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Nonsense SearchTerms in My Stats

  1. My blog is rather obscure, and I rather doubt people are finding it via the search terms that the Stats page is presenting as the referral source. This is especially true today (Monday 9 December), since there's no way my little dinky corner of the web will even show up in Google search results for most of the terms - Google hasn't had time to index the newest content!

    What are these seemingly pointless visits, and what purpose could they possibly serve (I assume) spammers? The terms are too generic to be of help to them if, out of curiosity, I pop them into Google. And more important, how can these things be stopped? They account for almost 20% of today's views, which is a serious distortion of my visitor stats.

    The blog I need help with is mightierthanthepen.wordpress.com.

  2. We cannot control what others choose to search for on our blogs.

  3. I'm not asking for anyone to control it - I'm just wondering how it's possible for these searches to be real; assuming they're not, how they got there; and what can be done to prevent such fraud from taking place again.

  4. To illustrate, when I pop "heads of state attending mandela funeral lithuania" (without quotes) into Google, my blog doesn't show up in the results - there the term is in my search engine term stats. Why and how would this be a worthwhile thing to have (presumably) a bot do, and how can it be prevented, if at all?

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  6. Subscribed and waiting patiently. Just trying to provide all the helpful info that might be necessary.

  7. Can I say that all the keywords you say you searched (and are in the search terms) are all found in your Nelson Mandela article, and Lithuania is used in the comments to that article. Therefore one of your articles has all the required keywords.

    The reason you are not showing up when YOU search is because you are (probably) doing a quick search through the first 10 pages of Google.com

    Remember that search results can show up in Google Images, Google Blogs, Google Discussions and even (but hardly likely in this case) Google Video searches. It may be through these that they found you. For example, I too have had many strange search terms appear and yet they all match relevant articles on my site and when digging deep enough you can sometimes find why they found it, for example, a generic term like "Miley Cyrus" may not turn up your result in the first 10,000,000 results on Google.com, but might turn up in the top 50 images if you have a funny image with that search term.

    You also have to remember that Google.com may throw up totally different search terms (and therefore ordering) than Google.co.uk, or in this case I suspect Google.co.lithuania (or whatever domain suffix they use out there). It might be that your article about Nelson Mandela could be placed 7th top search result for that group of search terms in Lithuania (well done, you are famous in Lithuania!) whereas only 7,999,999th in Google.com (still a way to go in the US of A!)

    So bear in mind that the search keywords that appear are likely to be real users but coming from locations you never thought off. I for one had a strange search request that I swore was not normal for me to be showing up on a search results, and yet a mobile phone application that used Google Image Search (much like Facebook Messenger uses Bing Image search to send random images to friends) was throwing up the photo on my obscure article on page 1!

    On a side note, have you signed up to Google Webmaster Tools and verified your domain with them? If you do that then you can track your search terms much more accurately and see where they are finding you and at what page on the search results your articles search terms are usually found. It might solve some of the mystery around some of the searches!

  8. @humourhive
    Well said! tagging for Staff removed as this issue has been resolved.

  9. Thank you - I'll try Webmaster Tools.

  10. To verify blog ownership of a WordPress.com blog with the major search engines you must use this process > http://en.support.wordpress.com/webmaster-tools/
    Note: Even if you do not verify the blog the content will be indexed by search engines so don't feel panicky about this please.

    Note also that WordPress.com automatically supplies sitemaps for our blogs to search engines - we do nothing. http://en.support.wordpress.com/sitemaps/#xml-sitemaps-for-search-engines

    It takes weeks for search engines to index content in a new blog and/or to re-index content under a new URL. What attracts search engines is unique content the cannot in posts that cannot be found anywhere else on the internet. Start now publishing original content posts frequently two or even three times weekly. For more information read > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/01/21/omg-i-cant-find-my-blog-on-google/

    Lastly note that we cannot assist with search engine issues. They are between the blogger and the search engine. http://en.support.wordpress.com/search-engines/

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