Sunday, January 6, 2013

Google Analytics: Searches that Led Here

I visited Google Analytics, and went through the search results that led people to my blog in 2012. It’s fascinating reading. Some people found what they were searching for. Others, I suspect didn't.
I thought I had a unique idea when I created that Latin phrase for a poem I wrote. Apparently it has been used often to describe an African emphasis on community.
  • “lessons from splitting the red sea for bar mitzvah” (3 people) 
I’m pleased if the transcription of my Bar Mitzvah speech helped any kid with theirs (hopefully they took ideas, and didn't just 'borrow' the entire speech) – however, I am slightly concerned since all three searches were exactly one week prior to this year’s reading of that passage. I am hopeful they were researching a year in advance, and not a week in advance.
  • "married her grandson” (2 people)
I bet they were as shocked as I was to discover this fact about Lucille Ball. But Ancestry’s OneWorldTree confirms it.
  • “tree” (2 people) 
I wonder how many pages of search results they had to go through before they found my blog? 
ProTip: be a little more specific in your searches. [Maybe this was an 'image search.']
  • “since no one has ever heard of my grandparents surname please tell me how the last four letters of their name is prounounced in hungarian – kats” (1 person)
Perhaps not that specific.
  • "1900 Cluj Porno" (1 person)
  • "Cluj 1900 Porno" (1 person)
I am unsure why a link shows up to this blog post for these two searches. The entry only contains two of those three words. I can only imagine whoever performed those searches was disappointed by my transcription.
  • “Frases de Sid Wyman” (1 person)
Sid Wyman was a cousin of mine, however, it appears someone was searching for some quotes from him, in Spanish. I don't know if he knew Spanish. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He spent much of his adult life in Las Vegas.
  • “Hot amanuensis” (1 person)
An intriguing combination of adjective and noun. I'd expect to see it either on a restaurant menu ("I"ll have a hot stack of amanuensis, covered in syrup, please?") or a single's page (SWF seeking Hot Amanuensis to transcribe her dreams and fantasies. Must know cursive.)
  • “Is sir name Cruvant French” (1 person)
The surname, “Cruvant,” is Lithuanian. It comes from the town, Kruvandai.
 [I hope this was a young cousin of mine, for whom I can overlook the spelling error.]
  • "What color is a black swan?" (1 person)
  • “Where was my family from?” (1 person)
I wish it were that easy.

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