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I'm a pro-tem mod at the beta gardening.SE site and while I was going through the analytics data, especially the "Search keywords" (which I interpret to mean "what people typed in their search engine to get to this site"), I found quite a few interesting and on-topic searches for which there are no questions on the site. Presumably these people were directed here from a random search, and most likely left unsatisfied, because they couldn't find what they were looking for.

Now, questions (and answers) on some of those search terms would be a great addition to the site, and I'd like to take some of those and frame questions. Unfortunately, I (or the other mods) can't possibly ask all those questions and besides, I don't know enough about some of them to even ask a question. Also, it would amount to giving the mods an unfair advantage as only we have access to the data. This brings me to my question (rather, a suggestion):

Can we filter down the searches terms and share some of the really interesting ones with the community and solicit questions/answers from people who are knowledgable in those areas? Perhaps a fortnightly/monthly meta post?

I believe this is a good way to build the site, especially in the beta stage, as you're using data to actively fix areas where you're deficient. So the next person to google a similar phrase and reach us will (hopefully) have a positive experience from the site. This probably might not be a feasible idea for well established sites, whereas for budding sites, it can go a long way.

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Note: Your search terms may include keywords from other stack-exchange sites –  M. Tibbits Jul 7 '11 at 6:44
Of course, which is why I said a few were interesting and I wanted to share only the filtered search terms. –  Lorem Ipsum Jul 7 '11 at 6:46
No good pun should go unnoticed: "budding sites". ;-) But suggesting these terms as question fodder on meta.* sounds like an idea worth cultivating. –  Jon Ericson Jun 4 '12 at 16:39

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It's probably OK post on your meta for feedback, with some of the relevant keywords you found, and asking if anyone is interested in asking a real, actual, genuine question on one of those topics.

To be 100% clear, I absolutely do not support this being used as a synthetic way to drive traffic!

I only think it's OK if it is posted on meta as a "nudge" to see if others in the community have a "eureka!" or "hey, I do have a question about that.." related to those particular keywords that they'd like to share.

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This isn't to drive traffic, rather to captivate the traffic that comes here on its own. But your point is taken. –  Lorem Ipsum Jul 7 '11 at 6:56

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