Tuesday, August 30, 2005

How did you find me??

I've been getting suspicious of the Referrers' List I display so proudly on my menu bar for a while now, at the moment it is adamant that in the past 24 hours 189 visitors have found their way here via JonnyB's site (where I nicked the List from), and just a dozen or so have come from elsewhere.

Much as I'd like to believe that Jonny's readers are flocking my way en masse, they've been conspicuous in their absence from my comments boxes and my email inbox, so I've been forced to adopt a more reliable method of keeping track of what you lot are up to.

For the last week I've been using sitemeter's free service, because I'm not payin' for nuffink (what? you think I'd cough up some of my hard-earned for your sake? forget it) and it's great. Lots of detailed statistics about where you're all from, when you come here, what browser you use, what screen resolution, what your bank details are, how your mother is, whether those genital warts have cleared up yet, etc.

By far the most interesting section is the referrals screen, not just because it doesn't lie to my face like the other one, but also because I get to see in detail all the interesting things people were searching for when they stumbled upon this pile-of-bullshit-organized-by-date.

I'm sure you other bloggers have enjoyed this kind of power for many a year, but it's all exciting and shiny and new to me, so I thought I'd share some them with you...
  • Lots of people, probably lazy googling journalists and/or terrorists, came here looking for more information about super hot Italian lawyer Antonietta Sonnessa, mentioned previously (in-linking, how perverse...) , only to be disappointed, serves them right for being so lazy/terroristy.
  • Under MSN search (yes, some people use it! I was as surprised as you), this site is placed quite highly when folk have been searching for 'Truth Whole Truth Nothing But the Truth So Help Me God' which is a testament to what an exceptional job they've done with revamping that search engine; even when searching for something so general, it still gets you the answers you're looking for.
  • Again, MSN search plays a blinder, as a large number of disappointed people have found when searching for 'Truth about God'. I'm right up there on the first page of results! Now, while I haven't yet posted about what the 'Truth About God' is, rest assured my e-pilgrims, I've made a mental note to knock that one out one of these days. Patience is next to Godliness, or something... <-- that wasn't it, by the way.
  • Google however, shows nothing but it's shortcomings when I am shocked to report that someone found their way here by searching it with the words 'Dozy twat', and, I think you'll agree, most certainly did not find what they were looking for. Even if it did take them more than ten minutes to work that out.
Now excuse me while I change my start page. Hmph.


At 8:24 pm, Blogger Helzepops said...

I first came across you on JonnyB's blog, thought your comments were amusing and added your blog to my favourites - well we can all make mistakes !!

At 8:44 pm, Blogger SaneScientist said...

I've been collected a few gems over the last few weeks for a future post.

At 11:05 pm, Blogger Just Jane said...

Referring Web Pages, last 24 hours:

Just Jane [21]


surely some mistake?

I don't get that many visitors!

At 11:26 pm, Blogger Mr. Andrew said...

Don't believe it, it just shows you what you want to see to lure you into it's trap, like some crazed Star Trek alien.

At 11:10 am, Blogger Ed said...

Haha dozy twat - Google's search technology is really coming along isn't it?!

At 11:14 am, Blogger Ed said...

Oh shit - I've just realised that someone has added a new comment to my blog, meaning my noone-reads-my-shitty-blog-so-I-can't-be-arsed rule has been broken. Blog relaunch imminent. Stand by.

At 12:46 pm, Blogger Babs said...

You should see all the google typo searches I get. All pervs asking for various things related to 'babes' but the idiots type in 'babs' by mistake.

And there's TONS of people on the internet looking for ways of exacting revenge. And they all get sent to me.

The poor bastards.

At 8:18 am, Blogger JonnyB said...

It's very badly worded...

The 'last 24 hours' is a cumulative figure (ie the total number of referrals from that site EVER). The figure only appears if somebody has been referred in the last 24 hours - which is what they mean by 'last 24 hours'.

So basically it's a bit rubbish. I sort of keep it on there so that everybody who links to me gets at least some form of link back. But it's not very satisfactory.

At 12:04 pm, Anonymous Strange Blue Ghost said...

I put all my creative energy into my blog and most people want the lyrics to Captain Beaky.


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