This goes out to all you fellow bloggers, both pros and “ham and eggers” like myself. How many of you have noticed this? You toil and slave over a very personal post, spend night and day making it absolutely perfect and yet despite the time invested get very few hits. Other times you can write something that you either didn’t put that much effort into or like writing that much and with this post, you get scores of hit on your site. My stance is that hits are hits and it means someone has found your site, may like what they see, and decide to stick around for a while. But back to why the most poured over posts get the least amount of interest – maybe it’s the subject matter, maybe it’s because you wrote about something on which few people can relate. Regardless it make me very curious why? Is it minimal site awareness, lack of post relevance, interest of subject matter, or something else??
Well honestly, it doesn’t bother me (that much, tear) as I do this because I love writing about what I like. However what I am really curious about is why some seemingly throw-away posts (yes we do post some “fire and forget” things here) get so much attention solely because of a few select keywords. It boggles my mind how something as buzzworhty as House, M.D. or Kristen Stewart can get more draws on our site when there is a plethora of places to find “fanatical” and more in-depth info all over the internet. Why is it that of all the great places on the web do people stumble to our “hobby blog” when I have tried using the same words and we don’t even make an appearance in the first 10 pages of any search engine??
So where do the hits come from? We don’t mind the traffic but get a little discouraged because hit counts on some days are high for, what we believe, all the wrong reasons. We figure hits don’t really reflect the pure interest of people searching for something we’ve written because the terms are so very broad and we don’t write about those “buzz-worthy” topics very often. In those cases, we just get what I call a “mis-hit”. That’s a hit on our site that was really meant for something else as the searcher only stumbled here due to the fact our post matched some of their key words. Humpf, and I thought people wanted to know about what we thought was cool:P
The main reason I’m writing this at all is to voice my confusion about the things people search for and the parameters of a search engine I guess. If people really wanted up to date info, we’re certainly not FirstShowing.net or FoxNews, or even TMZ where all three places can give you the absolute latest and certainly more official info on a topic of choice. Based on our inability to find ourselves using the same terms means there must be people out there really scouring the internet for their subject of choice. But again, I’m not going to look a gift “site hit” in mouth. I’ll admit I smile when I check the numbers at the end of the day but that smile fades just a bit when I find out the numbers come from some “mis-hits”.
Just some late night thoughts to round out the week. Anyone finding similar occurrences?