The best laid plans of search-bombers often go awry.
Earlier today, after search-bombing most of you who left comments on Friday’s post, Search-Bombing: An Irresistible April Fool’s Blogging Tradition, I learned that my searchbombs were not going through.
After some investigation (and manic tweeting with the fabulous Chad Jones), I realized that Google has tightened their privacy settings on search terms. As a result, if you are signed in to Google when you search-bomb someone, your search will likely not appear in that person’s blog stats as you entered it, but instead will be filed generically under “Unknown Search Terms.” Your searchbomb, in other words, will not be there.
To solve this, you have two options: (1) sign out of Google before you search bomb someone, or (2) use Bing (or similar) as your search engine when you’re trying to search bomb someone (Bing doesn’t tend to give as good of results for search bombing, however).
In case you’re new to this, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to search-bomb:
- Go to http://google.com. Make sure you’re signed out (look in the top right corner of the screen).
- Choose your victim: a blogging friend.
- Search for their name (or blog title) and something else that’s interesting about them. It makes it easier if you put their name in quotations (e.g. “Clay Morgan” is not going to be successful in his plot to take over Canada).
- Look at the results displayed. Ensure one of the URL’s is your friend’s blog. Click on it.
- Tell them to check their stats (if you don’t want to be anonymous!)
How To Retrieve Search Bombs Using WordPress:
- Go to your Dashboard.
- Under the home menu on the left column, click “Site Stats.”
- Scroll down and you should see “Search Engine Terms.”
- If you have a lot of results, click on “Other search terms” for a complete list.
- If you are unsure of the day you were search-bombed, click on “Past 7 days.”
Over the next few days, I will be sending you new-and-improved searchbombs that will (hopefully) go through. Remember to check your stats.
If you want me to visit your blog and searchbomb you, just comment on the original post, Search-Bombing: An Irresistible April Fool’s Blogging Tradition.
Thanks for your patience.
Indiana Jones defeated Atticus Finch in Clay Morgan’s March Movie Madness. Thank you for your votes. Atticus went further than most people predicted, thanks to your support. If Atti had to lose to anyone, I’m glad it was Indy. The finals will feature Indy vs. Westley if you wish to weigh in.