Which Keywords Bring the most Traffic to Your Blog? (and other updates)

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Hi Everyone! Happy Monday and happy Memorial Day. I know I’ve been MIA lately, so my apologies. No, Comcast didn’t kidnap me for calling them stupid (shout out to the awesome Liz Blocker🙂 I also didn’t get so worn out from moving that I curled up on our new sectional (which broke, by the way) and stayed there until just now. I’ve just been really really really distracted by a million other things that I’ll tell you all about later. I would, though, like to take a moment to thank everyone who checked in on me during my recent blogging sabbatical. You’re too kind, folks. Too kind.

So, what have I been up to? For starters, watching totally awesome, unlike stupid Comcast AT&T Uverse programming. Two words, folks: Doc McStuffins. My daughter is obsessed with this show. She’s only 8 months old but in our house, if you say the words “Doc McStuffins,” she will appear (because if my daughter hears those words and doesn’t see the Doc on the television, she’ll holler).

I’ve also gotten CONSIDERABLE work done on my WIP. And when I say considerable, it’s almost in good enough shape to show a completely non-judgemental beta reader who doesn’t mind some plot holes, some grammatical errors, some instances where I called the main character the wrong name, or the blocks of text that I underlined because I know they’re crappy but I didn’t want to lose momentum so I didn’t stop to wax poetic–or to figure out if a particular word was used in the right context (or if it was even a word at all). I should have it done in early June. I also did a photo shoot which resulted in a new social media profile picture for me since, according to my husband, “I’d been having that same picture since 2002.” *Scowls* I’ve also managed to start reading again, and I’m happy about that because my TBR pile was starting to look like the leaning tower of Pisa.

I’ve also been brainstorming  a list of possible blog topic–despite the fact that I’m often very intuitive about what I blog about, so a list probably won’t do me any good, but that brings me to this question: what is the number one thing that people search for that leads them to your blog? While kicking around ideas, I’ve been looking at the different keywords that drive traffic here. The number one searched item? “How to write a letter to book reviewers.” People also search for “Quanie Cash” who is a rapper, and “why does erotica sell so much?” or “why do women read erotica” which lands them on a post where I lament the fact that I’m unable to write in that genre. What about others? Are you able to see which keywords lead people to your blog? What are they? And what have all of you been up to lately?

I’d love to hear your thoughts! Have a great Memorial Day and be safe:)


28 thoughts on “Which Keywords Bring the most Traffic to Your Blog? (and other updates)

  1. Haven’t been by in while and decided to stop by. Glad to hear you got to take a break; I’ll be taking one soon. Not sure how long it’s been since I’ve read one of your articles directly from your blog. Usually I read through Feedly which doesn’t show your side panel. I love your new author image.
    As for key words, I get more traffic on days when I write about movies or geek stuff, but that’s my audience.
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  2. yay, you’re back! <3 I was checking every couple of days (LOVE your new pic btw! Mine is from 2012 so it's about time I got an updated one too since my hair's different!)
    It's funny, I never knew you could see how people find your blog! I should check and see what words drive people. HUGE congrats on getting the WIP nearly done–I am looking forward to that moment (which feels ages away!) I'm just so happy you're back! LOVE your blog.

  3. Yay!! Welcome back, Quanie!! And thanks for the shout-out 🙂 Stupid stupid Comcast.

    Um…I know nothing about keywords for my blog. Like, nothing nothing nothing. I should probably know more things, but…I don’t. Like, I learned a lot from this post. So, may I request a full post about blogging and keywords and SEO? Pretty pretty please?
    Liz Blocker (@lizblocker) recently posted..The Reverse ShelfieMy Profile

  4. Glad I wasn’t the only one on a blogging break. My daughter loves Doc McStuffins, too. Sounds like you’ve been VERY productive with writing and reading. Congrats! Welcome back and I look forward to reconnecting.

  5. Good to see you back. ^_^ I’m not sure what words bring people to my blog – I hear from mostly the same commenters when I post, so I’m not even sure people are finding my blog. (Hrm. That’s probably not good.)

    And I know what you mean by blocks of text that are only there because you didn’t want to lose momentum. I do that too, and I know that something that seemed perfectly acceptable for a character to think about for a paragraph or three will get ruthlessly cut when I’m editing because she’s already gone over that in her head four times. >_<
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  6. Hi Quanie, welcome back! I’m not certain which keywords lead folks to my site, but mostly they are looking for themes like children, friendship, sometimes child hunger (because of a picture book I’d featured). I do have a list of referring websites and most of them are fellow kidlit bloggers. Well done on your WIP!

  7. Welcome back, Quanie! And keyword searches that brings traffic to your blog? I haven’t really thought about that, but I really should. Especially now that I’m on WordPress.com. Going to install that Jetback plugin and find out. My posts have been hit or miss so far.

  8. Welcome back!!!! I have no idea what key words drive people to my site and since I’m using wordpress.com instead of wordpress.org I can get that jet-pack (or any other) plug-in. It’s definitely making me consider switching over this November when my membership is up for renewal.

    Cute profile pick! I love the white blazer. 🙂
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  9. I was searching for the story about Jim Carrey staying at the Stanley Hotel (the subject of The Shining) and my blog on the topic was the top search result for it! When I look at the topics that bring people to my blog, it always surprises me what comes up. I need to write more about tween books, since those keywords are nowhere to be found!
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  10. Quanie! Welcome back and thank you for the tip on the JetPack Plugin. I was reading your post and had no idea how to look up what search terms lead people to my site. Wow.

    I feel like I’m becoming a better blogger by learning from you. Thanks for sharing!
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  11. I know how those distractions go except mine goes the other way–blogging keeps distracting me from doing other stuff. Summer will change that for a while.

    Haven’t checked what my key word draws are. Maybe I should be more aware of things like that.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
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  12. Hello, hello! Welcome back 🙂 I just knew you were up to something, but jeez! Love your new profile pic and if we were talking over coffee we’d need another pot as I peppered you with questions 🙂 But I’ll sit tight and patiently wait to read about all the exciting things going on with you… I’ll have to check on the Keyword idea, until now I figured I’m just a hit-or-miss.
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