Stats, Search Engine Terms & You

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WordPress spared me the trouble of spreadsheets, charts, and graphs by providing Livelytwist’s annual report for 2014. Here are some highlights to mark Livelytwist’s second anniversary.

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 26,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

In 2013, Livelytwist was viewed about 13,000 times. By 2014, this doubled. The growth in number of views reminds me of a chorus sung in some Nigerian Pentecostal circles, everything na double double! What’s in a number? I publish articles once a week about subjects that don’t involve Kim Kardashian—the numbers tell me people still care about what I say.

At least one person in every continent, in 105 countries, viewed Livelytwist in 2013. Come 2014, Livelytwist travelled farther, touching down in ten more countries. Although we complain about the internet, it remains the universal passport, which defies visa restrictions. It is how I met you. Most visitors came from the United States. Nigeria and United Kingdom were not far behind, and The Netherlands and Canada made a strong showing as well.

 

These posts received the most views in 2014.

1. The Love Languages of Nigerians [posted July 2014]

2. The Body Magic [posted April 2013]

3. Open Letter to Akpos [posted May 2013]

4. I am Not Looking For Love, I am Going to Work [posted August 2013]

5. A Father’s Love [posted June 2013]

 

According to WordPress,

Some of your most popular posts were written before 2014. Your writing has staying power! Consider writing about those topics again.

To me staying power is distilling current events in a way that transcends the present so an article remains relevant, year after year. Search engine robots also drove traffic to these posts judging by the most popular search words. Search engine terms are words and phrases people enter into various search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing that land them on Livelytwist.

A random sampling of the search terms shows my indebtedness to the creators of Akpos, a male character around whom many Nigerian jokes revolve, and to Ardyss for their corset, Body Magic. And yes, to romance and love. Below, I make my case.

 

A self-deprecating post about my struggle with weight and the Body Magic may be what bring these die-hard seekers to Livelytwist.

Search Engine Terms                                                             

magic chant for a round butt

  • When you find it let me know so I can retire early!

how to wear a body magic despite the pain to hide belle fat

  • Lol, vanity involves pain; just do it.

anything similar to body magic but cheaper

  • E.x.e.r.c.i.s.e maybe?

i hav flesh coming out from under my arms after wearing a body magic?

  • What did you expect? To drop 2 or 3 dress sizes?

 

A tongue-in-cheek stab at the ubiquitous Akpos, means that Akpos, and all things Akpos, are the search terms that bring the most traffic to my blog.

Search Engine Terms                                                             

akpose comedy – na we dey here 

  • What can I say? Akpos wins year after year.

what will i do so that i can be receiving  akpos joke every day as text message on my phone

  • So, someone actually typed this into Google?

i have a dream by akpos

  • That one day _ _ _ _  (fill in the blanks)

naija jokes that will thumble the girls and  make them shout

  • Girls beware!

Naija loaded akpos comedy

  • There in four words, the problem with Nigeria!                                                                                                                                                      

 

Every time I write about love, my stats go boom boom boom! But, what’s love got to do with these search engine terms?

Search Engine Terms                                                             

social network to find girls phone number or pin that are ready for marraige in nigeria 2014

  • This is not a dating site.

i am looking for love

  • I repeat, this is not a …

i want to friendship nigerian in mumbai

  • This is not a 419 site!

when will a female want a male to stop stroking

  • No comments. My lawyers are already writing Google.                                     #DefamationOfCharacter

when a woman acts up it means you pull her hair and show her whos boss

  • Osanobua! I haven’t even watched, not to talk of reviewed Fifty shades of Grey. I reject it!

i am tired of her in nigerian language

  • I apologise on behalf of all good Nigerian men.

timi yeseibo married

  • Get a life, read The  Economist!

 

Thankfully, these search engine terms reveal what the others may or may not: Livelytwist actually offers something intellectual.

