Enough of all of this politics. Lets look at something that is more mysterious than the hole that John Key is digging for his political future. Why in the hell is “milk bottle” one of the most frequent search terms for this site?
Looking at the search queries that have resulted in a click through to The Standard over the last year (2009-02-11 to Today), I found that our largest searches were
Obviously most of this is from people who don’t use bookmarks, but use google to look us up. There seem to be innumerable ways to do that query – at least 30 in the top 50.
But what are people looking at “milk bottle” and “the maldives” for. There are thousands of queries for those two terms, and hundreds more for variants like “maldives”, “bottle of milk”, “milk” and “bottle milk”. For that matter there were other odd terms – like variant of “phosphate”. There were some expected terms as well. For instance people looking up our unfavorite munter who is currently having fun with the long drawn out court system.
So I did a search on google for “milk bottle”. We weren’t even in the running even with a NZ biased search. However when I did a search for images with the same search, we were the third milk bottle in the rank. It was from a post on Fonterra early last year.
Most of the other unlikely search terms appear to have been from the same source. The Maldives appear to have dropped off in the middle of last year when better (ie more clicked) images were loaded.
But it just goes to show that you’ll get more people looking for a pretty picture than the most reasoned of text….