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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Crazy Search Terms

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Well, here is the deal. I looked through my traffic statistics and extracted the search words that lead the uninitiated visitors helplessly to my blog. Some of these queries are so hilarious, I feel guilty looking through them. But for the interest of keeping everybody up to date with what other people are thinking about, and maybe answering a couple of those queries which aren't fully answered on the blog, I present to you "Crazy Search Words" (sound of Paul Shaffer trying to put the 3 words into a musical tune)
  1. The most searched topic recently was, you guessed it, Gamal Mubarak having a bab...err... a fiancee. We had all types of queries about this topic ("Gamal Mubarak engagement", "Khadiga EL Gammal", "gamal mubarak marriage"), which are, you know, normal. However, one particular googler was ahead of the curve. He was trying to search for: "Khadiga Mubarak"! Which is really cutting into the chase; only one woman in Egypt, gets her husband's last name...got it?!
    For coverage of the topic, click here, here, and here
  2. A query which the blog receives almost daily is for info about "Nogom FM". For the uninitiated it is an FM station in Cairo. The reason why I get all that traffic from this particular word is really beyond me. I mentioned it once here. If you want more information, here's a link to their sister station Nile FM (that's the closest I could get!) Good luck!
  3. What tells you that a particular reader is quintessentially Egyptian? At the height of fear that a bird flu epidemic would break in Egypt, he/she was searching for this "egyptian jokes + flu" Typical!
  4. There was a lot of interest also in football. Especially, at the height of the African Cup early this month. Some queries were wondering if "fans cannot get football tickets in egypt"? Well, they can't. Other queries were a bit more enigmatic though: "abo treka rumor"...what rumor...fill me in! And, "barakat mails of february 2006"!! (no idea!)
  5. Finally, a reader had a very, what should I say?, intriguing question: "how to spot an ikhwan"? Well, you'll have to look for the 666 on their...umm...let me pass on that! If anybody have an answer though, please share it in the comments.
That's all for now!
(sound of Paul Shaffer trying to put "Crazy Search Words" into a musical tune, again)

Moved on!


I kept on getting someone searching the words "Michael Jackson," "Arab," and "Ass" together for a while there.

By Blogger The Daughter of Isis, at March 02, 2006 8:51 PM  

were you inspired by my yesterday's post?
It would be encouraging to know that not all my visitors are from google or MSN search.

By Anonymous Ximo, at March 02, 2006 10:02 PM  

actually i didnt...but its interesting all the same...gives u an idea of what ppl are thinking about in private!

By Blogger Tomanbay, at March 03, 2006 12:58 AM  

how do you find that information out?

By Blogger Kickers, at March 03, 2006 2:06 AM  


what do you use to get your traffic stats?

By Blogger the saint, at March 03, 2006 6:51 AM  


By Blogger the saint, at March 03, 2006 6:51 AM  

subscribe to a service like statcounter.com ...it's free

By Blogger Tomanbay, at March 03, 2006 12:01 PM  

I stick the code to my blogger template?

By Blogger Kickers, at March 03, 2006 5:38 PM  

i use the one provided by www.sitemeter.com

By Anonymous Ximo, at March 03, 2006 6:33 PM  

Check out Google Analytics. It's free.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 23, 2006 1:56 AM  

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