How Did You Find Us?

Referrals from other sites usually make up a rather insignificant portion of LISNews traffic. Normally over 90% of recorded visits start with no referral. Google normally sends the most visitors our way, followed by Yahoo, followed by various aggregators and random other sites from time to time. I was looking at the "Search Terms" Urchin collects, and I can't help but think many people are disappointed when they happen upon LISNews based on what we can guess they were looking for. Here's the top 10 search terms for the year:

1. desiree goodwin
2. harry potter
3. pick up lines
4. loonatics
5. pickup lines
6. harrypotter
7. lisnews
8. harry potter book six
9. desiree goodwin
10.desiree Goodwin

Not too bad, but the top 10 only accounts for about 20% of all 52,000+ terms recorded by Urchin. The long tail is indeed long when it comes to search terms on LISNews. The top 10 search terms for this week looks a bit different than the full year:

1. lisnews
2. harry potter
3. pick up lines
4. greatest novels
5. harry potter book six
6. pickup lines
7. library news
8. lis
9. matrix story
10. arabia sex

Top 10 referrals of this week:
1. (no referral)
2. www.google.com/search
3. www.bloglines.com/myblogs_display
4. search.yahoo.com/search
5. frontier.userland.com/xmlAggregator
6. radio.userland.com/newsAggregator
7. homepage.mac.com/lentenna/lib.html
8. search.msn.com/results.aspx
9. google.co.uk/search
10. www.google.ca/search

Top 10 referrals for the year (so far):
1. (no referral)
2. www.google.com/search
3. www.bloglines.com/myblogs_display
4. search.yahoo.com/search
5. search.msn.com/results.aspx
6. frontier.userland.com/xmlAggregator
7. radio.userland.com/newsAggregator
8. www.google.ca/search
9. google.co.uk/search
10. mail.yahoo.com/ym/ShowLetter

Comments

I re-found lisnews (and really started frequenting it) through a talk given at TLA (Texas Library Association). What made the difference was that I was told anyone could suggest a story. For whatever reason, back in library school when I found lisnews it was not apparent to me how it differed from any other weblog. It would be great if the logo could be changed to include a phrase like "Group Blogging" or "Power to the People" or some such identifying brand.

One of the top phrases used to find my church's websiteconneautchurch.com> remains "cooking meth". Such amuses me greatly.

Back to doing camp things...

It was so long ago, I don't remember. It was a focused search, or a link from somewhere dealing with a specific topic. I'd browsed out to the main page, and noticed that a majority of the stories were interesting, and that you got bookmarked. I came back, and stuff was still godo, commented on some of the stuff I'd read. Wash, rinse, repeat.

-- Ender, Duke_of_URL