April Fool’s Day Pranks,Pranks for April Fool’s Day, April 1st SEO

Everyone who has a site wants loads of FREE Hits to their site. One of the biggest draws to any site I ever built was one with April Fools Day Pranks and Tricks. The site at shanemcdonald.com, which originally was an Alumni site and later became a jokes and fun site, had a page called April Fools Day Pranks. This was uploaded in 2006 and got reasonable traffic in that year. It was only in 2007 that I saw the traffic grow and it peaked in 2008.

In 2007 I got over 45,000 unique visits in 3 days and the hosting company (Host***** … I’m not going to name and shame them) shut the site down and would not let me retrieve the files. They shut it down just because it got too much traffic – needless to say I moved away from them asap as they were rude and did not accept any explanation.

In 2008, April Fools Day , the site traffic peaked and I got 101,000 unique views in 3 days. Luckily the site stayed up. 2009-2010 the site had a security breach but it is back up this year and will be interesting to see what traffic it gets this year.

The link is here – April Fools Day Pranks – The site is not the great site it once was but it is still there as an old timer getting a few hundred page views a day.

These April Fools Day pranks are just fun and I don’t advocate the pranking of people who might not have a sense of humor or who might take it too seriously…. April Fools Day has occurred for many decades, have fun but be sensible! The pranks contained on the link above are just humourous to read and I do believe number there are certain ones like #14 which are harmless.

SEO Review of 2010 – Top 50 Pages on ShaneMcDonald.org for 2010

I decided to do a quick SEO review of the website now that 2010 is over.

The following is a list of the top 50 pages on shanemcdonald.org for 2010. You can see the page details, page views and unique pageviews / visitors on the post below. I will also be publishing the top 25 SEO Keywords for the site (might extend it to the top 50 keywords for 2010). These will be uploaded in the next few days.

Top 50 Pages on ShaneMcDonald.org for 2010

Website PagePageviewsVisitors
/music/piano-chord-shapes.html 13513995072
/music/chordmap/ 12602150129
/queen/album-list.php 7614526762
/music/guitar-chords.html 4189517550
/music/learn-to-read-music.html 3792226299
/music/easy-music-transposer.html 3579429997
/music/piano-chord-shapes.html 3283223227
/music/learn-types-of-music-notes.html 2318117143
/music/chordmap/ 227698772
/music/how-to-transpose.html 2196116906
/music/guitar/guitar-chords-full-list.html 2195017020
/music/guitar/b-minor.html 2110614717
/music/piano-chord-C_Major.html 2105915776
/ 2056616653
/music/tab-q-nato-bohemian-rhapsody.html 1901717837
/queen/queen-bio.html 179869454
/music/guitar/Bflat-major.html 1525811366
/queen/queen-tabs.html 142637145
/music/piano-chords-in-C.html 130767489
/myblog/2010-01-15/how-to-fix-an-iphone-ipod-touch-with-a-frozen-safari-app/ 127497383
/music/piano-chord-D_Major.html 123878952
/music/chordmap/piano-chords.php?Root=C&id=1 1236410839
/music/musicglossary.php 116945671
/myblog/2010-06-07/iphone-4g-expected-to-be-in-ireland-uk-in-early-june/ 98824993
/music/piano-chord-G_Major.html 98637153
/music/tabs.html 95987071
/music/learn-to-read-notes.html 90416402
/queen/tab-q-nato-bohemian-rhapsody.html 87678199
/music/guitar-chords.html 85313694
/music/playing-piano-chords.html 83484533
/music/piano-chord-E_Major.html 81496013
/queen/Freddie_Mercury.html 73866080
/queen/Roger_Taylor.html 72625900
/music/piano-chord-A_Major.html 69875467
/music/piano-chord-B_Major.html 68955067
/music/tab-datr-somebody-to-love.html 68926371
/music/piano-chord-F_Major.html 67995283
/queen/album-detail.php?id=1 67325775
/music/learn-to-read-music.html 60254750
/music/guitar/c-minor.html 60124750
/queen/album-detail.php?id=2 55844510
/music/tab-notw-we-are-the-champions.html 54965153
/queen/album-detail.php?id=4 54754460
/music/guitar/c-major.html 54304662
/queen/album-detail.php?id=3 53634335
/queen/John_Deacon.html 52574405
/music/index.htm 52143584
/queen/album-detail.php?id=5 48843968
/music/guitar/f-major.html 48814088
/music/learn-types-of-music-notes.html 47323699

