Dear Google, Thanks for the hits!

Bloggers reading this will know that it can be fun to keep an eye on your ‘blog stats’ – not in an obsessive-compulsive fashion, but to see where traffic is coming from.

Special thanks to readers in North America, the UK and the UAE!

I love the new feature that WordPress.com recently installed – a world map on the stats page that means I can see where you live! Not your house or anything, but the country in which you reside. It’s fascinating to see which corners of the world are actually visiting little old me via the blogosphere!

I also love seeing how visitors stumble across my blog. The stats page lists the search terms that Internet users around the globe have typed into search engines such as Google – leading people, usually by accident, to Circles in the Sand.

Some of the terms searched for are hilarious – here are a few recent examples:

‘Mum screaming’ Can’t think how this led to my blog!

‘Expats gone bad’ Ditto

‘Dubai women seeking house-cleaning naked male for job’ Sorry, next time search for Chippendales in Dubai – or try an agency

‘Toilet sign styles in Dubai’ Do I look like a lavatory? (BB’s toilet talk the culprit, me thinks)

‘Exotic hair shears’ Mmm, don’t own any of those

‘Sugar mommies in Dubai’ You’ve come to the wrong place, hon!

‘My housemaid in tape’ Eeee-uw!

Postscript: Dear Australia, I’m terribly sorry, but you disappeared when I downloaded the map. I don’t know why! It has just been pointed out to me that I have a reader in Sydney (yay!) so thanks to Aus too…

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About Circles in the Sand

Sun worshiper, journalist, mother, pilot's wife and distracted housewife living in the land of glitz and sand
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2 Responses to Dear Google, Thanks for the hits!

  1. MsCaroline says:

    HA! I have been mulling over a post on just this topic- you’re going to start thinking all I do is read your blog and copy you! I’m not compulsive about my stats, but I love seeing where people come from- in fact, that’s why I installed Feedjit. I suppose I appreciate Google steering all the traffic my way, but some of the search topics (‘penis fish’ is still a big draw – thanks, MrL) make me wonder if I really want those folks reading my blog! ; )
    FYI – I usually show up on those maps as coming from San Francisco, not Korea. We have two servers and often have to use the one located in the US because many video and music links (Hulu, Netflix, Spotify) will not let you access your account from ‘outside the country.’ So…if you don’t see Seoul, but do see San Francisco…it might be me!

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