation of the words I’ve mentioned.

And thatedeguy reports

My big search term at http://money.thatedeguy.com was “Married filing joint” as one of the first articles I posted over there was on the subject, but not too long ago it was replaced with “squawk box portfolio challenge” or variations. Not sure how that happened as I was most certainly not the highes ranked for that search. At http://www.thatedeguy.com, my highest search term for quite some time has been “european pyramids” or variations. It’s almost a dead heat with “Microsoft Origami” though.

This web world still continues to astound me, for all the bizarrest reasons! So next time you are beating up your webmaster for not getting you top three rankings in your first month, take a bit of pity on them — even Google can spring surprises. Add to that the occasionally baffling technorati search results and you have a web professional who is happy to profess he is sometimes at a loss for an answer.


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  • http://www.author-izer.com/ Sallie Goetsch (rhymes with “s

    Small chance I’ll be mistaken for another Sallie Goetsch (there doesn’t seem to be one, at least from what Google can tell), but perhaps I should think about optimizing my Author-izer blog with my name. The top search term this month is “backup blog,” with my name 6th on the list of search terms. At least I actually write a backup blog, so it’s appropriate!

  • http://www.author-izer.com Sallie Goetsch (rhymes with “sketch”

    Small chance I’ll be mistaken for another Sallie Goetsch (there doesn’t seem to be one, at least from what Google can tell), but perhaps I should think about optimizing my Author-izer blog with my name. The top search term this month is “backup blog,” with my name 6th on the list of search terms. At least I actually write a backup blog, so it’s appropriate!

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