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October 29, 2007 / Toby Dayton

Strange SEO Results For Google Search: Craigslist + Death

I wrote a post a few weeks ago about how writing a blog provides an excellent, hands-on education about some of the basics in understanding and appreciating how search works. It is something I’ve started paying more attention to as I track how people stumble across Diggings, especially the search phrases that direct people to this blog. In a very sad, strange twist to that phenomena, I received tons of traffic to my blog today from people searching on ‘Craigslist + Death’. This post was actually the 2nd search result on Google out of 1,960,000 results. What people were looking for was the horrific story that occurred in Minneapolis this past weekend of a woman, responding to a nanny ad on Craigslist, who was found dead in the trunk of her car shortly thereafter. It’s an appalling story and one that perfectly captures people’s fear about the dangers that lurk online and how sick people can take advantage of the power of the web. At any rate, it’s a horrendous way to see one’s blog traffic spike.

[tags]Craigslist, Blogs, Blog Traffic, SEO[/tags]

5 Comments

  1. Johny / Nov 23 2008 4:41 pm

    This is very much true. I receive 40% of my blog trafic from posts regarding real life issues, and it works. A decent blogger covers pretty mch various subjects, so trafic is inevitable

  2. Johny / Nov 23 2008 10:41 pm

    This is very much true. I receive 40% of my blog trafic from posts regarding real life issues, and it works. A decent blogger covers pretty mch various subjects, so trafic is inevitable

  3. jshspencer / Dec 23 2008 12:30 am

    It's really sad that most people are attracted only by ugly side of our life.
    The hate to admit, but Internet just makes it worse ;-(

  4. Craigslist Search / Dec 23 2008 6:30 am

    It’s really sad that most people are attracted only by ugly side of our life.
    The hate to admit, but Internet just makes it worse ;-(

  5. Craigslist Search / Dec 23 2008 6:30 am

    It's really sad that most people are attracted only by ugly side of our life.
    The hate to admit, but Internet just makes it worse ;-(

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