What the internet thinks of me…Part I

I recently spent time cleaning up my website, and while there I wasted time by analyzing my statistics. One of the most interesting stat categories is “Search Engine Terms,” which details what people search for on the internet that leads them to click a link to my website. I thought I knew what “the people” would search to get to me, but boy was I wrong.

I made a list of the most popular search engine terms, and it is not what I expected. Only one of my plays even made the top ten search term list. My wife, Catia Ojeda, with whom I have collaborated with on a number of projects, not to mention that she is my wife and soulmate and love of my life, didn’t crack the top ten (she came in at #13).  Most most frequent collaborators ranked even lower on the list, or didn’t even rank at all.  In fact, “Alex Goldberg” isn’t even the most popular search engine term on the list!

What I did learn is that most people who stumbled on my website from an internet search are dirty, depraved people. And I am going to tell you all about them. Here are the top ten most popular search engine terms to connect to my website:

10. Lying Naked
# of searches 37 (1.4% of total searches)
Fun variations: “lying naked” goldberg, lying naked gene frankel

Lying Naked, my only play to crack the top ten, is a one-act play about a couple and the lies they choose not to share. The short version was performed in New York City (at the Gene Frankel theater) and in Newburgh, NY, and has since been published and turned into a full-length play. Not my most popular play, but certainly my most search-worthy title. I’ve learned my lesson: my next script will be called Scarlett Johansson’s Sexy Naked Fuckfest.

9. The Adventures of Rick Brickman
# of searches 52 (2.0% of total searches)

This is a TV pilot that I co-wrote with Michael Pace about a small-town plumber who has the ability to deal with the supernatural powers that are invading his town, or, as we liked to call it, “the buffer vampire slayer.” The script placed well in a variety of competitions ranging from the PAGE Awards to the New York Television Festival comedy pilot script competition. The script led to producer contacts, but while the script was generally very well received, it hasn’t gone anywhere…at least, not yet! This is the only other script of mine to make it to the top ten…it gets more interesting and weirder from here.

8. Rosebud Baker
# of searches 54 (2.0% of total searches)
Fun variations: rosebud baker lying naked nudity, and five other searches with her name and “naked” or “nudity.”

Rosebud Baker is the only one I personally know to make the top ten. She is a talented actress who read Lying Naked and thought the role would be right for her. She shepherded it through her theater company, starred in a stage reading version, and then got her company to stage it in Planet Connection Festivity, where it received excellent reviews, audience support, and won a number of festival awards. Rosebud herself won Outstanding Actress in a One-Act Play. A few years later Rosebud’s exposure increased when she appeared on the Sundance reality show Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, which probably explains why so many people searched her. It’s seems odd that many people who watched the show (about the relationship between women and their gay best friends) were searching for her naked, as I don’t know if that particular search is appealing to the show’s target audience. Ironically, she and her co-star did appear naked in Lying Naked, but no videotapes exist. Sorry internet, if you want to see naked actors and actresses, get thee to a theater!

7. Alex Goldberg Seattle
# of searches 59 (2.2% of total searches)

I’m certainly not the only Alex Goldberg in the world. A quick internet search shows that there are many of us, but this is the one that shows up most often in traffic to my site. This Alex Goldberg was a filmmaker from Seattle who suffered from heart and lung diseases, became an activist for stem cell research, and died far too young at the age of 27. A few years after his death I received an email from his mother, who saw my website and wrote me, telling me a little about her son. I wrote back, expressing my condolences, and mentioned that he sounded like a wonderful man. I told her I would be happy to continue our correspondence, but she never replied. I hope she is doing okay.

6. Couch
# of searches 75 (2.8% of total searches)
Fun variations: sad couch, best craigslist ad ever, best couches of 2009

Once upon a time I had a nasty, crappy couch. Inside the couch was an even nastier flimsy mattress on top of a painful and jagged metal bed frame. It wasn’t always nasty and crappy, but it was decades old. It was pretty tattered when I dragged it up five flights to my NYC apartment, where it lived out it’s days gradually getting shoddier until my now wife moved in and brought along a much nicer couch. So I had to get rid of it, but I didn’t want to drag it down the stairs myself and abandon it on the street. I also knew it wouldn’t sell. Instead, I created a funny ad on Craigslist offering to give away the couch and $10 with a catch. Here is the ad in it’s entirety:

Free sofabed…and $10 cash! (Upper West Side)

Reply to: sale-aj9ug-1078937215@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]
Date: 2009-03-17, 11:40AM EDT

I need to get rid of my sofabed. I know, you want a sofa badly and are willing to pay any price…and look, here’s a free one! And not only that, I will pay you $10 to come pick it up! That’s right, ten whole dollars…that’s almost one free movie ticket, and a free sofa! What a deal, right? Wrong. Before you race to reply, spilling your coffee on your keyboard in hopes of becoming the first in line to get this treasure (and the cash) let me try and convince you why you don’t want this sofa:
1. The upholstery is worn a bit. Generally it’s pretty good, however…
2. The cushions are almost all ripped. Don’t even think about flipping them to hide the rips, I did that years ago. Now there are rips on both sides.

3. It may be the most uncomfortable bed in the history of sofabeds. All night your guest will think about that bar rigidly set in the middle of their back. The last few people with the honor of sleeping on that couch quickly elected to fold it back up and sleep on the cushions. Which partially explains #1 and 2.

4. The sofabed is 20 years old. That’s a lot of ass.

5. This sofabed was originally used by my family in Virginia. If you still hold a grudge from The Civil War, this is not the item of furniture for you.

6. You would be responsible for moving it. It will take two strong people, at least. Maybe 3.

Don’t care, and are still interested? How about this:

7. Oh, I live in a fourth floor….walkup. Yeah, so there’s that.

Still interested in the sofa? Then by all means, send me an email. Oh, and the $10 is payable once the sofabed is safely in your vehicle. What am I, an idiot? I’m not shelling out $10 for you to abandon that couch.

Oh, and it needs to move by March 27th. Thanks.

Well, the ad went viral, in a Craigslisty way, and got a bunch of funny responses. My couch was famous! I’m  not sure why this couch is so popular on internet searches, but the web is world wide, and quite mysterious.

Tomorrow we’ll count down the top five, and on the way to number one we go to dark and dirty, dirty places. Stay tuned!