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Sometimes Google Analytics gives you a Very Weird Result!

By Edited Nov 22, 2015 1 7

I am completely new to Google analytics, and so I am still trying to work out all the meaning of what I see. However, I have been having a weird experience with other people's articles showing up on my Analytics pages. If I can figure this out I will let everyone know in case they are running into the same problem--if you manage to figure out what is wrong, please leave me a comment, so I will know if I just attract weirdness, or if there's something seriously wrong with Google, or what!

Screeshot of Weird Analytics

As you can see in this screenshot, this article is my Infobarrel article, "Publish your Blog on Kindle and Make Money." This article got almost 250 views in twelve hours, and was listed in the second place of search results on Google within twelve hours of publication.

Now if we look at the keywords, we see that the first one is (including quotes), "cardboard found in your own home, you will also be". This exact phrase has nothing to do with any of my articles, but instead links to csholberg's Infobarrel article, Plastic Decorative Gift Boxes with Lids. I have never written a similar article to this, so I have a hard time understanding why csholberg's article on plastic boxes should show up in my Google Analytics.

The second result for this article's keywords is (not including quotes) "bad credit harley financing." I have been on a motorcycle only twice in my life (a terrifying experience both times), and know absolutely nothing about motorcycles, harleys, financing motorcycles, and have very little experience with financing anything except on layaway! I cannot find any other user's Infobarrel article on this subject, although I did find one on financing a motorcycle for people with bad credit.

If we look at the pageviews, we see that sixteen of the twenty pageviews came from these two keywords which have nothing to do with publishing your blog on Amazon Kindle! I am completely confused beyond my ability to comprehend this!

I hope that this screenshot and analysis will help someone to find and explain the problem with Google Analytics to me--I have to admit that this is driving me crazy trying to understand what is going on here. If you have a similar problem, I wish you good luck in trying to figure it out!

Update: It appears that people were searching for those other phrases, and somehow my InfoBarrel article randomly showed up on the page, and they were intrigued enough to click on my article to read it. But wow, what a leap!

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Jan 5, 2010 1:17pm
Oh come on, Harleys are AMAZING! Oh yeah, about Analytics, I had the keywords travel solo+infobarrel show up in mine. I know I recently saw in the forum someone that wrote about that exact topic.

Here's my not-so-educated-makes-sense-to-me guess: someone looks up these words and your article pops up on the side in the related articles section or something. I can't explain why anyone would land on my article w/those keywords, but it happened.

Can you see if it came from IB or a search engine? If it's inside it could be someone looking for an article on the IB search and seeing yours instead and being caught by the topic. This is the logic I'm applying to my crazy keywords.
Jan 5, 2010 1:49pm
I didn't think about the related articles--I guess that could be it. I just couldn't understand why someone searching (I think quite obviously) for their own article would then come to mine--but even so, should that traffice come from the infobarrel home page, rather than a direct link from that Google search directly to my article? (Because when you search for that phrase, my article doesn't even come up!) Oh, well . . . hey, I got an Infobarrel article out of it :) LOL!
Jan 19, 2010 7:45pm
I keep noticing the key word "cardboard found in your own home, you will also be..." in my analytics page. It's happened like 20 times in the last week, so I finally decided to search that awkward keyword myself and this is the only search result that came up...WTF? I am very confused...good idea writing an article about it though!
Jan 19, 2010 7:48pm
wait nevermind I see the other guys article now...still that's wierd
Jan 23, 2010 2:41pm
I figured it out. Maybe. I was trying to find my article in Google and noticed that it wasn't indexed yet. But, it was listed on some people's articles and the front page because IB adds the article to the new article list. So, when someone looks up any combination of words your article actually shows up there first. I found some of my articles under other people's names because it was showing up immediately on the site as a related article, but not through Google yet. I hope this makes sense. That's why it could come from the home page. I get a views that typed "info barrel" as the keyword. Huh?!
Dec 4, 2010 2:40am
Now I'm seeing "find cardboard found" chitika ads right after looking at this article. This cardboard finding stuff is pretty powerful.
Dec 4, 2010 5:30pm
I only wish I knew how to make money from finding cardboard . . . I have a whole lot of it right here in my house!
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