I recently talked about some of the strange referral sources that sent people so my blog, and some people mentioned in the comments some of the funny search terms that led people to their blog, so I thought I’d devote a post to that.
Before I get into the terms, I’ve never been entirely sure how WordPress comes up with the info that it includes in our stats. WordPress says that they come from search engines, although they add that Google usually encrypts the search terms, so they show up as “unknown search terms.” You can see Google search terms through Google Search Console if you’ve got that set up for your blog, and what I see there doesn’t reflect what I’m seeing in my WP stats.
Looking at the past year, the most common search terms were:
- the body keeps the score
- psychiatric terms
- psychiatric terminology
- window of tolerance
- mental health terminology
The Body Keeps the Score was a book that I reviewed, the window of tolerance was a post in the what is… series, and the other three relate to a post I did back in 2018, A Glossary of Psychiatric Terms. Searches related to that post make up 7 of my top 10 searches.
Some odd terms that popped up when looking at my all-time list were:
- Amazon: 369 people searched for this; Melanie of Sparks From a Combustible Mind mentioned this was a big one for her, too
- pathologifizint anxiety: 39 searches, perhaps all by the same person who either can’t spell or speaks a language Google Translate isn’t picking up?
In the past quarter, there were 5 searches for “psychiatric term for talking about unrelated topics and not getting to the point.” That’s a lot of words to be in a search string that comes up 5 times.
Two people searched for “verbage for psychiatric charting.” If you don’t know that the word is verbiage, why are you trying to use a fancy word?
Two people misspelled folie à deux asfoley a deaux, which would sound more like a Homer Simpson-style folie à d’oh.
While phycology is the study of algae, that probably isn’t what this person meant: “what is the phycological term for people who are very jugemental of others.” I’m not really one to poke fun, though; one of my common typos is pysch instead of psych, and another is heatlh instead of health. That includes typo-ing the URL of my own website. 🤷🏻♀️
Moving over to Google Search Console, in the past 3 months, “is reiki bullshit” is among the top 10 searches that bring people to my blog. My pseudoscience posts tend to do better than mental health posts, I guess because there’s less competition. I have turned up 59 times in search results for “porn h”, with one person clicking through via that search to my review of Josh Shea’s book He’s a Porn Addict, Now What? How my blog would break into the top 1000 pages of results for that particular search query is beyond me.
Of note to privacy-minded people, Google Search Console wouldn’t show me a single weirdo search query that one person typed in that caused my blog to show up in the search, but it does show me single search queries if the person actually clicked through to my site. For example, I can see that my blog turned up once for the search query “cats and energy vibrations” because whoever searched that clicked on my blog in the search results (I showed up in the results because I did a post about vibrations that mentioned Schrodinger’s cat). So if you’re creeping on someone using Google, consider copying the address and pasting it into a new browser tab, or better yet, don’t use Google.
What are some of the weird and wacky search terms that have led people to your blog?