November 9 2008

Sometimes Search Traffic Frightens Me

After going through the search engine traffic that brings people to this blog, I suddenly feel like I need a shower.

Not long ago I blogged about how it creeped me out when people search on my name, but now I have found something even worse: people searching for 15-year-olds having sex.

Back on October 12th, I wrote a post about how a 15-year-old girl may have to register as a sex offender for taking naked pictures of herself.  The story in and of itself was innocent enough, I didn’t write it in a salacious manner to be sure, but now it is causing people who search for things such as “photo sex Girl school 15 years” and “15 old sex” to find my blog.  Mind you those two results are in my logs for just the five hours prior to me writing this entry.  It is turning in to a daily occurrence since I wrote that post.

A lot of these searches come from countries other than the United States, and I understand morality and ages of consent are different all over the world, but it is still disturbing to me that so many people go out looking for such things.  While I can’t see who these people are, they should still know that there are records being kept of their searches somewhere in the world.

Yes, I realize this post will probably bring in more people doing these searches, and that’s fine because I would rather they know that site owners can see what they’re searching for.  Although I would love to knwo why they are searching so specifically for the age of 15… wait, scratch that, I would rather not talk with these folks at all.

Now, excuse me, I must go scrub my eyeballs after looking at my search traffic.

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  • Jo

    This is why I don’t look at mine :D

  • JL

    Dude, just by me writing “Hannah Montana” here, you’re gonna get some crazy search strings. :P

  • Liz


  • Yeah, you have to be careful–though sometimes it’s not even fully controllable. First, your monthly compilations work against you–that article about the 15-year old stuff got piled in with everything else in that month’s blog posts, increasing the likelihood of search result hits. Think, what else did you publish that month which would combine with the sex story to match perverse search requests? Same goes for category compilations.

    Next, comments can be included in search results–I often get hits based upon what commenters have written.

    And finally, blogging on the matter here will not help you. When I blogged on the fact that I was getting a lpt of hits on my Eyelid Twitching piece, the follow-up post got even more hits. Sorry to say, you probably just made things worse with this post.