Thank you, Mariano Rivera

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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?)

About Doug

I have been a writer ever since fifth grade when I won second prize in a “prose and poetry” contest. I am also a Presbyterian pastor, and for several years toward the end of my career I lived and worked in Zürich, Switzerland. I am now retired and live just north of Holland, Michigan, along the lake.

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4 Responses to Thank you, Mariano Rivera

  1. Catrina Hamilton Lanum September 27, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Nonetheless, I still think you are an inspiring and clever writer!

  2. Laurie September 27, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    Just think how many people may have seen and heard the Word for the first time! Use this tactic more often

  3. Dennis Ulmer September 27, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    I don’t think it was a “fluke”. I think it was meant to be. Maybe some of those that used Google will come back and look at the blog again. I hope so. Because your Blog is very good.

  4. Mandana Sharifi September 27, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    I second that Laurie so in that sence you most certainly succeeded! :0) keep on blogging away!!! lol

    As always have a *FABulous day (*Faith+Action=bBlessed) Mandana SWIF group at First Pres.