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Googling for relevance

Once PBB is released, the Amazon rank can give us some idea of the audience we’ve found. For now I can assess interest in the book by Googling the title in quotes to see how many sites mention it. I’ve done this twice a month since November, with the following results:

Date…….Google hits

01 Nov 2006 — 7 hits
15 Nov 2006 — 24
01 Dec 2006 — 30
15 Dec 2006 — 33
01 Jan 2007 — 49
15 Jan 2007 — 125
01 Feb 2007 — 602

Well helloooo there, relevance.

There’d been no real advertising at this point, but I’d sent a preliminary announcement to 300 freethought groups in the US on January 23. Two days later I thought I’d check again:

03 Feb 2007 — 9,970 hits

Ooh, didja see that?! I’m not ashamed to say I wet myself with delight. (Okay, I am ashamed.) I’m seriously concerned about the millions of unserved secular parents out there, but I also have the usual pathetic need for the approval of my fellow monkeys:

Writers are especially prone to seek out the hoo-hoo-hoos of our fellows. I started checking Google once a week, watching the meme spread like a middle-aged gut:

10 Feb 2007 — 13,300
17 Feb 2007 — 14,600

The real excitement here is that my rash promises to the publisher (i.e. that an inestimably large and hitherto untapped audience of millions of secular parents is indeed out there, dying to be tapped) were apparently true. As for me, I’m just a servant of that readership. The Googling does nothing for me personally. I could quit anytime. Really.

Okay okay, just one more toke:

27 Mar 2007 — 24,400

Aaahhhhhh, that’s the stuff. How about you: wanna hit?



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  1. Apparently I’m very susceptible to peer pressure, because I took a hit without hesitation … and got about 24,800 pages. (Admit it, you check more often than weekly … sometimes more than once a day.)

    I skimmed down at the hits and peeked in at this blog:

    Way to be an ambassador to believers, Dale!

    Comment: meg – 29. March 2007 @ 1:02 am

  2. All right – I admit it, I took a hit too – 25, 200 and I had to check amazon too. The book is ranked at 55,013 this morning. It will be interesting to see how quickly it spikes.

    Comment: Amanda – 29. March 2007 @ 7:41 am

  3. Something interesting on the book’s amazon page… One of the “sponsored links” is for getting a religion degree online. What the heck are they thinking?

    Comment: Amanda – 29. March 2007 @ 7:44 am

  4. >>(Admit it, you check more often than weekly … sometimes more than once a day.)<< Oh, so you think you want the TRUTH, eh? You can't HANDLE the truth! The truth is...well, the truth is I sometimes open a second browser window while working, just so I can re-Google it every three minutes or so. There. Happy? Hoo-hoo-haa-HAAA!

    Comment: Dale – 29. March 2007 @ 4:02 pm

  5. Woah doggy – you’re ranked at #1,980 on amazon. Quite the jump! AND did you check google? Did you? PAST ONE MILLION!

    Comment: Amanda – 12. April 2007 @ 12:58 pm

  6. Oh don’t I wish! I’m guessing you forgot to put quotes around the title, so you get every website that has those three words anywhere. The quoted string “Parenting Beyond Belief” is currently hovering around 21,000.

    Thanks for thinking that was possible, though!

    Comment: Dale – 12. April 2007 @ 1:34 pm

  7. DOH sorry. It was late. I was excited for you though. Sometimes the blonde shows right through to my cyber personality 🙂

    Comment: Amanda – 13. April 2007 @ 11:43 am

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