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my site which has about 250 sites at the moment got a PR5 after the last update (it was PR0 before), now my traffic has really increased in the last days, more than 60%! but what I'm wondering is: I'm doing not so well for my *main* keyphrases, so where are the hits from? I'm using awstats (with traffic I mean the category in awstats called "Links from an Internet Search Engine" with google, odp, lycos, alltheweb etc.)
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Right now I am getting a huge number of people coming in on 'homemade christmas widgets'. It comes out #1 in the serps! I don't even have a homemade christmas widget on my site but do have some homemade christmas non witdgets that I made. They are on a page in a subdirectory where I put my personal homemade widgeting. So who is to know why these things happen. I can sympathize with all the people selling nice homemede Christmas widgets and non widgets who are wondering why my silly 'show my friends my widgeting' page is above them.
do people really go so far with the results that they visit 30-50 sites? i can't believe this...
In some cases, absolutely.
More often, people are not visiting every site in the SERPs, but reading the listings and clicking selectively through multiple pages.
I know that when I'm searching for long query strings on obscure topics I often need to click through a page or two before I even find a site that looks on target.