WordPress – which is where this blog is hosted – provide statistics so bloggers can see how many readers they have and what brings them to the site.
I’m intrigued by the readers who arrive from search engines looking for specific things.
Or, more accurately, I’m intrigued by the things they are looking for. The image on the left shows the most popular search strings from a couple of days ago.
The variety of ways that people think of for searching for the same basic idea fascinates me. But, after all, if there’s more than one way to kill a cat, there’s probably more than one way to slaughter a pig.
Still, what I like most of all about the list is the appearance of “having a good time in Spanish” in the midst of all those gutted pigs. It does fit in rather well with the fiesta attitude that accompanies the matanza in many pueblos españoles.
There’s a certain ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’ aspect to all this. I’ve mentioned some of the search strings in this text and will tag the post with some of the key words; this will, of course, reinforce the blog’s visibility for those particular words and phrases. It’s a simple, but mildly interesting, example of one aspect of SEO – search engine optimisation.