One of my favorite traditions at the last incarnation of Popehat was the occasional "How You Got to Popehat" feature, in which I listed and commented upon some of the strange searches that people used to get to the version of Popehat that ran over on Squarespace. I've been waiting for this new version — now up only about a month — to attract some interesting searches, but so far Google Analytics has revealed them to be fairly mundane.
Mundane, but not entirely explicable. Here I refer to penguins.
Our Google Analytics report reveals that in the last month alone, 101 people — nearly 30% of our search-engine-directed hits — came from people searching for the word "penguins" on various search engines. They spend an average of six seconds looking at a post I did about Evan's Pokemon jones and then leave.
Now, I've tried searching the word "penguins" on Google. I got tired of hitting "next page" around page 30 or so without finding the link to this blog. It's not like I've used any penguin-focused search engine optimization techniques like meta-tags. So what the hell is going on? Is there a huge penguin following out there that Googles our flightless friends and visits pages to make sure that nothing untoward is being said about penguins? You know, sort of like Ron Paul supporters, but less likely to digress into a rant about the improper ratification of the 16th Amendment? Who are these people? What do they want? Fish?
I'm sorely tempted to put up some ads and start manipulating this phenomenon to get more hits. PENGUINS PENGUINS PENGUINS! There, I just earned myself a latte.
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