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Search Meter Surprises

I’ve been making changes to this blog lately including a new theme, plug-ins, and tons of new content. One of my unofficial mentors, Brent Ozar, who was recently made a Microsoft MVP, has been on a tear as of late. This has inspired me to take my blog to the next level as well.

Anyway, one of the new plug-ins I implemented is Search Meter for WordPress. This has been enlightening because I can now track what people are actually looking for. One obvious search that repeatedly showed up was something like, “Subscribe New Posts.” I had not noticed that the Subscribe plug-in had not carried over with the new theme. Oops.

In addition, people are searching for T-SQL terms, M2M screen and report names, as well as Crystal Reports issues.

However, the most entertaining revelation is that some M2M people search the blog for their names. I already knew that many M2M employees read the blog, but I had no idea they would search for mentions of their names. Let me just reassure the folks at Consona that I won’t call anyone out by name, especially in a negative light.

What topics would you like me to cover or discuss in more detail?

3 comments to Search Meter Surprises

  • Fred Crawford

    Things we dislike. I dislike it when people send me most of their emails as “high importance”. I treat ALL emails from customers, business associates, etc., as “high importance”. I have some customers that send EVERY email as “high importance”. After a while, I almost start treating their emails as “low importance”, because I am so sick of getting every email from them as “high importance”. If I didn’t response to everyone in a very timely manner, I could see flagging the emails. Another thing, what ever happened to some sort of business etiquette in regard to emails. A customer or someone asks for your help or input. You spend hours working on the project to get them some sort of solution or answer to their question. You then type up a very detailed email documenting the solution and send it off, never to hear anything back from them again. After a few days or a week, you think “did they get my email”, “will the solution solve their problem”, etc. So then you end up calling them to verify that they did indeed receive your email. All the other party had to do was email back a response of “got it”, “thanks for your help”, “this won’t work”, they could swear at me, I don’t care, just let me know that you received my email. There you have it, my “Friday morning” rants.

    Fred

  • Hahaha, my family does this too – they log in and search my blog for their own names now and then. I get a chuckle out of that.

  • I don’t know that there’s anything in particular I’d like to see you cover as I find more and more that I’m removed from the daily dealings of M2M. I have to deal with it maybe…once a month? The only dealings I really have with it at all these days is building queries and designing reports, and most of those are actually handled through SQL rather than M2M.

    That being the case, reporting is really the only thing that would be relevant to what I deal with on a personal level, but overall I’ll be only loosely connected with M2M until the .NET version is released.

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