Friday, June 26, 2009
The good news: My blog saw a single-day record number of hits (1,594) yesterday. The bad news: The extra hits came from people looking for news about the sudden death of pop star Michael Jackson.
Specifically, they were using the search term, "Michael Jackson, RIP," for which this blog entry was, when the news broke, the third- or fourth- highest ranking Google search result. Yes. It was in trying to figure out why I was getting such gaudy site statistics that I learned that Michael Jackson -- that Michael Jackson -- had died.
Waves and waves of them came, despite the fact that even the following short summary indicated that what I wrote was clearly about someone else:
Michael Jackson, RIP. I learned today with sadness, that Michael Jackson -- also known as the Beer Hunter -- died of a heart attack at the age of 65 on ...The closest blogging slang I have heard of for such an onslaught is "tourists." This would denote people who are coming by, but not for the usual reason the author writes, and who will, therefore, probably not return as regular readers.
But that term usually applies when some A-list blogger takes a passing fancy to some post one happened to write about something of momentary interest. The tourists do, in fact, want to visit your home on the web, but they do not, as it were, want to "live there" (How's that for a strange search result?).
Another term, similar in its non-applicability, is "Google juice."
In this case, though, it's more like my "visitors" weren't even really here.
Kinda reminds me of an army of zombies from a famous music video a while back by a kid whose name reminds me of a favorite British beer critic.
As if in keeping with the horror genre formula of having a false ending, yesterday wasn't the end of it. New commentary on the death of that Michael Jackson has pushed my eulogy to "the other" Michael Jackson down to about the third or fourth page of results, stemming that particular tide.
A second wave of Google zombies arrived this morning.
This time, they're looking for images of Michael Jackson. Well, at least according to Google, I have a few of those, too! As of now, I clock in at the first and fourth positions in Google's image search engine for "Michael Jackson, RIP."
The Internet is a really screwy place sometimes!