Sunday, 16 October 2011

Analytical

Do you have Google Analytics installed? Or do you maybe use the built-in statistics section of your blog host? I do both - but only very occasionally, when I remember! What I find most interesting when I do get round to checking are (a) the most popular posts of the last week or month, and (b) the top search terms that have led people to my blog.

I had a little look at the stats yesterday. I was a bit surprised to see that by far the most-read post of the last month was this one, about roast dinners; the top search term on Google was 'roast dinner' (I'm thinking the two things are maybe linked?!)

I went to Google myself and typed in 'roast dinner' to see what happened. I scrolled through 5 pages of results without finding my blog, so it seemed unlikely that such a large number of people would have found me that way. Then it occurred to me to try the images tab. Sure enough, there I was!

First page of results, 10th picture

But - why?! Are lots of people suddenly in need of pictures of a roast dinner, and finding mine particularly appealing? Or is one indecisive person in need of a picture of a roast dinner, and visiting over and over again while choosing whether to use mine? And can I find out if my picture is being used anywhere? And do I mind if it is?

Meanwhile, I'm very happy to see that another top search term on Google that leads to my blog is 'malteser' :) But others include '"king edwards" potatoes disaster', '"mobile phone contracts" + mummy', '"my glasses" or "my new glasses" site:blogspot.com', '"odd sock parade"', 'bus 128 sketch', 'photographing stockings' and 'the cat and owl and dog'.

Sometimes the internet can be very random indeed.

19 comments:

mise said...

Don't worry; leave it to me. I will go through life henceforth ever-vigilant for your picture of the roast dinner. Roast dinner picture stealers never evade my eagle eye for very long. It may be years, decades even, but they will be brought to justice.

humel said...

Mise, you have set my mind at rest. Thank you so much! I can relax again knowing that no photograph of a roast dinner will go unscrutinised, and no roast dinner picture stealer will go unpunished.

Lizzie said...

Ha ha, Mise! Well, Mel has nothing to worry about now.

I am sure I set up my Google Analytics, when doing the BBFS course with Shimelle, but I don't seem to have used it much and when I try to use other tools that utilise Google Analytics, they don't seem to pick stuff up. Perhaps I didn't do it right.

Roast Dinners, new glasses, photographing stockings... Randomness indeed!

Lynn said...

mmm this has reminded me I set up google analytics but have not looked at it! As for what people search for - very strange indeed. At least you can now rest easy, with a roast diner detective on your side!

Jo.C said...

Mine is no where near as interesting as yours - wellies and bread and milk are the most bizarre that I get - however I have gone up 120% which I felt was interesting doing my Blogtoberfest. TFS I went to a couple of places I haven't been for a while :0)

JulieJ said...

I've never heard of Google Analytics, so some of this is lost on me. i did, however, read an article about how the search engines have built in filters, which monitor which sites you visit and direct you towards those that they think you are going to 'like' most. Best way to try this is to type the same search words into Google into your computer and then compare the results with someone who would normally visit very different sites.

debs14 said...

Oh dear, I need to 'fess up, I am the kind of person that googles images of weird and random things, but it's part of my job honest! I help produce our school newsletter and it is quite a work of art (for 'work of art' read 'ridiculous amount of time and energy spent on it'!) Every article - and we have 21 pages of them - has to have an accompanying image. So if there isn't a photo from a school trip or whatever - I have to find something appropriate from Google. And that included an item on the price of dinner tickets going up! Not that your roast dinner looks anything like the delights that our school canteen dishes up (if only!) I shall keep an eye out for Melsh pictures from now on.

Sian said...

I get lots of hits from folk looking for pictures of Sindy - that goes back to my story about the Sindy book. Oh, and lots from "person drawing". It's definitely fun to check this out, you are right!

Kim Dellow said...

Oh very random! LOL! I've seen people finding my blog through the strangest of search keywords. I've used Google Analytics but it always leaves me scratching my head in confusion so I use Statcounter as I find it a bit simpler!
Kim

gayle said...

I just checked mine. One of the search terms was 'treasure of the dwarves'. Enough said. :-D

Carrie Rosalind said...

I've been wanting to do a post like this too, so watch my blog because you've inspired me to do it sooner rather than later! I have some of the silliest things that people have searched for, but my top one is "yarn wrapped." Random!

Fiona (angelfish) said...

Totally random! I have Analytics set up, but don't think I have ever looked up those kind of facts. I took part in Shimelle's 10 on the 10th last week and was interested to discover that it was my least visited post of that week. I would have expected it to be the most, so you never can tell!

Beverly said...

My Analytics has shown 0% on everything since about week 2 of installing it. I just occasionally look at the stats Blogger provides. I'm usually most surprised by the countries represented by readers....always makes me feel like a cool kid lol

Amy said...

I have Analytics installed, but like Kim , much prefer to use Statcounter .. when I remember that is!
I am quite relieved Mise is volunteering her time to vigilently scrutinise all Roast Dinner images, however, it does, once again, bring up issues of watermarking photos and privacy.

The Mann Fam said...

Y'all are so funny!

Kai said...

OMG thank you so much for solving a mystery!! I always have a search team show up in my analytics - "reese's pie" or "reeses peanut butter pie" and I couldn't believe it was showing up that "early" in Google... but now that I did the Images click, it totally makes sense! YOU ROCK... that has been making me wonder for a long while.... :)

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

you want really random? apparently one of the top searches to find me is Diet Pepsi.
But the thing is, I have never ever even mentioned Diet Pepsi on my blog.
Not once.
I can't stand diet beverages & never talk about them.

Missus Wookie said...

never looked at the google analytics let alone installed it. But I love the idea of an undecided roast dinner chef continually looking at your shot for inspiration.... MasterChef next :)

JulieJ said...

I just checked my site stats and various searches which include the words sikh wedding seem top of my list. All from one photo posted on 10th September!