(Almost) No Google penance* required

I occasionally check in on the “stats” page for WordPress to see what you sickos were looking for when you found my blog.  Here’s a list of the top Google terms used this morning (it’s about 8:45 AM as I type this).

swords dorkery 4
moloch 3
spiked shield 3
d&d desert city map 3
escher 2
dark tower 2
orc porn 2
howard prince valiant 2
talhoffer’s medieval fight book 2
duchess alice in wonderland painting 2

There were 15 “others” with one or two instances.  But I am happy to see that the top search that got four people here was possibly for the site!  Of the others, only “howard prince valiant” and “d&d desert city map” are failures (there is some stuff on R.E. Howard, and a map of a city for my D&D campaign, but I don’t think those count).  Then again there is also the ever-present “x porn” where x is some very unlikely D&D monster; in this case it is “orc.” (I have seen searches for “treant porn,” “bugbear porn,” “gnoll porn,” and others as well.)  Sorry dude, no monster porn here.

But all the other searches would actually return at least post with something relevant to the search terms.

For those of you with blogs, what memorable/odd/perfect searches have been reported back to you? I’d love to see some Google penances in the OSR/DIY D&D blogosphere!

*As far as I know, the “google penance” meme started with Got Medieval, whose owner occasionally answers questions or creates content to match the misguided searches that brought him traffic.

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  1. Just from today, not a best of the best, I got:
    1. arneson carousing (2)
    2. hot elf (2)
    3. lord gwydion dennis (2)
    4. sexy fantasy pic concept (2)
    5. sexy pirates (2)
    6. traveling monk d&d (2)

    Of those, I’ve discussed the Arneson carousing rules a fair amount, participated in the Hot Elf Chick meme a while back, #3 was someone looking for me specifically, 4 and 5 good luck…, 6 hopefully they found something useful among all my blathering about Flying Swordsmen RPG.

    Some of the single hit searches included, “I am the greatest swordsman that ever lived” and “sexy roleplay ideas.” The first may have found what they were looking for on my blog, the second obviously did not.

    • Cool!

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