Something happened overnight that has never happened to my blog before.
After months of chugging along at 80-90 “unique visits” per day for the last several months, a volume which I was feeling pretty good about, I suddenly had several hundred visitors to my blog yesterday. And the heavy traffic continues today.
Naturally I wondered how come my blog was suddenly so popular. “Maybe,” I thought, “people are finally discovering what an inspiring and clever writer I am. Maybe I can start using ads and making a lot of money from this little venture.”
As it turns out, the blog isn’t quite as popular as I thought.
Between the stats I receive from WordPress (too complicated to explain briefly) and Google Analytics (ditto), I was able to determine that the vast majority of those “unique visits” overnight ended up at my site because of a photo of Mariano Rivera I used a few weeks ago.
Rivera played his last game at Yankee Stadium this week, and it seems that lots of people went to the Internet looking for a photo of him. And they went looking to the source I typically use – namely, Google Images. If you look for a photo of Rivera, the photo I used turns up close to the top of the list. And hundreds of people clicked on that photo at about the same time, resulting in a huge traffic jam on my website.
So, my brush with Internet fame turned out to be merely a fluke of search engine algorithms. Too bad.
(Photo credit: Hey, it worked once, didn’t it?)