The actual numbers are unknown to anyone except Google but there are guesses. How many searches are done on Google every day? The guesses range from 200 million to 10 billion. And a very, very … very small percentage of those searches lead to this website.
But nevertheless my own statistics are interesting … to me. The most popular Google search queries, by far, leading to JLog in 2008 were:
how to crack keepass
how to extract pictures from pps files
neither of which has any direct (or even indirect) bearing on the subject of genealogy.
This one I’ve only seen once and I don’t expect to ever see it again:
can mozy back up my files if I turn my computer off
In case I left that out of my Mozy posts: Think of the Internet as a gigantic segmented conference call. You’re in your house, they’re over there in their house … oh, never mind …
Besides JLog, there are charts on this website containing the names, birth and death dates of over 10,000 of my relatives. Here’s the thing that really gets me. Someone does a Google search, comes in looking for my great-great-grandfather or a third cousin, for instance. They’re all over it for an hour 3 days in a row, which means they have to be a cousin or the spouse of a cousin. I mean, you’d think.
But they don’t send me an email. They just take all my information and vanish. I’m sitting here watching this on my stats radar screen wishing I could reach inside my monitor, grab them by the neck and say, “Whoa, stick around for a cup of tea, what’s yer name?
So, my little wheels are grinding. Awhile back I purchased some proper website-design software called XSitePro, because I thought in my non-existent spare time I’d start another website. I got to thinking last night why don’t I use it to redesign my present website? It’s got a lot of tools that I can’t use otherwise. One of them is a pop-up box maker. You know those annoying boxes that pop onto the screen asking you to take a survey or download a report?
I could schedule a box for each of the Descendant Chart pages. After 15 seconds, the box would pop up and say, If you tell me why you’re looking for my relatives I’ll send you a free PDF version of … (everything I know about PPS files.)
What do you think? Too tacky?