Comments: Sherlock Heaney and the Case of the Irrelevant Search Query

Good Lord, Holmes, that was meant for you!


Posted by Vardibidian at December 24, 2004 09:32 PM

I find search engine results on stat pages to be one of the most interesting insights into the World of People Who Won't Readily Admit What They're Doing. For example: during the olympics, I posted a WashPost story about water polo, and for weeks afterward started getting 20-30 hits a day from people searching for "nude water polo." Different olympics, perhaps?

More recently, I posted a Lloyd Grove column about Jennifer Krum, the amputee posing for Playboy, and something like 50 hits came in every day for a week because of it. I still get about 5-10 hits a day from people searching for her name. Who knew there was such a big market for that?

Now, if an amputee water polo player was posing for Playboy, I'd really be in business.

Posted by jason at December 25, 2004 07:35 PM

Now that Google has re-spidered this page since you commented, Jason, I am also getting many hits per day on "Jennifer Krum nude". Way more than I do on "Kate Bush nude". (And maybe if she'd put out another album already, people would remember about how she's totally hot. Or if she would pose nude.)

Posted by Francis at December 28, 2004 04:54 PM

KB's supposedly to have an album ready by March, so be prepared.

Posted by saphir at December 30, 2004 05:42 PM

Of course, after this I had to go Google for "Kate Bush Francis yarnivore" to see what the fuss was about, which yeilds only slightly more Kate Bush content than nude content. Shameful.

OTOH, hey, new album? Nifty.

Posted by Dan P at January 3, 2005 06:19 PM