If you follow our periodic feature the Road to Popehat, you might reach the conclusion that everyone who comes here via search engine is a sub-literate perv (or, as we prefer to refer to them, "our core demographic").
In fact, that's something of an exaggeration. We get a significant chunk of our traffic from search engine hits, but a large percentage of that is benign, if somewhat surprising. When you blog, and put effort into using search engine optimization plugins, you expect the hot, controversial posts to draw the most traffic. It might work out that way for a few days after a post on a hot issue (for instance, we got mad hitz about racial-joke-liking-imprudent-emailer Sherri Goforth). For the most part, though, our search traffic is driven by recurring themes. Those things don't paint people as deranged, like the people we normally feature in the Road to Popehat, but they do demonstrate the oddity of human behavior on the internet. A few of them:
Dora the Explorer Seriously, what the hell? This is like a couple of years ago when all our search traffic was about penguins. My throwaway post about Dora's makeover got 233 search engine hits for "dora the explorer" in the last 30 days alone — even though it's down pages and pages and pages on a Google search. Does Dora, like Ron Paul, have a team of fanatical followers Googling her ever day?
please be informed Our post about this bit of legal correspondence mumbo-jumbo is the second Google hit for the phrase. That's odd enough. But why the hell are so many people searching for the phrase? 45 people came here by searching for that phrase in the last 30 days alone.
man's reach must exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for [and fragments thereof]: How odd is the internet? You will never be Robert Browning. But if you misquote Browning in a blog post title (it's should exceed, dimwit), then you will get dozens of hits every month from people who misremember the quote the same way.
matt ivester Some people seek immortality through children, or Hollywood, or by having a star named after them. Other people come up with a douchey business plan and have a blog post calling them out for it forever remain the #1 Google hit for their name. Hi, Matt!
those who can't teach, teach gym A quickly forgotten and (even in the context of this blog) obscure post draws steady search engine hits because it incorporates a catchphrase.
PETA Seriously now. I know that PETA is amusing, but who is going past the 30th page of Google hits on their name to get to our blog?
Last 5 posts by Ken White
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- Department of Justice Uses Search Warrant To Get Data On Visitors to Anti-Trump Site - August 14th, 2017
- America At The End of All Hypotheticals - August 14th, 2017
- Lawsplainer: Why John Oliver Is Anti-Diversity Now - August 11th, 2017