I’ve been looking back at the web searches people used to find my blog during 2015.
The most popular was ‘honeyflow’, with ‘honey flow’ and ‘honeyflow.com/commercial’ also in the top 10 (the last demonstrating that some people prefer to enter urls into search engines rather than their address bar). I wrote a post about the Flow hive back in February: Will the honey flow for you?. There were so many variations on Flow hive searches to find my blog that I should thank the inventors for sending all those visitors my way!
At number 6 was ‘braula coeca’, a now rare honey bee pest. I believe this is probably not because a lot of people are looking for information on it but because there’s not a lot of information out there. If you write about a niche subject, there’s more chance people will find your content. I wrote about this funny little jockey in 2013: Honey bee pests, diseases and poisoning revision post: Braula coeca: the ‘bee louse’
People are also trying to find out about chilled brood, stone brood and husbandry methods like shook-swarms and the Bailey comb change. I would always recommend going to the National Bee Unit’s Beebase website for expert bee disease and husbandry information you can trust: nationalbeeunit.com – especially their free advisory leaflets, training manuals and fact sheets.
Some of my favourites were the more obscure searches:
pile of dead bluebottles in an old building
paw print plum blossom on snow
has any one experience of meeting warm sweet honey – yep, tastes best eaten straight from the hive
how a university research garden should look like
someone who passed the exam has not read the book (wonder how well they did)
a honey bee habit – many of us do have a bee addiction
show me some lovely elsa cakes please
Well ok – cakes made this week by a friend of Elsa’s, she kindly brought them down to the apiary for us – they were so delicious:
Unknown search terms: 10,726. Google has been encrypting the vast majority of search terms since 2013 – officially to protect user privacy, though funnily enough subscribers to Google AdWords get to see the terms. SearchEngineLand covered this in 2013 if you’re interested: Post-PRISM, Google Confirms Quietly Moving To Make All Searches Secure