March 14, 2003
What's Going On? All Moab, All The Time

My statistics package tells me that total visitors on Wednesday were 2,557, more than twice the usual weekday total of 1100 or so. I thought I had an Instalanche until I found that all of the increase was from search engines and checked the referral logs. Here are the top twenty search strings, with total referrals for each:

  1. moab bomb (494)
  2. moab bomb pictures (70)
  3. massive ordnance air-burst bomb (57)
  4. bomb moab (40) -- this one could too easily be misunderstood
  5. moabbomb (24)
  6. massive ordnance air burst (19)
  7. moab 21000 (17)
  8. french product boycott (15)
  9. other (12)
  10. moab bomb picture (11)
  11. m.o.a.b. bomb (11)
  12. moab bomb (11)
  13. massive ordnance air burst pictures (10)
  14. massive ordnance air- burst bomb (9)
  15. pictures of moab bomb (8)
  16. massive ordnance air burst (8)
  17. massive ordnance air burst bomb (8)
  18. massive ordnance air-burst bomb moab (8)
  19. boycott france (8)
  20. massive ordnance air-burst bomb (7)

Sixteen of the next 20 search strings also involve MOAB, or Moab, or both, though there are the usual hits for "weevil", "bathtub cheese", and the perennial favorite "wwe wrestlers nude". I don't know why I keep getting that last one: there's nothing on this site about that.

If all the MOAB hits used the same search-string, I would think that some Googlebot had gone berserk and done the same search over and over without being asked to. But the variety of phrasing suggests that thousands of people in the world are interested in MOAB, perhaps also in Moab and the Moabites (ancient and modern). Who would have guessed that this would would be my most-referred post? I would have thought the wombats more interesting.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at March 14, 2003 08:03 AM

I think that Google may have made some adjustments in the search results. I'm experiencing the same search engine surge, but for combinations of the words "french military victories"

Posted by: Bigwig on March 14, 2003 05:57 PM

Google has been playing some pretty weird tricks on me for the past few months.

Posted by: Antonius Varus on March 17, 2003 09:07 AM

I was looking for information on the moab bomb, and typed "moab bomb" into google. Your page came up first.

Posted by: George Bush on March 28, 2003 07:29 PM

I was looking for information on the moab bomb, and typed "moab bomb" into google. Your page came up first.

Posted by: David Mckeown on March 28, 2003 08:15 PM

not comente

Posted by: gmr on April 7, 2003 05:00 PM