Posts Tagged ‘Google’
Every so often, I like to check Google Analytics to see what search terms are leading people to my website. This is the sort of endeavor that always seems like a good idea until you actually do it, and then you feel a sort of dirtiness that all the soap, water, and acetone in the world cannot remove.
Most of the search terms were pretty obvious, consisting of the names of specific people mentioned in posts, and the occasional legal search term. A handful, though, range from amusing to bemusing to downright macabre. Screencaps and commentary to follow (click screencaps to embiggen).
I. A darkly-amusing variant on some previous posts:
Search term #45: “how is john thomas ford doing in jail”
I sure couldn’t tell you. As far as I know, he’ll be there a while. Ask somebody who cares.
II. I guess I could see how this led you to me, but…
Search term #46: ”i don’t heart caplocks”
Neither do I. People who type with caps lock on make me very, very ANGRY.
III. You came to the wrong place for this:
Search term #35: “boobs”
Nothing to see here. Move along….
Search term # 59: “utah boobs”
Um, I did once write a post with both “boobs” and “Utah” in the title, but that only explains my side of this equation.
Is there something about boobs in Utah that merits such a specific search? Have I been living under a delusion that boobs are pretty much the same all over the world? I tried Googling to see what I could learn, but I just ended up back on my own site.
Search term #57: “sexy pics online”
The fact that someone actually clicked on a website called Wells Law Office looking for “sexy pics” makes me very, very concerned for the future of this country.
IV. Wait, what?
Search term #54: “nutella covered person”
V. Now I am scared…
Search term #27: “rape sex in an elevator”
I assume this led to my post on “Elevatorgate” from last summer. I cannot fathom, nor do I wish to fathom, what one person searching three times expected to find.
Search term #60: ”www.animalsdog.com xxx”
Ummm, uh…..I, uh……um…….
Thank you all for coming. I hope you’ve enjoyed your time here, but I think it is clear that the internet is over. Everyone please back away quietly…..
At least I know that the people doing these particular searches did not actually spend any time on my site.
As of March 1, 2012, the new policy will go into effect, and data collected from your search history will become available to other Google services, for marketing purposes (h/t ABA Journal).
You ought to know what that means: those late-night searches for pictures of tree sloths eating bananas will become part of the algorithm used to target advertisements at you. Some people may not want that.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, who is fast becoming one of the most relevant advocacy groups in the world (thanks, SOPA!) has a step-by-step guide to removing your entire Google search history ahead of the big day.
I tried doing it, and Google is telling me that I do not even have have “Web History” turned on. I’m not sure how that could be, since I tend to sign up for new internet and social media services without even thinking about it, but maybe this means all my secrets are safe…
Of course, Google will record all of your searches no matter what, but you can opt not to have your history get shared for marketing purposes. Your search history will always be available to law enforcement, of course.
Just thought you should know about this.
I signed up for Google Analytics three days ago. For those who don’t know, it is a service that tells you how people are getting to your site, how long they stay there (average 2 minutes 45 seconds so far), and what search terms lead people to your site. That’s where it gets good.
I’m flattered at item #5. Honestly, MyLife.com has nothing on this service.
It’s item #6 that has piqued my curiosity. Let me go on the record, here and now, that if you want information on getting laid in law school, I am the last person you want to talk to.