March 09, 2003

When Search Engines Go Bad

One of the joys of running a website is checking your stats; and one of the minor joys of checking your stats is finding out what odd queries to search engines brought people to your site. Most of the queries I get are fairly predictable, but once in a while I get something that makes me chuckle. For example:

ginmill strip club wisconsin

Now, I've clearly never used that precise phrase on any of my pages, so it must have been put together from unrelated words. I've never been to Wisconsin (though co-blogger Deb English is from there); the "ginmill" part almost certainly comes from Lawrence Block's book When the Sacred Ginmill Closes; what the words "strip" and "club" were doing on that same page I've no idea.

Posted by Will Duquette at March 9, 2003 05:14 PM