August 12, 2005

The bride's website - hardly :)

I don't know about the rest of you, but I am soooo unbelievably addicted to google that it's not even funny. I wonder how many times a day I 'google' something, seriously. 50 times a day? But as useful, fun and helpful google can be... Well, let me just tell the story!

As I have previously mentioned, I have a program called "statcounter", which allows me to see where my readers are coming from, and how they found my website. Most of the people who read this page are returning visitors from Israel, USA or Europe. I am also unfortunate enough to get several visitors a day from USA who have found my blog after typing "photos of Icelandic women" (or something else about Icelandic women, ehrm), in search engines, usually google. It is still understandable that google should direct them here, since I am, after all, both Icelandic, and a woman.

Today on the other hand, I saw something quite unusual in my statcounter's "referring link" section. I saw that an American visitor had found my website, Hatshepsut, by typing the following in google search "pictures of ugly brides"!
How thoughtful of google to think of ME!
I clicked on the link and reached this place in google, and I saw that it had one sponsoring link. It made me laugh like an immature 12 year old brat: "All fat women supersite" - A dating website for fat women exclusively!

I actually ended up getting stuck there for a substantial amount of time. It was very interesting browsing through the women's profiles, because they were asked to rate their own appearance with words such as supermodel, pretty, average, girl next door, feminine, some find me attractive, etc etc. They all had photos of themselves, so I found it interesting how their own ratings didn't do much to describe their appearance, but rather their personalities (their ratings were often very unrealistic).
Oh and just for the record, I didn't sign up :p

Posted by Maria at August 12, 2005 11:05 PM | TrackBacks
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I don't get it...when I google "pictures of ugly brides" there are 3 hits, and none of them come close to your site. What exactly did statcounter tell you?

Posted by: Torbjörn Karfunkel at August 13, 2005 07:23 PM Permalink

The wonders of google...
When you get tired of google you can try vivisimo at
IMO its much better than google because it uses a very smart clustering method and you get much less weird search results.

Posted by: Ami at August 13, 2005 10:38 PM Permalink

it told me "pictures of ugly brides", literally. maybe he had searched a few pages or something :p

are you back in sweden?

Posted by: Maria at August 14, 2005 12:41 AM Permalink

Yup! Back in Sweden. I had a great time in Israel, but after 2 weeks it feels good to be back. Towards the end I missed my family so much...

Thx for the tips (vivisimo)...never heard of it. I'll try it.

Posted by: Torbjörn Karfunkel at August 14, 2005 09:21 AM Permalink