There is both good and bad in my newly learned technology abilities, since I have moved over to a self-hosted website and started to try to learn a little bit about HTML programming, running a website, optimization for search engines, and the other things you need to know to get people to somehow find your content out among the masses of available travel information on the web.
One of the big downsides is that I spend too much time on all of that stuff and haven’t been remotely as productive on the main project I have supposed to been working on in the last few months — writing my book.
One of the upsides is learning a little bit about the people that come and read my stuff. Where they are from. How long they stay on the site. What pages they view. And so on.
No, don’t know who you are specifically, but yes, you can track a lot of information from basic internet tools available to anyone that runs a website. And yes, every single website you visit is doing this, and more, to try to figure out how to optimize their product, in order to get more people to their site.
One of the things you are trying in search engine optimization (or SEO, in the parlance), is for one of your posts or websites to pop up on the first page of a google search. Here is one of the most popular posts on Go, See, Write – the hostel and dorm rules — popping up not only on the first page, but as the first result.
Just to show you that I don’t merely emphasize the more prurient aspects in life, in order to try to get more people to read, here is another recent Google search, where I appear on the first page. This is more of a how-to guide and provides some really important information on the recently awarded 2022 World Cup.
But when it comes right down to it, what is my website all about? Travel, overland travel, and exploring the world. This is obviously shown by some stats on how people found my site one day last week.
All travel, all the time.
Here are some other searches that somehow made it to my site. Enjoy the randomness of the internet while you take a look. One of the first things I do every morning is pull up information on how people found my website. At least twice a week, and starting to be more than that as more people come read, I get a good chuckle from what people are looking for on the internet…. and that they find me somehow from it.
In case you don’t follow me closely, the reason I get all these Kathleen Turner searches is the post I did on Romancing the Stone while I was in Cartagena.