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Mar
11

A Tiny Unimportant Earthquake Footnote

Yesterday I noticed that, a few days ago, Ghost Island saw a huge spike in visits. Usually, we can expect some fluctuation in visits, with small increases correlated to new posts and slightly larger increases any time that someone links to a post, for example on Facebook.

However, this recent spike was both much larger than normal (within a few hits of breaking our record for single-day visitors) and did not correlate to any recent activity on the site. I was puzzled.

The reason we got so much traffic was because our site shows up somewhere among the first several pages for the search term ‘earth’s axis’, and that term was searched in record numbers because of the shift in said axis that was caused by the recent massive earthquake in Japan. This means that the ripple effect of the quake was such that it sent online traffic waves to small and irrelevant websites like this one.

Which goes to show the old saying is correct: If an earthquake strikes the coast of Japan, even small conceptual islands on the internet get hits.

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4 Responses to “A Tiny Unimportant Earthquake Footnote”


  1. 1 deweydecimal
    March 16, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Wow, that is quite a spike. … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis … Earth’s Axis …

  2. 2 eric
    March 18, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    so people are searching for Earth’s Axis and getting Ghost Island on their results page for the search term Earth’s Axis? it must be that this page is very relevant to Earth’s Axis. Earth’s Axis.

  3. 3 deweydecimal
    March 19, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    I think what I enjoy about this the most is that we disappointed a lot of people

  4. 4 johuat
    March 20, 2011 at 1:21 am

    First listing for a search of Ghost Island on youtube:


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