This morning on my way to work I was listening to Matthew 7. When I listened to the verses below my mind started to wander.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? (Matthew 7:7-9 ESV)
I started to think about the posts that people find on my blog when they are searching on the internet. One of the neat things about blog stats is that they can capture search terms from some of the search engines when people click on the links.
So, what are the most popular search terms that find my blog?
The number one search term is ‘fireworks’. There are also other search terms that include the word fireworks. So what post do searchers find when they search for ‘fireworks’?
Back in July, just before Independence Day, I wrote a post titled: Fireworks Memories
Back in July, this post was not too popular. I only had 36 views of the post in July. Then throughout the rest of the year a few views trickled in each week. Then in December, the post rocketed to the top of my stats. More than 700 views in December and already more than 100 in January. I am sure it is mainly because of the popularity of fireworks around New Years, but it was surprising to me.
After fireworks, the next group of popular search terms have to do with Amish. Here is a partial list of search terms that have found my posts about the Amish.
- Amish in Oregon
- Amish in California
- Are there Amish in California
- Amish California
- California Amish
- Is there Amish in California – surprisingly this grammar deficient search term has shown up nine times.
I will not list the more than 20 other variations that include the word Amish. With these search terms they are finding the following posts:
- Amish in Oregon?
- Amish in California?
- Amish Origins
- First Amish Settlements
- Gallup Poll Connection I – Amish
After ‘Amish’, the next popular search terms include the word ‘Bread’. Now do you know why my mind got to wandering after hearing the verses in Matthew 7? More than 60 different search phrases that have found posts on my blog include the word ‘Bread’. Most also contain the words ‘Home Pride’. I have written a series of posts about Home Pride Bread as I search for a temporary replacement for my favorite bread. People are still searching to find out what happened to Home Pride as many do not realize that it is a Hostess brand and has gone the same way as the Twinkie.
- Not My Bread!!
- Baking Bread
- Home Pride Update
- Home Pride Update II
- Home Pride Update III
- Home Pride Update IV
Of course, there will be more posts in this series as I await news as to who will be purchasing Home Pride. Will the same company also purchase Wonder Bread? I also plan on writing a post someday about Sliced Bread. I have a few interesting facts to share. Also, my Grandfather worked for a bakery, and he might get a post of his own.
Reformation Day has been another popular search word. Did you know that Reformation Day is the same day as Halloween? Do you know what Reformation Day commemorates?
I also get a lot of searches for different types of flowers and birds, as I like to post pictures of them.
Another group of search terms that find my blog have to do with one of my hobbies: Ankerstein
My Ankerstein buildings are built with manufactured stone blocks. I just hope that when people search and ask me for bread that they don’t get stones :-).
I hope that you have enjoyed my wanderings about search terms. Not only are the posts they find the most popular, but they are also some of my favorites.