Something weird is going on in this world. Either there is a sudden uptick in people Googling about poop in the streets of India, or my blog has become the authority on the subject. Either way, this is not good.
Yesterday on my blog, there was a huge spike in page views for a post entitled 17 Things I Learned While Traveling in India. The post got 125 page views but usually averages about two a day. The chart below illustrates the sudden uptick.
A look at the search terms showed me that 12 people Googled some variation of “poop’ and “India” and found their way to my obscure blog.
It wasn’t a huge surprise that poop terms led people to the aforementioned post because as you can see from the excerpt below, number 4 on the list of 17 things I learned in India dealt with the subject.
4. Stepping in sacred cow poop feels the same as stepping in regular poop
One might think that sacred cow poop would somehow feel different when squished between the toes in sandals, but I can confirm that it feels the same as any other poop that I’ve been unlucky enough to step in.
But why the sudden spike? Curious as to how exactly this led people to my blog, I entered the search terms into Google, and to my surprise, I found that I am an expert on fecal matter in the streets of south-central Asia.
For example, lets take a look at this first term, “Where in India do they poop in the street?”
Boom! My blog is #1 out of 2.57 million results.
Clicking over to Google Images, 3 of the top 5 images for “pooping in the streets of India“ are mine also. There you can see my foot on the left, then a photo I took of a handful of Indian people sleeping. (They can sleep anywhere.) And on the right is a dinner we ate, though I am not sure how or why that ranks so high.
Typing in the other terms, I got the same results. If you are Googling poop in India, my post ranks right at the top or very near the top.
I also typed in the other search terms of the day, which included Taj Hotel, Greece Photography Tour and Indian Housewife Bathing Naked Photos. Trust me, you DON’T want to Google the last one. I saw things I won’t soon forget, none of which had anything to do with my blog and a lot of things that can only be described as “bad naked.”
On another dubious note, the f-bomb I dropped during a moment of silence a few years ago is holding strong. I am still the authority on awkward f-bombs, keeping ahead of Tom Hanks, Vice-President Biden and the Pope!
Back to the original question: Has my blog always ranked this high in poop related searches or is there a sudden worldwide interest in Indian sanitation and sewage? I will probably never know. I do know that I am a little sad that I am internet famous for a poop foot photo. I’d prefer to rank high with search terms like “best travel blog in the world” or “famous photographer” or “world’s sexiest blogger.” Maybe someday I’ll get there. For now, I’ll have to take internet traffic wherever I can get it.
Fellow bloggers, what strange search terms lead people to your pages?
What are you internet famous for?
If you’d like to see some of my black and white photos of India that have nothing to do with poop, click on the photo below.