Dec 06

More Googling Fun

Since I started look­ing at the sta­tis­tics for Bum­ble­bee Blog and the search terms that bring peo­ple here I have learned quite a lot.

For exam­ple, I have learned that if you post any­thing this time of year about Christ­mas gifts, even if it is about wacky gag gifts to your lit­tle brother, peo­ple will find you dur­ing the hol­i­days with search terms such as “use­ful Christ­mas gifts,” “gifts for my bro” and “best Christ­mas gifts” and even “spir­i­tual Christ­mas gifts for my mom.” My blog traf­fic has increased expo­nen­tially dur­ing this hol­i­day sea­son because of the goofy story about giv­ing my brother gifts such as taxi­dermy and nose-picking gar­den trolls. I hope the silly gift exchange with my brother didn’t offend the folks look­ing for reli­gious gifts!

I have also learned that if all you care about in blog­ging is the num­ber of peo­ple click­ing on your URL, make sure you use racy, sexy titles and phrases. You don’t have to use a lot. Just a few here and there will work just fine. After the com­ment exchange from my orig­i­nal post, Peo­ple Google the Strangest Things, in which peo­ple men­tioned some unin­ten­tion­ally provoca­tive post titles such as “Wet and Wild” (about plants) and “Naked Gar­den­ing” (about the bare­ness of the gar­den), I started get­ting numer­ous hits for search terms such as “naked Greek people.”

Hoh! Not here!

Sue at the Bal­cony Gar­den attracted a Googler’s atten­tion when they were look­ing for “Sex in the Beau­ti­ful Gar­den.” It landed that per­son at a story about the mat­ing habits of the leop­ard slug!

Patrick at Bifur­cated Car­rots writes infor­ma­tive and detailed posts about such things as the foun­da­tion of his 325-year-old house in Ams­ter­dam and weed burn­ers. Nev­er­the­less, the largest num­ber of hits he has received was from a light hearted post about Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Carol at May Dream Gar­dens posted a Top Ten list of how peo­ple find her blog. It’s mostly plant related, but if you go back to the story she wrote around this time last year about blog­ging search terms, you’ll find some amus­ing search terms that landed them at her infor­ma­tive blog.

Thanks to fel­low blog­gers who posted related sto­ries. Please visit them at:

Bal­cony Garden

Bifur­cated Carrots

May Dream Gardens

On a related note, I was curi­ous that some of the com­menters on the orig­i­nal story said that they don’t know how to check their blog sta­tis­tics or search terms. Although I am by no means an expert in this area, I will say that if your blog host­ing ser­vice doesn’t pro­vide this infor­ma­tion you can prob­a­bly add it fairly easily.

Two ser­vices I have tried are Google Ana­lyt­ics and Stat­Counter. I pre­fer Stat­Counter because it pro­vides much more detailed infor­ma­tion, includ­ing the geo­graphic loca­tion of vis­i­tors, their paths through your blog, sta­tis­tics about length of time vis­it­ing and repeated ver­sus first-time vis­i­tors. The draw­back of Stat­Counter is that if you get a sig­nif­i­cant traf­fic you may have to pay for addi­tional storage.

To track sta­tis­tics using either of these ser­vices takes a min­i­mum of exper­tise to accom­plish. To get started, gen­er­ally you must sign up with the ser­vice, gen­er­ate some HTML code and paste it into your blog in an HTML edi­tor. I pasted mine into a wid­get in the menu bar so that it is auto­mat­i­cally inserted into each page some­one vis­its. Then you sim­ply log into the ser­vice to see how things are going.

Happy blog­ging!

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This lit­tle jour­ney back to high school math Venn dia­grams aptly describes two cur­rent concerns.

Admit­tedly, the idea was bor­rowed from Jes­sica at the very clever Indexed.

First, gar­den plans:


Sec­ond, my fit­ness wardrobe:


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Garden and food writer Robin Ripley is co-author of Grocery Gardening. Her new book, Wisdom for Home Preservers, will be released later in 2014 from Taunton Press.

Bumblebee is about her life in rural Maryland, her garden, cooking, dogs and pet chickens. She also blogs about food and chickens at Eggs & Chickens. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for visiting.


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