Search Engine Terms                                                             

third world cultural profiles

  • Sociology majors welcome here.

what are the relationship between satire and social transformation

  • Satire can act as an agent of social transformation. Next question?

let there be peace in the land of my birth ( nigeria). Essay 

  • Indeed peace is a necessary ingredient for growth.

can an enemy be killed by splashing holy water on its picture

 

And these search engine terms remind me of why I do what I do…

Search Engine Terms                                                             What I Think

am bored..keep me lively pls

  • Came to the right place, read on.

latest blog by timi yeisibo-lively twist

  • Aw, sweet. People want to read Livelytwist!

livelytwist timi

  • So glad you found me!

 

A report tells one side of the story. I would love to hear your side. So what brought you here? Search engine? Facebook? Twitter? WordPress Reader? Other? And if you blog or have a website, what search engine terms drive traffic to your blog?

 

© Timi Yeseibo 2015

 

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45 thoughts on “Stats, Search Engine Terms & You

  1. I find the way WordPress presents stats to be very creative: the quintessence of giving a lively twist to what should otherwise be a boring feast of numbers and lines.

    Like someone commented, you have an enviable readership, Timi. What separates your blog from many is the quality of your writing, and how this transforms what could pass for the mundane into something that dazzles our minds.

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    1. Yes, WordPress is creative- comparing number of blog views to the number of people that fill up the Sydney Opera House, makes the numbers more meaningful.

      Thank you Samuel for your kind words. I’m encouraged. People like you make blogging fun. And it’s a win-win. You read something you find stimulating, I on the other hand receive incentive to better my craft. 🙂

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  2. I try not to focus on the stats but do feel a little blue when they go down at times. I am one who tries to stay open. I feel many of your posts are deep and interesting, Timi. I am one who is not quite as deep and sometimes even ‘goofs off’ while I post! Smiles!

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    1. Because you post frequently, I can’t read all your posts, but I enjoy the ones I read. And some are deep. 🙂

      Although stats are only one measure of ‘success,’ I like to share Livelytwist’s annual report with my readers. They made ‘it’ happen and I think presenting it in a fun and light way makes for interesting reading. For those who’ve been with me longer, I guess it’s a story of how far commitment to excellence and consistency can take you.

      Thanks Robin.

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  3. Nancy Hatch brought me here. She’s quite the connector. 🙂
    Someone else shared his WordPress stats. I never look at mine! I’m weird that way! But I appreciate their creativity.

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  4. Love this post on how you insert your wry comment on search strings. Some of them weird. I haven’t gotten around to collecting. Problem is that Google is hiding a lot of those keywords now.

    “To me staying power is distilling current events in a way that transcends the present so an article remains relevant, year after year.” I date my photos. So do you think I should not date them and hence, make photos more “timeless”? I’ve wondered about this off and on.

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    1. Yes Google is hiding some search engine terms so they show up as unknown search terms on your dashboard.

      I think that with photos it’s different. People may want to know when the photos were taken, I would. I think that the accompanying text should have that element of “timelessness”

      I enjoy your photos and I’ve read some of your older posts. I didn’t find them dated or irrelevant.

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  5. Fascinating insights from the search terms that lead people to you… The one about killing enemies with holy water just slays though… Not sure I remember how I managed to stumble on here but I’ve come back form time to time.. I suspect that’s what’s more important.. 🙂

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    1. It was fun looking at the search terms and trying to figure out which posts attracted the search engine robots 🙂
      I immediately knew the “holy water” post XD

      I think you found me first. But yes, what matters is that you drop by from time to time. Thanks.

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  6. You doubled your readership- congrats. And some of the search terms that sent people to you made me giggle. I have the same reaction when I see mine. I have a feeling that a lot of readers-based on the search terms- are actually looking for porn sites and end up on my blog. LOL.

