May 31, 2005

What do people search for?

I’ve previously posted about who posts the most and who comments the most. But another interesting set of statistics relates to what people search for when they visit WB. There’s a search box on the home page on the left-hand side, and every blog also has a search box in its left-hand column. What do people type into these search boxes? Here’s the list for this month and last month. Determined readers with good memories can probably figure out why some terms appear in April but not May, and easily shocked readers will no doubt be shocked that there’s a steady stream of visitors every month hoping for the salacious scoop on students’ sex lives.

As always, if your appearance on this list bothers you then drop me a note and I’ll remove you.

May, 2005

There were 17,861 searches for 7,909 words or phrases.

Top 50 searches
  • 137 for honk
  • 85 for ben keates
  • 71 for widge
  • 60 for the fix
  • 54 for boar
  • 47 for halloo
  • 46 for adam taylor
  • 45 for prosser
  • 45 for tom prosser
  • 44 for john cross
  • 43 for helen ryan
  • 40 for laura poyner
  • 40 for redditch
  • 38 for sex
  • 37 for gems place
  • 37 for wsaf
  • 36 for arts centre
  • 34 for real
  • 33 for chelsea reay
  • 32 for k2
  • 32 for replica x
  • 31 for chris knowles
  • 31 for lapworth
  • 30 for chris carter
  • 30 for dc
  • 30 for keates
  • 28 for chris hinds
  • 28 for eleanor o donnell
  • 26 for [blank query]
  • 26 for adrienne
  • 26 for sam hates
  • 25 for hollyzone
  • 25 for library
  • 24 for karl niklas
  • 24 for sweety the chick
  • 23 for adam lyon
  • 23 for cherie wang
  • 23 for elizabeth jenner
  • 22 for film subtitle translation
  • 22 for final fling
  • 22 for laura powell
  • 22 for lucy young
  • 22 for mtw
  • 22 for then she said
  • 21 for alexandra
  • 21 for gethin jones
  • 21 for maths
  • 21 for miss julie

April 2005

There were 15,062 searches for 6,651 words or phrases.

Top 50 searches
  • 72 for ben keates
  • 64 for chris carter
  • 58 for honk
  • 54 for rugby
  • 54 for sex
  • 53 for tom prosser
  • 51 for the fix
  • 48 for gems place
  • 42 for chelsea reay
  • 42 for titanic
  • 40 for carter
  • 39 for john cross
  • 36 for adam taylor
  • 36 for ranger
  • 33 for cherie wang
  • 33 for thargreaves
  • 32 for alexandra
  • 31 for netball
  • 29 for adam lyon
  • 29 for dc
  • 29 for mike neary
  • 29 for real
  • 28 for sweety the chick
  • 27 for sam hates
  • 26 for widge
  • 25 for economics
  • 25 for karl niklas
  • 24 for boar
  • 24 for elizabeth jenner
  • 24 for prospectus
  • 24 for sociology
  • 24 for soul nation
  • 22 for oh dear
  • 22 for racing frogs
  • 21 for exam timetable
  • 21 for helen ryan
  • 21 for lorna griffiths
  • 21 for replica x
  • 21 for wsaf
  • 20 for anna davies
  • 20 for inter yamam
  • 20 for pippa s blog
  • 19 for [blank query]
  • 19 for final fling
  • 18 for law
  • 18 for mtw
  • 18 for sam
  • 17 for pope
  • 16 for amy baker
  • 16 for chris

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  1. I'm not offended – quite the opposite actually, I'm honoured! 187 searches for me in total? Is my blog really that interesting?

    31 May 2005, 11:30

  2. My god, I rank above sex.
    Ah the perils of infamy.

    31 May 2005, 13:33

  3. I can't believe I'm on the list, and even more surprised that people can spell my name!

    31 May 2005, 21:34

  4. I'm 29th?!? Do I have something important to say??

    01 Jun 2005, 00:42

  5. Wow – I'm as famous as sociology and Soul Nation… how did that happen?

    02 Jun 2005, 01:08

  6. He he….....Alright

    02 Jun 2005, 09:06

  7. Excellent – 47 for "halloo". My work for bringing that word back into (relatively) popular use is complete!

    Roll on.

    02 Jun 2005, 11:06

  8. i know this is all ages ago but i just found it now. more than 20 searches for my name for two months, thats highly impressive. although i can only imagine that they are all physics students searching for info on the oxford proffessor of the same name. otherwise thats very, very odd. haha

    06 Nov 2005, 02:36


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