The WordPress Stats page is an invaluable tool for bloggers who want to track growth and progress of their blogs. Bloggers receive a summary of blog views by country, top posts and pages viewed, referrers, which are clicks from other sites that link to theirs, and search engine terms, among others.
So far, my biggest referrer is Facebook followed by search engine terms. Search engine terms are words or phrases that people searching the internet use to land on your blog. That search engines drive substantial traffic to my blog is a pleasant surprise because I don’t have an SEO strategy neither do I optimise my content for search engines. It would be too stifling. I would spend too many hours agonising over words. Of course I agonise over words so that what you read flows as effortlessly as rivers over boulders.
The most popular search term that brings people to my blog? Akpos, all things Akpos. Akpos is a fictitious character around whom many Nigerian jokes revolve. I wrote Open Letter to Akpos, a few months ago because I grew weary of multiple BlackBerry Messenger broadcasts of Akpos jokes. Little did I realise that my mini-protest would lift my blog to greater prominence on search engine radars.
Like water on a day when the sun’s heat can fry eggs on car bonnets, Akpos is the antidote to the hassles of Naija life. Unconvinced? Below are a few search terms that brought people to my blog.
Search Engine Terms My Take
Long list of jokes about akpos – so you’re currently unemployed?
Akpos meaning? – when you find out let me know
Sweet akpos jokes – are there bitter ones?
Akpos I have a dream – so did Martin Luther King… and Obama had the audacity to change
Akpos bbm pin only – na becos of una I bin write Akpos letter
Akpos jokes of the day – copycat! nor be so Basketmouth hammer; write your own jokes!
Akpos goodmorning jokes – for real? wouldn’t you rather have coffee?
Akpos funny stories – you nor enter molue this morning?
Googleakposjokes – amebo, go find work
Best of Akpos at the top – please see “my Oga at the top”
Akpos funny love letters – run Ekaette, run!
Need story of Akpos – ehnn, for what?
Naija loaded akpos comedy – there in four words, the problem with Nigeria!
Since I’ve written about life in Nigeria, I see why search engines referred these searches to my blog.
Search Engine Terms My Take
the beginning of Naigeria – this is deep, really deep @Naigeria
God created Nigeria, discuss – required essay for secondary school leavers
I am so glad to know you grew up in Nigeria. I am from Nigeria – nice to meet you too
God of Nigerians – god of corruption, tribalism & comedy
returning to live in Nigeria – abeg shine ya eye well well!
Exchange rate Nigeria baits to uk pound – say what?
Is it legal to urinate in public in Nigeria? – oyibo, is this your first visit to Nigeria?
I want to wash naija film – yes o! wash it clean of the ten- minute credit roll at the start of the movie!
Night+with+naija+full+movies – and what a night it shall be!
Don’t ask to touch my earrings – okay now! sme sme, I won’t
funny naija post to make my room lively – sms AkposJokes N10/sms
Lively things to do with my blackberry – hmmm….
Business woman rides on man – nothing and I mean nothing I’ve written on this blog should make anyone land here using this search term! I’m suing Google!
The Body Magic is the post with the highest views on my blog. Perhaps because I expose my insecurities about my weight? Go figure! Not surprisingly, people land on my blog when searching for:
Girl magic weight gain butt – need I say more?
Body magic not tight – check the label; made in China?
Body magic won’t fit over hips – sis, I feel you
Body magic money – yes, you can make money selling body magic #womenarevaincreatures
The body is magic – *wink wink*
Magic in my body – it’s called fat
Where can body magic bra be found in Nigeria – send me your BB pin
So what brought you here? Search engine? Facebook? Twitter or WordPress Reader? And, what search engine terms drive traffic to your blog? Tell, o tell!
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