The Comic Power of Google

I have some other commitments on my time tonight, so I’ll just post all the news on Friday instead of breaking it up into two posts.

However, I was just discussing the power of Google driving readers to our comics with another artist. I did an observation post in January on some Calvin&Hobbes cartoons and the top image I happen to have named “calvin_and_hobbes-tickle_tickle_sajwan_dot_com.jpg” to reference the comic’s content and where I found it online. EVERY SINGLE DAY I see at least two searches for “calvin and hobbes tickle” and ArtPatient comes up in the eighth spot. That’s pretty strange but also pretty good for not even remotely trying to get Calvin & Hobbes keyword search placement. (This also vindicates DJ Coffman’s money blog posts – which no longer seem to be online. Such a shame.) Anyway, I’d like to assume the best about the internet at large but I sometimes wonder why Calvin & Hobbes tickle is such a persistent search term.

To help illustrate my point I located a Casey & Scotty comic with a transcription of the comic’s text. I searched for what I assumed would be the uncommon phrase “paintball butt” and I’m pretty much speechless about those results below the 12th one and I’m sure the other 845,978 results too. To help narrow it down, I searched for “paintball butt casey” and it came up second of 57,800 results. Apparently, I live a sheltered internet search world. Calvin & Hobbes tickle is getting tamer in comparison.

And that got me wondering what similar search indignities my fellow artists, bloggers and comic content creators suffer. I am intensely curious. What are some of the strangest searches that returned hits on your sites? (Nothing too graphic, please…)

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  1. Back when I had a dream-inspired NaNoWriMo “novel” up on my site I got all sorts of search phrases I’d really rather not repeat. Said “novel” is now no longer on my site.

    I don’t get any search hits for my comics (aside from “busy bee comic” and things prefixed with site:beesbuzz.biz intended to find specific transcriptions), but I do get a billion different variations on “without further adieu” because of my blog post ranting about it, as well as various disgruntled-iTunes-user things from

  2. One of the searches (bringing in around 170 hits) that leads people to my site is “hannah montana porn.”

    I have absolutely no idea why.

    The top search, though, is for “webcomic overlook,” so I can’t complain about Google effectivity, really.

  3. @fluffy – I’m not sure why your comment got cut off. Feel free to continue it below. That bit about disgruntled iTunes users made me chuckle. I can only imagine.

    @El Santo – And now that phrase is associated with this site too. Thanks a lot. You must have at least one post mentioning those words…. yep … http://webcomicoverlook.com/2007/10/15/the-webcomic-overlook-15-cheshire-crossing/ (Note that the name and the word are separated by five paragraphs and an image.)

    Behold the power of Google. =)

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