May 25, 2005

Referrer Logs

One thing that always surprises me when I look at my referrer logs is how many search engines people out there are using. I sometimes think the whole world is using Google, but that is obviously not actually the case. There are a whole lot of engines out there and a whole lot of them are finding their way here.

What people search for is really the baffling part though. Sarah G. is Google's leading source of information about Dino Nuggets. And here one of the things that draws the most people in is searches for Marther (sic) Luther King. After a site called 4 Free Essays, I'm the second search on Google.

As a side note, let me suggest that a site called 4 Free Essays, with major typos like "Marther" is not the place to plagiarize from.

Anyway, just let me note for the record that I am not an expert on the Rev. King, but I do know his name and it's not Marther.


You tickle me all the time. Seriously, I didn't know other folks said Marther. My youngest kids have all done that! It flows well, don't you think?!??! Wonder if Dr. King's mom thought of that when she named him. Guess not.

Posted by: melissa at May 25, 2005 08:47 PM

Interesting isn't it? My daughter just posted about this on her blog. We had fun google searching words to see when our blogs would come up. Crazy, geeky fun.
My daughter's blog came up first when we googled:
Courtney's psychic

Posted by: Jamie Dawn at May 25, 2005 09:31 PM

How do you check the referrer logs?

Posted by: meredith pelham at May 26, 2005 06:17 PM

Meredith, first you need to install a program to track such things, which it doesn't look like you have on your site yet. There are lots of them out there and I have no idea which one is best. I used to have three different one which all worked in different ways and showed different things, which was way more detail than I needed. If you scroll to the bottom of my page, you will now see a little rainbow-colored square. That's the symbol for Sitemeter, which is the only thing I have attached to my page anymore. If you click on the square it will take you to the statistics of my page and you can see how I know who is coming to this blog from various locations. From there you can sign up for your own tracking (it's free) if you want to. If you look at other people's blogs, you can see various little squares and counters that are all providing the same sort of info. E-mail me if you need more help, but I think they make it pretty simple.

Posted by: Jordana at May 26, 2005 10:00 PM

Thanks a bunch--I'm embarassingly new at this! I'm going to install it this weekend.

Posted by: Meredith at May 27, 2005 06:17 PM