Source : Google Analytics – ( Date Range 1st Jan 2010 to 31st December 2010 )

Snow Forecast Ireland – Weather & Snow Keywords Popular this week

Snow Forecast Ireland – Weather & Snow Keywords Popular this week

I noticed a huge jump in website traffic over the past 2 days, with over 2,550 visitors yesterday. I did a bit of checking on Google Analtyics and found people searching for Snow related keywords – the top 4 snow related searches were “Snow Forecast Ireland”, “Will it Snow in Ireland”, “Weekend Snow Ireland” and “Snow Ireland”.
These searchers were picking up on a post which I had uploaded way back in January 2010 – http://shanemcdonald.org/myblog/2010-01-08/snow-coming-ireland-could-grind-to-a-halt-this-weekend/.

Interesting to see how a blog post from 11 months ago can increase website traffic by between 10-15%. Using keywords in your post, Tags, Categories and using an SEO Plugin call help to optimise your Blog Posts in this way.

Snow Forecast Ireland - Weather & Snow Keywords Popular this week

The Worst May be Over

Apparently though the worst of the snow is over (according to met.ie), we will have Snow showers affecting eastern counties will die out for a time early tonight (Thursday 2nd Dec). The severe ground frost setting in after dark is going to lead to ice on untreated surfaces – which will create major problems tomorrow morning for commuters. There is a chance of snow with Rain and sleet arriving in the northwest and west overnight and spreading southeast possibly turning to snow in many places, giving further accumulations before Friday morning.

Friday will have sleet and snow affecting many places Friday morning but clearing east by early afternoon. The weekend is mainly cold with a few showers, some hail sleet and snow.

The South East has been badly affected and when all this snow thaws, watch out for the floods !

Launch of Shane McDonald PhotoBlog

Launch of Shane McDonald PhotoBlog

I have just launched a PhotoBlog, I decided that although I use Flickr and Picasa for storing photos, I wanted something extra for displaying photos and discussing everything to do with Photography.

The link is www.shanemcdonald.me

 

ShaneMcDonald.me PhotoBlog

ShaneMcDonald.me PhotoBlog (screenshot)

Is it PhotoBlog or Photo Blog?

When doing my research I was curious to the naming – is it “Photo Blog” or “PhotoBlog”. Using Google Insights for Search and Google Trends I was able to see which was most used.

It turns out that PhotoBlog is a growing search term which is 2 or 3 times more popular than “Photo Blog”.

If you are doing SEO work and you have a photoblog then this information might be useful …

Hope you enjoy my site – still only a few posts on it but I hope to have at least 15 posts by the end of the year,

Top 20 Posts on the Blog in the Past Month

Interesting to see iPhones are still a hot topic on the blog especially in August and early September.
The second most popular post is the YouTube video of the Tipp woman putting the Kilkenny Cat in the Bin “5 in a Row my Arse”. Third / Fourth most popular are the posts about the new M9 Motorway between Waterford and Dublin which opened this Thursday 9th September at 11am.

Page
Title
Views
How to Fix an iPhone / iPod Touch with a
Frozen Safari App
779
Woman Puts Cat in Bin. Cat gets revenge
& puts Woman in Bin
333
M9 Motorway to open on September 9th296
Waterford to Dublin motorway M9 section
to open soon
274
How to fix an iPod Touch or iPhone which
won’t start
186
iPhone 4G expected to be in Ireland &
UK in early June
185
UFO Spotted over Copacabana beach170
The Irish Language – What a Waste of
Time!
163
iKitt App – iPhone App Review
(iKitt)
159
NDrive iPhone App – Sat Nav iPhone
App
125
Best Twitter iPhone Apps118
M9 Motorway Opened… About Time Too113
Meteorite Explodes over Ireland112
iPhone Signal Strength to be fixed by
Apple for iPhone 4G, 3GS & 3G
91
Pa Pa Thai, Waterford : Restaurant Review83
N9 Potholes – When is the Dublin to
Waterford M9 motorway opening?
72
Phone Rider – iPhone App Review61
World Cup Organisers will hopefully ban
VuVuZelas (Vous Vous Zella)
61
Smoking 2 Year Old Infant Video51
iKitt iPhone App. iPhone App and GPS
Update
47