I wrote a not-even-half-baked log-parsing script so I could go through my website logs and see how people were finding my site. With all due respect, I'm not interested in how my friends arrived at my site - they generally either have the URL bookmarked or in a feed reader or some combination thereof. No, this is targeted at the people who don't know me and wind up on my site (and hopefully find it interesting). I analyzed only the most recent week's logs: Feb 13 - Feb 19. I have my site's lifetime of logs, though, so I could feasibly run this analysis on the entire history, if I automated it a tad more.
I get the vast majority of my non-self-referred traffic from Google. This does not particularly surprise me. What does surprise me, though is some of the search queries that manage to land on my site. So I went back to Google and performed the same searches, and noted which result my site was, at the time of writing. All query strings are reproduced verbatim.
|Google query string||Google ranking||Referred page||Comments|
|18F2550 linux||7th||http://zarvox.org/usbsnes/||Whoa. A chip name and "linux" gets you my website? Crazy.|
|Based on HID-Test by Christian Starkjohann||4th||http://zarvox.org/usbsnes/||So, that's the guy who wrote the V-USB library I used for that project. Does it merit a top-10 result? I doubt it.|
|drew fisher||1st||http://zarvox.org/||We already discussed this one :)|
|cr48 cut and paste shell to chrome qemacs||4th||http://zarvox.org/shortlog/month|
|pollingg routine in assembly language||4th||http://zarvox.org/usbsnes/||Spelling mistake is faithfully reproduced|
|nick peach hbgary||22nd||http://zarvox.org/shortlog/month||This is what happens when a bunch of otherwise unrelated blog posts get indexed together.|
|inside of ddr pads||Images: 31st||http://zarvox.org/ddrpad/gallery/ddr_pad_project/original_img_1118_jpg.jpeg||People seem willing to go through a lot more images than regular web results.|
|pg&e fee emergency power hook-ip||???||http://zarvox.org/shortlog/month||I have no idea. I couldn't find this result.|
|atmega328p||Images: 6th||http://zarvox.org/ddrpad/RedArrow.png||For some reason, I get a surprising number of Google Image results for the red and blue arrow schematics from that project.|
|Use Xbox 360 Dance pad on stepmania||7th||http://zarvox.org/ddrpad/||Here's what you do: you plug it in. That's all.|
|atmega328 led internal resistor pull-up||8th||http://zarvox.org/ddrpad/|
|Drew Fisher||1st||http://zarvox.org/||Note the capitalization.|
|usb hid controller parts||9th||http://zarvox.org/usbsnes/|
|drew fisher||2nd||http://zarvox.org/resume.pdf||This one found my resume, which is a good second result after my website for my name, methinks.|
|v-usb hid report descriptor size calculate||34th||http://zarvox.org/usbsnes/|
|pic micro snes controller usb||5th||http://zarvox.org/usbsnes/||And I didn't even use a PIC for that project.|
|how can i know if my usb snes adapter works||2nd||http://zarvox.org/usbsnes/||Try it out and see? Also, really? 2nd?|
|miraculin and effecting taste||????||http://zarvox.org/shortlog/month||Pedantic: wrong use of "effecting"|
|light dance pad||10th||http://zarvox.org/ddrpad/||I happen to know I'm #1 for "LED dance pad"|
|rock band keytar python script||????||http://zarvox.org/shortlog/month||I couldn't find this one in the results. Color me surprised.|
|at90USB breadboard||37th||http://zarvox.org/usbsnes/||I guess I mentioned that chip on my page, and how I didn't use it.|
|Drew Fisher berkeley||4th||http://zarvox.org/resume.pdf||This search came from a Mac user in Germany. The first three results were from a class wiki and the BiD webpage.|
I also had one user manage to arrive at my site via Yahoo, with the query "arrow LED using microcontroller" which found http://zarvox.org/ddrpad/.
I had one visitor from a Windows 98 machine.
Today I learned the proper name for the condition where you have eyes of different colors: Heterochromia iridum. One of my friends in middle school had one golden eye and one brown one.