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    1. Thank you Diahann.
      I guess those people landing on your site will be disappointed. In a way, machines- search engine robots- can’t replace human intuition, but humans can’t be as productive…

      Maybe some of the people stay and read our posts even though it wasn’t what they were looking for. 🙂

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  7. These reports, generated by WP are so interesting. I love to see the visitors from far away countries. Like Nancy, I found your blog through Eric Baker. I need to shoot him an e-mail. I miss his posts.

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  8. I met you on Eric Baker’s blog ~ he highlighted one of your posts, I swung round and have stuck around since.

    I just checked ~ most (10 out of 13) search engine terms for SLTW include “positive energy”

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  9. Hahaha! *hot tears* That person actually referred to his/her enemy as ‘it’, the hatred must be real.

    I just had a peek into my search terms and I saw “ways to bring the devil out” amongst other pretty weird stuff.

    I enjoyed this post a lot. I laughed all through.

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    1. Lol, good point… maybe the enemy isn’t human? 🙂

      @“ways to bring the devil out,” hahaha! Whatever did you write about? You probably mentioned the devil in one of your posts…

      Tomi, me too- I laughed out loud when responding to the search engine terms. I enjoyed writing this somewhat light and funny and silly post. Thanks!

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      1. Haha, maybe the enemy isn’t human, true, true.
        I have a post titled “The Devil wears aso-ebi” – I am guessing that’s it. I was actually unaware of search engine terms until I read this. I laughed and learned something 🙂

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  10. I can’t remember what linked me to you. It would have been a comment or observation that you or I made on some post or another that led me to look at your work and liked it. When WordPress tell us someone has liked or is following our stuff, it does of course suggest we look up the other person. That doesn’t always result in me being a follower.

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    1. Hi Derrick, I remember! 🙂
      You liked my post on beauty, which I wrote on Holistic Wayfarer’s blog. So I paid a courtesy visit, and you’d written about dinner… you mentioned tripe, a delicacy called shaki in some parts of Nigeria. I was pleasantly surprised 🙂
      I liked some of your other posts about your time as a social worker too.
      I like how the internet bridges gaps and brings people a world apart closer.

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      1. I’m glad for the bridges we build even as guests. =) Tripe is a Korean offering as well.

        As to your question, I believe your faithful support caught my eye last year. =)
        Search terms are funny. I almost posted mine. The things people are looking for…

        😉

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        1. Wow, I thought tripe was only eaten in Nigeria… I guess there are many more places. What a lovely surprise.

          I find that you tackle easy and difficult subjects in an unusual way that makes me think. It’s not hard to show up at your blog time and again. 🙂

          Yeah, the things people are looking for… Google has made life easier XD

          Thanks Diana.

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  11. Lol @ “This is not a dating site” and for real, someone wanted to kill an enemy by splashing holy water on a picture? What will the eyes not see? It’s easy to see which of those terms were by Nigerians. The person searching for magic chant for a round butt is just a joker, really, perhaps he/she should try multiple episodes of KUWTK.

    I think I must have shared how I found Livelytwist before: was blog-hopping and landed on one of your WordPress 10- posts—the one that asked us to donate comments (or likes, can’t remember which).

    I don’t post regularly enough or tag properly on my blog to attract traffic via search engines, but everyday, my former blog receives about four odd visitors who are looking for how to be a Yahoo boy. I often feel sorry for them because of how disappointed they must be when they read the piece.

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    1. The things our eyes see! XD
      I remember your ‘yahoo’ post and yes, I think they’ll be disappointed. It’s interesting to see what people search for and to wonder what we all did before Google became a verb.

      Ah ah, Ife, you’ve finished me. Which post is this one, “. . . the one that asked us to donate comments”? XD I’ve really gotten away with some ‘çrazy’ stuff on Livelytwist sha!

      Thank you for your encouragement. It means so much to me.

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      1. I can’t even remember now sef. Perhaps you were the one who came to that hidden (now dead) blog of mine and said you “donated comments like I asked.” I sha know comments and donation were involved.

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