Sooooooooo, the other day while I was exploring my web host in search of stats, I came across the top 16 search strings for the month of November (so far) that would lead to my website.
What’s a search string, you ask? For the sake of those who don’t know, it’s the words or phrase that a person might type into the search window of their favorite search engine (like Google, for example). Then you get a list of clickable websites.
Every so often I visit another author’s blog where she lists the hilarious search results leading to her website. Mine ain’t so hilarious. But I’m glad to see that the—ta-da—number 1 phrase in my Top 16 Search Strings is…”muse interrupted blog.” Which means the majority of my visitors are looking for me via my blog name. In fact, 26.67% of browsers, to be exact.
Here’s the Top 16:
- muse interrupted blog (26.67% – excellent!)
- site:cindyprocter-king.com (16.67% – excellent. And Procter is spelled correctly—bonus!)
- muse interrupted (13.33% – excellent again!)
- ada marie finkel (say what? I don’t know this person. Also, note, from this point on every search string drops to 3.33% of searches)
- author of war with grampa (I am an author, my dead grampa—and that’s how I spell it—was in WWI, so this search string makes sense)
- be there or not be there movie (????)
- cindy procter king (yay, Procter is spelled correctly again! Although the hyphen is missing.)
- cindy proctor king blog donna russo morin (Procter is spelled wrong—booooooo!—but I do have a blog and I have hosted author Donna Russo Morin as a guest)
- danielle chiotti romantic suspense (Danielle is an agent I must have mentioned in a blog post at some point)
- golden heart contest (makes sense, seeing as I’ve finaled in the Golden Heart, I have a group blog with other GH finalists, and I have an article about entering the GH in my site archives)
- how to remove mal occhio (I have no freaking idea why this search string would lead to my website! I don’t even know what mal occhio is, although it sure doesn’t sound good)
- if i final in the golden heart will i have a chance to revise m (I’m assuming the rest of the word is manuscript, and my answer to the question is…it seems to vary from year to year. The year I finaled, 2007, no, we were not given the chance to fiddle with our fulls. I do believe it’s a rare year that you are given the opportunity to submit an updated version of your full, if, in fact, it EVER occurs)
- kates new cover (we all know how obsessive I am about posting news for Kate St. James, although we can’t figure out why)
- kelly fitzpatrick author (no idea why Kelly’s name leads to my blog)
- old wallboard (I’ve used this phrase in an article or post about my office)
- yip yap yahooey (a “Cindyism,” so this last one makes sense, too.)
There you have it.
If you have a hankering to dig up your own search strings, let me know about it and I’ll pop over to your blog and take a look. I’m pretty sure the fact that my top 3 searches are variations on my author name or blog name is because I posted to one of my loops recently asking people to see if they could reach my blog (see Monday’s post for why). I provided the link within the email, but maybe they found it easier to plug the blog name into a search engine.
Or maybe I really am a promo whiz!