I’ve been glancing through my blog stats. Actually not glancing – it’s been more purposeful than that. I thought I’d noticed a pattern in the search terms people were using to get here, and it turns out I was right.
About a year ago, I published a post that looked at the background to my short story, The Haircut of a More Successful Man. Its central character is over-attached to his hairdresser and has an active imagination and fantasy life. Among the tags, mainly as a joke, I included ‘hairdresser porn’. I had no idea that was a thing, or something people would search for. Wrong.
Since then, week after week, ‘hairdresser porn’ has figured prominently among the search terms that have brought people here. I hope not too many are unhappy when they discover all I’ve got to offer is a story, ie, words on a page.
So, now I’ve gone and reviewed the all time stats for searches that have led people here. Despite the hairdresser piece having been around for only half the life of the blog, here are the top search terms, out of seriously hundreds:
1. nick earls
2. nick earls blog
3. hairdresser porn
If you added the searches for ‘shampoo porn’ to #3, it’d move into second spot. Yes, more people get to my blog through searching for niche porn than searching for my blog. ‘Shampoo porn’ ranks #7 and ‘porn hairdresser’ and ‘hair dresser porn’ are in the top 20. Several more variants made the top 50.
Also in the top 10 were ‘nick earles’ and ‘nick earl’, so either people are looking for someone else or my lifelong quest to get people to spell my name correctly is far from over.
So, if this blog was all about traffic, it turns out I’d be getting it badly wrong running with tags like ‘Amazon’ and ‘free ebooks’.
So today’s post is an experiment. It’s all about the tags. I’ve picked a few that Google acknowledges as world favourites and thrown in a few more (including at least one I hope I never see in use). I’m interested to see how much impact tags really have. For anyone else interested, I’ll post some figures when enough have come through.
For anyone lured here by the tags and feeling let down that I’m not delivering, peas can help constipation in most aquarium fish but it’s best to get species-specific advice. Sadly I’m no help with any matters related to Mila Kunis. Still unsatisfied? Please click on the ‘Free Stuff’ section and help yourself to some fiction. It’s the least I can do. If you’ve fluked the right day, it might even be the hairdresser story (sadly still without video, but you have imaginations, right?)