Increasing your Traffic with Mr. Dylan

For those of you who are new to the Deep Friar, I’m just an amateur blogger.

I write for fun and I’ve managed to generate a small, but loyal following.  But certainly not anything large enough to quit my day job over and start blogging full-time.

And I claim to know NOTHING WHATSOEVER about customer satisfaction, free-lance writing, e-commerce or sales and marketing.

Yet suddenly, I received 2400 hits in just under two days.

At first I thought it was a glitch on the Stats software, but no, it was true.   In fact, I even made the WordPressTop Posts of the Day” and “Growing Blogs” lists.

Holy crap. What happened?

Bob Dylan, that’s what happened.

I wrote a silly post about Bob Dylan, and it got picked up by another website:

The site provided a link to my blog, and this was responsible for generating most of my traffic.

Seems Bob is quite the popular conversation topic.

So I’m enjoying my 15 minutes of fame while it lasts.  (But already, I can see my traffic spiking back down to more modest levels.)

My advice to you bloggers out there:  if you want to increase your traffic, then write something about Bob Dylan.

But be warned:  Bob Dylan has many disciples out there…

…and not all of them take kindly if you dare to mock their Prophet.  🙂

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28 Comments on “Increasing your Traffic with Mr. Dylan”

  1. Karen JL Says:


    How does it feel
    How does it feel
    To be on your own
    With no direction home
    Like a complete unknown
    Like a rolling stone?

    …no longer?

  2. Friar Says:


    Oh…don’t think twice, it’s all right! 🙂

  3. Well, so much for careful keyword research! Hahahe!

  4. Brett Legree Says:

    So what you’re saying is that our keywords should be something like “boobs viagra teen girls boobs boobs sex XXX bob dylan boobs boobs XXX bob dylan viagra”?

    (Dang. That’s what I’ve been doing wrong.)

  5. Friar Says:


    They say never discuss religion or politics….I guess Bob Dylan is like both, to some people.

    Wonder what would happen if my next post was titled “John Lennon Sucks!” 🙂

    You almost had it. You forgot “Bob Dylan penis enlargement”

  6. Brett Legree Says:

    I didn’t want your spam filter to can my comment. It likes boobs, but I didn’t know what it would do with penis.

  7. Friar Says:


    Well, it obviously allowed penis… 🙂

  8. Amazing what key word searches pick up on. *chuckle* I am currently horrified with my Adsense displays. I had a post on how men like women to dress, and one of the items is lingerie. Somehow Adsense decided to post an ad for Male Bras. Now what kind of logic put that together? And what the bloody heck is a male bra anyway?!

  9. reprindle Says:

    Speaking of boobs. I mentioned the Fugs song ‘Boobs-A-Lot’ and got quite a few hits. Boobs work.

  10. Brett Legree Says:

    The male bra would be the “bro”, wouldn’t it? Or the “manzier”.

  11. @Brett – Holy old man boobies, Brett. You mean male bras are for real? And, um, how do you know these things?

  12. Friar Says:

    @Urban Panther

    Oh…Brett’s messing with you. You obviously missed that Seinfeld episode!! 🙂


    Never underestimate the power of BOOBS on the Internet. (You never know who you’ll attract!)

  13. reprindle Says:

    Friar: R.E. Prindle is my fiction site. You should go to I, Dynamo for my light hearted social commentary. I’ve got my own Dylan stories.

  14. Friar Says:


    Thanks…I’ll have to go check it out. I can always use some light-hearted humor!

  15. wendikelly Says:

    Friar, don’t worry, your true fans will never leave you.
    I think you should do a Lennon post Or…How about Janis Joplin? Now there was a woman with a lot of *soul* I loved her, but you could have a good time with some of her songs.
    How about the Doors? John and I just watched that movie the other night. He was a wack job.

  16. Friar Says:


    Thanks for the support! (I could use some right now, actually). 🙂

    Yeah, it amazes me how worked up some people are getting over this post. Like Bob Dylan has acheived Sainthood or something.

    People need to put it in perspective. He’s not a Demi-God…he’s a Singer/Songwriter. He puts his pants on one leg at a time, and his poo smells, just like the rest of us.

    I saw the Doors movie (with Val Kilmer, right?). Yeah, what a basket case.

    A few years ago, my cousin went to Paris and visited Jim Morrison’s grave. She said there were burnt out hippies hanging around, still mourning his passing away from 30 years ago!

