Search Engine Terms: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

WordPress, the blog publishing application I use to host the search for piety and obedience, has a great blog statistics tool. It lets me see how many hits (visits) I get per day, what pages have the highest number of hits (visits), and what other blogs have linked to my content.

My favorite statistical feature, however, is called “Search Engine Terms.” Basically, WordPress collects all the terms typed into Google (or Bing or Yahoo!Search) that have led people to the search for piety and obedience.

There are, of course, the conventional ones:

  • “reflections on a heritage: defining the brethren in christ”
  • “brethren in christ history and life”
  • “navajo bic mission”
  • “roxbury holiness camp”

Then, there are the unfortunate:

  • “bic boks” (an apparent mis-spelling of “books”)
  • “devil thomas blog piety” (ouch!)

And, finally, the downright bizarre:

  • “is the rapture coming soon?”
  • “womens ministry on piety”
  • “dove of peace flower arrangement”

I think my favorites are “devil thomas blog piety” and “dove of peace flower arrangement” — the former because of the juxtaposition of “devil” and “piety” (and for the hilarious mis-spelling of my name), the latter because I just have no idea how that combination of words brought someone to my blog — twice!


About Devin Manzullo-Thomas

Father to Lucas. Husband to Katie. Prof and administrator at Messiah College. PhD student at Temple University. Member of Grantham BIC.
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