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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Unexpected SEO, or How charltontrezevant.com Became #3 in Pictures of Marijuana.

So I just noticed in my webserver's logs that I was getting a lot of these requests:

www.charltontrezevant.com - [22/Mar/2015:18:25:37 -0400] "GET /resources/420/images/dank_ass_bg.jpeg HTTP/1.1" 200 395479 "https://www.google.co.uk/" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/41.0.2272.101 Safari/537.36"

Thousands of them, in fact. 8,141 in the past 7 days! 

Naturally, this piqued my interest, so after further inspection, I noticed that the majority of these requests had Google as a referrer, generally something along the lines of http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.charltontrezevant.com/resources/420/images/dank_ass_bg.jpeg&imgrefurl=http://www.charltontrezevant.com/420/&usg=__yrz46gTPDqRkL-Q2I1s_-DqXjDs=&h=720&w=1278&hl=en&start=4&zoom=1&tbnid=ufWOQgjl-izEfM:&tbnh=85&tbnw=150&ei=tZMFVaDVJoPIPOrngCA&sa=X&ved=0CA8QrQMwAw&ptbm=isch&q=Weed. 

And that's how I realized that the background image of my snoop dogg page was the third result for "weed" on google images, and the first actual picture of marijuana for that query. 

I feel successful.