Searches That Lead Here: Tagged

on Posted by Rajesh J Advani
So I've been tagged (If your office firewall blocks this because of the objectionable word in the URL, you can try this link. It's the top post).

I don't always do tags, but this is a post I've been wanting to write for at least a year and a half. So I've decided to give up on procrastination for just long enough to get this post done.

Basically, I'm supposed to write a post on the different words/phrases entered by people in search engines, that lead them to this blog. And because I started using Google Analytics a little less than a year ago, I have access to almost every search word used to reach this site since then. So I'll be doing this post as a series.

I'll start with one of the most common set of search terms that leads people to my blog.

Searches relating to Arranged Marriage - Long, long ago, so long ago, that I don't even remember how long ago, I wrote a post on Arranged Marriages. That's one post on the topic. And 8% of the hits on this blog, end up at that post. Here's a sampling of the kinds of search strings that people have used:
  1. Arranged Marriage Statistics - That's given me 242 hits in the last 11 months. And from the comments on that post, I believe that these are mainly sociology students. So the crap I wrote, has probably ended up being used in someone's research project! I don't know whether to be proud, or worry that my opinion from a couple of years ago on a matter that I have absolutely no knowledge about, just might be considered Expert Opinion!
  2. Giving up on love for arranged marriage - This one scares me. What if someone was trying to decide whether they should wait to find their true love, or just give in to parental pressure and have an arranged marriage? And what if it was my post that convinced this person to go in for an arranged marriage? What if they'd have found their true love if they had not read my post, and just waited for a few more months? What if I stood in the way of true love? How can I live with the burden of such a grave sin? My hair are turning gray from worrying.
  3. Is arranged marriage legal in the united states? - What???
  4. Arranged Marriages don't work
  5. Arranged Marriages are Bad
  6. Arranged Marriages are Evil - Okay, okay, I believe you!

Makes me wonder if I should have started a matrimonial site instead.

Update: I know I'm supposed to tag other people, but I'll make it an open invitation instead. If you feel like doing the tag, leave a comment, and I'll tag you.
Alternatively, if you want to know how to track search terms for your blog, or you want to get a counter that has that feature, let me know and I'll try to help out.

Update 2: Tagging Anwin and Deaths Head Roy.


Deaths Head Roy said...

I have been using Analytics for some time....but have never noticed where I can get this do I navigate on Analytics to get this in which search terms made the user end up on my blog.....

and i still have not changed my blog template!

Deaths Head Roy said...

got that from Marketing Summary....

Anwin said...

ok...i will write about the same...deaths head roy figured it out for us about the analytics thing...

Rajesh J Advani said...

Death's Head Roy: You've probably figured it out by now, but it's Marketing Optimization -> Search Engine Marketing -> Overall Keyword Conversion.
You can change the date range to start from the day you signed up for Google Analytics. And you can export the entire set of data to an Excel sheet.

Cool, eh?

Well, I've finally decided that my blog template sucks, as in it's too dark, the text is too small, and the "cool transparency effect" makes it harder to read the posts. So I'm planning another update now :)

Anwin: Great! Updating you both as tagged!

Rohit said...

Advani...a matrimonial site? is this some subconscious desire that coming out here:)

Deaths Head Roy said...

Thanks for that....I have just updated my blog too....

Kusum Rohra said...

Look at Annupam Mittal, that man really hit Gold with, didn't he? So your matrimonial site, where the search for an nice boy for the daughter is so rampant is definitely a good idea.

Read the linked post, though one would agree with what you have written there, but still to me arrange marriage in most cases somehow still is some desperado's route to getting laid for free.