Monday, July 20, 2009

It's checking out HitTail time again!

It's worth going back to HitTail on a regular basis to see whether the things people search for (and find, on your blog) vary much over time. I haven't looked for a while, but anyone who's read this blog consistently over the last year or two (the multitudes who have...) will probably find that this latest list isn't much different to previous ones. People plainly keep on looking for the same things, which is a bit unnerving for anyone wanting to be original.

Not only does athletes hand (sans apostrophe) have twice as many hits as the next item, athletes fingers and athlete hand also both get in the top ten (as nine and ten, respectively). [The hand in the picture is a genuine athlete's hand. I'm told.]

My own name, Mike Crowl, is second, the great divorce notes and Brent Stavig come next; James Berardinelli, the film critic, is still going strong in 5th place, followed by our mysterious old friend, Nintendo jewellery (with jewellery spelt the correct way, you'll notice). Karl Maugham, the artist, with everyone spelling his name incorrectly (it's Maughan), as I did for years, comes next. And eighth, we have our old favourite, shrinking shirts.

It seems that the last time I checked this was late last year: as I say, things haven't altered much. Here's the latest list compared to the previous one:

athletes hand...........................athletes hand
Mike Crowl.............................Mike Crowl

the great divorce notes............James Berardinelli

Brent Stavig............................Brent Stavig

James Berardinelli...................the Great Divorce notes

Nintendo jewellery...................shrinking shirts
Karl Maugham........................Nintendo jewellery

shrinking shirts........................Karl Maugham

athletes fingers.........................athletes fingers

athlete hand.............................Chrissy Popadacs


James has slipped a couple of notches, Brent has maintained his place. Karl has snuck up a place, and shrinking shirts have dropped two places. C S Lewis' book has risen, and so has Nintendo Jewellery. Interestingly, Chrissy Popadics has slipped off the radar completely - but she's still in 13th place on the top 100.

You may not be excited with what people look for on the favourite search engine directory, but I'm always intrigued. As I've no doubt mentioned before: if I wrote about nothing but these ten topics (or the variations within them) I'd probably get people checking out my site galore. But do I want to?

I should no doubt be inventive, and find ways in which to drop one of these names/phrases into each post. I'm not sure that it would help me climb to the top of the Google tree, but it would be an interesting exercise. Perhaps I should give it a try over the next ten posts, just for the fun of it (and add Chrissy Popadics - pictured at left being squashed by her then future husband - in for good measure!)
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