Well it’s that time of the month again! And November’s referrer’s report sure has some gems in it.
Firstly, I would like to note with some pride that variations on “Charming Vietnam Gala” and its protest made up one-eighth of this month’s searches (searches for variations on “The RiotACT” always dominate with usually 25-30 per cent of the searchers looking for this).
We’ve had a few notable autogooglers this month, including the CT’s Markus Mannheim, CityNews owner Michael Hawke, Crikey’s Christian Kerr and secretary of the department of parliamentary services Hilary Penfold. Hi guys, did you enjoy us?
There’s also been lots of people wanting to know about smacking children and about kids who are bad on purpose. Also people who want to buy unusual cooking ingredients, such as frogs leg and haggis, IN MELBOURNE. Plus someone out there, possibly Dan Brown, appears to be developing an Australian conspiracy theory, with searches for Freemasons and the Liberal Party and John Howard (we’ve mentioned the masons before, but in the context of the Labor Party).
UPDATE I’ve had a complaint from Mr Mannheim about my reference to autogooglers above, so please reread that paragraph and insert the word “possible” before the word “autogooglers”. Thanks. Oh, and the complaint is below.
And just a few more of my personal favourites:
* winter ball dresses (who knows, we might get more readers if RA had a serious fashion section)
* horse lovers dating service (thank you google ads)
* something named after edmund barton (look in a friggin phone book!)
* kimba sinsations (kimba is there somethng you’re not telling us?)
* tall tales for kids dropbears (someone who doesn’t know the national joke properly — though why they got led here…)
* how to use an apostrophe (woohoo!)
And the winner for idiotic search term of the month:
Email from Mr Mannheim received earlier today:
So when a website sets up a self-referring link (http://the-riotact.com/?p=1406), and its readers click through, that’s known as “auto-googling”? I thought the phrase meant something else entirely.