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Search Query Sunday, 23rd Edition

July 27th, 2008

stumbleupon-logo.jpgAlthough search traffic remains relatively strong, the big news of the week is actually from StumbleUpon, where my healthy snack page managed to go viral about four days ago, increasing its number of “thumbs up” votes from 15 earlier in the week to a total of 42 currently. It has received over 4,300 page views in the last 7 days, placing it above all other pages in terms of recent traffic. Another page that is beginning to do well in StumbleUpon is the one on stopping websites from resizing your Firefox windows, a much more recent post that has received nine positive votes so far along with 1,050 page views.

Meanwhile, some of the search queries are getting pretty funny, with people continuing to be overrun with ants and wet cell phones. Grammar-related questions are also beginning to show a significant increase. Here is this week’s list:

ants 3 mm kitchen rid of — This one is indicative of a curious trend that I have been noticing in the ant-related queries toward specifying the size of ants as if this somehow might affect the strategy used to get rid of them. As far as I know, ants do not vary enough in size to make much of a difference when it comes to repelling or eliminating them from houses. This is the first time that I have had a searcher provide an exact measurement of an ant, however; usually this is given as “little”, “tiny”, or “small”.

ants won’t eat baits — Usually this can be remedied by placing the bait in some type of sweet substance such as honey or syrup that ants prefer to eat. I have seen videos where this tactic was used successfully with honey and borax, for example.

how to pronounce HYIP — This is an abbreviation for the phrase High Yield Investment Program; therefore, you would simply pronounce each letter separately from left to right. It is not intended to be pronounced as a single word.

is the english word “leaded” wrong? — Not necessarily. There is actually an English word spelled as “leaded”, but this specifically refers to products such as gasoline or paint that have had the metal lead added to them in the manufacturing process. On the other hand, if one is trying to form the past tense of the verb “to lead”, it is spelled as “led” because this is an irregular verb that does not take the standard -ed ending for past or past participle tenses.

how much money can i make per article with bum marketing — Much to the dismay of many number crunchers, there is no predetermined figure that can be reliably attached to each article. Bum marketing is simply not an exact science; there are cases of people making anything from nearly zero income to thousands of dollars from single articles. The basic idea is do your SEO homework as well as you can manage it with the tools at your disposal, then get enough articles published to increase your overall income from affiliate sales along with any other types of monetization that you have implemented.

flash flash revolution flash — You seem to have one too many flashes. It’s just Flash Flash Revolution.

what are the benefits of technophobia — Similar to the “pros and cons of cigarettes” query that I noticed a few weeks ago, this is another one that had me scratching my head. Technophobia is not normally associated with having any benefits, but one potential advantage might be the cost savings of not buying computers or other high-tech gadgets. On the other hand, this would make it more difficult to earn money from online sources such as Internet marketing or blogging, so the potential benefits of technophobia are probably not worth the costs of lost opportunities.

In what year was the modern rule for calculating leap year first implemented — The most recent rule for the leap year calculation was the adoption of the Gregorian calendar, which was first implemented in some European countries in 1582. However, other countries waited until much later to make the necessary adjustments to their calendars.


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