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Search Query Sunday, 43rd Edition

December 14th, 2008

search-traffic-statistics-43.jpgWe had another nice jump in traffic this week, which included both search and referrer sources of traffic. My strategy of targeting “problem + solution” types of keywords (for example, how to fix X, where to buy X, etc.) seems to be paying off, at least in terms of the traffic. My Xbox page has done particularly well with 242 unique visits, edging out even the popular cell phone page which had 240. It remains to be seen whether or not this traffic will convert well; I have been holding off on checking my Clickbank account until I have a large enough sample size of monetized pages and targeted traffic, after which I can start crunching some actionable numbers.

Meanwhile, on the referring site portion of the traffic, an interesting event occurred near the end of the week when one of my relatively obscure pages on nsima in Malawi suddenly received 200 unique hits, almost all of which arrived on a single day. At first I thought that someone had submitted the page to StumbleUpon, but after further investigation I tracked down the referrer to Guardian.co.uk, a major newspaper site from the UK. The idea that a major news organization such as this had linked to me of its own accord sent my heart racing as I pieced together the correct URL from Google Analytics and pasted it into the address bar. It turns out that the news was not quite as good as I hoped, but still favorable nonetheless.

Apparently a commenter under the username of “lukethedrifter” had posted a link to my page as a reference source on one of the Guardian’s blog articles about staple foods from sub-Saharan Africa. The fact that I managed to receive 200 hits just from a link in the comment section surprised me somewhat. I almost never see this much traffic from a single blog comment even though I have many such links placed on other blogs. It seems that I may have discovered another source of backlinks and traffic — leaving comments on major media sites and using my pages as relevant reference sources. Before I embark on another commenting spree, however, let’s see what our searchers were looking for this week.

$1000 a day with bum marketing — Yes, this would be nice, but it will likely take a very long time unless you do some major outsourcing, which will require a significant amount of money at the beginning. If you’re just getting started with bum marketing, $1000 per month is a more realistic goal. If you manage to achieve this, you will have a nice cash flow from which to hire others to work on some of the most time-consuming portions of your business.

a dollar a day meal — Although I like to be pretty frugal with my food choices, it would difficult even for me to spend only $1 per day on food without moving to another country or risking malnutrition. However, if you’re really determined and can source the right ingredients, you can try something like the nsima that I referenced in the link above. It’s very inexpensive to buy if you happen to be in Africa, and the ingredients to make it yourself don’t cost much either.

alternative of clickbank — Try PayDotCom. I keep forgetting to search this source for affiliate products whenever I write up a new keyword-targeted article, but it would be a good idea to do so instead of relying solely on Clickbank. Besides for the generally wise practice of not putting too many metaphorical eggs in one basket, PayDotCom also pays out commissions via PayPal, which is faster than going through the paper check route and puts the funds directly in a form that I can use to pay for relevant services online (for example, outsourcing article writing or software creation).

amazon use multiple gift cards — Yes, you can use more than one gift card with Amazon. Just enter each card’s claim code separately and the amount of each card will be applied to your credit balance, which can then be used for future purchases.

apostrophe 6 1/2 — You don’t need to use apostrophes with fractions. Just write it as it is displayed here or you can spell it out in words like “six and one half.”

astrology and putting ring on middle finger — For some reason there is a certain segment of the population that really believes in these “zodiac power rings.” So far I have had two commenters from India who actually wanted to know where they could get one of these rings even though my article clearly stated that this was a spam and scam operation. I have yet to see any credible evidence for these things actually working, but if you’re desperate enough there is probably no harm in trying.

atm stands for? online chat — In chat lingo, ATM stands for At The Moment, not to be confused with its other popular usage as Automated Teller Machine.

can you buy amazon gift cards at a store — Sometimes yes, but it’s easier to buy Amazon gift cards online directly from the source.

cyberchondria autoimmune disease — This one gave me a nice chuckle. I have never heard of cyberchondria (also known as Internet hypochondria) actually causing problems with one’s immune system, but it’s an interesting theory.

do mints leave repeal ants — I don’t think ants can be repealed, although there are probably some politicians somewhere who will try to legislate them out of existence.

do people of texas vote on texas amendments? — Yes, assuming said people are residents of the state and are registered to vote.

does salt water cool a beverage faster than just ice water? — Interestingly yes. You can see a video demonstration of this at my article on chemistry project ideas.

donkeymails real or scam — It’s real but I wouldn’t expect to make any impressive amounts of money with it.

english expressions rolling the dice — The expression “rolling the dice” means to take a risk or gamble in a situation where the outcome is uncertain and is expected to be largely dependent on an element of chance.

how quick do paypal payments go through? — It’s virtually instantaneous after the sender clicks the “Pay” button. It may take a few seconds for you to receive the payment notification or perhaps a little longer depending on your email program.

last leap year in the 21st century — 2096 (2100 is not a leap year but will be the last regular year of the century).


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