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Search Query Sunday, 52nd Edition

February 15th, 2009

search-traffic-statistics-52.jpgSearch traffic is still holding up nicely, with the overall number of site visitors now averaging 800-900 per day. Notable traffic bursts include another batch of approximately 300 hits from StumbleUpon to my redundant words and phrases page and a surprising 42 visits from the DigitalPoint forums.

My theory on the DigitalPoint traffic is that it’s coming from other posters who have a link to one or more pages of this site in their signature links. Earlier this week, one of the authors whose articles I have published here recently added one of my pages to her signature link as a way of demonstrating writing samples to prospective buyers on the forums. This is one benefit of article outsourcing I had never thought about before — free backlinks and traffic from forums without actually having to be an active participant!

Now let’s see what kind of keywords we can dig up from this week’s search data.

salmonella symptoms more:causes_risk_factors — This is an interesting side benefit of publishing relatively high quality articles that relate to diseases or medical conditions. I have noticed that for these types of topics, in front of the first result Google will place a “refine results” section that contains about eight links relating to various aspects of the disease such as symptoms, causes, treatment, risk factors, etc. So if you have an article that discusses these things, it is possible to be ranked relatively high and draw traffic when the searcher clicks through on these refined result links. The “more:” part of this query is an indication of this type of search; my scurvy article also attracts these types of searches with “more:condition_treatment” attached to the end of the keyword.

“technophobia” affiliate — This one is pretty funny because people who have technophobia are some of the least likely candidates to be searching for affiliate programs on the Internet. For that matter, the true technophobes probably won’t be buying things on the Internet either, which makes the idea of an affiliate program for technophobia seem pretty useless.

can applesauce replace sugar? — Applesauce can replace sugar in some types of baking recipes, but there are other cases where it’s probably not feasible (for example, applesauce in iced tea probably would not work very well). This is one of those situations where you just need to use common sense and think about what the final product might look like.

can i make soup from fresh turkey leg — As far as I know, there are no rules against this, so you might as well try it. You could use the turkey for the actual meat ingredient or as a broth for the soup.

common sense prevention of salmonella — Don’t eat things that contain salmonella bacteria.

how do you pay for games you buy on the internet with the wii — You can usually pay with a credit or debit card, although in the case of unlimitedwiidownloads.com, you can also pay with PayPal and get unlimited Wii downloads afterward.

how hygiene prevents scurvy — Hygiene has nothing to do with scurvy; this is an old myth from the 1800s that some people apparently still believe. Scurvy is a deficiency disease which is easily prevented with vitamin C (ascorbic acid) in the diet.

how long check amazon affiliate — It usually takes two to three months after you have earned at least $100 in commissions to receive a check from Amazon. The main reason for the delay is that Amazon waits for about 60 days so that commissions on products that are returned by customers can be deducted from the correct accounts.

how long is a non leap year — 365 days according to the calendar.

how to change site url in wordpress — To change the URL, you can edit the “post slug” before publishing. Be sure to separate individual words with hyphens. For best SEO results, use relevant keywords.

how to chat online with someone you really like — Use an instant messaging service. There are plenty of them out there; I usually just stick with Yahoo, although Gmail now allows chat also, so sometimes I wind up receiving messages this way.

how to cure scurvy in the 1600’s — This would be very difficult because we cannot go back to the 1600s, at least not with our current technology. Unfortunately, people who had scurvy in the 1600s will just have to stay dead until we can invent reincarnation technology, after which we can show them the wonders of vitamin C.

kewl stands for what in chat — This is simply a different spelling of “cool”, not an abbreviation.

is it correct to use you’re been — No, because this would read “you are been”, which does not make sense. This is probably supposed to read “you have been”, although we would need to see the context of the sentence to determine the correct phrase.

is mindfield online a scam — No, Mindfield is still paying. The company also reduced the minimum payment threshold from $10 to $5 recently, although this does not make much of a difference because I usually wait until I have at least $10 in the account anyway.

is treasure troopers worth it? — This depends on your definition of “worth it.” If you’re set up to do CPA offers quickly, it can be a nice source of extra PayPal funds that will not take up too much time. You can also make money from referrals, although I have not yet had much success with this as my referrals never seem to follow through and complete any offers to generate commissions.

2 Responses to “Search Query Sunday, 52nd Edition”

  1. comment number 1 by: Eddie Gear

    Hi there,

    It’s good to see such good search results. Thank you for sharing. Keyword research is something that i am currently at.

    Eddie Gear

  2. comment number 2 by: MarbleHost.com


    It is a great report - I was using it yesterday after finding out about it here on SEOmoz. The tools available are improving all the time. Thanks for the write-up.

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