If you aren’t using Google Sitemaps to manage the search details of your blogs and websites then you are missing out on a free way to find out what Google search terms bring people to your site. Having that knowledge at hand lets you keep your readers’ interest in your pocket.
Here’s how Google explains the Sitemaps concept:
These tables provide information about Google search
queries that returned pages from your site during the last three weeks.
Top search queries are the queries that most often returned pages from
your site and top search query clicks are the top queries that directed
traffic to your site (based on the number of clicks to your pages).
Average top position is the highest position any page from your site
ranked for that query, averaged over the last three weeks. Since our
index is dynamic, this may not be the same as the current position of
your site for this query.
Here are the current terms that get clicked through for reading on Urban Semiotic. I find the searches bringing people here fascinating and curious!
No one is searching for Anthrax Poisoning or Wendy Wasserstein or even Peanut Butter and Jelly — people are interested in Samsung and Gillette!
Google Sitemaps give you a cold dose of reality: Commerce, products,
reviews and “carrie ann inaba nude” are what people clicked-to-find on
this blog over the last three weeks.
There’s a new view on the Sitemaps site where Google searches from
mobile devices like cellphones and Treos and PSPs are reported back to
you are running a standalone version of WordPress you can download and
install a Google Sitemaps Plugin that will condense the posts and
comments for your site and then automagically submit them to Google for
indexing with each new blog update after you first sign up for, and
then set up, Google Sitemaps.
There are other programs you can download
and install that will Sitemap index your other non-blog websites for
submission to Google Sitemaps.
Google Sitemaps always make me laugh because the service immediately
brings me into the minds of my readers and sometimes what I discover
there is not the catch I intended to hook when I created the original