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The Longest Road

July 31, 2010

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks here at the Undiscovered Author, traffic-wise.  They’ve been my busiest weeks yet!  Some 370 hits last week, and almost as many this week already.

But, the funny thing is, although I’ve had some fairly popular posts these past few weeks (especially “What’s Hot, What’s Cool“, and my essay on Steampunk-inspired Societies, as well as my sci-fi flash, “Kathryn’s Child“) – but it hasn’t been the cool new things I’ve been talking about that have really driven my site stats up.

It’s been this.  In the past week alone, that page has gotten over 130 hits.  What’s driven that traffic has been a single phrase: “Settlers of Catan”.  I’ve gotten 102 hits from that search phrase in the past 7 days, and more from related search phrases (like “Settlers”, “Catan Board Game”, and “Settlers of Catan 3D”)

Frankly… I’m not sure why this is happening.  For one thing, my blog doesn’t appear anywhere in the Google search for that phrase for at least the first fifteen pages (I gave up looking for my blog after that), nor in the Bing search for at least ten (again, I gave up) [Note: I realize I may have actually increased my search ranking for these terms by posting this page, but hey, what’re you gonna do?).  Whoever these people are driving this traffic, they have to be desperate for some news on the game.  (Note, if you’re desperate for news on Settlers, I advise you check the official News page, here, which is easily in the first few hits for those sorts of search terms.)

Anyway, I’m just amused by this.  And a little sad that there’s clearly this hunger out there on the internet for something about Settlers of Catan, and here all I can do is say “yeah, I like the game.  My Dear Wife and I probably play it at least once a month.  It kicks the trash out of Monopoly.”

(Footnote: For those who aren’t familiar with the game, the title of today’s post is an in-joke that refers back to the game: specifically a sneaky way to snatch victory in the game suddenly, even if you’re behind.)

11 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2010 8:26 pm

    I’m always amused by the search phrases that drive people to my blog. It’s bizarre sometimes. However, lately it’s almost all people searching for “aidan fritz”… become a little less interesting. The next most popular search is for “feral accountants” but I know why that one connects.

    • August 1, 2010 8:36 pm

      “Aidan Fritz” makes sense, of course. I get a handful of “Stephen Watkins” and “Undiscovered Author” every month. But you’ll have to explain “Feral Accountants”…

  2. August 2, 2010 6:06 pm

    Okay…so that’s really weird. I don’t have a very good explanation, except for maybe somebody skewing your data intentionally, like you threw the game on your dad. 🙂 Or maybe there are people with more patience than you, who did keep looking after fifteen pages. 😀

    • August 2, 2010 6:09 pm

      Yeah, I just can’t explain it. But it’s still happening. Half or more of today’s hits are from the same search term. (I won’t repeat it again for fear of messing up google even more.)

      • August 2, 2010 8:24 pm

        Wow, that’s really freaky. Maybe it’s a Google bot or something.

      • August 3, 2010 9:47 am

        It’s a very determined bot, if so. And it’s not getting anything useful done, either, because no matter that I like the game, I don’t have that much to say about it here, at least so far.

      • August 4, 2010 11:18 pm

        I don’t think google bots count as hits. (If they do, don’t tell me, I want to imagine my gazillions of hits are all humans… well aliens are welcome too.)

      • August 5, 2010 8:38 am

        I secretly hope the same thing.


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