Thursday, April 13, 2006

Hola Italia

Ever since Hoss directed me to a spot where I could download my very own sitemeter, I’ve been keeping track of folk’s comings and goings here. It’s all very fascinating in a way, as I had no idea who came to my site and why. And this week, early Wednesday, I celebrated a milestone of sorts as I recorded my 1,000th visitor. Somebody from the University of Michigan. Very appropriate since I’m a big-time fan of the Wolverine.

I have international visitors to my blog from around the globe, mostly from Australia, courtesy of Peter and friends there, I imagine. But Google directs others to my blog for the wrong reasons. Check out what search words brought my blog into these countries across the globe.

South Africa—Coke Smuggling Grandmother

Gracious sakes alive! Yes, I did a post on my grandmother once. But it had nothing to do with smuggling. And the only Coke I’ve ever spoken of here is Coca Cola. You'd think a Google search engine would know that. That’s all I need is for Drug Enforcement Agency police to show up on my doorstep. Or, worse yet, show up on my 94-year-old grandma’s doorstep!

Brunei--Naughty Girls

Oh, great. I can’t believe that with all the obscene, pornographic and x-rated sites in the world, somehow I fit in there. I’ve strived to keep mine a G-rated site. What “naughty girls” have I written about? Maybe Michigan State alum Bonnie has misbehaved with her comments here at times, but I’m sure she's not what triggered this. Pretty sure, anyway.

Rome, Italy—Polish Eagle Tattoos

What I find strange about this visitor is that he searched the words Polish Eagle Tattoos with Google.It, so the search engine should have returned sites only in Italian. Is there a Big Dave’s Blog translated to Italian? I did find Big Dave’s Blog translated into Spanish once. My whole blog, in Spanish. “Grande Dave’s Blog,” it was called.

I'm imagining that if Google were a talking searching engine, it would have been saying to this Roman.

"No search in Italy for Polish tattoos. Go to the Big Dave's Blog. He know all about the tattoos."

But I don't. Sorry. Here are a few other Google searches which brought visitors to my site.

Abbott And Costello Meet Siskel And Ebert
Witty Comments for a 60th Birthday Card

Burger King Whopper Price Australia
What Powder Do Gymnasts Put On There Hands

Being included in the following search results was more understandable:

Big Daves Tattoos (again with the tattoos?!)
Big Daves Stories
Dave's Passwords
Big Dave
Playboy Dave's Blog

Now if my wife Wendy wonders why I would appear with the search Playboy Dave's Blog, then it makes sense that you also find my blog with this search that somebody did:

Wendy’s Doghouse


Anonymous Yo Mama said...

Your better half has you in the doghouse again, Dave? I'm certain she had good reason!

9:48 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Heh heh, I love looking at some of the keyword searches that bring people by my blog. And like you, some of them completely mystify me!

5:30 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

LOL. I saw where you ran a Thai restaurant too; busy guy!

7:18 PM  
Blogger bornfool said...

In the last couple of weeks I"ve really become addicted to checking my sitemeter. I check it a couple of times a day to see wh's been stopping by. I only wish some of the lurkers would de-lurk so I could know who they are.

7:04 AM  
Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

Well, dammit, you gonna answer?

What the hell kind of powder DO they use?

5:25 PM  
Anonymous kristy said...

I had no idea you're so international! The most exotic place represented in my web stats is, well, Michigan. (Okay, maybe Oklahoma, but that's it).

9:50 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Hi Dave, I know of a couple of Oz bloggers who visit you via my site but whether there are others I don't know, (lurkers?)

1:48 AM  
Anonymous Terri said...

It really is amazing how Google searches send people to our blogs, simply with words that don't seem to apply at all. I also enjoy reading my site to find out who comes from where, and HOW they managed to find me.

7:45 AM  
Blogger schnoodlepooh said...

Big Dave's Tattoos - that's great! It's amazing to find out what searches bring people to you. Most searches that lead to my site are for schnoodles - that's a pretty easy one to understand!

11:17 AM  
Blogger Fred said...

Just stopping in to say hi, Dave. Have a great weekend!

12:00 PM  
Blogger Me said...

Looking at the sitemeter can be addictive and distracting! Good post!

7:05 AM  
Blogger Stenar said...

Italia rocks!

11:59 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

Ive started looking at my site meter almost as much as my blog! It is totally favorite search is for the rocky theme song. I get at least five 0 second visits a day due to that one!

10:03 AM  
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