I started this blog on July 19th, 2012.
I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I’ve learned a lot since then, and I continue to be amazed each day at the world of blogging. My page views, followers and comments have grown steadily, and I feel a real sense of community here. That being said, I have to say that of everything that’s happened here at The Cheeky Diva, I’m shocked at the wild popularity of one stupid little post. The one that continues to appear as my “Top Post” . The one that’s nothing but pictures of my little doggie, and a day in her life, with dozens of erroneous search terms shamelessly thrown in.
Of course I wrote the post as a joke, and when it appeared it grabbed very little attention. I wrote it in November. Somehow in just the last couple of weeks, the search bots have attached themselves to that little unassuming post and it has sent my daily page views through the roof. (At least in my terms).
At first I thought it was funny to get 20 or 30 hits a day on that post. But then it was 50, then 100. Now that little post gets between 200 and 300 hits a day. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s pretty unbelievable. In looking at the stats overall, as of this writing, that post has been viewed a whopping 4,387 times.
I know! It’s absolutely shocking! Since it’s on my sidebar as my top post, quite a few readers do look at it each day, and I thank you, but according to my search terms, it’s Google hits for various forms of “porn” that are drawing readers here, and frankly, some of them are pretty gross, and were not included in this post at all.
So, to find out exactly how this is happening, I decided I would search Google using some of these terms to see if my blog popped up. I started with the one that’s usually the top term of the day. ”Free Pron”-yes, misspelled even.
I typed that in the search bar and just like you’d expect, it returned pages of results. Was I on the first page? No. Or the second. I scrolled through 10 pages of gross results that made me totally uncomfortable before I finally gave up.
I used to feel bad that people looking for these terms found me by mistake. Like I was the perpetrator of a “bait and switch” game. I never in my wildest dreams thought something like this would happen. But now I feel bad that I’m spending all of this time writing, that my real readership is all but eclipsed by what is probably a quick click and leave by someone looking for something they haven’t found and never will find here.
While the post in question does get a fair amount of views from real readers, as it appears in the side bar, the search term hits outweigh the others by around 3 to 1. I always appreciate your reading and commenting, and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if many of you wonder why on Earth that is my top post after looking at it, because it’s honestly really stupid. Definitely not some of my better work. Now you know why.
So to those of you who read regularly, I thank you, and I hope you get a little chuckle out of this. To new readers, welcome, and please continue to stop by and chat whenever you would like. To both groups, I am eternally grateful.
And finally, to those of you who found your way here in search of ”porn” in its infinite forms, my apologies, but really, how many pages of results did you have to scroll through to get here. That seems like an awful lot of work, when what you wanted was probably on the first page.
Fellow bloggers, please tell me about your experience with search terms and their long-lasting and surprising results.