Saturday, December 04, 2010

Google likes me- They really like me- I just wish I knew how I did it

I gotta do it. I can't help myself.

A couple of years ago I had a nice up-tick in blog traffic and after some investigation noticed that I was getting a lot of blog hits thanks to two pictures.




The lovely Linda Carter


and




The scantily clad Sigourney Weaver


Me being me, I've always tried to figure out how to replicate the success I've had with those two pictures. I've added pictures of Carrie Fisher in full Princess Leia bikini garb, but that didn't really do anything for my blog traffic. Xena in her leather bustier generated some interest, but nothing lasting.

But a few days ago my blog traffic spiked in a big way. I've gone from blog hits in the hundreds to blog hits in the thousands. Sweet! Something worked! Naturally I investigated. And do you know what did it? Was it a spandex wearing Linda Grey? Tricia Helfer wearing her famously sheer red dress?

Nope. It's mainly this guy.



Though these guys are getting a fair amount of attention too.



So what's the lesson here?

I have no idea. But I'm not going to complain.

**Update**

Apparently Facebook has a meme that involves swapping out your normal profile picture with a picture of a favorite cartoon. So I guess the lesson here is that we'd all get really good traffic if we could figure out how to anticipate the next trend on Facebook. Something tells me I will never succeed at doing that on purpose.

20 comments:

AntonisM. said...

Might have been due to that stupid facebook meme where everybody had a picture of their favourite cartoon as profile picture. It lasted for the last couple of weeks of november.
...I'm just saying! :p

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

If you figure out the secret please share with all of us.

SQT said...

Antonis-- Google picked up the pics as part of their image search engine, so I don't think it's related to Facebook. But who knows. I guess I'll know if traffic drops off all of a sudden.

Susan-- Oh I will for sure.

SQT said...

Antonis-- You may be right. There's a thing on Facebook right now that goes until Dec 6th that has everyone using cartoons from their childhood. Damn. Does this mean my traffic goes back to normal on Monday? That would suck.

Jamie Gibbs (Mithril Wisdom) said...

Lol, it shows that the internet is truly a sick and twisted place indeed :P I found a similar thing, that the pictures I posted with Bridget Regan from Legend of the Seeker meant that the post it was in became the most viewed of all the blog! I must remember to put sexy women on my blog more often too :P

SQT said...

Ugh. After looking at my Facebook page it's pretty obvious it's that stupid meme that's behind the boost. Dammit. I thought Google bumped up my images on the search and that did it. Freaking Facebook.

Walter Rhein said...

Why would people pick Garfield for their cartoon? Who are those other guys, I know the cartoon but I can't think of the name!

SQT said...

Walter-- The Garfield one kind of baffles me too. Somehow I envision housewives who want to convey early morning grumpiness. Or something like that. The other picture is from "Voltron." That one I totally get.

Brenda said...

Maybe you'll get lucky and the meme will come around again. I think it's on its second round right now.

SQT said...

Brenda-- Wonder if I can find a way to convince people it's going to keep going-- forever.

Charles Gramlich said...

Sounds like I need to pay some attention to memes. I've been systematically ignoring them.

SQT said...

Charles-- Me too. I actually find them kind of annoying. I can't quite figure out how changing a profile picture changes anything. A lot of people go on about how it's "symbolic" and shows that people "aren't apathetic." But really, I think they do it because they want to show what cartoons they used to watch.

That's my curmudgeon moment for today.

Anonymous said...

But no mention as to why people are doing it. For shame. Somebody started it as a way to raise awareness of child abuse. Maybe it won't change anything and maybe, maybe it will keep one person from harming their kid. Make 'em stop and think about their childhood or maybe make them waste time on Facebook instead. Who knows? BUT there's absolutely no harm in it either way.

SQT said...

Anonymous-- If you're going to be calling everyone out and saying "for shame" at least put your name to the post.

The whole child abuse thing is bogus anyway. The whole thing started out as a meme meant to get everyone to change their picture. Someone-- no one knows who-- then added the child abuse tag in what I believe was a cynical attempt to see how many people they could get on board with a touchy-feely sentiment.

I don't believe in awareness campaigns. They don't do a darn bit of good and only make the person who joins in feel better about doing nothing. High profile campaigns take your money and then put it back into more "awareness" promotions and often put a tiny percentage into the actual cause they ostensibly support. So in that way they ARE harmful because they're taking your money for little more than their own profit.

SQT said...

Anon-- And why on earth would an avatar of a cartoon on Facebook make someone think twice about hurting a child? Seriously. I think that kind of stuff often has the opposite effect. If you're someone who is likely to have that kind of rage going on, is some "public awareness" campaign going to slow you down or stoke your anger? Rage is not rational.

Abby Minard said...

Thats funny, I just posted on my FB calling everyone who changed their pictures to now do something. Go out and volunteer, donate money or time or whatever you can to actaully make difference instead of just jumping on the bandwagon and posting the picture and then forgetting about it the next day. I got one person offended, but most everyone else seemed okay about it.

SQT said...

Abby-- I know I seem snippy about it. But oh the sanctimony I've seen on FB over changing a profile picture. There are a lot of ways to volunteer in your community. We recently took our kids out to plant trees for our community volunteer day. There are soup kitchens, children's receiving homes etc. that always need time or money. So why not pledge to do that? Seems more productive to me.

Budd said...

that is a really great shot of weaver from alien.

SQT said...

Budd-- As usual your priorities are in the right place. ;)

Karen said...

Lol.