The other day when I was looking for new WordPress information, I came across the Psychic Search Plugin. Intrigued as to what this could be, I looked into it further.
Basically, you will be able to read the minds of your site visitors. How? Well, the plugin records all of the searches in your WordPress search box. By knowing what your visitors are looking for you will know what topics you should be writing about. Not a bad idea but …
The plugin page also says that the plugin is free for a limited time. I am not clear, however, what will happen after this time limit has expired. Then somewhere else on the site it says that the plugin has been released as review ware so, if you want to use it, please write a review. But you don’t have to. I’m confused. Is it free for now but later there will be a fee? Do I have to write a review? Or I don’t have to write a review? Huh?
And while the plugin has a cool admin and options page, and a widget and all kinds of fancy additions to WordPress, I can figure out why it is even necessary.
If you use Google Analytics, and a lot of us do, you can track your site searches by adding one teeny little thing to the settings.
- Log in
- Click Edit in the Website Profiles summary are
- Click Edit (yes again) on the Profiles Settings page
- Select ‘Do Track Site Search’ in the Site Search Section of the page
- Enter the letter ‘s’ as your Query Parameter (this is for WordPress)
That’s basically it. There are some other options that you can select dealing with the search string and Categories for Site Search but the instructions above are all you need.
Nothing really psychic about it. You don’t need an entire plugin. And you don’t need to maybe pay for, possibly review or possible not review the plugin.
photo credit: Tomas Fano