    My God, get a LIFE!!! 🙂

  17. Kelly Says:


    That’s it. I’m writing the Bob Dylan Guide to Maximum Customer Experience. Ho ho ho!

    I have a niece (not the one who just reviewed your Basil story) with Jim Morrison bedspread on her bed. I admit to being a too-late groupie since teenage myself, but my goodness. The guy’s been dead since her mother was born, for crying out loud!

    Then again, her mother was a James Dean freak, and he’d been dead almost since her own mother was born. Yeesh.

    Then AGAIN, I’ll watch anything with Cary Grant in it. 250 times. But he’s not on my bedspread.



  18. Friar Says:


    I just don’t get these people who worship celebrities. Nothing wrong with being a fan (I’ve hung Beatle posters on my wall, I have most of their albums).

    But when people grieve over someone’d death for decades…Sheesh.

    Yeah, we’re sad that John Lennon or Jim Morrison are gone.

    But what’s even MORE sadder is when we lose a parent, a spouse are other loved ones. Yet somehow we all manage to survive THAT….

    So surely, we can survive the death of some Rock Star we’ve never met before.

    (I’d love to see what you’d write about Bob Dylan and Customer experience! Heh heh heh). Just watch out for the Dylanites, though. They can get nasty.

  19. I wouldn’t mind Cary Grant on my bedspread…..if I could be Audrey Hepburn…

    I guess all the answers are…blowing in the wind….

    sheeesh I need a nap.

    We still love you Friar. tell us some more stories. 🙂

  20. Friar Says:


    Aw…shucks. I love you guys too! 🙂

    I’m glad things are getting back to normal. The last couple of days on my Blog wasn’t much fun. (My God, did you read some of those nasty comments against me?)

    It’s such a relief to see the friendly faces back..:-)

  21. Hey, as long as the villagers don’t show up with pitchforks and torches I think you’ll be okay.

    It was kind freaky funny….like catching a tsunami… or a dylan typhoon. Woo Hoo.

  22. reprindle Says:

    Well, gosh, you know, these people weren’t just people, they were pieces of one’s own personality. Like Joplin said, take another little piece of my heart. These people did. Yeah Morrison was a real whacko with little admirable about him but he became part of my identity just because of some stupid songs. Who really cares about Dylan as a person but as the disembodied voice of my soul coming over the airwaves that defined me to some extent. So, screw Bob and Jim but what about me?

  23. Friar Says:


    To some extent, I feel the same way. I really identify with Beatle music…it’s always been there for me, and I never get sick of it. A few other singers too….including Dylan.

    Their music is part of my life, that I enjoy from time to time, and it’s helped get me through some of Life’s tough moments. But these musicians dont’ define who I am…I just dont’ feel that strongly.

    Oh well, I guess I’m not as serious a fan as others….

  24. reprindle Says:

    It’s not so much being a fan. It’s that the performers express as aspect of your personality that you may not be aware of. One correspondent remarked that James Dean was dead. In the physical sense yes, but Dean lives on in his movies. You can see him right there. Dean bore little relationship to my personality so I do not identify with him. He apparently represents an important aspect of the personality of many people so they idolize him. I don’t say they’re wrong but I just don’t share whatever they see of themselves in Dean. I don’t agonize about things.

    Rebel Without A Cause made a big impression on me but the only character in the movie I liked was Natalie Wood. She obviously was a type of girl or Anima figure that I aspired to. If I’d known her mother had given her to Frank Sinatra when she was sixteen I might have felt differently. So one is not so much fixated on the Beatles and Dean and Dylan so much as that as a visible aspect of your personality they ‘are’ you.

    You just have to recognize what’s going on.

  25. Friar Says:


    I must admit (dunno how it slipped by all these year) but I’ve NEVER seen Rebel without a Cause!

    I’ve always been meaning to see that one.

  26. reprindle Says:

    It’s going to be really dated now maybe even incomprehensible. Watch the greatest RnR movie ever, The Girl Can’t Help It instead.

  27. excellent!!! I think we need to revise Andy Warhol’s quote of 15 minutes of fame to we all have the potential to get multiple concurrent 15 minutes of fame! here’s to your next 15 minutes!!

  28. Friar Says:


    Like I said, I might just have to write something controversial about John Lennon (or Jim Morrison) or something, and get my traffic up again.


    That’s another movie I need to check out! (I love old outdated movies…!)

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