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Happy FestivusIf you've been reading up on any digital marketing news lately, chances are you've heard of this little thing called Hummingbird.

For the rest of you out there, Hummingbird is an update by Google that consists of changes to Google's search algorithm, and marks a new era in search where Google's stance on search data encryption now limits the amount of keyword search data we as marketers can see.

While SEOs have been griping about the recent tragedy, the clever folks over at HubSpot have taken the opportunity to dig through their keyword data history, finding the most ridiculous(ly awesome) keywords that, believe it or not, people have actually  searched for before landing on their website. They mention these keywords in their recent article, listing the top 51 keywords they can no longer track.

After reading this, I took it upon myself to seize the moment and take a journey down memory lane, AKA our Google Analytics account with a timeframe set to October 2008 to present. And these are the silliest terms searchers have used to find our website:
 

1. is seinfeld on netflix

I'm not quite sure, I would assume so. Better yet, I bet Netflix.com would know.

  
2. do the horses know they're racing

Well, that's deep. I guess I haven't really thought of that before.

  
3. tebow + perry

Sounds like one of our blog authors is guilty of celebrity gossip...

  
4. cherry.com working as car washer

Random.

  
5. beauty of colloids

noun
a homogeneous, noncrystalline substance consisting of large molecules or ultramicroscopic particles of one substance dispersed through a second substance. Colloids include gels, sols, and emulsions; the particles do not settle and cannot be separated out by ordinary filtering or centrifuging like those in a suspension.

 
6. can google maps see inside house

Of course not, creeper.

  
7. hand drawing

Were you looking for hand-drawn pictures? Or a drawing of a hand? Unfortunately, we offer neither of those.

  
8. people who leave wallet at home

Ok, Google's search algorithm is good, but NO WAY does Google know the habits of our employees...

  
9. secret whisper

Psst!

  
10. phones are now mini computers

Why yes, yes they are. There's this thing called "the internet" too.

  
11. online fleamarkets in atlanta area

We are not a fleamarket, nor are we in the Atlanta area. This one stumped me.

When is the last time you have dug through historical search data? What interesting keywords have delivered traffic to your website? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Jon Stroker
Post by Jon Stroker
October 10, 2013
Jon Stroker is a self-proclaimed inbound marketing nerd, snowboarder, and bear-fighter, in that order. Jon graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he studied advertising and marketing. He enjoys starting new projects and helping his clients build successful inbound marketing campaigns from the ground up.