A fun aspect to blogging is to peek in with my Google Analytics account to see what’s going on. Each day I can see how many people visited my site and view a map telling me from which state or country they viewed Foreign Quang.
Google Analytics tickles me most when I use it to see what combination of words a user typed into a search engine to find my site. Out of curiosity I looked over the figures from last year to see which combinations were the most popular, and which were the most unusual.
I assumed that someone actually typing in “Foreign Quang” would have turned in the highest number of results. Not so. The number one string of words that was put together to find my site was “Randi quangness.” The words “foreign quang” only produced half as many results.
The greatest combination of words on one topic were related to being a giver or a taker. People looking for that subject landed on my post “Are You a Giver or a Taker?” by typing in such strings as:
Givers and takers sermon
Takers and givers book
Givers and takers quotes
Are you a giver or a taker?
When you have money problems the taker leaves while the giver gets a second job [Issues!]
I am the giver everyone else is the taker [Of course.]
Accusing me of being not a giver
Givers and takers people who gets things done and people who make excuses [Right on!]
Givers governmental loopholes
He is a taker I am a giver
I am the giver you are the taker
In-laws who are takers not givers
Parent takers and children givers
Show me all about givers shall never lack
What do u think are you a giver or taker of your school
Who is to be blamed? The giver of the bride or the receiver? [Hmmm…]
These are just a few of the giver/taker combinations that were typed in to reach my site. I learned that most people acknowledged that they are indeed givers and that we have very few takers in the world. Maybe because the givers want to know why the takers take but the takers never want to know why the givers give?
Quite a few people landed on my site while they were searching for someone else. Here are a few people that drew searchers to FQ.
Merrill Osmond stroke
Robert Brault [I am so honored people found me by looking for him]
Kelli Solsma [ Two people found me by looking for my sister.]
Tony Almeida scowl [ 24 reference]
Cheryl Burke [Dancing with the Stars reference]
Justine Dorton [I have no idea how this led anyone to my site.]
Chloe O’Brien scowl [another 24 reference]
Chloe O Brian underwear [Seriously? They found me by typing that in?]
Joanne Landis [I made up this name in one of my posts—apparently she’s real.Oops.]
Liz Armbruster [I was just getting to know Liz when she suddenly passed away. She signed my guestbook.]
Louie Dillon [Author who signed my guestbook]
Marie Osmond [Famous person who signed my guestbook—NOT!]
Merrill Osmond new granddaughter
The following searches I can totally understand because I actually wrote posts on a topic that pertained to the search:
Essentials of good customer care
The bluest skies I’ve ever seen are in Seattle TV show
Packing 72 hour backpack
Chocolate Ambrosia Pie [7 people remember this Midwestern delight.]
Frugality with poverty mentality
Enjoy what’s left of summer
Bright and sunny dispositions of Down syndrome [A guest post by author Madonna Dries Christensen.]
Addicted to Lipton chicken noodle soup while pregnant boy or girl
Filipino children’s punishment and discipline kicking [Because I said my daughter went to the Philippines?]
Gnome party napkins/plates [Because we have a daughter named Gnome, Google assumes we sell all kinds of party paraphernalia relating to her name.]
Hack the Planet 5x tshirt [I listed the movie Hackers as something I had seen more than 5x. Understandable.]
Surprise someone using computer
Listed below are some of my favorites because I either have absolutely no clue how the search led people to my site, or because the reference is so obscure that I stand all amazed.
Tying two doorknobs together [this was typed in ten times!]
Mallard duck baby sipper cup
Content that will not be delivered using http
Creative copy challenge
With my sharp fingernails
I got my braces my son
Accidentally smothered kitten in bed [I swear I did not.]
Birthday blessings to the queen [Yeah, I can see this one. Yup. Yup.]
Do you want to only view the web page content that was viewed securely?
How to next an unresponded text message
I love sneaking peeks up my mom’s bathrobe [OK I’m really worried about this person.]
Is there any dirt on the Osmond family as far as child abuse or controlling parents [Whoever typed that in will be sorry they got my site-yeah!]
Lice [Really? You were looking for lice and found me? That makes my head itch.]
Love advice links [Well, I’ve never tried it before, but sure. I’ll give you some love advice.]
Bishops Cafeteria basement [Did all Bishops’ have creepy basements?]
Musiche 4story [No earthly idea.]
Orbit gum. [Sure, I’ll take some free Orbit gum.]
Poem about soap, toothpaste and toothbrush [It should be easy enough to write your own.]
Special candy for foreign holidays [I have “foreign” in my blog title!]
The I Worlud movie [Auntie M., I think this one’s for you.]
Write an essay about baby in the beach the author explores the fear and vulnerability of a child who cannot find his mother. [Now that was pretty specific. How did Google not lead them dirtectly to the correct site?]
Kid giddy blogspot [I'll admit, I have had my share of giddy kids on my site. Still.]
Lastly, we have my least favorite search that led someone to my site:
How many quangs does it take to suck?