I’m No Expert….

Uncle AndrewUncle Andrew
Filed under: @ 9:24 pm

….in the field of search engine optimization. I mean, I’m aware of the basics of how search engines like Google and Yahoo! determine where to rank pages in terms of their relevance to a particular query. Clever stuff, that; way beyond my own skill set.

So perhaps one of my contemporaries with more experience in this field could lend their expertise in answering the question as to just how the fuck my blog got to be the number-one-ranked site on Google for the phrase, “ventilated pith helmets with fan“? I’d really like to know.

Of course, by the time y’all are reading this, my page ranking will probably have dropped. I imagine I’ll have to settle for somewhere in the top five.

4 Responses to “I’m No Expert….”

  1. Gavin Says:

    And how did you discover this fascinating fact?

  2. Uncle Andrew Says:

    And how did you discover this fascinating fact?

    I wrote (cribbed, mostly) a script that records every hit on my index.php page and writes the date, time, IP address, domain, browser and referrer to an HTML file. I regularly scan it for interesting info. That’s where I get the material for my “Refer Madness” section as well. The referer, http://www.google.com/search?q=ventilated+pith+helmets+with+fan&hl=en&start=10&sa=N , was right there.

    You should check your web stats for pukaranch.com; I bet you get some interesting referers. 😀

  3. Gavin Says:

    So, how is what you scripted different from the server log file? And is this what you use to analyze you web traffic or do you use other tools too?

  4. Uncle Andrew Says:

    It’s only different in that it puts in in a very neat, easy-to-read form that I can access easily from anywhere, as it’s just an HTML file residing in my Web directory. IIS logs are anything but easy to read in their raw form.

    I also use a program called FunnelWeb to generate monthly reports from my W3SVC logs. It’s a pretty nice piece of free Windows software that lives on the server itself, though it can easily work remotely as well.

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