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I don’t get hit by too many weird search queries – I guess my Google rank is not high enough to push me near the top of the results for your basic cuckoo searches. But checking my Google Analytics stats the other day I came across this gem that apparently led to not just one but two visits to my website.

how do you attract the waitress’s attention in a restaurant in south china when you want to refill your teapot?


I tried the search myself and couldn’t find a link to me among the first 100 or so results. Irritatingly, Analytics is not generous enough to actually tell me the entry page for a search-related visit (Update: Yes, it is, I was simply not proficient enough in using it – see Brian’s comment below for directions). But I suppose that I could have answered that question somewhere on my blog. I must have been wasted then, since in sober state I cannot even imagine what specific procedure is required by etiquette in such an uncomfortable situation. Giving her a friendly wave? Holding an empty cup high above your head? Madly jumping up and down in distress?

But I have no doubt that now that I spelled out the entire phrase, I’ll be the top result for this particular search pretty soon. No other result seems to have this complete sentence present.

So, if you are here because you needed an answer to this particular question, feel free to browse my archives. It’s in there somewhere.

You’re welcome! Always happy to help!


  1. Brian Greenberg

    Analytics can tell you which page they landed on:

    1) Go to the Keywords menuitem under “Traffic” on the left side of the screen

    2) Click on the search term you’re interested in.

    3) When you get the detailed report for that search term, click on the dropdown labeled “Dimenson” and choose “Landing Page.” The tool will tell you all of the pages for which that query yielded a pageview.

    Similarly, if you happen to be looking at the stats for a particular page, you can choose the “Keywords” dimenson to see the reverse (which keywords brought people to that page).


  2. Ilya

    Thanks, Brian. Shows how much I use that stuff…

    It turns out that the visitors landed on my London restaurants Travelog entry, which puts the words “waiters”, “teapot” and “Chinese restaurant” in a close proximity in a single paragraph. Go figure.

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